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Toshiba 37UL863B review

Edge LED TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD

Toshiba 37ul863b

Something we noticed immediately was light leakage from the clusters of LEDs strung around the top and bottom of the 37UL863B's LCD panel. Patches of light are visible not only in each corner, but in several other places above and below, too, and it gives an uneven brightness – and has a generally negative effect on the quality of black areas of the image, which never look completely convincing.

That issue is least threatening when the backlight is dulled; the muted, though natural looking and impressively cinematic presets of the Hollywood Night and Hollywood Pro modes (Hollywood Day is slightly brighter, and self-explanatory) do just that, toning down the otherwise high brightness. Either are a good basis from which to prepare your own image, and we found Hollywood Pro closest to our own tastes. This is where blacks looked most convincing despite the backlight's shenanigans. Deep and rich enough to make a movie enjoyable, they're nevertheless not completely profound and there's little detail within black areas.

A case in point is the shadowed areas of the Marines' uniforms in our test disc, the Band of Brothers follow-up, Pacific on Blu-ray, which tend to blend together and display relatively little detail. In brighter jungle scenes the hi-def detail is more obvious, with close-ups of the Marines during the tense Guam landing exemplary. Colour is also a strong suit, with vibrant saturations that sit on the right side of reality.

This isn't an especially juddery panel with 24p sources, and though motion blur isn't ruinous either, the 100Hz mode does make a slight difference. Left on the 'smooth' setting can create a picture that seems a little too forced and over-processed; on 'standard' power it's more natural.

Blu-ray can look a touch grainy, but overall we like the 37UL863B's cinematic performance. Switch to Origins of Us on BBC HD channel and the same strengths remain, while a standard definition version of Later With Jools Holland appeared to benefit from tweaking the Resolution+ mode to mid-strength, though background picture noise remains.

If you forgive the lack of fine shadow detailing, this is actually a very versatile panel that's adept at producing enjoyable images from all video sources. And for a budget set, you can't ask for much more than that.

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°
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Operating Power Consumption111 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand590 mm
Width with Stand873 mm
Depth with Stand258 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model37UL863
Product Name37" Smart LED TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number37UL863B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
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
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.50 kg