Toshiba 37UL863 review

Gets the balance between price and performance just right Tested at £600

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Our Verdict

Gets the balance between price and performance just right

For

  • Inoffensive looks
  • great spec at the price
  • pictures are occasionally very impressive

Against

  • Blotchy backlighting
  • motion processing hinders rather than helps

It’s not exaggerating to say that Toshiba’s television division has had a bit of a
time of it lately. If there’s been any consistency in its products over the past couple of years, we certainly haven’t noticed it.

So while we’re not yet prepared to go so far as to suggest the 37UL863 represents an overall return to form, it’s definitely a good start.

Unless you’re in the market for a 3D TV, the LED-backlit 37UL863 is amply specified.

Highlights include three tuners (analogue, Freeview HD and Freesat), USB recording and a comprehensive suite of online facilities the like of which Toshiba TVs haven’t previously featured.

Simple set up for convincing images
Thanks to a workable remote control and some tidy on-screen menus, the 37UL863 is simple to set up.

We would recommend keeping the Toshiba’s motion-processing options firmly in their box; then, the 863’s capable of lustrous, convincing images.

The remastered Jurassic Park Blu-ray, for instance, looks splendid: vibrant, high-contrast and detailed, with decent control of movement and particularly enjoyable skin-tones and textures.

It’s equally enjoyable when fed a decent TV signal. BBC One HD via the Freesat tuner is crisp and clean, with strong white tones augmenting a nicely neutral colour palette and impressive edge definition.

Slightly uneven backlighting
Darker scenes scenes reveal slightly uneven backlighting, but it’s pretty benign compared with some rivals we could mention, and doesn’t notably impinge on picture quality.

This is a decent set for the gamers out there as well. There’s no noticeable lag when playing – chiefly because there’s little processing to be negotiated. The Toshiba is as capable a DVD upscaler, too, as the most accomplished budget-end disc-player.

Add in sound that’s meritorious simply by not being too hard or thin and you’ve
got yourself an all-rounder that looks like a good deal at the price.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesUL863
Product LineREGZA
Product NameToshiba 37UL863
Product Model37UL863
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Brand NameToshiba
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerToshiba
Manufacturer Part Number37UL863B

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand25.8 cm
Width with Stand87.3 cm
Weight Approximate14.50 kg
Height with Stand59 cm

Technical Information

FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Auto-off, Hotel Mode
Streaming ServiceYouTube, AUPEO, BBC iPlayer, HbbTV
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Internet AccessYes
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size94 cm (37")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Volume

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption111 W

Video

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

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • 37" Smart LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Stand

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year