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Finlux 40F8073-T review

Reviewed by Trusted Reviews on 21th February 2014

What is the Finlux 40F8073-T?

The 40F8073-T is a 40-inch LCD TV with LED lighting, and as you would expect given its Finlux branding, it’s remarkably affordable: just £320 at the time of writing. This price is especially impressive considering that the set has built-in Smart TV features and a Freeview HD tuner. So what’s the catch? It turns out there aren't too many. READ FULL REVIEW

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Finlux 40F8073-T: Design and Features

For the most part the 40F8073-T looks exactly like the budget TV it is. Its frame is made from a pretty uninspiring black plastic, it’s slightly wider than that of most modern flat TVs, and its only attempt at style is a little centimetre wide 'grooved' section of plastic running along the bottom edge. Even the cross-shaped silver stand looks a bit cheap.

Connectivity is fair enough for the money, though, comprising as it does three HDMIs, a D-Sub PC port, a component video input, a coaxial digital audio out, a LAN port, a Scart (yes, some people still use these!), two USBs, a headphone jack and a component video input (yes, apparently some people still use these too!).

There’s also Wi-Fi, but only if you plug in a provided USB wi-fi dongle. However, the sensitivity/receptive powers of this dongle didn’t seem the best during our tests, so you’d be advised to hardwire the Finlux 40F8073-T to your router if at all possible.

The network connections are not just there as mandatory support for the set’s integrated Freeview HD tuner. Remarkably for a £320 40-inch LCD TV they also give you access to Finlux’s Smart TV service. Not surprisingly this is pretty lightweight in content terms versus the smart platforms you get with some of the latest big-name TVs; your useful options are limited to Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Twitter, Facebook, ITN, iConcerts, tunein.radio, accuweather, Flickr, Viewster, Joomeo, Daily Motion, Playjam, a web browser and Skype -- and the latter feature is only available if you add an optional USB camera.

Still, we’d be inclined to argue that any online content at all is a bonus on such a cheap TV, and the smart interface is quite attractive in a no-fuss kind of way. Particularly welcome is the way a reduced version of what you were watching continues to play in the corner while you browse the apps.

Aside from managing to cling to a full HD native resolution, the Finlux 40F8073-T’s screen specifications are predictably basic. It’s a 50Hz model only, with no motion processing tools. There are one or two handy tweaks tucked away in its surprisingly well presented onscreen menus, though, including a multi-tiered noise reduction circuit, an auto backlight option, a dynamic contrast system that adjusts the image’s luminance based on the content being shown, a colour temp adjustment, skin tone and colour shift ‘sliding bar’ adjusters, and even the option to tweak the gain of the red, green and blue colour elements.

The last things to note in this section are that the TV doesn’t support DLNA file streaming, but it does support playback of video, photo and music files from USB storage devices, as well as timeshifting from the tuner to USB HDD.

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Finlux 40F8073-T: Set Up

The 40F8073-T is fairly straightforward to set up, partly thanks to its no-fuss and cleanly presented menus but also because the set isn’t as overburdened with features as many that come our way these days.

Among the few recommendations worth making here are that you turn the set’s eco features off, and that you reduce the contrast and sharpness settings to around their 45 and 10 levels respectively. This greatly reduces the rather noisy look to pictures you see using the set’s preset values.

As a side bar to this point, don’t feel tempted to try and fight the noise by calling in the set’s noise reduction system, for this only results in pictures looking blurred and laggy.

The final tip we’d give is that you set the backlight to its Low position for watching films in a dark room, but use the medium setting for daylight TV viewing.

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Finlux 42F8075-T review

Reviewed by AV Forums on 28th February 2014

Introduction

The last Finlux TV we had in for review was the direct predecessor to the model we have before us now.
The 40F8073-T impressed us with its all-round qualities and general signs of improvement and we're hoping the 42-inch F8075-T continues that trend. There is also a 50F8075-T and, jointly, the pair currently sit top of the Finlux range of Smart TVs. READ FULL REVIEW Like many, Finlux seems to be abandoning the notion of 3D, which we're not complaining about, and we know they will shortly have an Ultra HD model for us to assess. This TV is so new that it isn't even featured on the manufacturer's website yet, so it's down to us to deliver the nitty-gritty.

