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Toshiba BDX3200 review

Toshiba's feature-light 3D deck fails to excite

Our Verdict

For

  • Good 2D and 3D pictures
  • Responsive remote
  • Easy to use
  • Wide range of picture adjustments

Against

  • No multimedia extras
  • No Wi-Fi support
  • Only one HDMI output
  • No 2D-3D conversion
  • Menus could be better

Toshiba's Blu-ray players have never been cutting-edge affairs, but the company has wholeheartedly embraced 3D.

The BDX3200 is its latest 3D-ready effort and with its £150 price tag should appeal to those on a budget – although Sony's BDP-S480 costs the same amount and offers much more in functionality.

The BDX3200 is easy on the eye, with slim bodywork (42.5mm high) and a sleek black finish.

I had absolutely no trouble using the player, thanks to the uncomplicated menu system and its responsiveness to remote commands. Disc loading times are fairly fast, taking 50 seconds to load Terminator Salvation.

It boasts a surprisingly wide range of picture adjustments, grouped as Video Processing and Motion Video Processing. These let you alter the usual parameters, as well as offering presets, noise reduction and tweaks for individual colours. Get the settings spot on and the deck delivers impressive 2D and 3D pictures.

The front-mounted USB port provides media playback and supports MKV and DivX HD.

The feature set is decidedly lacking. Wi-fi support (built-in or dongle), network streaming, smartphone control, built-in BD Live memory, a second HDMI output and 2D-to-3D conversion are all absent.

Toshiba also missed a trick by not adding its new Toshiba Places internet portal to its player.

The picture adjustments should have been grouped into a single menu, as some of the settings overlap – without careful use you can end up spoiling the picture.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD+RW, CD-RW
Sound SystemDolby TrueHD, DTS HD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Number of Discs1
Brand NameToshiba
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, DivX, Video CD, SVCD, MKV
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Composite VideoYes
Digital Audio Coaxial OutYes
Height42.5 mm
Width430 mm
Depth200 mm
ColourBlack
Image FormatsJPEG
FeaturesBD Live, 1080p Upscaling
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelBDX3200
Product NameBDX3200 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
Manufacturer Part NumberBDX3200KB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience the latest 3D movies in high definition 3D. The perfect companion for your 3D HD TV, the BDX3200 3D Blu-ray player features the latest 3D technology for a superior home entertainment experience. Enjoy 1080p Full HD playback of both 3D and 2D Blu-ray discs for exceptionally clear and crisp picture quality with vivid colors. BD-Live allows you to access additional and interactive content and bonus features such as alternative endings, games and online chat from the Internet via Ethernet port and USB drive. Superb sound quality is provided by Dolby True HD and DTS HD to ensure that the audio matches the high definition visual performance. You can even play your standard definition DVDs upscaled to 1080p.

Package Contents
  • BDX3200 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control
Remote ControlYes