Toshiba 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD Combo review: Toshiba 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD Combo

Typical Price: $949.00
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good quality audio. Ease of use.

The Bad Remote control is a bit busy. Screen display could be a little more crisp.

The Bottom Line Toshiba's 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD combo unit is compact and simple to use, but screen quality could be better.

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8.3 Overall

Design

Smaller LCD TVs are always going to find it tough to stand out. They're smaller, and thus less visually arresting by the pure fact of their size. Just to look at it, Toshiba's 22DV615Y doesn't present much beyond a plain black frame and a 22-inch LCD panel within.

At the back you'll find connections for HDMI, Component, S-Video, Composite and D-Sub video, coaxial audio, headphone socket and antenna cable. All standard so far. It's only when you glance at the sides that the 22DV615Y stands out. It's a combination LCD TV and DVD player, with a slot-loading DVD drive. This does make it mildly thicker than some LCD TVs at this size, although not by much.

The provided remote control is a busy affair, but at least Toshiba's designers have been wise enough to at least make the play/stop buttons a different size to make them stand out.

Features

Toshiba sells three models in the current DVD/Combo range. There's an AU$849 19-inch model, the AU$949 22-inch model we've reviewed and an AU$1049 26-inch model. Our 22-inch review model had a top resolution of 1366x768, meaning it's not 1080p capable, although you wouldn't notice all that much with a screen this size. Toshiba states contrast at 800:1, which isn't spectacular, and brightness at 400cd/m².

On the playback front, it's digital TV compatible, and can play back content from DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW and VCD. You'll need to hook up an external Blu-ray player for BR compliance, but then being a Toshiba product that's not too much of a surprise.

Out of the box the 22DV615Y is technically region locked, but it's surprisingly easy to turn it into a region free player with only a minimum of fuss.

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