Lately, Toshiba has been aggressively targeting more budget-conscious buyers with its TVs, which is probably a smart move given the current economic climate. The Toshiba Regza 32LV713B continues this trend -- it's a no-nonsense 32-incher that eschews fancy features in an effort to keep its price down. At £325, it's certainly cheap, but does it represent good value for money?
Not bad for budget
You wouldn't describe the 32LV713B as a looker, but it's not exactly hard on the eyes, either. At 95mm deep, it's very thick for a 32-inch set, but the glossy black paint job and curvaceous styling on the bezel look reasonably decent by budget-TV standards.
Given the low price point, it's no surprise to find the TV has three HDMI ports rather than the four that are now standard on most mid-range offerings. Nevertheless, you do get two Scart sockets, as well as a set of component inputs, so you shouldn't struggle to connect all your AV gear up to the set.
We're seeing more and more TVs sporting Freeview HD tuners, but the 32LV317B isn't one of them. The tuner used here is only capable of picking up standard-definition broadcasts. Still, if you're a Sky or Virgin Media subscriber, that won't be a major problem for you. The tuner was fast to find all the digital channels, but once they were tuned we found the set was a little slow at switching between them. It's not as bad as Toshiba'sin this regard, but it was still noticeably sluggish.
The electronic programme guide (EPG) isn't very good, either. It uses a vertical layout, which makes it difficult to spot clashes between programmes on different channels. Also, when you move between channels in the EPG, the TV automatically switches to that channel, so you can't browse what's coming up while keeping the current show displayed. This is very annoying and makes navigating the EPG slow and tedious.
Its budget price means that its lack of Internet features doesn't come as a shock. Toshiba has added a USB port on the left-hand edge. This can be used to view photos and listen to MP3 files that are stored on USB keys or hard drives. Unlike many of rival sets, such as those from LG, this telly doesn't support video playback via the USB port, so you can't use it to watch your collection of DivX files, unfortunately.