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Toshiba 32LV713 review

Generally impressive and temptingly low-priced workhorse LCD TV

Toshiba 32LV713
This budget TV has a surprising amount of tech for the asking price

Toshiba 32lv713 angle

If you're after a do-it-all flatscreen TV for the main room in your home, a set like the 32LV713 makes a lot of sense. It lacks features such as an LED backlight or anti-blur 100Hz processing, both of which are quickly becoming standard a rung or two above in the TV market, though it's no surprise that they don't feature on a sub-£400 set.

Armed with a standard-definition Freeview tuner (HD broadcasts are off the menu), the 32LV713 might appear a tad basic, though those with their own high-definition source (Virgin Media V+ or Sky+HD) won't notice.

The LCD panel is full HD, making it a suitable set for gamers and those with Blu-ray ambitions.
It just about covers the basics for those needing some multimedia action: a USB port on the side plays MP3 music and JPEG photos and is supported by some no-nonsense software.

The complete lack of video playback will be an issue for some, though pairing the 32LV713 with a reasonably versatile BD or DVD player should see DivX covered.

The rear panel houses just enough ins and outs. Two HDMI inputs are complemented by a third on the side-panel that sits alongside a USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, a composite video input (with accompanying stereo audio inputs) and a CAM slot for adding Top-Up TV channels to the built-in Freeview tuner.

Elsewhere on the back are a set of component video inputs, a brace of Scarts, a VGA port for a PC, PC audio and a digital optical audio output. The latter enables audio from Freeview to be played through a home cinema, rather than the set's weak 10W stereo speakers.

There's no kind of internet video platform (as indicated by the absence of an Ethernet LAN port), though we're not convinced anyone is actually seeking-out 'connected' TVs just yet.

Light on picture processing, the 32LV713 uses Toshiba's basic Active Vision suite, though it does include Adaptive Luma Control, which adjusts the brightness and dynamic contrast of the panel according to what's contained within a frame of video.