Toshiba 42DB833B review

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

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There's no getting away from the fact that, despite the inclusion of a Blu-ray player – 2D only, mind – this is one of Toshiba's cheapest TVs. The Edge LED array used here is one of the more basic types, with a performance that's good enough for a living room environment, though inconsistent.

We liked

Its lack of a Freeview HD tuner might be a money-saving positive if you've your own source of hi-def TV, while the 42DB833B's 42-inch size and built-in (and thoroughly respectable) 2D Blu-ray player makes this a tempting proposition for a clutter-free living room.

We also loved its fast and spotless playback of MKV files – among many other digital video files – from the USB slot, which could be decisive for some users.

We disliked

Just two HDMI inputs could get irritating, as could some light leakage from the LEDs and a tight viewing angle that sees contrast ruined if you watch from the wings.

Poor audio, a lack of any online dimension save for BD Live, and that 'missing' Freeview HD tuner, is a shame, as is the existing Freeview tuner's rudimentary EPG.

And although picture quality is what you'd expect at this price, Edge LED backlighting's reputation is somewhat flattened here; it's highly watchable, but certainly nowhere near more expensive Edge LED TVs.

Final verdict

Without any networking, online hubs or Freeview HD, this is no home entertainment hub, and nor does it offer AV perfection, but there's something about the 42DB833B that we love.

Perhaps it's that integrated Blu-ray player, a genuine space-saving idea that offers enough quality where it counts, or maybe it's the 42DB833B's playback of AVI and MKV files, but we can see this 42-incher doing a sterling job in environments where convenience and a low price are the most important features.

The 42DB833B may not be stunning, but it's a great value proposition that will suit many homes, though demanding viewers will most likely consider it for a second room.

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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