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Finlux 32F8030-T - Picture Quality

John Archer

By John Archer

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Finlux 32F8030-T

Summary

Our Score:

9

Finlux 32F8030-T - Picture Quality - Standard Definition

Kicking off the testing phase with the tough challenge of a few standard definition Freeview broadcasts proves promising. The 32F8030 handles them far better than most budget TVs, upscaling them to the screen’s native full HD pixel count very credibly. Extra detail is added reasonably cannily, without making the picture look either noisy or soft, and standard definition colours don’t lose nearly as much punch and tonal accuracy as they do on many rival LCD TVs.

Bright and colourful

Also striking at this point is how bright the 32F8030-T’s pictures look, and how strong but also subtle its colours are. There’s a touch of ‘flaring out’ in white parts of the picture, and a test pattern confirms that there’s a little loss of colour tone resolution at the brightest end of the colour spectrum. But neither of these issues crop up often during most normal viewing sessions, and in any case aren’t as bad as they are on most budget TVs.

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Finlux 32F8030-T - Picture Quality - HD

Shifting to HD, the 32F8030-T delivers exactly the sort of leap in quality we hope to see. For starters, sharpness levels are much higher, leaving you in no doubt that you’re watching HD (something that’s actually not always blindingly obvious on budget 32in TVs!). Colours look even more natural as well, in terms of both their tones and the degree to which the TV can render subtle tonal shifts and blends without succumbing to striping.

It’s easier, too, to appreciate the actual range of the 32F8030-T’s colour tones, which is more extensive at both the dark and light ends of the spectrum than you tend to see with budget TVs.

Finlux 32F8030-T - Picture Quality - Motion pros and cons

Motion handling, meanwhile, is solid. Sure, there’s a degree of judder during camera pans, and some loss of resolution over moving objects. But the impact of these issues is less damaging than we would expect for the set’s price. Especially given that it’s ‘only’ a 50Hz model, with precious little motion processing to its name.

Finlux 32F8030-T - Picture Quality - Black Levels

The last key picture area to check out on the 32F8030-T is the most fraught with danger: black level response. Precious few budget LCD TVs – especially those which, like the 32F8030-T, use edge LED lighting - manage to present dark scenes with much conviction. Yet the 32F8030-T really doesn’t do a bad job at all. Actually, scratch that; it does a genuinely GOOD job.

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For starters, even the trickiest dark shots for an edge LED TV to handle – as in, those which feature something bright against a generally dark backdrop – display only the slightest traces of backlight inconsistency on the 32F8030-T. In other words, the darkness looks more or less uniform right across the screen, without being disturbed by backlight ‘leakage’ in the image’s corners, or brightness ‘clouds’ over central areas.

Strong contrast

What’s more, unlike with many LCD TVs, the excellent backlight uniformity on the 32F8030-T isn’t dependent on you removing extreme amounts of brightness from the picture. In fact, the backlighting still looks very consistent even if you use the TV’s Dynamic setting, which is actually way brighter than most rooms will need.

Laurent Lejeune

June 10, 2013, 3:49 pm

john,

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

Thanks

Crankcase08

June 22, 2013, 2:11 am

As usual, no response.

DEAN BUTLER

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.

Thanks,
Max

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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