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Toshiba 32RL853B review

An affordable 32-inch LCD with plenty of fine-tuning options

Our Verdict

For

  • In-depth picture tweaks and good presets
  • Easy to set up
  • Good connectivity
  • BBC iPlayer supports HD

Against

  • Visible backlight
  • Plasticky remote control
  • Feeble audio
  • Bland menus
  • No USB recording

The 32RL853 is one of the first of Toshiba's 2011 range to hit the market. It's at the budget end, with a price tag of around £450, but is one of the better specified sets from Toshiba until its 3D screens arrive later this summer.

The design is neat enough, with a 40mm depth, gloss black bezel and some silver trim along the bottom giving it an air of class. Everything is angular, though, including the supplied desktop stand - Toshiba's designers obviously haven't caught the curve bug yet.

This 32-inch set is the smallest of the RL series. Those looking for something larger can check out the 37-inch 37RL853 (available for as little as £500) and the £600 42-inch 42RL853.

Rival screens at this size and price include Panasonic's TX-L32E3B and Sony's KDL-32CX523.

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 Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA RL853
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)9.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption92 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand540 mm
Width with Stand775 mm
Depth with Stand205 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height490 mm
Width775 mm
Depth40 mm
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesRL853
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Child Lock, Hotel Mode, Teletext
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32RL853
Product NameREGZA 32RL853 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32RL853B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 32" REGZA RL LED series brings more quality content and connectivity to your living room. Delivering stunning Full HD 1080p image quality the RL series features built-in Freeview HD for access to terrestrial HD programmes, catch-up TV and other internet content including YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Flickr.

You also have the added convenience of wireless content sharing in your home via DLNA. Content is always delivered in quality thanks to Resolution+ image enhancement technology that ensures even lower quality images are displayed in near HD quality, along with an ambient light sensor that adjusts the brightness of your TV automatically dependent on the changing lighting conditions in your home.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 32RL853 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • TV Stand
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)8.60 kg