We’ve dealt with a few extremes before on Trusted Reviews, but we can’t think of a bigger ‘swing’ in our TV testing history than the move from our previous TV review, of the £25,000, 84-inch Sony KD-84X9005, to the mere £450 price tag attached to the Finlux 42S7080 we’re looking at today.
Obviously it might not be doing the Finlux any favours that it’s hitting our eyeballs so recently after Sony’s ultra high resolution groundbreaker. But fortunately we’ve been doing this TV reviewing malarkey long enough to be able to put our ‘budget goggles’ on whenever required. And actually, in some ways at least, the Finlux 42S7080 isn’t as much of a shock to the system as you might imagine.
Finlux 42S7080 Design
The Finlux 42S7080 is no great looker. At a good inch wide its bezel is chunkier than is fashionable these days, and its colour scheme is a straightforward black. The only things adding a dash of style are the glossiness of its finish, and a slight bulge over the inner half of the bezel.
Finlux 42S7080 Specs
As its name suggests the Finlux 42S7080 is a 42-inch model. It’s also an LCD TV with edge LED lighting, a full HD resolution, a built-in PVR system, 100HZ motion processing, and even 3D playback.
This latter feature is of the passive variety - a fact which has lead to Finlux very generously include no less than eight pairs of 3D glasses free with the TV. In this respect at least, the Finlux 42S7080 actually outguns the Sony KD-84X9005, which rather stingily only provides two pairs.
There is one bit of bad feature news though, namely that the Finlux 42S7080 only has a standard definition Freeview tuner. This does stick in our craw these days, however cheap the 42S7080 might be. Though we guess there will be some people out there willing to sacrifice a Freeview HD tuner in return for being able to get 3D so affordably.
Connections are surprisingly strong, though. Its four HDMIs puts it on a par with 42-inch TVs costing three times as much, while its two USBs are enough to let you record to USB PVR and playback video, and photo files from USB storage devices without having to swap out USBs.
The one significant connection you don’t get is a LAN port (or any built-in Wi-Fi). Which isn’t surprising, really, given that the Finlux 42S7080 doesn’t support either DLNA PC connectivity or any online streaming features.
Accompanying the Finlux 42S7080 is a startlingly large and attractive remote control, complete with a glossy finish and a very pronounced hump in the middle on which are mounted the main navigation arrows and ‘OK’ select button. Despite the size of this remote, though, it’s not especially great to use thanks to a combination of a rather thoughtless layout and the fact that the hump is too severe, making pressing the navigation arrows a bit uncomfortable.