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Finlux 46S8030-T - Features and Performance

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Let's turn next to the 46S8030-T's promised Smart TV features - slightly disturbingly dubbed 'Feeling Home' on the online system's home screen. It's clear very quickly that content levels don't rival the online services of the latest Smart TVs from the likes of Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony. That said, there is a bit more going on than we might have expected. There are 27 services available in total, which include BBC iPlayer, YouTube, ITN, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, European Football, iConcerts, Viewster, eBay, and tunin.fm.

No subscription video services

It's a shame, of course, that there's no Lovefilm, Netflix, Acetrax or Blinkbox streaming support, but arguably any sort of video streaming content is a bonus at the 46S8030-T's price level.

We started our picture quality tests with standard definition feeds from the built-in tuner, and were presented with a classic mixed bag of results. On the upside, first impressions suggest that the set has somewhat better black level response than might have been expected for its money, and pictures are both bright and richly coloured. Also surprisingly decent for a budget TV is the 46S8030-T's motion handling, which suffers much less with blurring and smearing than might have been expected.

Finlux 46S8030-T

Kicking off the downsides, pictures look rather noisy as the TV's upscaling processing exaggerates source noise - especially MPEG blocking and shimmer - rather than attempting to reduce it in any significant way. Also, colours tend to look rather primitive, in that a lack of subtlety when it comes to reproducing blends and a seemingly rather limited palette can leave some colour areas looking a bit blocky, stripey or patchy.

Settings advice

With HD, pictures actually look more than respectable for the 46S8030-T's price point. So long as you're careful with its settings, at any rate. In particular we strongly advise you not to use the set's Dynamic picture preset, as this can cause some pretty depressing amounts of backlight inconsistency/clouding during very dark scenes. The Cinema setting undoubtedly serves as your best starting point for movie viewing, though you can try the Natural preset for normal TV fare.

Finlux 46S8030-T

Also best switched off is the set's Auto Backlight setting, since this can lead to some distractingly slow and over-aggressive shifts in the picture's overall brightness as the source image shifts from light to dark content and vice versa. Instead we'd recommend the Medium backlight level for TV viewing, and Low for movies.

We'd also recommend turning the set's colour down a touch from its factory settings, to stop skin tones looking a bit 'peaky', and that with HD you leave noise reduction switched off to prevent the picture looking soft.

jrchunk

December 17, 2012, 12:22 pm

Whilst the TV is OK ,( it sounds is a little tinny). The service from this company and their delivery company is shocking. TV arrived two days late and in the afternoon despite booking and paying for a morning delivery slot. In fact the courier company advised that Finlux cannot guarantee a morning or afternoon slot and charge this fee just to make some extra money. We were also advised that if we were not in, then we would have to go to the depot to collect.The TV eventually did turn up , in the back of an old battered Fiesta with the seats down and delivered by two youths. It was accepted by my wife, but had I been in, I certainly would'nt have accepted delivery of the item as it wouldn't have been properly looked after. I have asked for an explanation from Finlux and return of my delivery fee but after a few days have still not had a response. You have been warned. Cheap but there is no way I would recommend this company. I dare not think what will happen if anything goes wrong with the TV.

wizart

February 5, 2013, 8:11 pm

TVs from Finlux are average, but the service is
just appalling. My order (32" LED TV) from Finlux was delayed by more than
a week. All that time the customer advisers at Finlux kept giving contradicting
information. When I went to collect the unit (so much for my prepaid
"Saturday delivery"!) at third attempt, I was presented with the TV
in an open plastic bag! Finlux could not coherently confirm whether the
warranty would remain valid, so I refused to accept the order. Finlux assured
me that the refund "should arrive promptly within 5 working days".
After 10 days, when nothing arrived, another adviser cheerfully guaranteed 5
days from that time, because "now they have received the TV back"! At
the moment, it's been more than a month and I still have not seen my money. The
number of blatant lies that I heard from Finlux during this time is beyond
belief. The information given by anybody in this company is never based on
anything real. By the way, Finlux as business does not exist in the U.K., or
Finland, for that matter. The company is now based in Turkey and the name is
different. Try to Google them and observe the result. The proud statement
"EST. FINLAND 1964" on Finlux website is true only with regards to
the name itself. So, yet another lie. Verdict: stay away! Get a good TV from a
reputable supplier.

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