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Toshiba 32RL958 review

The ultimate trickle-down TV?

Our Verdict

For

  • Great value
  • Upscaling of Freeview
  • Remote control
  • Wi-Fi
  • Choice of EPG

Against

  • LED light leakage
  • Lacks contrast
  • Motion blur
  • Toshiba Places lacks apps

Smart apps have for long been available only on premium TVs, with the likes of BBC iPlayer and YouTube often costing hundreds of pounds extra - usually on TVs with 3D and a high build quality, to boot.

That trend ends here, with Toshiba's 32-inch 32RL958, an Edge LED-backlit LCD TV that's as basic in build and all-round spec as a £399 (around AU$615/US$648) should be, but adding some luscious extras.

As well as Toshiba Places, a growing online portal that supports the core must-have apps - BBC iPlayer, Skype, YouTube, Acetrax film streaming, as well as a new open web browser - the Toshiba 32RL958 boasts Wi-Fi, something that too often is only available on relatively expensive smart TVs.

Toshiba 32RL958 review

There's no 3D angle to the Toshiba 32RL958, but it does include Intel Wireless Display (WiDi), which enables the TV to stream from or mirror a PC or laptop with the correct software installed.

Add that to a Full HD resolution, Freeview HD, a 57mm depth and some record-to-USB functions, and we've got what could be the ultimate stocking filler.

Looks-wise the Toshiba 32RL958 is nothing special, but again we think its standard issue gloss-black screen surround will tick most of the boxes for the vast majority of buyers.

Toshiba 32RL958 review

On one of the most unpretentious TVs we've seen to date, Toshiba has managed to put together a package of almost all the latest in-demand tech for relatively small spend. Bravo!

In line with most TV manufacturers, Toshiba launched most of its wares back in the spring, but has wisely added a few upgraded - and genuinely better value - TVs in the run-up to Christmas.

Both of its new ranges constitute an effort to get smart TV and/or 3D functions into the mainstream.

Toshiba 32RL958 review

As well as this RL958 Series, which comprises our review sample, the 32-inch Toshiba 32RL958, and the 40-inch Toshiba 40RL958, Toshiba has also released the TL968 Series.

Made up of the 40-inch Toshiba 40TL968 and 46-inch Toshiba 46TL968, these sets add Active Shutter 3D, a fourth HDMI slot and a brushed metallic design.

All seem better value than some of Toshiba's other 2012 efforts - the pricer Toshiba 42VL963 and Toshiba 55VL963 both lack Wi-Fi.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product FamilyRL958
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)9.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption78 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand506 mm
Width with Stand735 mm
Depth with Stand206 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation Technology100 Active Motion Rate
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesRL958
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Auto Program, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Web Browser, Auto-off, Hotel Mode, Ambient Lighting, Digital Noise Reduction
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32RL958
Product Name32" Smart LED TV
Manufacturer Part Number32RL958B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 32" RL958 Smart TV series brings more quality content and connectivity to your home. Delivering stunning Full HD 1080p image quality the RL series features built-in Freeview HD, internet content and catch-up TV services including YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Facebook that are easily accessed thanks to built-in WIFI.

You can also get access to a range of other online content from Acetrax movies, Twitter, Livesport.TV and more through the Toshiba Places internet portal accessed via your TV at the touch of a button. The added convenience of smartphone & tablet remote control operation, USB Recording and Intel WiDi compatibility is also included.

Package Contents
  • 32" Smart LED TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time16 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year