Despite being available for a mere £600 or so, the 37-inch Regza 37XV635DB LCD TV actually sits in the upper echelons of Toshiba's current range. That means it boasts three key features: the Meta Brain video-processing suite, a 1080p resolution, and 100Hz processing for improving the way motion looks on the screen.
The 37XV635DB's appearance is both satisfying and slightly disappointing. While not particularly imaginative, its glossy black bezel has a chunky, minimalist character that means it's far from ugly. Disappointingly, though, the design and build quality don't seem to be particularly improved over those of Toshiba's lower-cost models.
The Toshiba logo under the screen illuminates when the TV is on. We quite like this feature. If you find it annoying, you can turn the light off in the menus.
The 37XV635DB has a decent set of connections, including four HDMI ports, a PC jack, an SD card slot capable of handling JPEG photos, and a USB port for playing back photo, DivX movie or music files. The 37XV635DB even ships with a built-in media-player application, as well as the option to adjust the way photos appear on the screen during slideshows.
The multimedia support sadly doesn't extend to an Ethernet port for accessing either the Internet or files on a PC. We suppose, though, that it really isn't fair to expect this kind of feature on such an affordable TV, especially when it's got so much happening in the picture-processing department.
The 37XV635DB sports 100Hz processing, which comes embedded within Toshiba's proprietary Active Vision M100 HD Pro engine. The 100Hz processing is intended to reduce LCD's traditional motion-blur issues, while the rest of the Active Vision M100 HD Pro system works on boosting colours, contrast, noise reduction and so on.
The 37XV635DB's other big processing party trick is Resolution+, Toshiba's proprietary engine for rescaling standard-definition sources to fit the set's 1080p native resolution. All TVs have to use some level of scaling technology, but our experience of Resolution+, which draws on technology developed for Toshiba's Cell PC processors, is that it does a much better job than most rival systems, especially at the sort of low price points Toshiba is targeting these days.
Although we suspect the healthy list of picture presets that the 37XV635DB ships with will be enough to satisfy most people, hard-core tinkerers certainly won't feel short-changed by the amount of options contained within the set's on-screen menus. Among the unexpected finery on offer is a startlingly expansive colour-management tool, static-gamma-level adjustment, a black-and-white-balance slider, and even the option to adjust the power of the Resolution+ system.
You can also turn off the 100Hz and Resolution+ systems entirely if you so desire, although this isn't something we'd recommend, as both systems really can improve the set's picture quality.
Strong colours, good blacks
This is especially the case with Resolution+, which works a near miracle in the way it adds detail and sharpness to standard-definition sources without making them look gritty or noisy -- provided you never set the Resolution+ processing any higher than its '3' default.