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Finlux 46S6030-T review

John Archer



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Our Score:



  • Unbelievably cheap
  • Really decent HD pictures
  • Solid USB functionality


  • Auto backlight system is a bit crude
  • Colours are a touch cartoony
  • Input lag could impact gaming

Key Features

  • 46in LCD TV with edge LED lighting
  • 100Hz processing
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • USB multimedia playback
  • Aggressively priced
  • Manufacturer: Finlux
  • Review Price: £560.00

We’re sure there must be some logic to Finlux’s TV model numbering system. But unfortunately we haven’t quite figured it out yet, so as we unbox the latest in a stream of new TVs from the remarkably prolific brand, the Finlux 46S6030-T, we’re definitely in ‘TV reviewing is like a box of chocolates...' territory.

The only thing we can tell with any certainty from the Finlux 46S6060-T’s model number is that it’s 46in size - a fact that is actually pretty eyebrow-raising when you sit it alongside the set’s £560 price tag. There are plenty of 32in TVs out there that cost considerably more than £560, so being able to get a 46in screen for so little is remarkable. Unless, of course, the TV turns out to be a pile of natural fertiliser.

Aesthetically the Finlux 46S6030-T both does and doesn’t look its money. On the upside, we quite like the ‘wood grain’ effect to the grey-black bezel, as well as the transparent outer trim and the unusual stand design that lets the TV sit so low down that it looks as if it’s just standing magically upright directly on your table.

Finlux 46S6030

Less impressive is the rather plasticky finish to the bezel, and the way most of the set’s connections stick straight out of its rear, making wall hanging the set much more of a ball ache than it otherwise might have been.

At least these connections are reasonably plentiful. Particularly welcome is the presence of four HDMIs, two USB ports and, surprisingly, a LAN port. Our enthusiasm only grows as we discover that the USBs can play a fair (for the money) selection of video, photo and music file formats, as well as permitting recording from the set’s integrated tuner. This tuner is Freeview HD rather than the standard definition effort we’d expected for the Finlux 46S6030-T’s money.

Connection limitations

The LAN, however, turns out to be a red herring. For it’s only there because it’s mandatory support for a Freeview HD tuner; it doesn’t provide access to the online service recently tested on the Finlux 40S8070-T, or any DLNA PC streaming capabilities. But then really it wouldn’t be in any way reasonable to expect such value added features on a £560 46in TV. Getting a Freeview HD tuner and USB recording/playback is already a treat for so little cash.

Finlux 46S6030

The menu system on the 46S6030-T is one of those gold on black affairs found on all the recent Finlux TVs - and is in reality nothing like as glamorous as it sounds. Once you get beyond the ‘home’ stripe of icons running across the centre of the screen it’s pretty much low-res text all the way.

Tucked away among these text menus are one or two more features than might have been expected of such a punily-priced big-screen TV, including a backlight adjustment, a noise reduction system, various settings for the set’s 100Hz-based motion processing, sliding bar adjustments for the screen’s skin tone and red/green colour balance, and even the facility to adjust the gain of the red, green and blue colour elements.

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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