Design & Connections

The F8075T doesn't exactly buck the trend of modern-day TV design with its very narrow charcoal grey bezel and Samsung-esque four footed stand, which swivels quite generously. We've never been keen on that particular style of stand and they do look odd with either a soundbar or centre speaker placed in front but you pays yer money and you makes yer own mind up.

The 42F8075-T is considerably slimmer than the outgoing model, however, which will find favour in some quarters. The trade-off is that it only has 3 HDMI ports - against 4 for the old model - but we guess that's sufficient for most, if not us. Other connections include singular Scart and Component inputs, 2 USB and an Ethernet port. The F8075 also comes with an USB WiFi dongle - more on which later.



The slightly concave remote control has had a slight makeover but still features big and bold buttons, which makes finding the appropriate one relatively easy, although some of the icons used are hardly self-explanatory. it has a bulky feel - for good or bad - but the new dedicated keys for Netflix and YouTube are welcome additions.

Menus

The F8075-T retains the same layout and black/gold colour scheme of the previous models we've seen and, overall, we generally like it. The options load and transition with pleasing speed, although the initial scan for digital channels seemed to take an age.

The Picture Menus are unchanged from the last time we looked and include Dynamic, Natural, Cinema and Game Picture modes along with the standard font-panel Brightness, Contrast and Colour options. There are some more exotic items under the Advanced Picture Menu, including Dynamic Contrast, Film Mode and a very basic one-point white balance controls - labelled as RGB Gain – and we’ll look at the efficacy, or otherwise, of those later in the review.



Not a huge array of connected features but some vital services are present.

Features

Setting up the WiFi dongle and connection of the 42F8070-T was one of the more frustrating processes we've had to endure recently. Inserting it in to the top port on the side connection panel yielded no joy whatsoever, despite, the TV 'recognising it was present, whilst we had to fight with the advanced network settings to get it to work in the lower placed port. There is an option in there named IP Address which should have toggle from the default Dynamic configuration but doesn't, so you're basically down to potluck as to whether it is on or off. Having eventually stumbled on the right set of options, WiFi performance was reasonable from a distance of 8 metres (2 walls) although the Internet Speed Test present in the Menu also doesn't work.



Finlux has definitely spruced up the appearance of its internet hub and all the tiles are now filled with Smart TV features. The two most used Smart TV apps are covered with both YouTube and BBC iPlayer in attendance and there's a very decent Netflix app present for we streaming types. The internet browser - like most in a TV - is no great shakes but social networkers are well catered for with apps for both Facebook and Twitter. There's also a Skype app but you'll need a camera/mic peripheral to avail yourselves of that.

Test Results


Pre Calibration
It is usually the case with the Finlux TVs that a Picture Mode of Cinema together with a Colour Temp of Warm yields the most accurate out of box results. That wasn’t the case with the F8075 and we found the Cinema/Normal combo to be closest, not that it was great. There is a large excess of blue in the greyscale and gamma is tracking too ‘low’ but at least the colours were fairly close to the Rec.709 standard.



Post Calibration
The Finlux calibration controls are very basic and not especially good but we did manage to salvage a respectable greyscale performance out of the TV with Delta Errors reduced to acceptable levels, almost throughout the scale. Close to black is noticeably blue but, then again, many LED TVs have this trait and in the more noticeable areas (mid to high scale), there was a good degree of neutrality.



Colours improved further following the greyscale calibration and, as we can see from the chart top-right, both primaries and secondary’s were under the tolerable threshold of 3, in terms of dE’s. We can also see from the CIE diagram below that colours were tracking superbly at lower stimuli, which is equally – if not more – important to the performance at full saturation levels.



Contrast, Black Levels and Screen Uniformity
Whilst the numbers here don’t stack up particularly impressively, we found black levels and contrast performance to be decent for a fairly brightly lit room. An ANSI checkerboard pattern revealed average black levels of 0.109 cd/m2 against average peak white of 88.23 cd/m2, yielding an ANSI contrast of 807:1. Like we say, not a big number but the filter is very good at rejecting ambient light and, most importantly, screen uniformity was very good for a low-cost TV.



