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Toshiba 32UL863B review

A 32-inch TV with Smart features and solid pictures

Our Verdict

For

  • Slick UI and usability
  • Sharp, colourful HD images
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Against

  • Unimpressive audio
  • Toshiba Places needs more content
  • Personal TV not worth bothering with

The Toshiba Regza 32UL863B is an enticing proposition - a 32-inch Full HD LED TV with Toshiba's new Places smart TV portal, built-in Wi-Fi, full networking capabilities, 100Hz processing, Freeview HD tuner and in-depth picture calibration, all for as little as £400.

With those features and price tag, it should give sets such as Sony's KDL-32CX523 and Samung's UE32D5000 a run for their money.

The UL range is one of Toshiba's more affordable smart TV offerings, and the 32UL863B is the smallest model - there are 37-inch (37UL863B), 42-inch (42UL863B) and 46-inch (46UL863B) options available too.

Below it are the SL models, in identical sizes. These miss out on certain features, including built-in Wi-Fi and recording to a USB device. Above the UL series is Toshiba's VL range, in 42-inch and 47-inch flavours, which introduces Passive 3D technology to the feature set.

Where the Toshiba Regza 32UL863B may struggle on the shop shelves is its design. Once assembled on its desktop stand (which, as with last year's models, involves laying the TV down face-first - at least Toshiba tells you to do this on a soft material) the TV looks a little non-descript.

It's thin, but not drastically so, with an angular bezel adorned by some blink-and-you'll-miss-it silver side trim. The good news is that its styling should blend into wherever you choose to stick it. And for a TV that's aimed just as much at the bedroom and kitchen as the living room, that's important.

Build quality seems fine, and the glass-topped stand feels sturdy, too. Connections are good for this price point, with four HDMI inputs, an Ethernet jack and twin USB ports the key offerings. One of these can be used to record footage from the TV's Freeview HD tuner to a storage device, giving you basic time-shifting functionality without the need for a dedicated PVR.

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 Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA UL863
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Operating Power Consumption107 W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Volume, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesUL863
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32UL863
Product Name32" Smart LED TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32UL863B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Your content, when you want it - the REGZA UL LED series offers access to internet TV including your favourite videos on YouTube, your favourite shows on BBC iPlayer or catch up with friends on Facebook. You can also get access to a range of other online content from Flickr, Aupeo internet radio, Cartoon Network and more through the Toshiba Places internet portal accessed via your TV at the touch of a button. The UL includes USB HDD recording functionality, allowing you to record TV to USB HDD for future viewing.

Response Time5.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year