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Finlux 32F8030-T review

John Archer




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  • Finlux 32F8030-T
  • Finlux 32F8030-T
  • Finlux 32F8030-T


Our Score:



  • Unbelievably good value
  • Startlingly good picture quality
  • Delivers DLNA and online media support


  • A few relatively minor motion handling issues
  • Useful online services are (predictably!) limited
  • Uninspiring audio

Key Features

  • 32in LCD with edge LED lighting
  • Smart TV online features, including BBC iPlayer
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • multimedia playback via USB
  • Built-in Wi-Fi via provided USB dongle
  • Manufacturer: Finlux
  • Review Price: £299.99


When we tested the Kogan 32XXXYA A few days back, we promised we’d also soon be looking at a couple of other self-consciously cheap 32in TVs. So here’s the second part of the trilogy, in the shape of Finlux’s £299.99 32F8030-T.

Finlux 32F8030-T - Design

And a fairly striking shape it is too, courtesy of the way it boldly apes some Samsung designs by sporting a transparent outer trim around its otherwise glossy black bezel. Before fashionistas get too carried away, though, it has to be said that the set’s build quality is rather plasticky, and the size of the bezel is wide by modern standards.

Finlux 32F8030-T - Features

Budget TVs tend – predictably – not to be overburdened with features. But a quick scan of the 32F8030-T’s connections immediately has us suspecting/hoping that this might be no ordinary budget TV. For as well as a hugely impressive four HDMIs, you get two USB ports, an Ethernet port, and even, remarkably for a £299.99 32in TV, built-in Wi-Fi, courtesy of a provided USB dongle.

The USB ports can be used for recording from the Freeview HD – yes, HD – tuner, or for playing back video, photo and music files from USB storage devices. Even more startlingly, the Ethernet/Wi-Fi options can be used for either streaming video, music or photos from networked DLNA PCs (via Nero MediaHome software), or going online to access a selection of apps and streaming services. This latter feature is a pretty incredible find on a sub-£300 32in TV.

Not surprisingly the 32F8030-T’s online features are fairly limited versus the rich online worlds available now from many mainstream TV brands. The full list looks like this: the BBC iPlayer, CineTrailer, Facebook, Twitter, Foreca, ITN, Viewster, AutoZine, DigitalBloom, Drivecast, Ebay, YouTube, iConcerts, Joomeo, K&N, Metonews.tv, Pizza.co.uk, playin’TV, Qualifiers 2014, Solitaire Club, Tactic 2, Tunein.radio, tunin.fm, a Twin Match Ocean game, and UVTV.

Finlux 32F8030-T

Obviously the lack of payment based big hitters like LoveFilm, Netflix, Blinkbox and Acetrax is a shame, but really even just having the BBC iPlayer built into a TV as cheap as this has to count as a significant bonus.

Finlux 32F8030-T - Interface

Heading into the decent-looking onscreen menus - courtesy of a well-designed and responsive remote control - keeps the unexpectedly good times rolling, as we find such helpful and ‘non-budget’ features as multiple backlight settings, various noise reduction settings, a dynamic contrast system, an adjustment that lets you alter the skin tones in isolation from the set’s other colours, a colour shift bar that lets you tweak the colour bias towards red or green, and an RGB gain option.

Obviously you don’t get the full gamut of calibration options you might expect from a more expensive set, but there is at least enough going on in the 32F8030-T’s menus to make it look unexpectedly ambitious where picture quality is concerned. So let’s find out if these ambitions bear fruit.

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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