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      18.07.2012 23:12

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      Good purchase not pricey and does the job

      We bought this particular TV because it is a good enough size to fit into our small living room and was bang on budget at the cheaper end.

      Its not huge and the spec isn't outstanding but it does the job and TBH the picture quality is not worse in my opinion that some more expensive competitors. It gives a good picture and sound generally - a lot better than expected for the price.

      Has enough kinds of ins to plug in most peripherals although it may struggle if you have several consols/blu ray etc. as there is not a huge number of sockets.

      There are a couple of issues. The main annoying problem is that if you put the TV on stand-by, and turn it back on, the 'source' button doesn't bring up the menu so you have to get up and turn it off and back on again - im not sure if that has been fixed since or if it is just us!
      The speakers aren't hugely loud either, but that isnt a mega problem unless you like the TV very loud. The sound is ok but not amazing.

      All in all good value for money and would buy again.

      NB - I notice it says at the top it describes this as a 3D TV - I have checked the model number is the same as ours and ours is NOT 3D to our knowledge so I would recommend you verify this before purchase!

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      19.06.2012 02:25

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      Very good TV, recommend to gamers especially

      Having been disapointed by Toshiba in the past, I was pleasently suprised when this arrived at my front door and I started setting it up. Although I found initial setup extremely difficult (I had to get a friend round who is a tech wiz to set it up and I still have no idea how he managed it) I have found the important elements really endearing.

      The best element of this product for me is the great sound quality avaliable, especially when combined with a surround-sound system. The sound is very clear and is of an extremely high quality, especially when compared to other TV's in the same category.

      The picture quality was, sadly, more of a let down. I found that the quality of picture was a little lacking. This was especially apparent when watching older films such as Dirty Harry. While watching older films I noticed that people's skin appeared closer to orange than anything else. This meant that everyone in the film looks like they've been sunning it up in Benidorm rather than trying to catch criminals. At first, I thought the picture quality could have been that good that it highlights blemishes in older films, but I did some research and watched the same films on a friends new TV that has amazing picture quality and their TV didn't make individuals orange.

      The size of this TV is perfect for my living room and has become a staple of the room. If you have a small to medium sized area to watch TV or game, then this TV is perfect (picture quality on games especially is acceptable).

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      14.05.2012 21:28
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      Recommended if you want a decent sized, reliable brand TV that looks good and doesn't cost a fortune

      We bought ourselves this TV last year when the 'View Sonic' we had in the living room was really on its way out (you'd change channels and the screen would just stay black so you'd have to turn it off and on again, plus the screen had an inexplicable dark mark down the middle).

      We wanted to stay at the same size (32") but upgrade to full high definition, on a purely superficial level I also wanted a TV with a black surround rather than silver and we wanted a half decent brand. I'd been getting some Argos vouchers through work so that somewhat restricted our choice, as did our budget of £300 and the tendancy of Argos not to keep in stock half the things they advertise. In the end there was only one television that matched all our criteria and that was the Toshiba 32BV700B (catchy name huh?)

      Appearance:
      The surround is a couple of inches thick around 3 sides and approximately 4 inches at the base - the finish is glossy which does attract fingerprints. The TV stands on a wide black base that is sturdy and unobtrustive. A small branding of 'Toshiba' is written in white text in the middle of the base and in the bottom right hand corner are a number of touch screen buttons - standby, volume, channel and source. All real push buttons are concealed around the back.
      I think it's quite an attractive television that will fit in with virtually all decorative tastes - the simplicity of the design also means that it will look modern for longer and not age as quickly as clothes fashions do!

      Ease of use:
      Personally I found the TV easy to set up - it was as simple as any TV I've had before, in that you just plug in the appropriate leads and scan for channels (like pretty much all TV's now it does have built in freeview).
      In these energy concious times, the power button in particular, is poorly placed and you have to keep groping around to find it - as a consequence you do tend to get into the bad habit of just hitting stand by.
      The remote is also self explanatory and I find EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) particularly useful. The remote itself is very big so you are unlikely to lose it too much and the buttons are all large so it would be good for anyone with poor eyesight.