Video Processing
On paper, the F8075-T handles standard definition content quite well with little ringing evident on the SMPTE-RP133 test pattern but real-world performance was not so good. It also can’t detect a 2:2 cadence so you’ll want a player to be taking care of any scaling for those DVDs you’re harbouring. Video deinteralcing at 1080i50 wasn’t all that hot, either, and Blu-rays encoded at 1080p24 suffered from infrequent skipping although, to be fair, it wasn’t hugely noticeable. It’s clear the engineers at Vestel still have some catching up to do in this department.

Energy Consumption

Standby: 0W
The following measurements were taken with a full screen 50% white pattern:
Out-of-the-Box – Natural Mode: 48W
Calibrated – Calibrated Cinema Mode: 47W

Gaming Performance
The 42F8075-T would certainly make a decent choice for a dedicated gaming room with a relatively low latency to input of 31.5 milliseconds, which is under a frame with a game running at 30 frames per second. That was achieved in the dedicated Game Mode but the others were only a couple of milliseconds more so you could take your pick. That siad, they would take you in that next frame so it could affect you in twitch shooters or fighting games.

Processing is again patchy but screen uniformity was truly impressive.

Picture Quality

We tend to sit quite close when assessing a TVs picture quality for review but that will do you no favours with the Finlux 42F8075, as it has a very processed look when viewed from anywhere inside 6 feet. That’s probably not a major concern for most but it’s not a quality we particularly like either. Things certainly improve from a bit further out although the weak handling of standard definition content will mean you’ll need to be quite some distance away if viewing it is to be remotely palatable.

The strongest suit of the Finlux is in its very accurate colour handling and this generally shines through with the majority of content. Most aspects of the picture just look right, although the patchy greyscale tracking is evident with brightish whites and near black where the excess of blue/red – depending on Colour Temp selected – becomes very evident

Quite a processed look to images but colours are impressively accurate.

As we said above, the F8075-T isn’t possessed of strong black levels nor mighty dynamic range but the filter does well in the daytime and when the living room lights are on full beam. In low light conditions, blacks take on a greyish-blue hue and the lack of definition in the shadows becomes more evident.

Viewing angles are fairly decent for LED/LCD but motion handling is typically weak for the technology. Thankfully – and commendably – screen uniformity in this panel was excellent, however, so watching fast-paced action like sports was not a painful experience – once you’ve adjusted to the blur. We’ve had the latest and greatest 4K TVs through our doors these last few months and the Finlux had better uniformity than all but one of those. No names, no pack drill.

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Finlux 40F8073-T review

Reviewed by What Hi Fi on 22th April 2014

A sharp, exciting picture with essential smarts – and at a terrific price

Finlux is fast becoming the go-to brand if you’re after a decent TV at a proper budget price.

The 40F8073-T is another success story for the marque; just £350 buys you a fine Full HD 40in screen with smart features that include Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

This is the part where we tell you what the problem is. But honestly? There isn’t one. Even the admittedly poor sound quality doesn’t deter us from appreciating how good a TV this is. READ FULL REVIEW

Picture quality



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We play The Wolverine on Blu-ray and are immediately hooked by the crisp and detailed picture.

The sharp edges of metal are clearly defined without looking overdone, the textures of clothes, wood and water look refreshingly natural, and the depth of detail is impressive.

This is a talented screen. The Finlux is particularly adept at delivering deep black levels, although we wish the overall picture were a touch punchier.

There’s a nicely judged colour balance that handles CGI effects and natural scenery alike with deftness, although a touch more subtlety in shading would work wonders with big blocks of colour.

There’s a plasma-like depth to the blacks that adds drama and excitement to the picture, although this can sometimes swallow up finer details in dark scenes.

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The depth is appreciated though, as it helps offset the clean white areas that need a boost of brightness.

Scenes that should be bright and sunny look slightly overcast, although this never robs the picture of its excitement or clarity. 

Turning up the brightness feels like the instinctive solution, but it only makes the picture look washed-out and turns the black levels grey.

