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But the 32WLT68’s beauty isn’t just skin deep. When you take a look at the connection options, you realise that this little 32in set is punching far above its weight. The highlight of the connection complement is a total of three HDMI ports! That’s right, while far larger and more expensive sets force you to make do with one measly HDMI, the 32WLT68 pushes the boat out and gives you three. Toshiba has also been clever with the placement of the ports with two at the rear and the third at the side. The latter is very handy if you happen to have an HD camcorder like the Sony HDR-HC3, which sports an HDMI output. But even if you haven’t joined the HD home movie set just yet, when you factor in a Sky HD box, a Blu-ray player and the (eventual) European release of the PS3, it’s clear that you’ll have no trouble filling up three HDMI inputs.
But the good news doesn’t end with a triplet of HDMIs, this little TV has so much more than that. Obviously there’s a component video input to round off the HD Ready certification, but you also get two Scarts, a D-SUB PC input, S-Video and composite. There’s also both analogue and optical digital audio outputs and a dedicated subwoofer output, if you want to add a bit of extra low frequency punch to the proceedings. Toshiba even produces its own slim-line subwoofer, but the standard output means that you have the option of hooking up any external sub.
The final connection option is a CI slot for adding subscription services to the integrated digital tuner. Talking of tuners, the 32WLT68 comes equipped with both digital and analogue versions. You can also pull up the seven day Freeview EPG at the touch of a button, and unlike some TVs we’ve looked at, the 32WLT68 lets you browse through all the channels, not just the one that you’re watching. It’s also worth noting that EPG is very responsive when you’re browsing, unlike the 42WLT66 which felt annoyingly sluggish.
So, everything looks pretty damn good for the 32WLT68. It’s sleek and stylish, has more connection options than you could shake a stick at, and has both analogue and digital tuners built in. But before I move onto the picture quality I need to have one little moan. Just like the 42WLT66 before it, the 32WLT68 has a truly horrible remote control. Considering how good the TV itself looks, it’s a travesty that the remote looks like something you’d get with a no-brand TV that you bought down your local market. Toshiba really needs to work on this, because its competitors are getting things so right in this department. The Philips 37PF9731D for example, shipped with a remote control that wouldn’t look out of place in the Tate Modern.
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