Toshiba Regza 37XV505D review: Toshiba Regza 37XV505D

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The Good Picture quality; sound quality; design; some good features.

The Bad Could be cheaper; remote control isn't the best.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba Regza 37XV505D is a strong performer, with attractive styling and a reasonable amount of features and connectivity, too. Overall, it does a great job of pretty much everything

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You're not seeing things: the Toshiba Regza 37XV505 owes a lot of its styling to the ultra-slim Toshiba Regza 40XF355 , which we reviewed last year. The bezel is slender and the screen has a modern and impressive design that gives it a real presence in the corner of your living room.

It might look the part, but can this sleek, £600 LCD TV compete with some of the amazing plasma TVs that are on the market at the moment? We sacrificed some time to play PS3 games and watching movies to find out.

Design
Despite its similarity to last year's model, we like the look of the 37XV505. Not only is its design smart, stylish and modern, it also sports classy rounded corners and a glossy black finish.

As off-switch obsessives, we're pleased that XV has a proper power button. It makes us sad that such a feature is even noteworthy, but these days, so much stuff simply can't be turned off. Many TVs are environmental disasters, not to mention expensive to run. You'll find this lovely power switch on the left-hand side of the TV.

At the rear of the set, there are two HDMI, two Scart and one component and VGA input. On the side of the screen, there are composite, S-Video and a third HDMI input. Basic controls for adjusting the channel or volume are housed on the side panel. You also get an optical digital input and a subwoofer output. These add to the flexibility of the TV and mean you might be able to get better sound out of it.

The similarity to previous Toshiba sets is reflected in the remote control. It's slender and decent enough to hold, but while the buttons are logical, it's not the most responsive of devices.

Features
Toshiba has included a number of nice touches in the XV series that should keep people happy. Most notable is the inclusion of audio description support. If you've never heard of it, AD is a method of sending an extra audio track to the TV that includes a description of what's happening on-screen. This means that people with sight problems don't struggle to understand what's going on. It's not a new idea, but including it in a TV makes a lot more sense than requiring a separate decoder box.

There is a game mode, designed to engage 1:1 pixel mapping, and produce the best possible picture quality when playing games. We constructively used our work time to play Burnout Paradise, confirming that the TV is very capable in the gaming department. It certainly improved the quality of our skiving and will surely please at-home gamers, too.

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Toshiba Regza 37XV505D

Part Number: CNETToshiba Regza 37XV505D

Typical Price: £600.00

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