The mixed bag of specs combined with Finlux’s hit and miss TV past meant we really had no idea what to expect when we fired the 40F6050 up. But happily – and surprisingly considering how crazily cheap it is - it turns out to be one of Finlux’s better efforts.
The main reason for this is that it avoids the backlight clouding/inconsistency problems we’ve seen on some of Finlux’s TV output. Well, maybe ‘avoids’ is going a bit far; there are faint traces of clouding in the set’s corners if you’re watching content that has a bright centre set against a mostly dark backdrop. But the flaw is subtle enough to be only detectable in very specific circumstances, and even when it does crop up its hardly glaringly in your face.
Making the 40F6050’s backlight consistency all the more impressive for its money is the fact it can produce a black level depth capable of embarrassing some TVs costing twice as much. Even during the darkest Blu-ray scenes Finlux’s screen manages to deliver a depth of black level that’s immersive and credible, suffering much less with grey mist interference than we would have expected while also retaining enough brightness in mostly dark scenes to prevent them looking drab and dull.
To get the best black level results we’d recommend using the set’s Auto backlight setting, especially as this setting is surprisingly canny in the way it makes its adjustments without causing the image’s overall brightness level to jump about all the time.
Slightly more problematic in obtaining the 40F6050’s best black levels is the HDMI True Black feature tucked away in the Advanced Picture Settings menu. If you switch this on black level depth takes a pretty severe hammering, but you’re able to see a lot more shadow detail in dark areas. Turn it off and black colours look much deeper and richer, but very dark areas look a bit hollow and forced. Because of this the set could have benefitted from a bit more backlight flexibility to help you find a better balance between deep blacks and visible shadow detail.