What is the Toshiba 32L6353DB?
Design and Connections
The TV and Video area, as one would expect, is from where you get at the various VoD and Catch Up services, including Netflix, iPlayer, YouTube and Blinkbox as well as access to the Woomi portal. Woomi is a smart platform within a smart platform with its own selection of VoD content and apps some of which is a tad more risqué than you would expect from a TV manufacturers’ own smart offerings. It’s certainly not all ‘adult’ based, however, and there’s an eclectic mix of ‘art house’ cinema, sport and cartoons too.
It’s from the TV & Video area, also, where one can utilise the DLNA functionality of the L6353 but we had problems getting even mp4 video to play from our Windows 7 PC. The media player was much better over USB and we had no problems with most ‘conventional’ MKV and divX formats but Toshiba needs to work on the DLNA integration. During set up you will be asked if you want to use the enhanced Media Guide instead of the conventional EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) and whilst it can take a while to load, it’s certainly much prettier than the stock version.
Whilst the Toshiba Remote App is available for both iOS and Android, the new Cloud TV app is on Apple devices only. It’s much more the ticket for Toshiba’s new interface; offering the Cloud TV Menu service on an iThing and allowing access to the Calendar and Message Services. It will also upload your photos to the Cloud TV Album Service as well as acting as a full remote control for Toshiba TVs. As we suggested above, Toshiba has implemented a multi-screen approach for the controls, with this app, and it’s all the better for it. It just needs porting to Android now but Toshiba have yet to announce any plans.
Contrast, Black Level & Screen Uniformity
The colour performance shown above, gave us some clues that this might be an IPS panel as the better examples usually have great accuracy and the black level readings confirmed it. On a full black screen, the Toshiba L6353 managed a deepest black of 0.118 cd/m2 against a peak white of 119.7, giving an on/off Contrast Ratio of just over 1014:1, which is decent for this technology but not fulfilling for those that like to watch with the lights down. Creditably, the L6353 was able to maintain that kind of performance with mixed content, and registered an average black of 0.125 cd/m2 on a checkerboard pattern for an ANSI contrast of 764:1, which is mediocre, whichever way you look at it. Fortunately screen uniformity was good, so at least the blacks (dark greys) weren’t overly polluted with light spillage but the screen is noticeably paler at the edges, although it wasn’t usually noticeable with normal content.
Despite the presence of the Cinema Mode in the Picture Menu, the L6353 was unable to pick up on the PAL-centric 2:2 film cadence, so you’ll be best using ‘upscaling’ players and set-to-boxes to perform the task for standard definition film content sent through an interlaced signal. For those with collections of NTSC DVD’s, the news is better as the Toshiba was able to detect the 2:3 cadence. Scaling performance was good, however, so other forms of SD looked impressive, especially so on a 32-inch screen. We’ve seen a few Toshiba’s struggle with 1080p24 material – probably those that have some Vestel engineering in them – and the RL958B showed some of the same weaknesses with a certain ‘flutteryness’ displayed on the unforgiving Spears and Munsil evaluation disc wedge pattern. With real world Blu-rays it was hard to spot, in all truth, but we’ve seen and expect better handling of the medium.
Video deinterlacing was also a touch sub-par, with some break-up of detail evident under movement and some quite unusual artefacting displayed on a couple of ‘jaggies’ tests involving rotating bars. Again, when watching actual content it’s not hugely obvious but it’s another area of video processing where Toshiba should be looking to improve.
The Toshiba L6353 does have a Game mode available and you will need to use it – or the PC Mode – for ultimate responsiveness. We measured input lag at around the 30 millisecond mark, which is very impressive and means most current gen console games will lag by less than a frame. We’d actually recommend using PC rather than Game as it has a more pleasing – read less garish – default picture with less forced sharpening.
- Standby: 0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 42W
- Calibrated – Calibrated Hollywood Mode: 51W
Toshiba 32L6353DB Picture Quality
The motion handling of the L6 is also quite reasonable; to be fair, unless you get up close, it’s difficult to notice any smearing, at all, so it’s quite a decent TV for sports and action movies. In fact, there’s not all that much to fall out with and it’s certainly priced about right for the performance on offer. The one thing that did bug us through the review process was a touch of dirty screen effect, that could show its face with any solid colour but we find ourselves presented with that issue on a very regular basis with LED TVs but if you want the extra brightness that the technology inherently brings, there are usually some compromises. General screen uniformity and light distribution was actually quite good, other than that, and we’d have no problem with using the L6353 as our second screen. Obviously it’s not big enough for the living room.
- Great colours post calibration
- Good performance in bright rooms
- Motion handling is decent
- New Cloud Portal is good
- iOS Cloud App is also great
- Mediocre contrast and black levels
- Some dirty screen effect
- Menus can be sluggish
Toshiba 32L6353DB TV Review
The Toshiba L6353 is an attractive enough TV and we rather like its simplicity and silver accent at the bottom of the bezel. The remote is another Toshiba curio, however, and is a bit large and cumbersome for our tastes. Connectivity options are very impressive for a 32-inch TV with the highlights including 4 HDMI, 2 USB, Wi-Fi and WiFi Direct. We also like Toshiba’s newly designed Cloud Portal, it’s clean and fresh and (usually) speedy to navigate through. The new iDevice app is also impressive and we hope it comes to Android soon. The number of services are a little more limited than other Smart TV platforms but there should be enough there for most.
Dare we say we were pleased to see that Toshiba has left 3D capability out of the L6353? But despite that, it’s still an IPS panel at the heart of things so native contrast performance isn’t the best but colours are extremely natural and images are generally pleasing. It’s not one for connoisseurs but a perfectly serviceable TV that is only really let down by a common LED trait, i.e. a dirty screen effect which is visible on most solid patches of colour. Since it's 32-inches, at common viewing distances, it’s actually quite difficult to pick out any other serious flaws and post calibration, it was actually quite impressive – not that we expect many owners will take the plunge.
Toshiba’s 32L6353 is what it is. A relatively inexpensive TV, producing competent images and a more than competent feature set. Recommended.
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