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Finlux 46S8030-T - Performance and Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer



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Provided you follow these relatively simple bits of advice, though, the 46S8030-T's pictures look pretty good. For instance, the screen delivers a strong sense of the sort of texturing, minute detail and film grain resolution that distinguishes HD from standard definition sources - especially as its 100Hz system helps keep resolution loss surprisingly low when showing moving objects.

Fair contrast

Also better than usual by budget TV standards is the 46S8030-T's contrast performance, especially at the dark end of the spectrum. Its attempts at producing a credible black colour really aren't bad at all, even with the auto backlight deactivated. There's a shade of bluish grey hanging over dark scenes for sure, but it's nothing like as strong or overbearing as we would expect from a budget TV.

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As well as helping dark scenes look notably more convincing than they normally do on cheap TVs, it also makes it easier to see the sort of subtle shadow details that stop the darkest parts of pictures on LCD TVs from looking like weird black holes.

HD Colours

Colours look much better in HD than they do in standard def too, with more subtlety in their rendition and a wider range of believable tones. Though there's a slightly muted general tone, and you can still see that the range of colours the screen can produce is well below what you would hope to see from a more expensive 46in TV.

It has to be said that pictures lack a little brightness after they've been calibrated to produce the best contrast performance, but this isn't as bad a deal as it sounds, especially if you're able to watch in a dark or dimly-lit room.

Gaming skills

If you’re a serious gamer, the 46S8030-T might not be the best TV for you. For we measured an average input lag figure of 44ms. As well as being a bit higher than the LCD TV average, our tests recorded a few even higher measurements of 67ms along the way.

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While the 46S8030-T generally outperforms its price with its HD pictures, it lives down to expectations sonically. Even when watching fairly straightforward TV shows the mid-range can sometimes distort a bit when delivering voices, and there's a tendency for the speakers to over-emphasise trebles. These issues are inevitably much more obvious when watching an action scene in a film, to the extent that the almost complete lack of bass, constrained mid-range and over-egged trebles combine to leave you wincing at times when the going gets really loud - a simple set of stereo speakers or a soundbar will really lift things here.


Although it certainly doesn't hide all of its budget heritage, overall the 46S8030-T is a far better performer for its money than you've any right to expect, and even its Smart TV features aren't completely half-baked. So all in all, this is another of Finlux's better moments.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 7
  • Sound Quality 5
  • Value 9


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.


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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