Finlux 40F8073- Sound Quality
While the 40F8073-T’s pictures outperform its price point, its sound does not. The speakers are only capable of covering a painfully narrow portion of the audio spectrum, meaning they start to sound harsh all-too-readily when pushed at all hard by a typical Hollywood movie soundtrack. Bass in particular is in very short supply, but trebles too routinely sound boxed in – at least when the sound mix is even slightly dense.
To be fair the set handles vocals passably well, always keeping them sounding proud of the rest of the mix and thus clear. Also the speakers are perfectly adequate for delivering normal Daytime TV fare; it’s only with films and potent game soundtracks that their weaknesses are exposed.
Other points to consider
The Finlux 40F8073-T’s remote control is a rather plasticky affair with a distinctly old-school layout. But frankly it doesn’t really need to be much else given the relatively low spec of the TV, and at least its buttons are decently responsive.
When it comes to input lag – something of high importance to serious gamers – the 40F8073-T measured just 33ms, which is a pleasingly low figure unlikely to cause you any significant disadvantage when playing response-based games. This makes this a great option if you want cheap but large TV primarily for gaming.
Should I buy a Finlux 40F8073-T?
If you’re trying to find a decent telly – probably ideally only for a second room – for under £350, the Finlux 40F8073-T is a bigger, better and more helpfully featured model than you probably thought you’d be able to find for so little cash.
If you can spend a bit more we’d suggest you take a look at the £370 Toshiba 40L7355 and especially the £399 Samsung UE42F5000 — particularly if you’re wanting a TV for your main living room. But if your needs are simple and gaming is high on your list of priorities, this is a great cut-price option.
The 40F8073-T is definitely one of Finlux’s better efforts – the sort of set the brand could do with producing more consistently if it’s to keep building up its already seemingly solid UK presence. It gives you way more overall in performance and feature terms than you’ve any right to expect for £320, making it a particularly credible second room option.
Score in detail
Smart TV 7
Image Quality 7
Sound Quality 5
|Max. Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Full HD 1080p||Yes|
|Refresh Rate (Hertz)||50Hz|
|Digital Audio Out||1 (coaxial)|
|WiFi||Yes (via included USB dongle)|