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Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB 32in LCD TV review

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Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB 32in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB 32in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB 32in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB 32in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB 32in LCD TV

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Our Score:

9

With the TV world teetering on the edge of a huge burst of innovation as we hurtle through 2010, the current crop of ‘vanilla’ TVs are having to work harder and harder to still look appealing - where working harder usually means slashing prices, as has happened with Toshiba’s now phenomenally cheap 32RV635DB.

You can get this 32in LCD TV for just 349 quid - a pretty remarkable feat for a TV with an established and respected brand name attached to it. But that feat becomes even more remarkable when you consider that the 32RV635DB doesn’t even sit at the bottom of Toshiba’s current TV range.

Its step-up status from Toshiba’s entry-level AV635 series means, for instance, that it offers a Full HD resolution - far from a given at the budget end of the 32in market. Also, the 32RV635DB uses an ‘eco panel’ for reduced power consumption while the 32AV635D does not; and the 32RV635DB’s claimed contrast ratio of 50,000:1 looks far healthier than the 18,000:1 quoted for the 32AV635DB.

The 32AV635D actually outscores the 32RV635DB in one area, with a brightness of 500cd/m2 versus its sibling’s 450cd/m2. But this could merely reflect the 32RV635DB’s eco panel and enhanced focus on contrast rather than revealing a relative weakness in its performance.

The 32RV635DB is quite cute to look at (as long as you don’t get close enough to notice the slightly plasticky build quality), even boasting that now trademark Toshiba touch of an illuminated brand logo.

AV purists will, of course, hate this logo with a passion. But as well as having to point out that a £349 TV is hardly being aimed at AV purists, I’m happy to say that you can turn the illumination off if you want to. When I tried to do this, mind you, it simply ended in my three-year-old daughter getting so upset about me 'hurting the TV' that I had to put the illumination back on again pronto. Parents, you have been warned!

Getting back into less controversial waters, the 32RV635DB is exceptionally well-connected for such a stupidly cheap TV. My eye was particularly caught by four HDMIs where I would only have expected three for this money, and a USB input through which the TV can play JPEG photos.

vincentb15

March 17, 2010, 5:40 pm

Hi,





Looks like the perfect choice for us, however, I cannot find anyone selling it for ... £349. You mentioned this price point a few times in your article, John, but Amazon is selling it at £388, moreover, it is not Amazon directly, but a vendor on their marketplace (which I have never been fond of).


The article was published today and it is not the 1st time that I find such a difference between the article claimed price and reality.


Your shopping.trustedreviews link still show £348:


http://shopping.trustedreviews...


I can understand prices issues if the article has been published weeks or months ago but not in this case..


So maybe before hitting the 'publish' button you should review those prices...





;-)

salleee

March 17, 2010, 9:41 pm

Was almost convinced until I read the Amazon reviews in detail. A lot of people seem to be having problems with the on/off switch breaking.





e.g.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/review...





*Sigh*

Jay Werfalli

March 17, 2010, 9:54 pm

@Vincent. Thanks for pointing that out - we are looking into this as Amazon and Pricegrabber seem to have this listed incorrectly.

Kevsta

April 13, 2010, 2:23 pm

No FreeviewHD support? I think that I'll wait a bit longer.

John 38

June 21, 2010, 4:53 am

"Was almost convinced until I read the Amazon reviews in detail. A lot of people seem to be having problems with the on/off switch breaking."


Amazon Reviews


5 Star = 99


4 Star = 18


3 Star = 2


2 Star = 1


1 Star = 4





A lot of people what? 117 Very Positive Reviews and Only 7 give it 3 stars or less

Linda Cowell

January 4, 2013, 1:34 pm

My 2.5 year TV has just had a main board go in it and will cost £125.00 approx to be repaired so not impressed with Toshiba at all and will never buy another

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