Excerpt: On the plus side, the Toshiba 32RL953B isn’t wanting for ports. As well as three HDMI cables for all your set top boxes and whatnot, you’ll find a USB port too for loading up all your digital media from pics to videos. Freeview HD is also built-in, so once you plug it in you can start watching in crystal clear HD for free.
Conclusion: Toshiba has some catching up to do if it wants to be a strong contender in this area. While we admire its determination to include full smart features at such an affordable price, the overall performance fails to impress – a shame, given the company’s recent First Test successes.
Pros: Clear picture, cheap price, plenty of smart features, good remote-control app
Cons: Bold but unsubtle colours, lack of detail in black areas, clunky interface
Conclusion: Despite its obvious picture limitations, the 32RL953 feels like good value for money thanks to the quantity and quality of features on board. Toshiba Places is a neatly integrated, great-looking web portal with some high-profile apps, while the operating system is pretty and it supports a decent range of formats via USB.
Pros: Decent build quality, USB media support, Toshiba Places
Cons: No Wi-Fi, Freeview pictures/excessive motion blur, Fiddly remote