Toshiba 42HL833 review

Basic, generally sound and very affordable workhorse with edge LED backlighting

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Toshiba 42hl833


The 42HL833's speakers go a bit louder than those of most budget LCD TVs and can produce a soundstage on a scale appropriate to the 42-inch pictures. However, there's precious little audio finesse, with bass in short supply, a thin and echoey mid-range and harsh, poorly defined trebles.


The 42HL833 is good value for a 42-inch LCD TV with edge LED lighting and will make a solid everyday set.

However, its lack of any sort of online features or 3D options together with its backlight issues compromise its overall value.

Ease of use

The 42HL833's onscreen menus are logically organised and very cleanly presented and kick off with an attractive icon-based opening screen that provides a much more inviting starting point than Toshiba's usual boring, text-heavy system. The menu navigation system is intuitive and requires minimal brain engagement.

The remote control is small, plasticky, and plain, but turns out to be a handy companion to the clear, uncomplicated menus, with responsive buttons and most of the main navigation buttons falling within easy reach.

For the electronic programme guide, Toshiba has sensibly shifted away from its previous system that would change channel whenever you moved the cursor to a different station, slowing navigation down horrendously.

The information presented in the EPG is also clearly legible displaying programme names in full.

The 42HL833 does takes an age to switch display modes when you move from a standard-def to an HD channel (or vice versa), though and the automatic aspect ratio system doesn't always seem to work properly with some Sky broadcasts.

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 Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA HL833
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption141 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 Stand1008 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround
Product SeriesHL833
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Hotel Mode, Auto-off, Child Lock, Auto Program
Product Model42HL833
Product NameREGZA 42HL833 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number42HL833B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Let Full HD 1080p picture quality revolutionise your home entertainment experience with the 42" REGZA HL. LED TV technology and Full HD 1080p image resolution combine to deliver amazing colours, brightness and image clarity in a thin, space-saving design.

Along with the reassurance of Toshiba quality and great affordability, the HL series includes built-in video, photo and audio playback via USB, preset game and movie viewing modes and ultra wide viewing angles. Multiple HDMI inputs plus a PC input allow easy connection to other digital entertainment devices in your home.

Response Time8 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)15 kg