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Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV review

John Archer



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Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV
  • Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV
  • REGZA 42RV635D 107 cm 42" LCD TV (DVB-T - NTSC, PAL, SECAM178° / 178° - 16:9 - 1920 x 1080 - 1080p)


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If there's one trend that stands out above all others in the TV world right now, it's eco-friendliness. So it's no great surprise to find Toshiba joining the green fray with the 42RV635D: a 42in LCD TV that carries a special 'Eco-Panel' designed to run at a lower wattage than your typical LCD panels. Which is all well and good, of course, so long as the set's bid to save the planet doesn't end up spoiling its picture quality!

The home for the new Eco panel is similar to the decently attractive design found on Toshiba's cheaper 37AV635D, reviewed last week. Which is to say that a pleasantly slender bezel is finished in a very high gloss black, with a rather fancy illuminated Toshiba logo standing out boldly along the bottom edge. The only differences are that the 42RV635's desktop stand is a bit smaller and cooler, and that there's a gradual fade to grey in a 2cm or so section of the 42RV635's bottom edge, above a strikingly - or should that be worryingly?! - slim speaker grille. I should probably add here for anyone wincing at the thought of a luminous Toshiba logo that the illumination can be deactivated.

The 42RV635D is well connected for its money, with highlights of four HDMIs, a D-Sub PC input, and a USB port that can play JPEG pictures. I guess it would have been nice if the USB jack could have handled MP3s and video files too, but that's probably not a very reasonable expectation given how cheap the 42RV635D is.

Driving the eco panel, meanwhile, is Toshiba's MetaBrain technology. This includes two key video processing elements: Toshiba's Active Vision II engine, and Resolution+.

Briefly, for those of you not familiar with these two systems, Active Vision II is one of those 'all-purpose', multi-faceted picture processors that pretty much every brand now employs on its TVs in one form or another. The more interesting Resolution+ is Toshiba's proprietary - and usually hugely impressive - attempt to turn standard definition pictures into something more akin to high definition by adding resolution and edge definition while keeping a firm lid on video noise.

Another interesting element of the MetaBrain is its AutoView feature, a picture option which looks at both the image content and the amount of ambient light in your room when automatically calculating the picture's optimum brightness and contrast.

The 42RV635D's screen specifications are thoroughly decent for its price point. The native resolution is a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080, while its contrast ratio is reckoned to be 50,000:1 - a considerable leap up from the 37AV635.

The 42RV635D's brightness is only reckoned to be 450cd/m2 versus the 500cd/m2 of the 37AV635D, a reflection, perhaps, of the RV series' Eco Panel design. But I wouldn't expect this to be a problem in any but the brightest of viewing rooms. In fact, it's entirely possible that the 42RV635D's lower light output will actually improve pictures, by making it possible to produce dark scenes with less of the grey misting problem still common on LCD TVs - especially affordable ones.


August 16, 2009, 4:34 am

Nice TV, shame about the poor viewing angles that have been plaguing Toshiba sets for yonks. Any chance of reviewing the XV version of this TV as well? One would assume it is above this set in the range? This is unlike in the previous generation where the XV sat just below the RV series, strange. It has 100hz processing and goes for around £650 now which is only about £30 more than this model - potentially a steal?

Ken Alder

December 20, 2009, 6:57 pm

It was my birthday yesterday and my wife had agreed to buy me a new television for my b'day/xmas present so for the past week, I had be looking around for something of the high quality I would expect but within a budget of £700. After reading numerous reviews and scanning dozens of websites, I had decided that my best option was to go for the Panasonic 42" Plasma which is sold in both John Lewis and Costco for £700. I was all set to go to Costco and buy what I want; in and out was the plan!!

Now; luckily I decided to get the opinion of the Sales Advisor on duty at the time and ended up spending about 40 minutes looking at the different options and listening to his advice on why I should go LCD and not Plasma; especially as I spend a lot of time playing on my XBox and PS3. This finally led to me to me taking his advice and going for the Toshiba 42RV635D (1080p 42" LCD) and on reflection, I couldn't be any happier.

I immediately went home, set up my new television and was amazed by the quality; this TV delivers everything that it promises. The picture and Sound quality are outstanding; not only on the HD channels but even on the standard ones. The speakers that are set along the bottom edge of the screen offer outstnding sound quality, even without a seperate surround system and the intelligent lighting control makes the viewing experience a real treat.

I would advise anyone to give this product serious consideration if they are looking for a quality screen of this size; and to top it all, it came at £100 cheaper than the TV I was orignially looking at so the value for money it outstanding.

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