      Picture and sound quality:
      I have been very impressed with the picture quality from the television - I find the colours to be accurate, with good contrast, sharpness and brightness as standard. I've never felt the need to fiddle with any of these settings as the factory ones are good enough for me - maybe I'm just impressed because it's the first full HD television I've had.
      The sound is also crisp and clear, with good volume control. If I had to be picky I'd say that the speakers lack depth, in the sense that you get no real bass to whatever you're listening to - in circumstances where we want this, we tend to hook the TV up to our hifi system, the speakers of which sit on either side of the TV.

      Everything else:
      One thing that does annoy me a bit about this television is that when turning the TV on via the remote there is a substancial delay before the TV jumps into life and sometimes you're not sure if it has registered that you've even pressed the button. This is similar with changing channels - not a huge delay, but a good 2 or 3 seconds before the screen goes from black to displaying the channel correctly.

      Overall:
      I'd have to say I'm pretty happy with this television - apart from a couple of little issues (mentioned above) it is very good and there are certainly more plus points than negatives, especially considering the £300 price tag that I picked it up for. In the year or so that we've owned it for it has never presented any issues or caused us any problems and I hope that it will provide us with many more years of trouble free television watching!

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        20.12.2011 17:48

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        I have seen in the electronic market such as amazon and ebay, reviewed by the users of this product, I look at this product's rating gets low rating.After my review so far, it had a TV Toshiba 32BV700B many advantages in several ways, including:1. a clear and sharp Picture even though slightly saturated colors2. sound is pretty good as well as other occasional TV3. Touch a captivating design with high gloss black and chrome4. touch-sensitive Buttons5.The usb port is useble for connect any any gadgets or hadware6. The scart socket, hdmi sockets and the vga are all on the back of the tv so once again extrememly hard to get to when wall mounted. The last, this is great TV product that has upper feature but lower price. I recomend you to buy and You will not regret buying it

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        23.02.2011 21:08
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        Not a bad TV especially for the price

        Late last year Sky ran an offer where their HD service was free for six months, which gave us the perfect excuse to upgrade our aging CRT television for something a little more up to date. As the distance from our sofa to the television stand is relatively small we really didn't feel anything above a 32 inch screen would be necessary. So after a little research online we plumped for the Toshiba 32BV700B, a full HD 1080p model with built in Freeview, which we bought for an extremely reasonable £299.99 with free delivery from Play.com.

        ==First Impressions==

        The 32BV700B (forever afterwards known as the TV) arrived securely packed in a standard cardboard box that was surprisingly easy to carry from the front door into the lounge. Considering it took two very strong men (one of them also extremely gorgeous, but that's neither here nor there) to remove the old 32 inch CRT from the flat, it was a little amazing that I, with my weak joints, could carry this from room to room as it weighs a paltry 11.6kg, which is only a kilo more than my ten month old son.

        Once removed from the box, I was faced with a beautifully sleek and glossy black trim surrounding the perfectly flat LCD screen. Although this glossy black surround does look very sleek and fits in perfectly with my other A/V equipment, it does attract a lot of dust. I was expecting to have to fit the stand but happily found that it was already attached, which is great for me as I had a unit to place it on. The TV is also wall fixable, but if you wish to do this you will need to purchase a separate bracket.

        Once unwrapped from the packaging and placed on the stand, set-up is pretty standard although the on/off switch is rather inconveniently placed at the rear of the TV. Although I originally thought there were plenty of different connection options, I must admit I would find more than the two HDMI connections available helpful. Along with the HDMI connections there is also a single SCART connection along with two sets component video sockets, PC input and USB socket. Oh and of course there is the standard aerial socket common to all TVs.

