What is the Finlux F8090-T?
Design & Connections
This Finlux is quite a stylish display. We like the dark, gun-metal frame which makes a nice change from silver or black and the panel feels fairly robustly constructed, too. Finlux have historically been generous with their connectivity options and the F8090-T is no different, sporting 4 HDMI ports, a couple of Scarts as well as composite and component video. An optical audio out will connect it to a receiver/amp or soundbar should you wish to boost the sound. And you will because these are some of the worst speakers we’ve heard in a flat panel television, which is saying something.
We do, however, really like the included remote which has a nice tactile, brushed feel to buttons and sits in the hand in a non-fatiguing way. Buttons are positioned well, with good spacing in between, so even if you have chubby fingers, there should be no issues.
The default Picture Modes include Dynamic, Natural and Cinema, with the latter giving the closest approximation of industry-wide picture standards. Quite how close we’ll discover further down the page but, at default, things do look a touch green-tinged. The Picture Menu contains some advanced options, including Dynamic Contrast, Film Mode and some basic white balance controls which, again, we’ll look at later.
It was totally unsurprising to see that the 8090 was over-emphasising the green channel, which is unfortunate for an ‘accurate’ mode, being the most visible error to the eye. It’s a trait we’ve become accustomed to in Finlux TVs and one that usually has a fairly easy fix. The gamma curve is far less desirable, however, and given the controls on-board, probably not something we’d be able to do much about. Colour performance is a tad better although, again, the under-saturation or red is almost certainly beyond the reach of the limited panel controls and, in any case, a natural trait of the panel, by the looks of things.
Finlux’s RGB controls are coarse, in the extreme, but at least they’re not broken any longer. Simply by reducing the slider on the Green channel by one notch gave us the results shown below, which isn’t too bad in the mid-scale, in terms of balancing red, green and blue but the relative luminance of the greyscale (gamma) was still sub-standard. In simple terms, dark portions of the picture are unduly washed out, a problem compounded by the poor screen uniformity. More on which below.
Of course we were unable to fix the saturation issues with the red primary with just a global Colour control to work with and dropping it to fix the universal over-luminance of the colours only shrunk the colour space further. Fortunately, getting the white balance in better order paid dividends with the secondary colours and, overall, it’s a reasonable result. As we can see from the chart below, which shows measurements of colours at less than full saturation, the 8090-T was actually quite impressive with its colour tracking prior to reaching 100% levels.
This isn’t going to make for great reading for any Finlux employees looking in but this TV is possibly the worst we’ve looked at in terms of screen uniformity. Any opportunities to deliver convincing dark scenes fell flat on its face, in pools of unforgiving white light, that polluted large portions of the screen. Truly shocking and had it been a product we’d bought at retail, returned in a thrice. And what a pity because native black levels are really rather impressive for a LED/LCD TV, with an ANSI contrast of nearly 4,700:1 but it’s all completely ruined by poor QC.
Scaling of standard definition signals wasn’t too bad but on a 50-inch TV, you really want to be viewing as much HD as possible. Video deinteralcing at 1080i50 wasn’t great with the break up of lines easily visible when watching sports with pitch markings and the F8090-T could not lock on to the PAL 2:2 cadence, meaning you’ll be best playing your DVDs through via a Blu-ray player. In terms of Blu-ray discs, themselves, 1080p24 encoded material shows the odd bit of skippi9ng so it’s not rock solid but adequate for the most part.
With games that are largely bright and colourful – which is quite a number – the F8090 is a reasonable budget, big-screen gaming panel. With an input lag that measures consistently between 33 and 35 milliseconds, you’re never very far behind the action so it is worth considering for this pursuit but you’re going to find it difficult to pick out enemies lurking in the shadows, given the poor uniformity and general lack of detail in the dark portions.
- Standby: 0.0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Dynamic Mode: 93W
- Calibrated – Cinema Mode: 37.5W
Finlux F8090-T Picture Quality
- Good blacks (uniformity issues ignored)
- Snappy menus
- Nice remote
- Mostly accurate colours
- Price is low
- Shocking screen uniformity
- Pale reds
- Limited features
- Inaccurate picture controls
Finlux F8090-T LED LCD Television Review
The lack of focussed calibration controls meant we had to perform ‘make-do and mend’ adjustments to get the 8090 in to the realms of producing an accurate image. The charts aren’t particularly impressive although, on-screen, things certainly didn’t look too bad but reds were noticeably muted. In fact the picture would have been just great, for a TV of this price, had a bucket load of light pooling issues not spilled across the screen and spoilt virtually everything. We can make some allowances at this level, when all things are considered, but in this instance, the crimes are too grievous to be granted forgiveness.
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