Toshiba 19DV714B review

Toshiba have packed a lot of features into this small LCD TV but it has it's flaws

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For

  • DVD player
  • Solid design
  • Good value

Against

  • Narrow viewing angle
  • Motion blur
  • Limited media capability

The designers at Toshiba have put their thinking caps on and decided that a bedroom TV needs two things – a DVD player and USB media playback.

Compare its cost with rivals and you'll find that the DVD player commands no premium, while Toshiba's addition of DivX playback for USB sticks is excellent news. What's slightly less appealing is the 19DV714B's depth, which measures 73mm – this is one chunky LCD TV.

A tight viewing angle sees contrast and colour drain when watched from the wings. Insert a DVD and it defaults to immediate playback, with considerable motion blur, though the easy all-in-one remote and DVD system will be difficult to ignore for some.

The 19DV714B's generous bulk does have its advantages. Build quality is a significant draw, with the whole package feeling solid and stable, with its attached desktop stand snapping into place from a folding position on the rear – though that does mean it can't be wall-mounted (though at this bulk, you won't want to).

The EPG shows two hours of schedules for eight channels, and though it floats over the channel you're watching, it's not the best design; the grey, yellow and pale grey graphics are a tad old-fashioned.

It's a similar story for USB playback, the menus for which are only activated by inserting a memory stick, which leaves you with no way of accessing content (just MP3 and JPEG) if a stick is already in place.

Connections include a couple of HDMI inputs (one on the side) and a Common Interface slot, and though Freeview pictures and DVD are watchable, there's a distinct lack of clarity and class.

The remote, too, is excellent; coloured white to match the TV, it forms an important part of this self-sufficient product with a combination of good-sized buttons and a reasonably easy to use design, though the dual-function labelling might trouble some users.

Unfortunately, the extra bulk has no bearing on the audio, with weedy 3W speakers specified where there ought to have been room for a semi-serious sound system.

In effect the DVD player is present instead of a LED-backlit LCD panel, which proves its downfall, in some ways. It may be hard to resist this good value set's features, though the 19DV714B is more workhorse than wallflower.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTV/DVD Combo
Scan Format720p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Analog TunerNTSC
Video Signal StandardHD Ready
Number of HDMI Ports1
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyDV
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size48.3 cm (19")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle170
Vertical Viewing Angle170°
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)5.30 kg
Operating Power Consumption36.30 W
Standby Power Consumption420 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000:1
RMS Output Power6 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Electronic Program Guide TypeGUIDE Plus+
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand366 mm
Width with Stand481 mm
Depth with Stand215 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
USB RecordingYes
Height332 mm
Width481 mm
Depth76 mm
ColourWhite
Brightness250 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Product SeriesDV
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3
Media SupportedDVD-R, CD-R
FeaturesSleep Timer, Auto Program
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model19DV714
Product Name19DV714 TV/DVD Combo
Video FormatsDivX
Manufacturer Part Number19DV714B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Ideal for when space is limited, the DV series is a LCD/DVD player combi offering the reassurance of Toshiba quality combined with highly affordable prices. With a 48.3cm (19") screen and stylish gloss white design the DV offers a HD ready resolution and HDMI connectivity. The DV features a built-in DVD player making it ideal for small spaces whilst built-in Freeview provides access to 50 digital TV channels and 24 radio stations without subscription. PC input allows you to connect your PC and use the DV as a PC monitor.

Package Contents
  • 19DV714 TV/DVD Combo
  • Remote Control
Response Time5 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)4.30 kg