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Toshiba Regza 26AV505DB review: Toshiba Regza 26AV505DB

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The Good Dirt cheap considering what's on offer; respectable all-round performance.

The Bad No D-Sub PC port; light on features.

The Bottom Line While the Toshiba Regza 26AV505DB isn't big or good enough to become a truly satisfying living-room TV, it would prove exceptionally good value as a second-room set. It's also another hammer blow to the traditional budget fodder pedalled by the likes of Goodmans, Bush and Alba

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Available for around just £280, the Toshiba Regza 26AV505DB is amazingly cheap for a big-name, 26-inch LCD TV with an HD Ready resolution of 1,366x768 pixels. If it can deliver better performance than you tend to get from the budget brands usually found at this level of the market, it could be a real winner.

The dirt-cheap price is not the 26AV505DB's only stand-out feature, as it has a claimed 30,000:1 contrast ratio -- a figure that reveals the set to boast a dynamic backlight system of the sort still rare at the entry-level end of the market.

A passably flexible colour-management system is another feature of the 26AV505DB that we wouldn't expect to find on such a cheap TV, and there's also both MPEG and standard noise reduction.

It's the 26AV505DB's performance that really endears it to us, though. While not particularly outstanding, it's decent and far more consistent than any other TV of between 26 and 28 inches that we've seen at the same price point.

Take the set's motion handling, for instance. While there's definitely some sign of the blurring problem common to LCD TVs, it's much less distracting than on the majority of budget rivals.

Also, the set's black levels, while not ultra-profound or completely free of greyness, leave dark scenes looking perfectly watchable, giving respectable levels of shadow detail.

The set's colours are good too, delivering more of a punch than we usually find for under £300. High-definition pictures also look engagingly sharp and detailed for an HD Ready set -- no mean feat for a TV as relatively small as the 26AV505DB.

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