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Toshiba 32HL833B review

This back-to-basics edge LED-backlit model redefines the budget LCD TV

Our Verdict

For

  • Price
  • Detail
  • DivX & DivX HD playback

Against

  • Motion blur
  • Judder
  • Poor remote
  • Freeview EPG

It may lack the latest web, 3D and Freeview HD goodies, but Toshiba's slim new 32HL833B will have more than enough technology for many.

Edge LED backlighting and full HD resolutions, for example, were considered high-end features only a couple of years ago, and to see them on a sub-£500 screen is quite something.

Looks-wise, the 32HL833B is merely OK. The rather thin plastic chassis looks relatively attractive from a distance; heavily rounded corners - trimmed with a thin silver strip - on the undercarriage of the set help create a softer look that's somewhat spoiled by the top's much harsher corners.

The 32HL833B is part of Toshiba's entry-level HL Series, which also includes the 42-inch 42HL833B. Bookending the HL Series is both the DL Series and the EL Series.

The DL Series comprises the 32-inch 32DL833, 26-inch 26DL833, 22-inch 22DL833 and 19-inch 19DL833. All have a built-in DVD player (one of Toshiba's specialties, incidentally, which this year extends to built-in Blu-ray in its DB Series), edge LED-backlit HD ready panels, Freeview and Active Vision 50Hz.

The EL Series, meanwhile, also includes a 32-incher, the 32EL833, which puts a regular Freeview tuner under the hood of this LED-backlit HD ready screen. The EL Series is completed by the 26-inch 26EL833, 22-inch 22EL833 and 19-inch 19EL833.

One thing is for sure, though: if Toshiba, king of the entry-level TV, has turned to LED-backlighting throughout its range, then the old CCFL-lit LCD TVs are officially dead. We only have to look at the low price of the 32HL833B to be sure of that.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA HL833
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption90 W
Standby Power Consumption190 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power10 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand542 mm
Width with Stand770 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Media PlayerYes
Height495 mm
Width770 mm
Depth45 mm
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround
Product SeriesHL833
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Hotel Mode, Child Lock, Teletext
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32HL833
Product NameREGZA 32HL833 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32HL833B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Let Full HD 1080p picture quality revolutionise your home entertainment experience with the 32" REGZA HL. LED TV technology and Full HD 1080p image resolution combine to deliver amazing colours, brightness and image clarity in a thin, space-saving design.

Along with the reassurance of Toshiba quality and great affordability, the HL series includes built-in Freeview digital TV with 7 day electronic programme guide, video, photo and audio playback via USB, preset game and movie viewing modes and ultra wide viewing angles. Multiple HDMI inputs plus a PC input allow easy connection to other digital entertainment devices in your home.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 32HL833 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA" Batteries
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9 kg