The 40F8073-T still looks somewhat dimmed compared with rivals such as the Samsung UE40F6400, although it’s worth pointing out that the Samsung is £150 more expensive than the Finlux.

Switch to streaming or a standard-definition broadcast and the Finlux’s clear and crisp picture holds up.

There’s the inevitable dip in resolution, and hint of noise in large blocks of colours, but ultimately the Finlux delivers a confident and enjoyable picture. 

Sound quality

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The only fly in the ointment is the Finlux’s sound quality.

While we’ve long stopped expecting a well-rounded, detailed and solid sound from TVs, the Finlux’s 16W stereo speakers sound particularly weak, shrill and rather shouty.

There’s barely any bass weight to the sound, and dialogue is wispy and hard to hear.

We wouldn’t let that deter you from considering the 40F8073-T, though. A budget soundbar or soundbase, such as the £200 Cambridge Audio Minx TV, will easily boost the sound quality.

Features

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If you think this Finlux is going to be light on features, think again. With Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube and TuneIn radio, the Finlux 40F8703-T has the essentials for catching up with the latest TV shows, watching videos and streaming radio stations.

It may not have the in-depth smart content and slick interface shown by the likes of Samsung’s impressive Smart Hub, but the Finlux is simple and easy to use.

The smart apps are laid out neatly on a single page, and they’re quick to access with the included remote control.

The buttons on the remote need some decoding – the logos for accessing the smart content, YouTube, and input selection aren’t obvious at first – but after a couple of trial-and-error moments during our test, we found the handset was a breeze to use.

Speedy response is a bonus, especially when flicking through channels on the TV guide. 

If you’re keen on surfing the net and checking social media on your TV screen, you’ll be happy to know that this Finlux offers a web browser as well Facebook and Twitter apps.

Connectivity

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A stable, wired connection via the LAN port is our preferred method of network connection, but a wi-fi dongle is also included if you want to go cable-free.

There’s a good selection of connections on the back panel, with the highlights being three HDMI inputs for your sources and a Freeview HD tuner for broadcast TV.

Two USB ports and DLNA compatibility are available for playing various media files. There’s a single digital output (coaxial, not optical), and analogue connections come in the form of component and composite inputs each.

Verdict

We don’t know why we still get surprised when Finlux delivers such an invitingly sharp and detailed picture at a great budget price.

It’s racked up a great record with recent TVs, and the 40F8073-T adds to its repertoire with an immediately impressive picture quality that’s great to watch.

Sure, it has some issues with brightness and poor sound quality, but they’re issues that we can easily forgive, especially when Finlux is offering 40in-worth of smart TV for just £330.

The strengths of this screen – that crispness, the level of detail, the on-demand video services – far outweigh any shortcomings at this price. Go on Finlux, keep surprising us.


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Finlux 47F9076-T review

Reviewed by AV Forums on 26th April 2014

Introduction

Finlux are moving up in the world. They have just announced the launch of a range of 4K TVs, topping out at an asking price of around £13,000, and the smaller ones are priced similarly to competing sets from the likes of Samsung, Panasonic & Sony. That's a bold move from a brand not yet mentioned in the same breath as the big boys and we wish them well in their endeavours.

The 47F9076-T up for review here is of a mere 1080p resolution but it is their flagship Full HD TV, featuring both 3D and Smart TV technology. It is priced more modestly than the Ultra HD TVs, naturally, READ FULL REVIEW but with an online ticket price of about £900, it is by no means a budget entry. Indeed one could get a mid-tier set with comparable features for around the same cost, or less if you were willing to go end of line, from one of the more recognised brands. Again, this is a brave approach from Finlux so we best find out if it’s one that’s justified.

Design & Connections

Wow, well done Finlux, this is a very desirable looking TV so that goes some way to addressing the price tag. OK, once again, the design team may have taken some noticeable inspiration from a Korean manufacturer, or two, but the results are lovely and there will be few that could be unimpressed by the swooping base-stand, which is actually made of metal, where most of these new-fangled designs are usually plastic based. The outside and bottom of the bezel is made from plastic but doesn’t look it, whilst a micro-thin black strip frames the sides and top of the screen. It’s clear from the attention that Finlux has paid to styling this TV that they want to step away from just being considered as a budget brands.



