Toshiba 32D3454DB review

Toshiba targets your second room

Toshiba 32D3454DB
Great Value
The Toshiba 32D3454DB

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At a time when we're obsessing about Ultra HD TVs, curved TVs and all manner of fancy new smart TV technologies, there's something reassuringly 'mainstream' about the 32D3454DB.

It's clearly been created with laser-like precision to target a specific, relatively undemanding 'second room' market, focussing on utility features like DLNA streaming, its built-in DVD player, built-in Wi-Fi and a few online video streaming services.

It partners these extremely useful second-room features, moreover, with an aggressive price for a product from a household name brand, and while neither its pictures nor its sound are in any way exceptional they get the job done adequately for such a cheap TV.

We liked

Having white and black colour options to choose from is welcome, and the number of sources the set provides via DLNA, USB and online streaming overcome many of the content problems and limitations of second-room TVs. The DVD player section works decently too.

We disliked

The set struggles in a number of ways during dark scenes and, in keeping with most cheap and small TVs, its sound quality is limited in terms of both bass and volume. The operating system can be sluggish too, effective viewing angles are limited, and dark scenes lack brightness.

Final verdict

The 32D3454DB's focus on providing more content options as easily as possible to second rooms is welcome, and will be enough in itself to win the set many fans. Especially given its keenly aggressive pricing and two colour options. Just bear in mind that these attractions are only attached to a fair to middling performer.

John Archer
AV Technology Contributor

John has been writing about home entertainment technology for more than two decades - an especially impressive feat considering he still claims to only be 35 years old (yeah, right). In that time he’s reviewed hundreds if not thousands of TVs, projectors and speakers, and spent frankly far too long sitting by himself in a dark room.