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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

The Toshiba 32RL958 puts in a very respectable performance considering the TV's low price. For kick-off it's armed with some excellent picture presets. Hollywood Day is the most contrast-heavy, though Hollywood Pro and Hollywood Night also impress.

Steer clear of AutoView, which senses ambient light conditions then appears to brighten the picture beyond what's needed, with noticeable jumps in brightness.

There is a QuickView menu from which it's possible to choose between these presets, but sadly not change the parameters within them; to do that you'll have to dive into the full-blown picture settings menu.

Toshiba 32RL958 review

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Toshiba 32RL958 is the television's handling of Freeview channels. We engaged Superman 2 on Five, and were blown away at how clean this ageing 1980s classic appeared.

It's true that there are plenty of TVs more adept with detail, but perhaps this is the Toshiba 32RL958's main weapon against digital blocking, low bittrate broadcasts, and poorly defined edges, because all are conspicuous by their absence.

Colour, too, is solid and reasonably nuanced, though we did notice a slight lack of black and almost no shadow detail. No surprise about that on a LCD TV of this price, but nor is it a huge issue on a TV of this small size.

Toshiba 32RL958 review

When switching to BBC HD for a showing of Coast, detail jumps considerably, though not as much as on rival 32-inch TVs with Full HD resolutions.

It's here that we start to see evidence of what we suspected would be the Toshiba 32RL958's main picture foible; motion blur. As the presenter stands on a fishing boat, her bright blue hat bristles and shudders against a white sky as the boat rocks.

Worse is to come; a panning shot across a wooden fence sees every single slat pulse and expand - it's really quite nasty, though some extreme examples of motion issues are rare.

Toshiba 32RL958 review

And despite all that, during normal TV watching the Toshiba 32RL958 remains hugely enjoyable. With a Blu-ray disc of Hugo playing, we noticed a general lack of contrast and a low-ish black level, as well as some light leakage from the LEDs along the top of the screen.

Some sequences in Hugo look a little flat, with wisps of smoke lacking depth and the cogs of the clocks turning with noticeable judder, but elsewhere the image is always precise, colourful and has just about enough contrast.

It's not the ultimate flatscreen TV, but you'll have a job finding a 32-inch television this versatile that offers such a clean picture from disparate sources.

Toshiba 32RL958 review

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