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.