Design & Connections
The supplied remote control is identical to that of the other Finlux’s we’ve seen, meaning it’s on the large and heavy side. It makes button navigation easy enough but makes it difficult to operate with only one hand. The slightly rubberised feel to the rear of the remote does give it a nice, tactile quality and there’s no suggestion you’re ever holding one of those awful ‘no brand’ controls you’d associate with the less expensive end of the market.
The 32S8030-T is generously equipped in terms of connections and features 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 two down-firing speakers equipped in the 8030-T are very unimpressive with a performance that’s flat in the middle, throttled by hiss at the top and almost non-existent in the bass department. We’d have to expect corners to be cut somewhere to have this TV available for under £300 and there’s definitely evidence of the fact in its sonic performance. Some help is at hand though as the Finlux S8030 has an output that allows connection of an active sub-woofer to supplement the in-built speakers.
Contrast and Black Level
The 32F8030-T fared a little better in this area and managed a decent job of scaling standard definition content without much ringing but wasn’t able to detect the PAL 2:2 cadence, meaning your kit, that is likely connected by Scart, won’t be allowed to show standard definition film as well as it could do. Deinterlacing was of an average standard with jaggies visible in the middle portions of the test on the Spears and Munsil benchmark Blu-ray which also revealed that, like many Vestel engineered TVs, it was not the best at handling a 1080p24 signal; with some shredding of edges and a general jitteriness not present in the original content. The Finlux was however able to reach a white level of 255 which means all the detail in the signal is present.
It gets better from here to the bottom of the page, with the Finlux 32F8030-T showing a latency to controller input between 32 and 36 milliseconds, which is either just under or just over a frame for a typical console title. Panel response isn’t great, however, and we could see a fair amount of ghosting with ‘contrasty’ content, especially white objects on dark backgrounds. We don’t expect many to pick up on that, however, and the 8030-T goes down as one the more responsive panels of 2012.
The following measurements were taken with a full screen 50% white pattern:
Out-of-the-Box – Dynamic Mode: 57.8W
Calibrated – Movie Mode: 49.5W
- Wi-Fi included
- Styling is attractive
- Good viewing angles
- Low input lag
- Weak blacks and contrast levels
- No calibration controls
- Poor accuracy in Movie mode
- Blu-ray 1080p24 not handled correctly
- 2:2 Cadence detection doesn't work
Finlux F8030 (32F8030-T) LED LCD TV Review
The Finlux 32F8030-T is a decent looking TV and we’re rather fond of the brushed charcoal bezel, even if the rather plasticy base stand isn't really to our tastes and doesn’t swivel. The remote control is chunky but highly useable thanks to the large buttons that are thoughtfully deployed. The 8030 has a very generous set of connections and its 4 HDMI ports put to shame some of the efforts we’ve seen from the big boys this year. Menus and setup are as simple as can be and the clear presentation and generally well placed settings are a pleasure to use. The feature set is quite limited compared to some of the features but the inclusion of a Wi-Fi dongle, in the box, is a real plus and ups the usability of the streaming media player by some degree. The player, itself, is a bit on the flaky side, however, and we encountered a variety of compatibility issues with various media servers. Online apps haven't really moved on since last time we checked but most of the major bases are covered with YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Facebook and Twitter present.
The lack of proper calibration controls was more of an issue than it had been in the previous Finlux TVs we’ve reviewed as out-of-the-box accuracy in the (most accurate) Movie Picture Mode was very disappointing leading to a very murky mid-range and some unconvincing skin tones. Once tuned, colour reproduction was passable and the 8030-T showed promise with some material but was constantly let down by the tainted canvas of the greyscale. The Finlux wasn’t able to haul itself up by providing punch through decent black levels, either, and it’s really only in a bright room where it’s capable of holding its own, thanks to its ability to crank out pictures of very high luminance. Standard definition scaling was good, however, which is important given the likely target market but Blu-ray lovers will want to avoid as it’s another Vestel TV that doesn’t handle 1080p24 as well as it should. Gamers, on the other hand, will find the 8030-T one of the most responsive panels on the market today, with an input lag in the low 30 milliseconds.
For its attractive styling, included Wi-Fi and alluring price-point, the Finlux 32S8030-T makes a decent choice for a second room where perhaps some gaming is on the cards but we wouldn’t be putting it pride of place in our living room.
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