Toshiba 32HL833B review

This back-to-basics edge LED-backlit model redefines the budget LCD TV

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Toshiba 32hl833b

The 32HL833B isn't exactly heaving with features, but that's no bad thing, since a huge chunk of consumers are merely after a cheap TV with a good picture.

The first characteristic is firmly in the bag for the 32HL833B, and we'll pass judgement on image standards later, but there's enough about this 32-incher to convince us that it's worth a place in the modern living room.

The use of edge LED backlighting is as contemporary as it gets, and a full HD resolution shouldn't be sniffed at for this kind of money, either.

We won't go on and on about what this TV hasn't got, but it's fair to say that manufacturers are forced to prioritise - and we know other brands, such as Sony, place a higher priority on online content such as BBC iPlayer and Freeview HD, which this set lacks despite it being - in our opinion - a feature firmly in the must-have column.

Its omission will seriously hamper the 32HL833B's success in areas of the UK that have already switched to DVB-T2 broadcasts, although for anyone with a Sky or Virgin subscription it makes no difference whatsoever.

The lack of 100Hz scanning is not an issue for us at this price and size. More alarming is the presence of just one HDMI input on its rear connections panel, although some semblance of hi-def respect is restored to the 32HL833B after a glance at its side-panel. There, beside a second HDMI input is a USB port, a headphones jack and a Common Interface slot.

The panel is heavily recessed, meaning USB sticks won't poke out of the side, nor will curls of HDMI cables snake into view. This is crucial, since a lot of people are going to rely on that second HDMI and possibly be forced into buying a messy HDMI splitter.

Elsewhere on the rear is component video, composite video, a single Scart, a PC input for picture and audio, an electrical (in place of the more common optical) digital audio output and a set of stereo audio inputs, plus an RF aerial connection point.

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 Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption90 W
Standby Power Consumption190 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power10 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand542 mm
Width with Stand770 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Media PlayerYes
Height495 mm
Width770 mm
Depth45 mm
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround
Product SeriesHL833
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Hotel Mode, Child Lock, Teletext
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32HL833
Product NameREGZA 32HL833 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32HL833B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Let Full HD 1080p picture quality revolutionise your home entertainment experience with the 32" 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 Freeview digital TV with 7 day electronic programme guide, 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.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 32HL833 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA" Batteries
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9 kg