As anyone who’s into home cinema knows, when it comes to TV screen sizes, bigger is always better. Which is precisely why we thought we should follow up our earlier reviews of Toshiba’s talented but ever-so-slightly small 27in and 32in LCD TVs with something potentially much more satisfying for those big Hollywood moments: the 37in 37WL66. Especially as it delivers its big-screen thrills for the bargain-basement price of £1,300.
It has to be said, though, that the 37WL66 doesn’t get off to a very sexy start. Its looks are really quite bland by today’s standards, as the finish appears lightweight and flimsy while the colour scheme strikes us as drab and old-school. The only truly likeable aspect of the TV’s aesthetics is that the frame around the screen is unusually slim.
Just as well, then, that its connectivity is a whole lot easier on the eye - not least because it includes not one but two HDMI sockets. Given how many HDMI-equipped sources could be vying for your attention over the next 12 months, we reckon pretty much every TV coming out now should have at least two HDMIs. But you’d be surprised how few do, so well done to Toshiba for managing it – especially on such an affordable TV.
The 37WL66 proudly wears the AV world’s HD Ready badge, and so it’s no surprise to find the HDMI jacks joined by a component video input for analogue HD sources like the Xbox 360. Elsewhere, meanwhile, there’s a PC socket so you can double the TV up as a computer monitor, and a pair of SCARTs.
We have to say we’d have liked a third SCART, especially as the set unusually doesn’t provide a 4-pin S-Video input. But those two HDMIs are pretty good compensation.