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Toshiba 32SL400U LED LCD HDTV Review

32 in.

Limited to 720p and falls shorts of the connectivity needed to make it a viable choice for a home theater.

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Formats

The Toshiba 32SL400U has a native resolution of 720p (1280 x 720), which is definitely not something you're going to find on more expensive – or even middle-of-the-road TVs – anymore. The standard has become 1080p, and the 720p format has been relegated to budget TVs. However, the TV is capable of handling all standard NTSC signals, including 1080p video. The TV simply resizes the picture to fit the screen resolution. However, if you jump back to the previous page, you'll see what a terrible job it does of it.

Viewing Angle

The Toshiba 32SL400U produced a slightly better than average viewing angle. It can extend to about 70 degrees (35 degrees from center on either side) before losing a significant amount of contrast. As you can see in the chart below, this is wider and better than all three LCD TVs we pulled in for review.

Viewing Angle Chart

Reflectance

The Toshiba 32SL400U has a hard time with ambient light. It creates a wide, diffuse glare, even when coming in from an indirect angle.

Video Processing

The Toshiba 32SL400U has a small handful of processing features. The list is thin, but about what you can expect for a less expensive TV. We didn't think much of the efficacy of any of them, except for Cinema Mode.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Sony Bravia KDL-32EX600 Comparison
  13. Samsung LN32C550 Comparison
  14. LG 32LD450 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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