Truly one of the nicest base-stands we've seen to date

As befitting a TV of its status, the F9706 has 4 HDMI ports, three of which are perilously close to the edge so you may need to consider angled cables or adapters to preserve the clean lines. We also get proper component and scart inputs, for legacy video equipment and there are two USB ports, also side-mounted. One of those USB inputs can be used for the included dongle which allows for wireless connection to your network, and beyond, although there is a LAN port for going wired. Finally, there are also outputs for a pair of headphones and digital audio (S/PDIF) for hooking up to a soundbar or receiver.

The remote is of a now familiar Finlux design and is slightly concave in form to make its rather large form more easy to handle. The positive side of the size is that it means buttons are large, and therefore easy to locate, but this is somewhat negated by the fact that the symbols on the buttons aren’t always easy to correlate to a function. We still haven’t worked out what one of them does and the removal of the Netflix button hasn’t gone down well with certain residents in this household.

Menus

Finlux presents its menu system in an unusual gold and black colour scheme and once the TV has gone through a few warm up routines, they respond swiftly to command. Some of the sub-menus feel a little over-filled but items are generally placed logically so they are easy enough to use. The default Picture Modes include Dynamic, Natural and Cinema, although what you’ll be presented with, as default, depends on what you’re watching. Using the TVs internal tuners, the default mode is natural whilst anything external will see the ghastly Dynamic option deployed. We would actually advise you to use neither and opt for Cinema, instead, but Natural isn’t too bad. The Picture Menu contains some advanced options, including Dynamic Contrast, Film Mode and some basic white balance controls which we’ll look at later in the review.



Default Picture Modes vary on input. Strange

Features



The 9076-T definitely has a zippier processor aboard than we’ve seen with many of the Finlux Smart TVs. Well, either that or they’ve just made the operating software more efficient, but whichever is the case, it has made using the Smart TV features more rewarding. You may not get the wide range of apps and services you do with the bigger boys but the eclectic mix includes offerings from YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Twitter, Facebook and Picassa. The Netflix app is also with the new user experience and supports individual profiles and for those that like to sample Netflix’s international catalogues, you can specify your own DNS servers in the Network settings menu.





A good selection of core Smart TV services

Test Results



Pre-Calibration
After the last Finlux TV we tested broke the mould by being most accurate out of the box, with a Picture Mode/Colour Temp combo of Cinema/Normal, it was the Cinema/Warm partnership that won out with the 9076-T. Not that it was particularly great. A large excess of green in the greyscale was all too evident in both test patterns and real world content. During run-in we actually notched down the Green Gain control in the menus as it was virtually intolerable to watch. If there’s an error you don’t want, it’s with green as it’s the most prominent colour to our eyes. Colour performance against the Rec.709 standard was considerably better with only under-illuminated red and magenta errors worth noting



Post Calibration
Finlux’s ‘white balance’ controls are dreadful. We realise that the their target audience are very unlikely to ever bother using them but surely it wouldn’t take a massive investment to at least make them two point – rather than one – to open up their potential market to include those that do care about picture fidelity. Perhaps we’re barking up the wrong tree but the controls present didn’t allow us to make huge improvements to the greyscale. We swapped a very large excess of green energy for a smaller surfeit of red energy and landed exactly back where we were with the run-in settings, bar a slightly reduced Contrast slider.



A fortuitous side-effect of the white balance controls being so bad was that they positively impacted the colour luminance issues at full saturation levels. It really shouldn’t happen but we’ll take what we can get and the F9076-T produced very impressive results both at 100% saturation, as we can see from the chart top-right, and at lesser levels, as can be noted from the CIE chart below.



Contrast, Black Levels and Screen Uniformity
The presence of passive 3D means this TV is odds on to use an LG sourced IPS panel, so black level performance was never going to be a strong point. We’ve seen much worse, to be fair, but an averaged black level, from a chequerboard pattern, of 0.123 cd/m2 isn’t exactly stellar. We got an ANSI contrast figure of just over 800:1, which is about average for this type of panel but considerably lower than we’d expect from the likes of a Samsung, for one.



