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Finlux 40F8073-T review

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Remarkable value
  • Surprisingly decent pictures for the money
  • Smart TV includes Netflix and iPlayer

Cons

  • Noise over fine detailing
  • Flimsy audio
  • Overstressed presentation of contrasty edges

Key Features

  • 40-inch LCD TV with edge LED lighting
  • Smart TV platform onboard
  • Incredibly cheap
  • Full HD resolution
  • USB multimedia playback
  • Manufacturer: Finlux
  • Review Price: £320.00

What is the Finlux 40F8073-T?

The 40F8073-T is a 40-inch LCD TV with LED lighting, and as you would expect given its Finlux branding, it’s remarkably affordable: just £320 at the time of writing. This price is especially impressive considering that the set has built-in Smart TV features and a Freeview HD tuner. So what’s the catch? It turns out there aren't too many.

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Finlux 40F8073-T: Design and Features

For the most part the 40F8073-T looks exactly like the budget TV it is. Its frame is made from a pretty uninspiring black plastic, it’s slightly wider than that of most modern flat TVs, and its only attempt at style is a little centimetre wide 'grooved' section of plastic running along the bottom edge. Even the cross-shaped silver stand looks a bit cheap.

Connectivity is fair enough for the money, though, comprising as it does three HDMIs, a D-Sub PC port, a component video input, a coaxial digital audio out, a LAN port, a Scart (yes, some people still use these!), two USBs, a headphone jack and a component video input (yes, apparently some people still use these too!).

There’s also Wi-Fi, but only if you plug in a provided USB wi-fi dongle. However, the sensitivity/receptive powers of this dongle didn’t seem the best during our tests, so you’d be advised to hardwire the Finlux 40F8073-T to your router if at all possible.

The network connections are not just there as mandatory support for the set’s integrated Freeview HD tuner. Remarkably for a £320 40-inch LCD TV they also give you access to Finlux’s Smart TV service. Not surprisingly this is pretty lightweight in content terms versus the smart platforms you get with some of the latest big-name TVs; your useful options are limited to Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Twitter, Facebook, ITN, iConcerts, tunein.radio, accuweather, Flickr, Viewster, Joomeo, Daily Motion, Playjam, a web browser and Skype -- and the latter feature is only available if you add an optional USB camera.

Still, we’d be inclined to argue that any online content at all is a bonus on such a cheap TV, and the smart interface is quite attractive in a no-fuss kind of way. Particularly welcome is the way a reduced version of what you were watching continues to play in the corner while you browse the apps.

Aside from managing to cling to a full HD native resolution, the Finlux 40F8073-T’s screen specifications are predictably basic. It’s a 50Hz model only, with no motion processing tools. There are one or two handy tweaks tucked away in its surprisingly well presented onscreen menus, though, including a multi-tiered noise reduction circuit, an auto backlight option, a dynamic contrast system that adjusts the image’s luminance based on the content being shown, a colour temp adjustment, skin tone and colour shift ‘sliding bar’ adjusters, and even the option to tweak the gain of the red, green and blue colour elements.

The last things to note in this section are that the TV doesn’t support DLNA file streaming, but it does support playback of video, photo and music files from USB storage devices, as well as timeshifting from the tuner to USB HDD.

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Finlux 40F8073-T: Set Up

The 40F8073-T is fairly straightforward to set up, partly thanks to its no-fuss and cleanly presented menus but also because the set isn’t as overburdened with features as many that come our way these days.

Among the few recommendations worth making here are that you turn the set’s eco features off, and that you reduce the contrast and sharpness settings to around their 45 and 10 levels respectively. This greatly reduces the rather noisy look to pictures you see using the set’s preset values.

As a side bar to this point, don’t feel tempted to try and fight the noise by calling in the set’s noise reduction system, for this only results in pictures looking blurred and laggy.

The final tip we’d give is that you set the backlight to its Low position for watching films in a dark room, but use the medium setting for daylight TV viewing.

Anne B

February 21, 2014, 8:15 pm

Hello. Am I correct in assuming that you are based in England? I am not familiar w/the brand, but will read your comments on the brands of which I am aware. I especially appreciate the way that you write: lay people and non-tekkie can understand you--for the most part. There are, however, several technical suggestions and words that I do not understand.

My main suggestion relates to this concern. If space and time allow, I would suggest that you unpack the technical some things ex some things l stuff a tad more. This example will give you some idea of the range in the knowledge of your readers: does it let you get Hulu and Hulu Plus on the TV screen, if so how? Do you have to connect to a wifi company. If so how> etc....Bottom line--for the most part I get it, and find this to be incredibly helpful. My brother used to help me with this, but he is no longer on this plane. thank you.

Catherine

June 17, 2014, 10:29 am

Hello. I do not advise you order with Finlux. I can't speak the product quality but their order process and customer service has proved to be very frustrating and quite simply not worth it! Unhelpful, couldn't find a phone number that worked (always worrying) and they wanted me to provide scanned copies of a passport and utility bill if I wanted to ship to my sister's address. I've never come across something like this. You have been warned!

steve

February 23, 2015, 9:21 pm

We brought this product in august 2014 and by February 2015 six months later it broke, tried to ring them, number discontinued !!! live chat only ... ok lets give it ago, no one knows whats going on excuse after excuse two weeks later no tv, no money back, and no idea whats going on (in fact 10 days after reporting broken tv, Finlux didn't even know where our tv was in transit). Finally got a number out of the 'computer says no staff', 03303330808 and spoke to a manager, Jamie hoping to get some where. But no, he was just as bad. Customer service is shocking, when I asked to speak to Jamie's superior he said there wasn't anyone above him with which to speak to .I repeatedly asked Jamie if he could find out the status of the diagnosis on the tv through the engineer. To which he replied this was a lot to ask him to do, (after having reported our tv as broken nearly two weeks previousely to them). He asked me to e-mail my complaint in, but who got the e-mailed complaint ... Jamie! So what was the point of that.!!! I have been in contact with trading standards who are following this up, as by law they should have a number and head office address on the website, which they haven't. DO NOT BOTHER TO BUY ANY PRODUCTS FROM THIS FIRM (unless you like bashing your head against a brick wall). We are promised a new tv and are now awaiting its delivery. I asked for my money back, but NO CHANCE...... So in six months i may be writing another review ......!

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