The 26-inch 26AV713B is part of Toshiba's entry-level range. It takes over from last year's AV635 series, which produced some impressive, if basic, TVs. Priced at a relatively modest £280, the 1366x768-pixel LCD 26AV713B seems to be a good bet for a second TV in the kitchen or bedroom. But is this really the case?
The TV looks pretty much like LCD sets used to look before slim-line LED models appeared on the market -- big and chunky with a wide bezel running around the screen. Toshiba has added some design flare by gently curving the top and bottom of the chassis and adding a thin chrome band just below the screen.
there's only a standard Freeview tuner on board, you don't get access to high-definition
services from the likes of the BBC and ITV. While slow channel changes were an
issue with the other two Toshiba sets we've looked at recently -- the
For a portable TV, the 26AV713 is reasonably well endowed when it comes to inputs. Around the back, you'll find two HDMI sockets as well as a pair of Scart inputs. There's a VGA connector if you want to use the set as a monitor with a PC and a set of component inputs. On the left-hand edge, next to the CI slot, you'll find a solitary USB port. Unfortunately, this can't be used for video playback, but it does let you view JPG pictures and listen to MP3 files stored on a memory key or external hard drive. While the on-screen interface for this is quite basic (it's essentially a file browser), it is, thankfully, quick to navigate.
The TV's remote control is also worth a mention. Not only is it small and comfortable to hold, but it also has an excellent layout, with the Guide and Info buttons cleverly placed so they're always within easy reach of your thumb.