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Finlux 32F8030-T - Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer



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Finlux 32F8030-T


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Finlux 32F8030-T - Picture Quality continued

It’s also important to stress that the 32F8030-T isn’t hiding any backlight clouding issues behind a general lack of black level depth. On the contrary, Finlux’s remarkable little TV produces a very credible black colour, affected by precious little of the grey ‘wash’ we’ve come to expect from most budget – and a few not-so-budget! – LCD TVs during dark scenes.

Shadow detail aplenty

As if all this wasn’t already amazing enough on a sub-£300 32in LCD TV, the fact that the 32F8030-T’s black level response seems relatively natural to the panel (as opposed to being ‘concocted’ by drastic reductions in the image’s overall brightness levels) means that dark scenes retain far more shadow detail than we’d expect on such an affordable TV. This is essential in helping dark scenes look believable and ensuring that they deliver a similar sense of depth and space to light scenes.

Finlux 32F8030-T

And still there’s more. For the 32F8030-T’s impressive black level/contrast performance doesn’t even need you to activate the provided dynamic contrast system to make pictures look good. Which means you don’t have to worry about the picture looking unstable or flickery.

Finlux 32F8030-T - Input lag

If you’re a gamer, moreover, then you’ll be very pleased indeed to hear that the 32F8030-T measured only 26ms of input lag on average during our tests, making it an unusually good LCD screen to use if you’re into wasting whiny American teenagers on Call of Duty.

Finlux 32F8030-T - Audio

While Finlux might have redefined our expectations of budget TV picture quality, though, it hasn’t worked quite so much magic on the 32F8030-T’s audio. The integrated speakers still succumb fairly readily to harshness when driven at all hard, and there’s hardly any bass worthy of the name.

Finlux 32F8030-T

However, the set does deliver a reasonable volume level without the cabinet phutting or the speakers distorting nastily, and there’s just enough mid-range ‘space’ to allow vocals to remain believable and intelligible even during raucous moments.


If you’re in the market for a cheap 32in TV, it’s hard to see how you could do any better right now than the Finlux 32F8030-T. Despite some occasional motion artefacts its pictures are so assured and immersive that they humble those of some TVs costing twice as much. Chuck in decent multimedia features and even a bit of online streaming support, and you’ve got what genuinely deserves to be called a budget classic.

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Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 9
  • Sound Quality 6
  • Value 10

Laurent Lejeune

June 10, 2013, 3:49 pm


Can you confirm if this TV support DVB-C broadcast?



June 22, 2013, 2:11 am

As usual, no response.


October 16, 2013, 8:28 am

I bought the 40" version and as Finlux have refused twice to post my review I feel I should leave it here. The tv is appaling, massive light bleed in the corners, appaling ghosting on all images. Would not recommend this product at all. Its cheap and that's about it.

Arthur David Jones

January 15, 2014, 12:22 pm

I completely agree, my TV's stand was cracked, wonky and didn't fit; the TV itself was scratched, severely cracked, distorted and I could see the interior. Absolutely awful, and I didn't even turn it on!

It's cheap for a reason, invest in something you know.

john layhe

January 15, 2014, 4:14 pm

Ordered a 19inch TV, delivery no problem, picture and sound quality awfull, complained and was promised a replacement,..............Thats when the problems started, to tell the full story would take too long, but briefly, I have NEVER and by that I mean NEVER dealt with such an incompetant supplier of anything, it got so bad I demanded a full refund which I did eventually get after much more incompetance.
My advice, go to a reputable store, see what you want first before you buy .

Max Peacock

January 30, 2014, 8:44 pm

Do not buy TVs from Finlux. I am an average consumer and have just sent the following to Finlux -

Hi Finlux,

You have provided me with the worst consumer experience I have ever had (well done!). Below are all the ways you failed me and I will be posting on every social media website and forum I can find.


1. Finlux would not accept initial card payment and forced me to use another card. Order raised 01/01/2014.
- I have since spoken to my bank and used this card in other transactions, so this incident is isolated to Finlux
2. On receiving my confirmation I was referred to as "Mr Izzy Coulton"
- my name is Mr Max Peacock
3. I was then informed the payment had not yet been accepted and further proof of identity was required
- I sent my council tax bill
4. I made the order on the 1st of January. I understand from the website you offer a "next working day" delivery.
- I sent two emails asking for an update a week later...
5. In this time, I called Finlux directly, who stated an error had occurred between their processing and dispatching departments, which had caused the delay, and that someone would contact me to arrange a delivery date.
6. When the delivery date came, no TV arrived.
7. I received a call informing me that the TV was actually out of stock and I would be receiving another call to discuss alternatives.
8. I finally received your email response 4 days after that, stating (in bad English) that the service department would be in contact with me to arrange a delivery date.
- This confused me.
9. I did not receive a call to discuss alternatives.
10. Another two weeks past.
- each time I called the service line, I was informed the person I needed to speak to was not present
- I find it staggering that there were so few people who were able to help me that are suppose to represent you
- the majority of people I called were only interested in taking my post code (they are very efficient at this), ending the call quickly or offering to get someone else to call me back
- this is a massive waste of time and, I imagine, your money
- the emails I received were brief to the point of useless and usually along the lines of "we will get someone to call you"
11. Another week past.
- I managed to speak to someone who had a note on their system that said I was to be offered a "worked" model instead.
- I did not think this was a fair alternative (full price for a second hand, previously broken version of the TV I had, at that point, technically owned for 4 weeks).
- I asked for a refund.
12. It is now 31/01/2014, I have received an email saying I will receive the money in my account within the next 7 days.
- For some reason, I am not entirely sure I can trust it.

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