Toshiba 37UL863B review

Edge LED TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD

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Toshiba 37ul863b

For a set firmly in the middle of Toshiba's impressively huge arsenal, the 37UL863B has more than enough core features to please most living rooms.

The Freeview HD tuner on board here and, surprisingly, the presence of a Freesat HD tuner, too, makes this an ideal screen for those who've yet to jump aboard the free-to-air HDTV bandwagon.

Arguably this also makes it an over specc'ed and unnecessarily expensive choice for those with existing subscription TV packages or PVRs with multiple DVB-T2 tuners. Though the 37UL863B is hardly hampered by an extortionate price tag, it's £100 dearer than similarly-sized HD tuner-less choices.

It's actually got its own recordings options, albeit limited. A USB slot on its side can be used either for accepting USB sticks with files on, or for attaching to a USB HDD for making recordings – the choice is yours, but you must make that choice (there's a prompt when the TV is switched on for the first time).

The TV automatically formats a connected HDD, which henceforth can only be used for playback of material on the TV itself; it can't be attached to a PC or Mac to export files, or indeed without being reformatted and all data deleted. So anyone thinking of archiving recordings, think again.

Toshiba Places, the brand's attempt to redress the balance after a pretty disappointing effort at smart TV in 2010, still isn't as impressive as rival attempts from the likes of Sony and Samsung.

It's divided into four sections and each app is laid-out on what looks like a carousel. It's not – in Video Place if you scroll from the icon for BBC iPlayer, past YouTube and on through Viewster, Box Office 365, Dailymotion, Woomi, Cartoon Network and HiT Enertainment, you're then in a cul-de-sac and must manually scroll back.

The second section of Places, Music Place, contains just Aureo personal radio, while the third section, News Place has only Meteonews. Finally to Social Place, which comprises an links to personalised content on Flickr, as well as Dailymotion. Yeah, whatever …

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
Product FamilyREGZA UL863
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Operating Power Consumption111 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand590 mm
Width with Stand873 mm
Depth with Stand258 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Volume
Product SeriesUL863
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Auto-off, Hotel Mode
Product Model37UL863
Product Name37" Smart LED TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number37UL863B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Your content, when you want it - the REGZA UL LED series offers access to internet TV including your favourite videos on YouTube, your favourite shows on BBC iPlayer or catch up with friends on Facebook. You can also get access to a range of other online content from Flickr, Aupeo internet radio, Cartoon Network and more through the Toshiba Places internet portal accessed via your TV at the touch of a button. The UL includes USB HDD recording functionality, allowing you to record TV to USB HDD for future viewing.

Package Contents
  • 37" Smart LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Stand
Response Time5.50 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.50 kg