For a relatively new budget brand in the UK, Finlux sure is prolific. It seems to have some new TV to send our way almost every week. And actually, while we might not have been blown away by the last Finlux TV we tested (the 32F6030-T), for the most part Finlux’s offerings have tidily outperformed the expectations raised by their ultra-affordable prices.
All of which, of course, is leading us into a review of another Finlux TV. And the 40S8070-T is arguably the brand’s most ambitious effort yet, for despite costing barely £600, this 40in set sports both 100Hz processing and Smart TV functionality.
More on these later. First, though, we want to doff our caps in the general direction of the Finlux 40S8070-T’s design. For while its bezel and rear are both a little chunkier than the current trend among more premium brands, the 40S8070-T is still a very attractive TV thanks to its ‘one-layer’ fascia and the rather appealing silver trim that wraps around the main black picture frame. Overall the set looks uncannily like Sony’s latest Monolithic designs, and that, in our opinion, is no bad thing.
Connections continue the good news. The HDMI count is four - the same number found on even the latest flagship sets from the big AV names. There’s a LAN port for accessing the set’s online features, or else you can use a Wi-Fi dongle attached to one of the set’s two USB ports. Very impressively for such an affordable TV, the Wi-Fi dongle comes free with the TV, making us wonder why so many big TV brands in the past have forced you to pay as much as £100 extra for their Wi-Fi USB dongles.
The LAN/Wi-Fi connections also allow you to stream in multimedia files from DLNA PCs, while the USB ports can play video, photo and music files or record from the built-in tuner. A tuner which, we’re pleased to say, is a Freeview HD one.
The last connection to mention is the D-Sub PC port, which allows you to double the TV up as a computer monitor even if your PC doesn’t support HDMI output.
Setting the Finlux 40S8070-T up is something of a chore thanks to the rather unhelpful remote Finlux supplies. At first glance this handset doesn’t look bad. It’s big, reasonably spacious and even feels quite well built. But it doesn’t take long before an over-fussy and rather random button layout starts to irritate. Particularly irksome is the daft positioning of the Source select button and the way the cursor movement/selection buttons are crammed into a circle in the middle of the programme and volume up/down buttons.
The onscreen menus are drab despite their rather grandiose use of a gold on black colour scheme, but unlike the remote they are at least passably organised. They also have more features than might have been expected, such as colour shift and RGB gain adjustments, plus a Skin Tone tweaker.