Toshiba 42DB833B review

Blu-ray is built-in but is this the all-in-one TV it claims to be?

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  • Integrated Blu-ray player
  • Ease of use
  • Slim design
  • Colour
  • Desktop stand doesn't swivel or detach


  • Poor audio
  • Odd Freeview EPG
  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Only 2x HDMI inputs
  • LED light spillage

The term 'combi' doesn't exactly conjour-up a high-end feel, but words can be deceptive. The 42DB833B 42-inch screen in its DB Series has a built-in Blu-ray player as well as an Edge LED-backlit LCD panel, but it's big-boned and big-ticket, right? Actually, the Full HD-capable 42DB833B is a remarkably slim fellow, clocking-in at a mere 40mm.

We'd also judge the price to be good value considering its clutter-busting main feature, though the presence of that Blu-ray player comes at the cost of a Freeview HD tuner, which is sadly missing. Not quite the hi-def all-in-one we'd hoped for, then, though anyone with a Virgin Media or Sky box won't care a jot for that omission.

Looks-wise the 42DB833B is also on the money, with a fairly run-of-the-mill gloss black chassis given an effective sprucing-up by a thin metallic strip across the bottom of the set joining two (fairly savagely) rounded corners.

Only slightly discounted from its starting price of around £630, the 42DB833B is accompanied in its class by a similarly-specc'ed 32-incher, the Toshiba 32DB833B, which sells for around £450.

In terms of other 42-inch Full HD TVs in the Toshiba arsenal, there are several flavours – though none have a built-in Blu-ray drive. If you want to drop down the price hierarchy from the 42DB833B, head to either the 40BV701B, which is identical save for the lack of a Blu-ray player, or the 40BV801B, which also does without Edge LED backlighting.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTV/Blu-ray Combo
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA DB
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 200
Operating Power Consumption158 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power14 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand677 mm
Width with Stand1070 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory100
Height630 mm
Width1070 mm
Depth45 mm
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround
Product SeriesDB
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Audio FormatsCD-DA
Media SupportedBD-RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R
FeaturesTeletext, Media Player, Auto-off, Auto Program
Product Model42DB833
Product NameREGZA 42DB833 TV/Blu-ray Combo
Product LineREGZA
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video, AVCHD, AVCREC
Manufacturer Part Number42DB833B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The DB series is a LED TV with built-in Blu-ray player bringing together outstanding image quality and total convenience. LED technology delivers amazing colour and brightness in a thin, space-saving design with the reassurance of Toshiba quality.

The DB series delivers Full High Definition 1080p image quality, along with access to all your content including Blu-ray and DVD playback via the built-in Blu-ray player, integrated Freeview digital TV with 7 day electronic programme guide, photo, video and audio playback via USB and multiple HDMI inputs as well as PC input to connect the TV to a range of other digital devices.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 42DB833 TV/Blu-ray Combo
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Stand
Response Time8 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.50 kg