The first thing that starts to drag the Finlux 32F6030-T’s score down is its standard definition performance. Firstly, the colours that work so effectively with HD take a definite downward turn with standard def – especially relatively low-quality standard def from the TV’s own built-in tuner. Skin tones look blotchy and uneven, and there’s generally less balance in the colour palette.
There’s also an impossible-to-remove yellow bias to proceedings, and a general reduction in vibrancy. Such colour issues are actually a surprisingly common find in TVs that don’t have the best upscaling processors.
It should be added, though, that while colours might look a bit off with standard definition, the 32F6030-T does at least avoid making its standard definition pictures look soft and/or noisy like they can on budget sets – or even some TVs costing considerably more.
By far the biggest problem with the 32F6030-T’s pictures, though, and one we really find it hard to see past, is its backlight inconsistency. We’re pretty used now to edge LED TVs suffering to some extent with ‘clouds’ of excess brightness hanging over some parts of their pictures during dark scenes, but seldom if ever have we seen such aggressive clouding as you get with the Finlux 32F6030-T. In fact, a large patch of ‘light bleed’ coming in from the bottom right corner of the screen – covering a good 10 square inches – is so excessive that you can even make it out during fairly bright footage.
Needless to say, the damage this area of backlight bleed – and a couple of other less egregious but still certainly noticeable areas of bleed along the bottom and top left edges – does during dark scenes is bad enough to render them almost unwatchable. In fact it’s so bad that it effectively kills the TV as something you could sensibly watch a film or, so far as we’re concerned, play a serious game on. Damn.
This is particularly unfortunate considering that provided you stick with the 32F6030-T’s Game preset, it measures only 30ms or so of input lag through its HDMI. This is a low enough figure to have minimal effect on your gaming prowess.
Wrapping up with the Finlux 32F6030-T’s sound, it’s not too bad by really cheap flat TV standards. Sure, there’s precious little bass to be heard, and maximum volume levels are hardly going to fill the Albert Hall. Loud moments can sound pretty harsh, too. But voices sound clear, trebles are reasonably detailed without sounding horribly thin, and the cabinet doesn’t succumb to phutting vibrations easily. All in all, the 32F6030-T’s sound is just about fair for a budget slim TV.
We’ve been reasonably impressed by many of the Finlux TVs that have come our way so far, finding them able to offer a level of performance and features that go beyond their price points. But due to some startling carelessness with its backlighting, the 32F6030-T sadly does not continue the Finlux run of form.
Score in detail
Image Quality 5
Sound Quality 6