The search for a 40-inch LED TV for under £400 that doesn't come from a no-name supermarket brand is over. The Finlux 40F8073-T won't make the end-of-year 'best of 2014' ceremonies judged on image quality, but you won't find a better value smart LED TV.
The low, low price is the star turn on the 40F8073-T, but it makes a bid for glory with a fast-working user interface that's graced a by a thoroughly decent selection of apps. The presence of Freeview HD and Full HD are plusses, as is a surprisingly slick web browser and an excellent, well organised media browser that makes digital file playback a breeze.
Not everything about the 40F8073-T is value-busting plus points. Sound quality is poor, while the remote control supplied in the box is a slight affair indeed. Picture quality is average at best, with noticeable motion blur and a lack of shadow details making this far from the best TV for Blu-ray.
The 40F8073-T is truly excellent value. A decent TV with any kind of apps usually costs around £500, with exceptions to that rule – such as Toshiba's heavily discounted 2013 range – regularly disappointing with a total lack of usability and processing power. The 40F8073-T's success on all counts (though don't expect top picture and sound quality) makes it an excellent value choice for a living room, with thoroughly usable media software and even a web browser contributing to a great value package.
There are very few TVs of this low price that also include smart TV apps, though in terms of value the appearance of apps is almost immaterial; one of the 40F8073-T's closest rivals is Samsung's UE42F5000, which doesn't have any apps. Toshiba's 40L6353 does, but even after five minutes with the 40F8073-T it's clear that even on basic usability it outranks the long, established Toshiba brand.