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Toshiba 42HL833 review

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

Toshiba 42hl833

The 42HL833 is Toshiba's cheapest 42-inch full HD TV with an edge LED backlight. Neither the lack of online services nor the absence of 3D should stop the TV appealing to anyone after a decent, low-cost TV, while the flimsy build and average connectivity are about par for the price. It even has a few unexpected features, including playback of photo, music and video files from USB and a surprisingly comprehensive colour management facility.

In many ways the 42HL833's picture performance is a winner. With HD sources in particular its combination of natural, warm colours, good detailing and surprisingly little motion noise make it a very enjoyable TV to watch with predominantly bright footage.

It's a well above-average standard-definition performer, too, but does suffer from uninspiring black levels and obvious backlight consistency issues with more demanding material.

We liked

It's affordably priced for a 42-inch TV with edge LED lighting and its performance with bright pictures is enjoyable, thanks to natural colours, good sharpness and surprisingly little motion blur or resolution loss. The set's USB-driven multimedia abilities are a pleasing bonus, too.

We disliked

It's a pity, if hardly a surprise, that the 42HL833 doesn't offer 3D, online capability or a Freeview HD tuner and its mostly good picture quality breaks down during dark scenes, thanks to a lack of deep black colours, missing shadow details and a conspicuously inconsistent backlight.

Final Verdict

Casual viewers after a TV predominantly for watching standard-def broadcasts will be more than happy with the 42HL833.

The 42HL833's backlight and black level issues probably rule it out as a serious movie machine, though.

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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
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption141 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 Stand1008 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model42HL833
Product NameREGZA 42HL833 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number42HL833B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
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
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)15 kg