        ==First Use==

        Although this TV has Freeview built in, you really need to have an outdoor aerial and be in an area with a decent signal for this to work. As we don't have either, we have never tried to view the Freeview on this and so I can't comment on how easy this is to set up, navigate or how clear the picture is. That is other than to point out that while this is a full HD TV, it does not appear to be compatable with Freeview HD. I personally use this TV in conjunction with SKY+HD, an upscaling DVD player (both connected via HDMI), Wii (via SCART) and laptop (via VGA), which gives me plenty of options for watching televisions and playing games, although an extra HDMI connection would have come in handy for the PS3.

        On first switching the TV on, you are faced with an installation, whether you have an aerial connected or not, so it's time to make sure the Duracell batteries are inserted into the reasonably intuitive remote control. I must admit I was pretty impressed that the control came supplied with Duracell batteries as I have found that even some top-name brands come with some very cheap and nasty generic batteries. Not having an aerial connected I skipped the channel installation and went straight to changing the source to correspond with my Sky+ box. I will say that there does not appear to be a way of permanently disabling this 'first' installation, and should the TV be switched off at the back or the source accidentally changed to DTV, it will once more demand that you install channels. This maybe a small gripe to some, but for me it can get frustrating, especially when learning your way around the functions.

        Although the remote control is fairly intuitive, I do find that it needs to be pointed pretty much directly at the TV and the buttons need to be pressed quite firmly. Now this isn't a huge problem, but it can become hugely annoying if I'm trying to quickly turn the TV off before rushing out.

        ==Picture And Audio Quality==

        Before playing with any of the settings the picture quality when watching was, while perfectly acceptable, a little washed out. I had no trouble changing the settings to ensure that we were making the most of our SKY HD and even when viewing non-HD channels through the HDMI cable the picture quality is noticeably better than it had been on the old CRT model, and there is also a noticeable difference between using the SCART connection and HDMI. When viewing HD channels, the picture is, in a word, breathtaking, with not a single instance of ghosting or pixilation. The same goes when watching DVDs through the up-scaling DVD player, the difference between watching them on this TV and the old CRT is amazing. When playing the Wii, which inputs via the component, I personally feel that the picture is a little washed out, but otherwise good and this picture is slightly improved by using the dedicated game mode.

        We also regularly watch iPlayer, via the PC VGA connection, running the signal through a high quality cable and I find the picture is more than acceptable, not HD quality but at least as good as if I was watching it on my laptop. I don't pretend to exactly know what is meant by a viewing angle, but can say that I've never noticed a problem with reflection (even with the sun streaming through the window) or glare no matter where in the room I've sat, whether in front of, to the side of the TV or even sitting on the floor. There are no dead pixels either and even leaving the Sky+ paused for half an hour hasn't caused any screen burn.

        Although the audio quality is perfectly acceptable when we use the built in 6W speakers, having a surround sound system means we rarely use them. Top volume is more than loud enough to fill a medium/large room with sound with little distortion and no buzzing. I have tested listening to MP3s using the USB connection and I would say the quality is above a cheap stereo but not really the thing if you're looking for 'pumping' sounds. Talking about the USB connection, while I guess it's a nifty little extra, it's not the easiest thing to use. The TV had no problem recognising my Samsung Monte mobile phone (and even started charging the battery), but I was once more faced with the channel installation that needed cancelling before I could browse the files. I was hoping to be able to play my video files, but these are not recognised. My photos did display nicely on the screen though, and were enjoyed by visitors.

        ==Maintenance==

        As with any high gloss surface, this TV does attract a lot of dust and fingerprints, which I find clean up best with a little glass cleaner. I really wouldn't recommend using furniture polish as this leaves smears (as testified to when my partner forgot that I'd warned him not to use it). Although I'm sure that specialist cleaners would be recommended for the screen itself, again I use glass cleaner (sprayed onto kitchen roll) and the screen is still in perfect condition.

        With the power switch being at the back of the TV (and rather a pain to get at), I must admit I'm rather naughty and tend to leave it on standby for the majority of the time that it's not in use. I must say though that this has an extraordinarily low standby power consumption at less than 1W (compared to 150W in use), so I don't feel too bad at doing this. The batteries in the remote control have been used for the last three months, with no sign of running out, which is just what I would expect from Duracell and the whole TV is working just as well as when we bought it.

