Of course, hot specs will only get a budget TV so far. But while it’s certainly far from perfect, the 32AV635D also performs better than you’d imagine possible too.
Inevitably, any assessment of a new Toshiba TV’s performance positives has to kick off by restating once more how well Resolution+ works. The way it manages to sharpen up even quite grubby standard definition sources from either the analogue or digital tuners, while also keeping a firm lid on video noise levels, really is outstanding. In fact, it makes the TV by default the best standard definition picture performer I’ve seen below £400. Or maybe £500, come to that.
Of course, the resolution-enhancing antics of Resolution+ wouldn’t strike such a chord if they were let down badly by that common budget LCD TV failing of motion blur. But while there is certainly some resolution loss as things move around the 32AV635D’s screen, it’s not severe by any means considering there’s no 100Hz engine to help out. It’s certainly way less severe, at any rate, than you’ll find with the vast majority of other TVs at the same deflated price point.
Also surprisingly good is the 32AV635D’s colour response. Pictures enjoy a level of vibrancy and colour dynamism seldom witnessed on budget sets, and there’s enough subtlety in blends to make you forget the set’s lack of a Full HD pixel density. It’s worth pointing out, too, that the screen’s colour fidelity holds up with standard definition as well as HD, countering a common LCD failing.
In noting how dynamic colours look, it seemed to me that the 32AV635D’s black level response isn’t at all bad, either. This might sound a bit surprising given that I wasn’t exactly overwhelmed by the black level talents of this TV’s 37in sibling recently. But relative to other budget 32in sets, the TV can certainly do black well enough to ensure that normal, every day pictures look punchy. Maybe, too, the smaller screen area ‘hides’ during typical TV fodder any black level insecurities that might be revealed when I spend time with a few high-contrast movie sources in a moment or two.