It’s a few weeks later than expected, but the first TV from Toshiba’s intriguing and startlingly diverse 2011 range is finally here. But whereas most brands - especially Samsung - like to announce their annual updates in showboating style, with something big, high-end and glamorous, Toshiba’s first step into 2011 is a decidedly modest affair.
The 22DL833 is, as its name suggests, a mere 22in TV, with a reasonably aggressive sub-£250 price tag. And the presence within it of a built-in DVD player further positions it as a utilitarian rather than high-performance device, designed first and foremost to provide high practical value for as little money as possible to someone after a second TV for a study, bedroom, conservatory or kitchen. It clearly is not going to be some all-singing, all-dancing home cinema mega machine.
There is, however, one promising thing about the 22DL833’s spec from a performance point of view. For instead of using the standard CCFL backlighting we might expect on such an affordable and small screen, the 22DL833 actually uses edge LED lighting. The set isn’t the first 22in TV to use edge LED lighting, but it certainly adds to its shelf appeal given its sub-£250 price tag.
Aesthetically, the 22DL833 isn’t bad. Not surprisingly it’s a little chunkier round the back than most edge LED TVs, at least on the rear right side where it has to accommodate its DVD player. Its bezel is a little unfashionably wide, too, but the finish looks and feels decent quality for the set’s money, and the tapered-in lower side and the silver strip along the bottom edge offsets the black of the rest of the bezel quite cutely.
The 22DL833’s connections are pretty decent for its level of the market. On the downside there are only two HDMIs rather than the three we might have hoped for. But to be fair, the built-in DVD player takes out of the equation one of the external sources you might otherwise have had to attach.
The good news about the 22DL833’s connectivity is that it has both a D-Sub PC port (by no means guaranteed on affordable, small-screen TVs) and a USB port able to play photo, audio and even video files (DivX or files with .mpg, .dat, .vob and .avi extensions). There’s further multimedia playback from the DVD deck, too, as this can play DivX files, Picture CDs, JPEG photos and MP3 audio files, as well as DVD films and audio CDs, of course.