The most surprising plus point, though, is that predominantly bright scenes enjoy a reasonable sense of contrast, as some passably deep black colours are able to co-exist in the same frame with the bright, well-saturated fare mentioned before.
The biggest flaw with the picture is the presence of some occasionally pretty noticeable motion blur. This undermines the otherwise strong sharpness performance during action sequences, especially if those sequences have lots of camera pans as well as motion within a frame.
To be fair, the level of motion blur is by no means bad by the standards of small TVs at the Toshiba’s price point. It’s just an issue to consider - especially if you’re driven more by picture quality than price. The motion blur is certainly more aggressive than it is on Panasonic’s 19in L19D28 or Sony’s 22in 22E5300, for instance - but both those TVs are considerably more expensive, and don’t offer integrated DVD playback.
The other rather predictable area of difficulty for the 22DV713B is black level response during predominantly dark scenes. For what seemed to be a decent black level response when viewing predominantly bright fare is rather caught out when night falls or the lights get turned off. The amount of greyness apparent over the darkest areas is sufficient to make pictures look less natural and vibrant, and also smothers background detail, leaving very dark scenes feeling short of depth.
Again, though, we need to keep this in perspective. For while the more expensive Panasonic and Sony rivals mentioned a moment ago certainly produce a deeper, richer black portrayal, the 22DV713B really isn’t bad at all within its price bracket. It’s certainly a match for the Sharp 22DV200E, at any rate.
The 22DV713B does fall prey to a couple more extremely common small LCD TV shortcomings, in that there’s a little strip of brightness inconsistency about a cm wide along the top and bottom edges of the picture, and its speakers sound thin, overworked and acutely underpowered when pushed at all hard by a film soundtrack. But overall...
...we’re finding it really pretty hard to knock the 22DV713B. It’s cute enough to look at, it’s surprisingly well set up for multimedia use, and even its performance - while certainly not without flaws - is better than you’ve much right to expect for only a smidge over £220.
The occasionally irksome operating system - especially the EPG - is probably our biggest problem with the set, but bargain-hunting buyers might reasonably feel that a little teeth-grinding and impatience are small prices to pay for what is overall a really great value little combi TV.