Finlux 46S6030-T - Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer



Our Score:


There is one further frustration to report in the Finlux 46S6030-T, though. For to get the very best black levels out of the screen, we found that you really need to have the Backlight set to Auto. Yet if you do this and you’re watching a very dark film, you can find yourself regularly being distracted by some pretty aggressive ‘jumps’ or steps in the picture’s overall brightness level.

For instance, as the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II title moves toward the screen near the start of the film, the 46S6030-T shifts its overall backlight output on three or four separate occasions so aggressively that you certainly don’t have to be an experienced TV reviewer to see it.

At other times the backlight shift is too slow, enabling you to see the backlight level sliding itself down when the film transitions from a bright to a dark scene.

Finlux 46S6030

All this means that for really consistently dark films like The Deathly Hallows Part II you might need to set the backlight on Low rather than Auto - a move which sadly reduces the black level depth while also causing a little evidence of backlight inconsistency.

To be fair

Now for the good news: the sort of problems caused by the Auto backlight setting are only a really major, repetitive issue with consistently very dark films. With normal movies the auto backlight system, while undeniably crude, is effective enough, and actually rather cleverer than similar systems on other really cheap TVs. In fact, many ultra-budget TVs don’t even have dynamic backlight systems at all!

The Finlux 46S6030-T even manages to outperform expectations with its sound, which can go louder without nasty distortions than almost any other budget TV we can think of, and manages to deliver a quite open mid-range that ensures voices always sound clear and believable. There’s no earth-shattering amount of bass to be heard, but this is true also of many flat TVs that cost vastly more than £560.

Finlux 46S6030

We do unfortunately have to finish on a negative note, as the Finlux 46S6030-T turns in a disappointing input lag measurement of 100ms - easily enough to negatively impact your gaming skills when playing fast reaction games. But this issue will not, of course, be a problem for everyone.


Now that a recent price reduction has brought the Finlux 46S6030-T down to just £560, we have no hesitation in making it the first Finlux TV to earn an overall Trusted Reviews score of 8. Inevitably its pictures aren’t perfect, and you don’t get fancy stuff like Smart TV or 3D functionality. But Finlux’s set still performs overall better than you have any right whatsoever to expect of a 46in TV that costs so little.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Image Quality 7
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Value 10

Mark Walton

June 18, 2012, 6:10 pm

A 40" TV for £279 isn't bad either, from ASDA


June 18, 2012, 7:20 pm

Indeed Mark, but try getting TR to do a review of something that would actually be useful to most people.
I asked them to do a review of a Tesco TV once and was told I could buy one myself and do a review if I wanted to.
However, Finlux comes out of the woodwork and they're all over them.
No so Trusted any more I'm afraid.

I guess it was fun for the guys when they were building the site all those years ago, but these days and particularly after the IPC buyout, the reviews have been more like adverts.
There's an opening there for someone.


June 18, 2012, 8:14 pm

I highly doubt anyone told you to buy one and review it - it they did I'd slap 'em myself - but rather that we would have to buy one to review it.

There's a real misconception about these sorts of cheap products. Occasionally a bargain will catch the eye of someone like yourself that will actually look up a review but the vast majority of people don't research these cheap supermarket shelf items - it's there to see in the search stats, not our imaginations.

We'd happily review them if the companies supplied them but it's not worth our time buying them, reviewing them, saying how crap they are then selling them on. Finlux are cheap but they happily provide the products.


June 18, 2012, 8:17 pm

I'm not sure of your point. Do you want us to review the Asda one or are you making the point that this TV isn't all that cheap? If the latter then it's a pointless comment as of course a smaller TV will be cheaper. You can buy a Samsung 40in TV for £280ish but you won't get many 46in TVs for under £550.


June 18, 2012, 8:54 pm

>> I highly doubt anyone told you to buy one and review it - it they did I'd slap 'em myself

I've a feeling he's referring to -> http://www.trustedreviews.c...

And correct, you certainly didn't tell him to go and buy one, that's was HIS decision. And the 28 day return policy, just made me chuckle.

IOW: If Tesco want to have there products reviewed, they know were to send them. I'm sure Tesco could part with a £300 product for a few weeks. Tesco not sending out there products for review, does make you wonder. :)


June 18, 2012, 9:15 pm

shame about the input lag, oh well


June 19, 2012, 3:27 am

You're right (incorrect usage of there and were aside), I was talking about that earlier comment. It felt like I was being told to do my own review. Trusted Reviews had previously reviewed a Tesco Technika TV: http://www.trustedreviews.c...
Your final comment rather sums up what I was saying though, ie; it's not relevant whether or not Tesco want their product reviewed, it's relevant whether or not the readership want it reviewed! Or IS it the other way about?
Perhaps someone can explain why Finlux, a brand I'd never heard of before I saw the banner ads and reviewverts on TR, justifies a review yet Morrisons Techwood 40" set doesn't even merit a nod at £265?

BTW: I just Googled Finlux and found myself at the Wikipedia page for the company. Interestingly, it is now owned by Vestel, the same company that produces Techwood products :D. Does this mean we can look forward to products manufactured by Techwood being reviewed in future, too?
So Ed, are you just assuming they're crap, considering they're produced by the same company?

Hamish Campbell

June 19, 2012, 12:26 pm

That was a very polite reply from Ed in that link. Methinks Mr b166er owes someone an apology.

Mark Walton

June 19, 2012, 5:17 pm

No point reviewing the ASDA one then if you can get a Samsung for £280

I was just pointing out that it seemed particularly cheap.


June 20, 2012, 3:37 am

Toshiba 46TL868B 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D-Ready SMART Internet LED TV £530 on Amazon now thats really cheap!!!!

jack the lad

January 30, 2014, 4:54 pm

Don't buy it unless you buy extended warranty, they break down after 14 months and no-one will repair them, why make a tele bigger than 42" if you won't repair a tele bigger than 42"

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