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Toshiba 37RV753 review

Cut-price 37in LCD with a Freview HD tuner, but bargain-bin performance

Toshiba 37RV753
Cut-price 37in LCD with a Freeview HD tuner, but bargain-bin performance

Our Verdict

If you need a second set, perhaps for a room you rarely visit, then the 37RV753 might fit the bill, but you could do much better

For

  • Inexpensive for a branded TV
  • Surprisingly robust stereo audio
  • Freeview HD tuner

Against

  • Buzzing CCFL backlight
  • Poor motion resolution
  • Next to zero useful video file support
  • Limited viewing angle

The 37RV753 is the kind of screen most people now know Toshiba for. It's aggressively priced (at the time of writing you can pick it up for £399 at Tesco Direct with a Blu-ray player thrown in free of charge) and has the design aesthetic of a dressing table mirror. It's a quantum leap away from what the brand is now trying to achieve with its WL Jacob Jensen Design studio lineup.

It is a commodity product through and through, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Viewed from the front, this RV series set doesn't disgrace itself in polite company, although some might think the glossy bezel is rather too chunky to be a la mode.

So what do you get on a 37RV753? Well, not LED backlighting for a start. This model uses a traditional CCFL backlight (hence its 290mm deep cabinet), it also lacks motion resolution improvers (Active Vision M100 and Film Stabilization). In short, it's a bare bones box that offers barely any groovy gubbins.

Steve May

Home entertainment AV specialist

Steve has been writing about AV and home cinema since the dawn of time, or more accurately, since the glory days of VHS and Betamax. He has strong opinions on the latest TV technology, Hi-Fi and Blu-ray/media players, and likes nothing better than to crank up his ludicrously powerful home theatre system to binge-watch TV shows.