Toshiba 42DB833B review

  • £600

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

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For

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

Against

  • 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
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand677 mm
Width with Stand1070 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model42DB833
Product NameREGZA 42DB833 TV/Blu-ray Combo
Product LineREGZA
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video, AVCHD, AVCREC
Manufacturer Part Number42DB833B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
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
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.50 kg