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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The Finlux 32F8030-T has to be one of the best value TVs we've ever tested. There are a few clues here and there that's it's built around last year's tech - the lack of a dual core, a lifeless EPG, and limited video codec support, perhaps - and it's not always a joy to use, but as a step-up TV for the living room it barely puts a foot wrong.

We liked

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The low price is top of the list, of course, but we got on well with the BBC iPlayer and YouTube-equipped Finlux smart TV platform and were impressed by the remote control's design and build quality, too. Four HDMI inputs is a fine return at this price, as is the bundled Wi-Fi dongle, though we're also sure that its twin Scarts will have a wide appeal in the UK - as will its brushed metallic look.

All of this would be for nothing if it weren't for the Finlux 32F8030-T's reliable images, which are surprisingly advanced and consistent.

We disliked

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There is no dual-core processing on the Finlux 32F8030-T, which does take the shine off smart TV, which isn't as quick as other platforms and lacks film streaming apps. Having app shortcuts on the remote is handy, but some are confusing and there's no button for BBC iPlayer.

Engaging the EPG plunges the entire TV into silence, which most other brands have moved on from, though that's nit-picking; the real issues on the Finlux 32F8030-T are its poor audio and its 50Hz panel, which does mean a constant, albeit slight, blur and judder during fast-moving action and camera pans.

Verdict

With Full HD, Freeview HD and those four HDMIs on offer, the Finlux 32F8030-T is terrific value, though just as important are its naturally coloured, contrast-heavy and richly detailed pictures that don't suffer from the kinds of problems we'd expected to see.

There is, however, a slight issue with judder that won't go away, and the lack of dual-core processing makes smart TV a box-ticking exercise rather than an unbridled joy to use. That's being harsh, though, because the user interface is mature and easy to use, and by adding the likes of Netflix, Now TV and Lovefilm to its smart TV interface, Finlux could have a hit on its hands.

OK, so the Finlux 32F8030-T has a poor EPG and the audio is terrible, but that's pretty normal even on big brand's 32-inch TVs; we're all going to have to think wisely in future about spending a penny over £300 on a smart TV of this size.

Also consider

Despite being very cheap for a TV with smart TV apps, the Finlux 32F8030-T isn't the cheapest 32-inch TV around. Even the big brands can get lower, notably Samsung with its UE32EH5000. It's not got any semblance of smart TV or streaming but it does deliver good picture quality as cheaply as humanly possible.

An even starker budget attempt is the Technika 32-270, though we're into the realm of cheap-and-looks-it territory there. If you're after smart TV, you can find a similarly basic effort on the Toshiba 32RL958, another bargain-busting 'trickle-down' LED-backlit LCD TV that boasts Freeview HD and clean images from all sources that have plenty of detail.

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