Toshiba Regza 32RL858

7/30/2012 9:35:21 AM

Price: $555


Description: Toshiba Regza 32RL858

Toshiba Regza 32RL858

Toshiba Regza 32RL858 is not the most modern TV we have ever seen – the bezel made of outdated silver plastic is not the most advanced. However, its appearance is misleading, because this small TV has Smart TV features and a Freeview HD tuner.

RL858 has a rear gate. 3 HDMI, VGA, Ethernet (no Wi-Fi option) and USB are presented, so you don’t have any trouble connecting Blu-ray player, PC or game console. Unfortunately, they mostly turn out rather than facing down; they may interfere with the same wall mounting.

Description: Toshiba Regza 32RL858

Back panel

You will want to connect TV to the internet; Toshiba has added online Places system, which is one of beautiful SmartTV systems we have ever seen. It is not a perfect system as competitors because you have to step through many menus to find services, while in SmartTV of Sony and Samsung, they stay in the same place. Youtube, BBC iPlayer and rental movies from AceTrax are there, as well as USB playback and network for video files. The file format support is excellent, and we don’t encounter any problem when playing MKV, DivX or XviD videos. However, there is only a USB port, so you won’t play files directly if you use optional dongle Wi-Fi (product code is WLM-10U2, $48 from

We don’t expect much from the menu system, based on the program guide on clutter screen. It occupies the whole screen and there is no picture-in-picture mode. Nevertheless, if you try more, you will see full image options. Color management system gives you the control for red, green, blue and magenta separately. Also, there are options to disable the active backlight control, a few noise reduction settings, as well as brightness control, contrast and sharpness, so you are able to change the image.

32RL858 surprisingly does well with standard and high definition source. Images look sharp and detailed, even during fast action scenes. Colors are vibrant and they jump off the screen in a way that few basic TVs can do. Main Freeview channels are not interfered, though some low-bandwidth channels have fewer details reasonably. Freeview HD channels are better, but Blu-ray videos are where the TV looks best.

Although primarily we are quite impressive, the image quality is not perfect. Night scenes are the most troubled, revealing gray areas that they should be black, simultaneously there is inconsistency in the backlight. Some areas of the screen look brighter than normal, so we suggest reducing the backlight to compensate.

Speaker is only 10W power, quite clear and loud enough for a medium-sized room. A TV at this size will find a place in the second room for sure. We are pleased to see that you won’t need to invest to speakers to watch every day. Nonetheless, its weaknesses were exposed during our Blu-ray tests. At higher volume, or when bass is created, we began to hear vague and distorted.

If you are looking for a second TV to combine with a game console or Blu-ray player, 32RL858 is quite ideal. The image quality is good for a cheap TV. If you add high-definition content, it has Smart TV features and reasonable price. However, it is worth waiting for how competitors of this TV show before you buy.


Evaluation. A cheap TV with lots of feature and excellent image quality, but check out rivals before you buy.

32-inch LCD TV with edge LED backlight. 1920x1080 resolution, 3.000.000:1 contrast ratio, 400cd/m2 brightness, 3 HDMI outputs, 1 SCART, 1 VGA, 1 component, 1 composite, Freeview HD tuner, 1 year of RTB warranty.

Energy consumption: 1W standby, 68W active.

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