Toshiba 37RL853B review

A decent mid-range 37-inch LCD TV with Freeview HD and a bucketful of picture adjustment options

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Toshiba 37rl853b

The 37RL853 is a solid middle-of-the-range Freeview HD screen with few frills and not many thrills either. What it lacks in built-in picture enhancements it makes up for with a surprising degree of user adjustment features. It dabbles its toes in the Smart TV waters with a trio of online services and is prepared to have a go at home networking, albeit with mixed results.

We liked

Greater than average panel noise can't hide the fact that the 37RL853's pictures are generally very good, especially with HD sources.

The pre-set picture modes are easily tweakable to find the optimum setting and Resolution+ is one of the finest built-in upscalers around. Access to iPlayer is certainly welcome as is the ability to show multimedia files from a flash drive or computer.

We disliked

The 37RL853's sound is just about acceptable for daytime TV watching but is seriously underpowered for more involving soundtracks.

The graphics and font used for the onscreen menus are rather uninspiring, the Smart TV offering is teasingly small and the networking is rather hit and miss.

Final verdict

The remote control, user interface, networking features and even the ability to make so many picture adjustments give you the feeling that the 37RL853 feels more like an engineering sample rather than the polished article.

Overall though, such versatility should be welcomed in a TV that is capable of delivering good-quality pictures, and for the money looks like a fairly solid proposition.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA RL853
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)12 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption100 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand610 mm
Width with Stand895 mm
Depth with Stand205 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesRL853
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Hotel Mode, Auto-off, Teletext, Child Lock
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model37RL853
Product NameREGZA 37RL853 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number37RL853B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 37" REGZA RL LED series brings more quality content and connectivity to your living room. Delivering stunning Full HD 1080p image quality the RL series features built-in Freeview HD for access to terrestrial HD programmes, catch-up TV and other internet content including YouTube YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Flickr.

You also have the added convenience of wireless content sharing in your home via DLNA. Content is always delivered in quality thanks to Resolution+ image enhancement technology that ensures even lower quality images are displayed in near HD quality, along with an ambient light sensor that adjusts the brightness of your TV automatically dependent on the changing lighting conditions in your home.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 37RL853 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year