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.
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.
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.
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.