What is the Finlux 32F7020-T?
So let’s get to it.
Design & Connections
Finlux’s new remote control is a little like the LG designs and we like it with its well conceived design and a good amount of space between buttons. It’s quite an attractive thing, actually, featuring a brushed design and a tactile, softened rear which sits nicely in the hand. Also in the box is were 8 pairs of 3D Glasses, should you ever need them.
Connectivity options are excellent for this market sector with four HDMI ports – 3 facing outwards from the rear and one close to the edge. There are also 2 RGB SCART terminals, a D-SUB PC connection, Component and Composite Video connections with accompanying L/R audio jacks, aerial socket and a LAN Port. There’s also a S/PDIF digital audio out and completing the connections, on the side, are two USB inputs and a CAM slot.
The Finlux 32F7020-T offers a choice of 5 Picture Modes – Dynamic, Natural, Movie, Game and Sports – which we’ll measure for accuracy later on in the Test Section area of this review. There are, of course, all the usual ‘front-panel’ controls of Contrast, Brightness and Colour as well as options for Low, Medium, High and Auto for the Backlight intensity. There’s some ECO modes for either switching off the video signal or setting to a low energy mode.
we saw improvements in the last few Finlux’s reviewed in terms of their handling of 1080p24 but unfortunately this 720p panel doesn’t’ handle Blu-ray brilliantly. Besides the scaling artefacts, there’s a definite judder which indicates the panel is internally converting to 60Hz. To be fair, neither issue is that visible on a screen this size and the target market probably wont care less. The F7200-T wasn’t able to detect the PAL 2:2 cadence but does detect the NTSC 2:3 cadence. Scaling performance from SD sources is actually quite good, with only just a hint of ringing to 576i pictures. Video deinterlacing is a little less impressive with some quite noticeable break up of fine lines and detail in motion.
Contrast and Black Level
With the Finlux F200-T sporting passive 3D technology there’s no doubt it’s using an LG IPS panel. Deep black levels and large dynamic range are not a trait of these panels and so it should come as no surprise to see the 7200-T well below the 1000:1 milestone for contrast ratio. Averaging a black level of 0.14cd/m2 against an averaged peak white of 109 cd/m2, on our ANSI checkerboard pattern; topping out at 810:1. We could have pushed the panel much brighter and seen a commensurate increase in contrast but we try and standardise a peak white of 120 cd/m2 on a full raster to keep the playing field level. We’ll give half a mark for the black levels owing to a very good level of screen uniformity and an effective filter that combats ambient light well. You can see from the checkerboard measurements that the screen is a fair bit brighter in the centre, but that was only noticeable in the really dark scenes. Thankfully, there was little to no clouding or light leakage from the corners.
The F7020-T proved quite a nifty little gamer. As we often find with fairly basic TVs, the lack of fancy schmancy processing overheads leads to lower input latency with this little Finlux clocking in at around 30 milliseconds in both 2D and 3D. The hyper-critical or those that sit very vose might spot a bit of smearing in high contrast moments but we’re prepared to forgive for the lack of latency.
The following measurements were taken with a full screen 50% white pattern:
Out-of-the-Box – Dynamic Mode: 61W
Calibrated – Cinema Mode: 42.5W
3D Cinema Mode: 77W
Finlux 32F7020-T Picture Quality 2D
Finlux 32F7020-T Picture Quality 3D
- Crazy price
- Good viewing angles
- Low input lag for gamers
- Decent colours following adjustment
- Good scaling of standard definition
- Weak blacks and contrast
- Doesn't handle Blu-rays properly
- 3D is let down by size of screen
- No real features to speak of
Finlux 32F7020-T TV Review
The F7020-T is a pretty basic black box of a TV but there’s nothing wrong with that approach as not everyone wants or needs modern designer chic in their homes. We certainly are not complaining given the generous range of connections that include 4 HDMI inputs. The supplied remote is actually quite a chic handset with its brushed charcoal fascia and it navigates round the easy to understand and well-presented menu system in bright and breezy fashion. In terms of features, there’s not much to report here, although we guess it’s a sign of the times when a TV that includes USB media playback and PVR recording is regarded as lacking in smart features.
Finlux’s calibration controls have been cumbersome at best and useless at worst but at least what’s available in the F7020-T does function, to a degree. With the coarse controls we were able to eek out a very good greyscale performance and decent colour representation. Raw contrast performance has never been a strong point of the panels used in passive 3D TVs and so it proved here but at least the 7020-T can boast decent screen uniformity and wide viewing angles as strengths.
As a 32-inch TV, the Finlux F7020-T was never going to be a serious contender as a 3D model; it’s just too small to fit the bill and we could also see issues with some fairly obvious ghosting. That said, those looking for a 3D gaming monitor could do a lot worse as it’s very responsive here. It’s really as a straight 2D TV that we expect this little Finlux to be fighting it out in the marketplace and for broadcast TV and DVDs it’s perfectly adequate for purpose; and at less than £230, extremely competitively priced. If you’re not bothered about Blu-rays and don’t crave a TV with the absolute credentials a videophile demands, it’s well worth a look for those on a budget or looking for a TV for another room.
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