If you’re watching in a bright living room environment, this probably won’t be that impactful on your enjoyment but with lights low, there’s an unmistakable ‘milky-ness’ to darker scenes. With the same sort of material we also observed several patches of uneven light, which couldn’t be mitigated by settings. Finlux does include a Dynamic Contrast setting but that’s arguably worse than the white balance controls and simply dims the life out of the whole picture rather than adjust individual portions of it. Best left alone!

A truly abysmal dimming system!

Picture Processing

Finlux (or should that be Vestel) don’t produce TVs with the highest calibre of video processing circuitry, we think it would be fair to say. You get the odd skip and a jump with Blu-ray 1080p24, video deinterlacing isn’t the best, meaning you will see some jagged lines from time to time and scaling of standard definition signals could be a bit crisper. Bar the scaling, none of those flaws are particularly noticeable with real world material, however, and nor is the lack of 2:2 cadence detection capability. In fact we expect most people reading this review will be using a Blu-ray Player – or at least a scaling player - to watch their DVDs with now so that’s probably an even more trivial factor. Still, the fact remains that Finlux needs to brush up in this area as all facets of picture performance add up, no matter how small a part they play.

Gaming Performance

You can leave the Game mode alone with the F9076-T, it has only a 0.6 of a millisecond advantage over the others and doesn’t look particularly appealing with default settings. As it was, we used Cinema and got a measurement of 31.2 milliseconds delay in response to an input. That should be lag-less enough for most. And if it isn’t, buy one of the recent Sony’s.

Energy Consumption

Standby: 0W
The following measurements were taken with a full screen 50% white pattern:

Out-of-the-Box – Natural Mode: 87W

Calibrated – Calibrated Cinema Mode: 84W

3D - Cinema Mode: 105W



Picture Quality - 2D



With the few picture-improving adjustments possible to be made complete, we settled down to some viewing. In all honesty, the F9076-T hasn’t really moved anything along in terms of producing better images than its predecessors so we still get that slightly noisy, yet digitised, quality to content viewed from within about 6 feet so we wouldn’t recommend it for close-up watching. From a more conservative distance it’s easier to appreciate the realistic colour palette and with hi-def images it can certainly look good.

We could probably say that of every TV we review, though, so we’re looking at the finer details of picture performance by which to differentiate them and there’s not really much this Finlux excels at. In fact, those previously mentioned flaws in processing only serve to undermine the colour accuracy and that excess of red in the greyscale leads to pinkish whites, which can be off-putting. We could swap that for a greeny-yellow cast but that’s even less desirable.

Picture quality just isn't there for a 47-inch £900 TV
There was also a slight dirty screen effect apparent on panning shots and the lack of decent blacks and native contrast performance means pictures very rarely pack in any dynamism or impact. The F9076-T is at its best with colourful and bright content and, to be fair, there’s quite a bit of that about but, again, this isn’t a quality exactly rare amongst LED TVs and, frankly, you could do just as well, or better, for a considerably lower sum than the F9076-T is commanding.

Picture Quality - 3D



The Finlux F9076 is a more impressive 3D TV than it is a 2D one. There are four pairs of passive specs in the box that are almost free of colour tint and comfortable to wear. We’d imagine the lenses are also large enough to fit over a ‘regular’ pair of subscription glasses, too. The inherent brightness of an LED TV means they are well suited to delivering 3D pictures and the 9076-T certainly isn’t lacking in that regard, helping it to produce 3D pictures that had plenty of pop. The inconsistencies of the backlight did it no favours with the black-heavy Gravity 3D, however, but with animated content, in particular, the lack of flicker and almost zero ghosting was very pleasing.

Home Cinema Choice

Finlux 50F8075-T review

Reviewed by Home Cinema Choice on 15th April 2014

"FINLUX'S PUBLICITY MATERIAL for the 50F8075-T quality sets that its Full HD panel offers five times the images quality of standard-definition TV footage, and boasts of offering three HDMI ports, to cope with the expected deluge of HD sources."


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Finlux 40F8073-T review

Reviewed by Daily Mirror on 17th March 2014

"You might not expect a sub-£350 Smart TV to hold many surprises, but this 42-incher certainly does."


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