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Toshiba 22DL702B review
on 7 April 2012
I bought this TV to replace a 2010 19" Toshiba that was in our bedroom (I have moved the old TV to the kitchen) and the difference in picture quality is staggering. Firstly the extra 3" makes a lot of difference to the viewing pleasure as I found the 19" model just a bit too small to watch DVD's comfortably. The first surprise was the picture it is incredibly sharp and bright and the LED back-lighting really does bring the picture to life.
I have now watched about 6 or so DVD's and although motion blur hasn't been eliminated completely it has been reduced to an almost indistinguishable level.
The other great surprise was the thickness (or lack of!) this TV including the DVD player it is a mere 54mm thick, if you could take away the lump of the DVD player it would reduce to 42mm thick!
Initial setup (for Digital TV) was incredibly simple with a very easy step by step process that is presented to you as soon as you turn on for the first time, if you have your aerial lead plugged in then you really can't go wrong.
The menu system is also incredibly simple with a graphic driven interface making light work of all settings.
The sound is clear and crisp with the option of Dynamic Bass and an Equaliser to configure the audio to your liking, listening to the audio through headphones is also good, none of the hiss/crackle/white noise that is sometimes present with other TV's.
The USB port on the side is fast and the remote control has a dedicated access button for the USB, with a simple Graphics driven menu.
The remote control is one of the better laid out versions, although the buttons are quite small. There is also a dedicated 'INFO' button that displays the INFO banner across the bottom of the screen; lots of channel info, current program and next program is displayed.
The DVD player is relatively quiet and cannot be heard when any audio is present.
The power consumption is incredibly frugal, being only 21W when on and less than 0.5W when in standby mode. An interesting feature/quirk/oversight is the power on LED, when you switch to standby it turns red but after several hours (not sure how long because I fell asleep) it starts to flash red/green and in a dark bedroom this soon woke me up and forced me to turn the TV off.
Reading the above you would be forgiven for thinking there is nothing wrong with this model, however there are some shortcomings and I will cover these next.
The first irritation is the LED light bleeding from around the edge of the screen, admittedly this only happens on a completely black screen and is only in certain areas but it is annoying.
At this point I should mention that I have wall mounted this unit because it leads onto my second irritation.
The single HDMI socket has been placed on the back panel near the middle next to the Scart, Antenna, VGA and Audio out connectors; if, like me, you connect several devices through the HDMI socket then the position of this is about as bad as it could be; I have to get a small stool and crane my neck around the back of the TV in order to be able to insert the HDMI lead into the HDMI socket, I do not like to leave an unsightly HDMI lead dangling from the TV and so find the absence of the side mounted HDMI socket incredibly annoying, why couldn't they put the HDMI socket on the side next to the USB port as they did with their previous model?
It is these last 2 points that prevent me from awarding 5 stars.
So to summarise :-
Setup and Menu System
Lack of motion blur
Quiet DVD player
Good 'INFO' button/banner
A whole host of power save features
LED backlight bleeding in certain areas - when viewing black screens
HDMI socket in the wrong place