Toshiba 32DB833 review

32 inch HD TV with built-in Blu-ray player

Toshiba 32DB833
Built-in Blu ray gives a full HD package

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The Toshiba 32DB833 is a rare, all-HD combi that manages to specify edge LED lighting for just £550.

Its performance is better than one might have expected for its money, but not truly outstanding. The picture is bright, sharp and doesn't take much optimising, but black levels are average, there are issues with judder and it's no great shakes sonically.

We liked

The Toshiba 32DB833's price is a definite winner, being low enough to make it a seriously attractive second room option.

It's exceptionally easy to use for a combi, and its picture quality is above average for a budget TV.

Having a Blu-ray player rather than a DVD deck is definitely appreciated, too, as is the USB multimedia support.

We disliked

The Toshiba 32DB833 struggles to produce a convincing black colour during dark scenes, which also leads to loss of shadow detail in dark scenes. There's a bit of judder around too, especially when watching Blu-rays, and the set's sound is average at best.

The lack of a built-in Freeview HD tuner is also a disappointment

Final verdict

If you're in the market for a second-room TV that combines a degree of multimedia support (via USB and recordable discs), TV and Blu-ray in one attractive-looking and impressively affordable package, Toshiba's 32DB833 is well specified for the job and better than you'd expect for the money.

Its shortcomings in the contrast and sound departments make it potentially more problematic as a main living room TV, but it could still be considered if money's tight and you fancy 'going fully HD' in one fell swoop.

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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.