        ==Final Words==

        I officially love this TV and think that we got a real bargain. The picture quality is fantastic and such a huge improvement on our elderly CRT model that we couldn't help but be amazed at the level of detail we had been missing out on. That's still not to say that it's perfect, I would have liked at least one more HDMI connection, and I find the way the TV keeps asking me to install channels frustrating to say the least. So, all-in-all, taking the price we paid for it £299.99 I would give the Toshiba 32BV700B a healthy four stars out of five, as it falls firmly into the price bracket of those on a budget, and yet offers features and quality that I would expect to cost far more.

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          21.02.2011 12:39
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          see review at bottom

          When i first brought this home and set it up i tried doing it without the manual and failed. Its extremely difficult to live with. Just as an example here, the power switch is at the back of the TV tucked right next to the scart plug ins, so you have to get a fistful of dust before you can sit down to watch TV. The remote that came with this is now in bits because it has been used for three months and needs a new board inside it since the old one just stopped sending the signal to the tv. It turns on and the buttons work but the transmitter inside is completely kaput. The stand isn't very big, in that picture it looks like it spans most of the tv but thats not what it really looks like, it actually is only 19 inches long. It doesnt bend back or forth either so really annoying whenits up on a cabinet or shelf.
          The picture is good, except when playing on a games console. I hae a PS3 in my house and sometimes it doesen't have a very quick response speed to my racing games so it makes the picture look a little blury at the edge of a moving car. Sound isn't bad though, at full volume it sounds dreadful because it just crackles, and the speakers dont like being at high volume, so you get a warbleing sound instead of an engine rev while watching top gear.
          There are little functions down the side incase like me your remote breaks but you are limited to volume, channel, input and thats it. If you want to change the menu settings you cant. And thats another thing, the menus are in japanese as standard, i set it up first time and default setting was japanese, and i had to consult the manual to see how to change it because i couldn't make sense of anything. The manual itself is entirely in English German and french so why is the TV in japanese?? Recommended for people who can speak japanese and people who have small hands and wont be bracketting it to the wall, not my most practical TV.

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            07.02.2011 16:57

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            Great all round TV

            My boyfriend bought me this TV for my bedroom as a surprise Christmas present and wow am I pleased!

            I had recently moved out of home and still just had an old portable TV in my bedroom (heavy, big and unsightly). This TV makes my whole room look more up to date and slick as it is big enough without being intrusive and it is all black which looks really sleek and classy.

            It comes with freeview built in which is great if you don't want to get Sky and gives you quite a few decent extra channels. When you first switch the television on it will guide you through this process automatically so make sure you do that straight away because I made the mistake of skipping that step and had to follow the instructions from the manual which aren't quite as simple. If, like me, you do accidentally miss the automatic freeview set up, don't worry, you will be able to follow the instrauctions fairly easily, it is just a lot quicker and takes less effort to let the TV set it up itself. The picture is nice and sharp and sound is great.

            I hate to admit that I had a few problems finding the power switch at first but eventually discovered you just have to put your hand round the back of the TV on the left and near the bottom and it is there.

            I have found that these televisions are extremely reasonably priced as well and sell for around £300.00 at the moment so you can't complain at that price even if the TV wasn't as good quality as it is. Definitely a bargain. You can buy one from Argos or Currys or most other electrical shops and I believe that Carphone Warehouse even give them away for free with certain mobile phone contracts!

            Lastly, it is easy to connect to a DVD player to watch DVDs on and when you do the picture quality, again, is great. I first watched The Grinch on it and was really happy with the picture and sound as I was tidying at the same time and still had no problems seeing and hearing the film clearly!

            Really pleased with this TV and recommend it to anyone. Great for a bedroom but would be just as suitable for a living room as the main household TV. One very important point I must mention though is that you do need an aerial to be able to get any of the freeview channels on this TV. They are fairly cheap though and I got a great one that takes up hardly any space and cost about £15.00 from Argos so don't let that put you off.

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