Toshiba 32L2300U Review (32L2300)
32 inch LED Backlit LED TV
by Robert Wiley, Senior Editor
The 32 inch TV has become a high point of focus for TV manufacturers in 2013. The 32L2300U is a smaller take on last years 50 inch L2200U. Since Toshiba is offering the TV in a range of sizes, we know that their attention has been caught be the number of shoppers looking for a new 32 inch TV. The 32L2300 drops all internet functionality of the L4300 but keeps the same stylish design. The 32L2300 will be available for purchase sometime in March 2013.
LED backlighting used in the 39L2300U does a lot to improve the overall picture quality on this value model. First, you'll see that the brightness is better than most. Peak whites are not as bright on some of the top tier models out there, but for a low end model the performance is good. Color is also a strong point on the television. Color performance was very solid. One thing I noticed about this TV was the very realistic but saturated color representation. Toshiba provides a number of preset picture modes that do a lot in terms of adjusting the color. Flip through these and see what the TV has to offer. LED backlighting can introduce some screen uniformity issues due to uneven lighting, but these can be controlled with a simple adjustment in the picture settings menu.
The 39L2300U looks identical to the L4300U above it with slight variations in the color. It sill gets the look Toshiba calls the Gun Metallic Satin Deco. This separates it from the standard black coloration on the L1350 below it. The thin black glossy bezel is seen on the sides and the top only. A wider metal strip runs along below the screen. At first glance this created an off-balanced look, but it grew on me after a few moments.
Value and Price
The 32L2300U fits nicely in the category of budget LED TV. Most of the LCD/LED TVs of this size include a similar feature set, but vary in their picture qualities. The L2300U is about as basic as it gets aside from the 32 inch L1350U below it. Competition will mainly come from Panasonic's TC-L32XM6, Samsung's UN32F4000, and Sony's KDL-32R400A. LG's 32LN5300 is also worth a look. These are all budget models fighting for the same segment of TV shoppers. The Sony KDL-32W650A is in a category all of it own as it is a feature loaded option.
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