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Toshiba Regza 37RV635DB 37in LCD TV - Toshiba Regza 37RV635DB

By Danny Phillips

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Summary

Our Score:

8

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Anyone who baulks at their electricity bill every time it drops onto the doormat will appreciate this set's Eco Panel, which eats up much less power than Toshiba's regular LCD panels. The key is that the panel is so translucent that only half as much power is needed to illuminate it. This is not only good for your electricity bills but it's also kinder to the environment, and the 'Full Power Down' option (or the off switch) means you don't have to leave it in standby overnight either.

The panel is 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD of course, plus the 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 450cd/m2 brightness and 5ms response time figures sound healthy enough. Other features include a self-explanatory Game mode, an Exact Scan mode for 1:1 pixel mapping and 1080/24p support for Blu-ray playback.

The 37RV635DB's operating system has also been given a fresh lick of paint, and now the onscreen design is a lot clearer and easier on the eyes. And we mean that literally - the menu graphics seem much softer than the pin-sharp displays on previous Tosh sets.

It is, however, supremely easy to use, with sensibly sequenced submenus and clever use of funky icons to break up the barrage of text. The EPG and digital TV displays are attractive and the supplied remote boasts an intuitive layout and large buttons that make it easy to find any function. We like the addition of a 'Quick' button that provides easy access to key tweaks.

Talking of which, there are more picture adjustments on offer than we expected for the money, going beyond the usual colour, brightness and contrast settings, which means you can calibrate the picture to quite an accurate degree. Sound tweaks are limited but the Bass Boost mode might come in handy.

Red0x

July 24, 2009, 10:40 pm

How much of a step up is this over the Toshiba 37x3030DB (2007, mid-high end, Full HD model) that I currently possess? Obviously the SD performance is going to be heaps better as it's pretty atrocious on my current set, but what about HD images (which I watch most of the time)? I like Toshiba TVs as they have a minimalist styling, similar to Sony's, but without that hefty price tag. Have the black levels come a long way since 2007?

Mark Southee

April 30, 2010, 8:51 pm

Sorry to drag up an oldish review. But got one of these as they are down to £400. Hooked up to a Humax Freesat HD PVR. However 'm having trouble hooking up my Sharp Soundbar to it as there is no Audio out connections. At the momment I've got it working via the headphone jacks. Any better ways of doing this. Great TV apart from this

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