Toshiba 37UL863B review

Edge LED TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD

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For

  • Freeview HD & Freesat HD tuners
  • Carousel-style user interface
  • MKV support from USB (only)
  • AVI support from DLNA-networked PC (only)
  • Resolution+ upscaling
  • Slider remote control
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Against

  • Toshiba Places lacks content
  • Inconsistent digital file support
  • LED light leakage
  • AutoView backlight too strong
  • Average audio

The 37-inch 37UL863B is a set designed as an all-rounder for a hi-def hungry home – and how.

With a reasonably sophisticated, upmarket spec that comprises both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, though no 3D options, this UL Series screen – already discounted from an SRP of £799 – allows up to four people to have their own 'account' of preferred picture settings and volume levels.

The 37UL863B comes packed with a tiny camera that indulges in face recognition to determine who's watching, but could it be a solution in search of a problem?

Probably of more day-to-day use on this slim (at just 36mm deep), though neutral-looking (gloss black with metallic side highlights) set is its slightly scarily named 'human sensor', which merely switches off the TV when it detects no viewer, and re-activates when someone walks into the room.

Of more core value, though, is built-in Wi-Fi – still not a standard feature on 'smart' TVs – that fuels Toshiba's revamped 'Places' hub of online services and video on demand links that thankfully includes YouTube and BBC iPlayer.

What is missing from the 37UL863B is a 3D option, though this is arguably too small a screen to indulge successfully in the third dimension; in our opinion true immersion only begins at the 50-inch size. Toshiba tends to concentrate on the 'passive' flavour of 3D, which is available on the brand's VL Series, while its first 'intelligent' TV, the WL Series, is also worth searching out if you have considerably more cash to spend.

In the 2D world this 37-inch telly is challenged first by its UL Series buddies, the 32-inch Toshiba 32UL863B, 42-inch Toshiba 42UL863B and 46-inch Toshiba 46UL863B.

Elsewhere in Toshiba's huge range of increasingly Edge LED-backlit TVs are the HL Series, RL Series and DB Series (with built-in Blu-ray players).

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