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It's ok but could be better
on 29 August 2009
This is my first new TV EVER owned! The hand-me-down Sony which must've been about 20 years old started smoking and is now weeping in the bin outside.
I was torn between the 32" Samsung and the Toshiba - both at similar prices, but finally settled for the Toshiba.
Set up from opening box, fitting base, to sitting in front of it with remote in hand installing programmes took about 20 minutes. I soon worked out how to access the DVD quickly.
The picture quality was a little disappointing. And dare I say it, the quality of the picture on the old Sony with set top box seemed better! But I've yet to watch it for a while and I think it may just be the change from a 20 inch to a 32 inch - that scaling up where perhaps detail goes down?! Although I expect if I owned a Sony Bravia I wouldn't be writing this...it all boils down to cost in the end!
The info box for each channel is gargantuan - it sits right at the top of the screen for about 8 seconds and obscures the action. Quite disappointing. Why oh why didn't they design it so the info box sits at the bottom of the screen. But that said, if you press the little i+ type button which is in the middle of the remote it goes away promptly.
Sounds seeems good. A low setting is fine for everyday use.
Not having an off button to someone who's vaguely eco-minded is frustrating but I was aware of this from the reviews and I can unplug it as there's nothing that will need re-setting.
The other thing to watch is that the surround, particularly the bottom panel with the green light on it, scratches easily so take care. Mine arrived with a couple of small scratches already on it. I also wasn't expecting the base and the panel around the screen to be gloss finish - not too distracting as it's not too big.
Delivery from amazon excellent.