What is the Finlux 55S8090-T?
Design & Connections
Finlux hasn’t skinnied on the connectivity front, either, will a full complement of 4 HDMI inputs – 3 out/1 side-facing – as well as 2 Scarts, 2 USB, VGA PC, Component and Composite video connections and a CI slot for premium digital content. On the audio front – well, back - there’s an S/PDIF digital audio out, a headphone jack and L/R stereo inputs for the component and composite video connections.
Finlux has slightly redesigned the remote control, giving the front a more concave and ergonomic aspect but it’s still quite a bit larger than the average handset. We have no problems with it, however, it’s well mapped and the large buttons make it easy to operate. The new indicator light at the top will also banish any doubts about whether your batteries are dead, or not.
To term these 2 x 8W speakers as average would be pretty generous. Even by the generally poor performance standards we see from emaciated flat panels, the S8090-T ranks badly. It’s tinny, in extremis, and sounds strangled across the frequency range. Still, if it turns out the Finlux can knock out a good picture, the money you’ve saved buying it can be put toward some kind of audio solution; be it separate speakers or a soundbar.
Bearing in mind the bug with the RGB gain controls we were a little worried that the improvement in the handling of 1080p24 Blu-ray content would also not have been implemented in the S8090-T but those fears proved unfounded and it was impressively smooth with that content. Scaling of standard definition signals was quite good with just a feint hint of ringing but, really, if you’re planning on a 55-inch TV, we’d advise feasting largely on a diet of high definition. Video deinterlacing was adequate rather than startling with some jaggies visible in finer detail under movement and the S8090-T was unable to pick up on the PAL 2:2 cadence meaning you’ll be best playing those old DVDs through an upscaling player.
Contrast and Black Levels
Input lag measured at around the 50 milliseconds putting the Finlux S8090-T in the low middle order in terms of responsiveness to controls. The Game mode measured a couple of milliseconds lower than the other modes but it takes some serious adjustment to stop it looking horribly garish so your eyes would probably enjoy it more in the Cinema Mode.
The following measurements were taken with a full screen 50% white pattern:
Out-of-the-Box - Normal Mode: 68.3W
Calibrated – Cinema Mode: 79.0W
Finlux 55S8090-T Picture Quality
The VA panel variants, as equipped in the S8090, have quite a sharp look to them and, in fact, the Finlux looked heavily over-processed appearance at default settings. We’d advise anyone in possession of the 8090 to immediately turn down the Sharpness control to zero, as even at low settings it’s very aggressive. Equally uncompromising is the motion interpolating ‘Film Sense’ control which produced quite a lot of ghosting and picture artefacts even when used in its mildest configuration. Superficially it does help motion resolution but we settled to put up with a spot of blur rather than suffer its inadequacies. The Finlux S8090-T isn’t going to satisfy the hungrier videophiles out there but you wouldn’t think this 55-inch TV has a stock price of under £800 by looking at it.
- Strong blacks and contrast
- Excellent uniformity
- Doesn't look budget - styling is very pleasant
- Wi-Fi included
- Some decent online content
- (mostly) Believable colours
- Motion handling could be better
- Picture controls don't work properly
- Some (unwanted) olive skin tones
- No 2:2 cadence detection
- More online content would be good
Finlux 55S8090-T TV Review
It might be relatively low cost but the Finlux S8090-T certainly doesn't look low rent with a design similar to that of last year's Samsung flagship plasma. Connectivity options are impressive too and include 4 HDMI ports. The remote control has seen a small redesign but it's still huge and easy to use. Interfaces are quick to load and menus simple to understand but the malfunctioning calibration options meant we weren't able to extract the most from the S9090-T.
Despite not attaining the levels of picture accuracy we're accustomed to, this entry-level 55-incher still managed to impress. Finlux has improved on its handling of Blu-ray disc and with a decent contrast punch to back up the new fluidity we were, at times, looking at a big screen bargain. The S8090-T is not without its issues; screen uniformity could be improved, motion handling isn't all that and we couldn't shake a slightly olive cast to some skin tones but price has to be considered.
The Finlux S8090-T is definitely worth its asking price. It's not going to satisfy the more demanding viewers out there but it certainly more than justifies its position in the sector of the market it occupies.
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