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Toshiba 32C3030D Review

by Colin Tang
10 April 2007
Toshiba 32C3030D Swivel   Back Panel
Swivelling stand
 
Don't they all look the same from behind?

I am not used to lowering my expectations for HDTV but I had to make an exception for the Toshiba 32C3030D Buy this for £0.00 at Dixons
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. The design won't rock everyone's boats but when you factor in the costs (what isn't nowadays), I think Toshiba has nailed it. The is a definite rightness to its proportions with its matte black frame and satin black lower panel. Simple and unobtrusive.

The TV has a swivelling stand that some users may find useful when watching programmes from less than a perfect angle. It is constructed almost entirely of plastic but looks competently assembled.

The Toshiba 32C3030D Buy this for £0.00 at Dixons
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comes with a booklet-sized manual, batteries, remote control and the usual registration documents. The power cable is incorporated into the set, so make sure you don't tug vigorously on it.

Main connection Underside
Main connection panel

Some connections underside

Side panel
Power cable
Side panel with main controls
The power cable in original position

This is the second HDTV we have tested without S-Video and composite connections and so we all get the feeling that they are pretty much on their way out of the industry. Standard connections include 2 HDMI, 1 Component Video, 2 SCART, 1 VGA with no extra multimedia interfaces. HDMI connections accept up to 1080p inputs at 50 and 60 Hz. I couldn't find anything in the manual stating if Component Video did the same.

For our ATI Radeon 9600 card on a VGA connection, we could produce the correct desktop aspect ratio for 1360x768 resolution. I had to tweak Horizontal and Vertical position and stretch controls to prevent overscan but on our HTPC the top 1-2 horizontal pixels were missing. With the correct clock phase and tracking alteration, we could achieve 1:1 mapping at WXGA (1360x768) resolution. All other resolutions will underscan by default or not display properly.

DVI / HDMI accepts 720 and 1080 resolutions at default settings but are significantly overscanned. Most resolutions, especially at 1360x768, are blanked out. Not recommended for PC use.

Toshiba hasn't forgotten to include a digital and less importantly, an analogue tuner for SD broadcast reception.


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