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Toshiba Regza 32AV635DB review: Toshiba Regza 32AV635DB

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The Good Seriously cheap; pictures aren't bad at all, especially with standard-definition material; good amount of connections; surprising number of features.

The Bad Image isn't very bright; hi-def images could look sharper; limited viewing angle.

The Bottom Line Inevitably, given its startlingly low price, the Toshiba Regza 32AV635DB doesn't exactly set new AV standards. But that doesn't stop it outperforming and offering more features than the vast majority, if not all, of its ultra-cheap peers, making for a real bargain that puts yet more pressure on traditional budget brands like Goodmans and Ferguson

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As the recession continues to bite, TV manufacturers are having to work ever harder to sell their wares. We've found the 32-inch, HD Ready Toshiba Regza 32AV635DB LCD TV selling online for the eye-poppingly affordable price of £350. Even more remarkably, the 32AV635DB is really quite good.

Splash of panache
In some ways, the 32AV635DB looks its money. Its lines are fairly unimaginative, and its finish looks and feels plasticky. But, in a cheeky two-fingered salute in the general direction of Sony, the Toshiba logo on the centre of the bottom edge is illuminated, adding a dash of panache to the otherwise entirely unremarkable exterior.

The 32AV635DB goes way beyond its budget call of duty with its connections. For starters, it's got four HDMI ports where we would only really have expected two or, at a push, three. Plus there's a dedicated D-Sub PC port, and even a USB jack able to pass onto the screen JPEG photo files from USB storage devices.

Even more startling is the presence on the 32AV635DB of Toshiba's Resolution+ technology. This is a clever processing system that's designed to deliver superior upscaling of standard-definition images to the screen's 1,366x768-pixel, high-definition resolution.

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Its design is fairly unimaginative, but the 32AV635DB offers surprisingly good picture quality

Joining Resolution+ on the processing front is Toshiba's always respectable Active Vision II system, which targets everything from colour and contrast to motion and sharpness.

The 32AV635DB's rather bland on-screen menus play host to yet more unexpected features. Our explorations uncovered, among other things, gamma adjustments, two types of noise adjustment, and even a quite sophisticated colour-management arrangement, whereby you can tweak the hue and saturation levels for each of the six key video-colour components.

Accomplished pictures
At first, we found ourselves slightly disappointed by the 32AV635DB's picture performance, for one simple reason: once they'd been calibrated, images just didn't look very bright compared with those of most LCD TVs.

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