Toshiba 32RV635 review

It's a solid performer from the Toshiba stable - if you get an online bargain with this, you won't be disappointed Tested at £480.00

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Our Verdict

'Above average’ must count as a victory given the strength of rivals, and the Toshiba’s got enough going for it to make it worthy of consideration

For

  • Fine spec at the price
  • decent TV tuners
  • good facility with motion
  • sounds as well-realised as the best of its rivals

Against

  • Soft-ish Blu-ray images
  • warm-ish colour balance

Toshiba, once an LCD TV front-runner overhauled by a chasing pack, was getting along quite nicely for a while thanks to the brilliantly simple strategy of making its screens as affordable as possible – until other manufacturers began responding with inexpensive sets of their own.

But if the 32RV635 is anything to go by, Toshiba might just be ready to come on strong again.

Here's a screen at the bottom end of our 32in TV price-range with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, all the inputs any reasonable customer will require and a blandly handsome chassis to contain them all.

It's well made and properly finished and benefits from comprehensive, simple-to-navigate on-screen menus.

Good performer at a great price
It's a very agreeable performer, too. TV reception, though occasionally a little blocky and spiky, is less coarse and crude than quite a few rivals, and its warmish colour balance doesn't detract from the proficiency of its skin-textures or clean white tones.

It handles motion well enough, and even has a passable stab at detailing very dark scenes.

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The slightly overheated colour palette is also in evidence when the screen's upscaling DVD pictures but, again, that's ultimately of less significance than the low picture noise, efficiently drawn edges and convincing depth of field the Toshiba serves up.

The finest of fine details may elude it, but in the context of the price and its obvious rivals it's an assured set.

Blu-ray pictures, in this instance 3:10 to Yuma, have a slightly different emphasis. The toasty colour balance simmers down to something more neutral, and skintones look authentic.

Clean and controlled contrasts
Black scenes are certainly dark enough, with some detail to be discerned, and even glowering contrasts stay clean and controlled.

Motion is followed tidily, and edge definition is smooth, but there's no doubt that the overriding signature is slightly soft.

Sound, unexpectedly, is quite dynamic. That may sound like faint praise, but ‘quite dynamic' is as good as it ever gets for flatscreen TVs.

It's as thin as a homeless whippet, of course, but that's all too common.

This set isn't about to set the sector on fire but it's a solidly capable device – if you can find it with a few quid knocked off online, it could be ideal.

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Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand25.8 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate15.50 kg
Weight Approximate12.70 kg
Width with Stand78.6 cm
Height with Stand57 cm
Width78.6 cm
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Depth8.6 cm
Height52.5 cm
ColourPiano Black
Dimensions52.5 cm (H): 78.6 cm (W): 8.6 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Teletext
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")

Audio

RMS Output Power50 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption800 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption96 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

General Information

Product NameToshiba 32RV635
Product Model32RV635D
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Brand NameToshiba
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerToshiba
Manufacturer Part Number32RV635

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • 32RV635D LCD TV
  • Remote Control