Finlux 32F8030-T review

It's not the easiest to use, but this 32-inch TV bundles smart TV and Freeview HD with LED backlighting and four HDMIs

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Usability

Although the overall user interface - which hangs around a simple Picture/Sound/Settings/Install & retune/Channel list/Media Browser carousel of icons - is very easy to use, one of the major weak points of the Finlux 32F8030-T is its electronic programme guide (EPG).

In terms of design, we've got no issues with it. Schedules stretching to two hours are shown for nine channels simultaneously, while selecting programmes to either expand upon or record (to a USB flash drive or an external HDD) is easy.

Finlux 32F8030 T review

The problem comes from the fact that when you engage the EPG, all sound and pictures of the current channel you're watching cease. It reminds us of how Panasonic EPGs used to be until very recently, though the absence of a thumbnail of live TV in the EPG screens is a huge shame. Who wants to browse what's on later while sitting in silence? Nobody.

Smart TV can be a tad slow to fire up, hanging a few times when we tried to load it. And multitasking isn't possible - a dual-core smart TV this is not.

Finlux 32F8030 T review

The Media Browser software meets our minimum standards in a similar fashion. In our test we played all common formats of digital music and movies with the exception of lossless formats and MKV video files.

Unfortunately the Finlux 32F8030-T's remote control is a tad unresponsive. It's not an endemic problem, but there's a slight delay between issuing the command and the Finlux 32F8030-T obeying.

Finlux 32F8030 T review

That's a shame, because it's a fine remote indeed - nicely spaced out, oversized buttons with a well thought out design of shortcut buttons to new services.

It's not perfect - we didn't immediately click that buttons with a TV and book icons translated as a shortcut to the EPG, nor that a graphic of a star and a CD led to YouTube.

Sound

Finlux 32F8030 T review

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The Finlux 32F8030-T's stereo 8W speakers are another of its major weaknesses. That's in no way unique - almost all flatscreen TVs disappoint in this area - but here there's just so little width or depth that anything but dialogue-based TV lacks impact.

There are a few audio presets, such as Movie, Speech, Flat, Classic and Music, but only the latter makes any kind of stab at low frequency sound.

Value

Finlux 32F8030 T review

Having been slashed down to a sale price of just £279.99 in recent months, we've no complaints about the Finlux 32F8030-T in the value stakes.

We shouldn't get carried away - the Finlux 32F8030-T is a cheaply built everyman TV set that's not as impressive as the polished efforts from the likes of Samsung, Panasonic and Sony.

Finlux 32F8030 T review

However, the provision of a throughly decent smart TV portal at this price is remarkable, and though it's a portal that hinges almost entirely on BBC iPlayer, we're wiling to bet that this particular app far outweighs any other in terms of popularity and use even on much more comprehensive smart TV offerings.

The inclusion of a Wi-Fi dongle is a wise move indeed, though using it does mean only one of the Finlux 32F8030-T's brace of USB slots is available.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Brand NameFinlux
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 100
RMS Output Power16 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand526 mm
Width with Stand783 mm
Depth with Stand203 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height493 mm
Width783 mm
Depth40 mm
ColourBlack
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerFinlux
Product Model32F8030-T
Product Name32 Inch Smart LED TV, Full-HD 1080p TV, PVR & Freeview HD (32F8030-T)
Manufacturer Part Number32F8030T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.finluxdirect.com
Marketing Information

The Finlux 32F8030-T Smart TV will bring a world of HD entertainment, catch-up TV and on-demand services into the comfort of your own living room. Featuring a ultra-slim design, this 32-inch TV will allow you access to great online content from the comfort of your home. This TV also comes with a USB Wi-Fi dongle that'll allow you to connect the set to your home network wirelessly.

Package Contents
  • 32 Inch Smart LED TV, Full-HD 1080p TV, PVR & Freeview HD (32F8030-T)
  • Batteries
  • Remote Control
Response Time8.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)10.10 kg