Review: Toshiba 32L3863DB HD Smart LED TV

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Guest blog by James,

The new 32-inch television from Toshiba (the 32L3863DB) arrived in store this month and we were keen to see just what it was like. As you would expect from Toshiba, the television comes very well packed and provided with an excellent instruction manual that really helps with the setting up.  There is a small pedestal stand that needs to be attached before you begin but really that just takes a few minutes. Thankfully, the onscreen guide prompts you all the way with the initial installation and it found all of our available channels in a short period of time. It should also be noted that the television can be connected to a Sky/Satellite receiver and/or a Freeview antenna.

Anyone can appreciate a full HD LED screen giving an extremely good picture performance for all of your favourite films and TV shows. We thoroughly tested the product’s image quality on conventional television broadcasts (BBC, ITV etc) before progressing to popular streaming services. From this, we can happily say that the image was vibrant and the blacks consistent with a good depth to the picture.

Using the remote control, you can access and navigate the picture performance menu easily. This enables the user to adjust the settings to suit the type of programme being shown. The four main settings are Natural, Cinema, Dynamic and Sports mode. When selected, each one will adjust contrast and sharpness to suit. Personally, the dynamic setting looks the best, with all of the colours looking vibrant in normal viewing circumstances. However, sports fans will benefit from switching the mode to its designated programming. Those who are more concerned with the level of energy efficiency should note that the Natural setting does use less power than the others. We then connected up a Bluray player through the HD socket and the picture was fantastic. The colours popped and looked amazingly accurate and realistic.

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This is a smart television, which means that you can connect to the Internet and watch selected content or use social media on your TV. The dedicated applications are: Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. This is achieved via the television’s wireless connection but you can connect to the Internet using a LAN cable if that is more suitable. You can sleep easy knowing that the back of the television has plenty of sockets for all of your devices with three HDMI and two USB connectors as well as an optical audio output for a soundbar if you wish. This is essential as the sound, considering the smaller size, is of decent quality but lacks any power or depth that a soundbar can provide.

For a full demonstration, visit your local Hughes store. For ease and convenience, you can purchase this TV both in store or online with it also available for our stellar click and collect service. Using this option, you can pick up your new TV from a local store in as little as one hour!