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Toshiba 32HL833B review

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

Toshiba 32hl833b

Edge LED backlighting is no guarantee of quality, but it does help lift this budget set ahead of most of its similarly priced peers.

Avatar on Blu-ray immediately justifies the Full HD resolution. As a huge truck passes Jake in his wheelchair upon his arrival on Pandora there's a noticeable judder amid a rather harsh image. In the briefing that follows, the Colonel's head noticeably blurs every time it moves, while there's judder across the audience as he walks up the aisle.

Elsewhere, camera pans around the control room make the 3D matrix unwatchable. Without a 100Hz feature, there's no easy fix to this problem. Turning the sharpness setting to zero makes this motion blur and judder far less noticeable, but at the cost of extreme detail.

Unsurprisingly, this almost works on DVD and Freeview pictures, too, where the only visible artefact - despite a lack of any notable upscaling technology - is picture noise in backgrounds.

Contrast and colour are good, with decent saturations and fairly profound blacks. It's possible to make out shadows on faces, and the black/white level adjuster isn't required - it just makes black look more forced. Nor is there any issue with light spillage from those edge-mounted LEDs.

A good performance here, but it gets nowhere near a decent plasma. Our major criticism is that the viewing angle is tight; watch from the wings and the balance of colour and contrast is way out.
Pictures from its built-in Freeview tuner were always going to struggle to impress and, without much in the way of upscaling, pictures from BBC1 are stained with noise and jagged edges. Here we see the flipside to the full HD panel, which leaves low-bitrate Freeview broadcasts looking exposed and with too many artefacts.

Overall, the highpoint of detail has to largely be sacrificed, and the problem areas are somewhat glossed over because of the TV's small size. Having said that, it's a good picture for such a cheap TV.

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