There is one further frustration to report in the Finlux 46S6030-T, though. For to get the very best black levels out of the screen, we found that you really need to have the Backlight set to Auto. Yet if you do this and you’re watching a very dark film, you can find yourself regularly being distracted by some pretty aggressive ‘jumps’ or steps in the picture’s overall brightness level.
For instance, as the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II title moves toward the screen near the start of the film, the 46S6030-T shifts its overall backlight output on three or four separate occasions so aggressively that you certainly don’t have to be an experienced TV reviewer to see it.
At other times the backlight shift is too slow, enabling you to see the backlight level sliding itself down when the film transitions from a bright to a dark scene.
All this means that for really consistently dark films like The Deathly Hallows Part II you might need to set the backlight on Low rather than Auto – a move which sadly reduces the black level depth while also causing a little evidence of backlight inconsistency.
To be fair
Now for the good news: the sort of problems caused by the Auto backlight setting are only a really major, repetitive issue with consistently very dark films. With normal movies the auto backlight system, while undeniably crude, is effective enough, and actually rather cleverer than similar systems on other really cheap TVs. In fact, many ultra-budget TVs don’t even have dynamic backlight systems at all!
The Finlux 46S6030-T even manages to outperform expectations with its sound, which can go louder without nasty distortions than almost any other budget TV we can think of, and manages to deliver a quite open mid-range that ensures voices always sound clear and believable. There’s no earth-shattering amount of bass to be heard, but this is true also of many flat TVs that cost vastly more than £560.
We do unfortunately have to finish on a negative note, as the Finlux 46S6030-T turns in a disappointing input lag measurement of 100ms – easily enough to negatively impact your gaming skills when playing fast reaction games. But this issue will not, of course, be a problem for everyone.
Now that a recent price reduction has brought the Finlux 46S6030-T down to just £560, we have no hesitation in making it the first Finlux TV to earn an overall Trusted Reviews score of 8. Inevitably its pictures aren’t perfect, and you don’t get fancy stuff like Smart TV or 3D functionality. But Finlux’s set still performs overall better than you have any right whatsoever to expect of a 46in TV that costs so little.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7
Sound Quality 7