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Finlux 42F7010 review

Yes, it's a budget 3D TV from Finland

Our Verdict

For

  • Decent feature list
  • Solid 2D picture quality
  • Passable 3D picture
  • Plenty of connections

Against

  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Some ghosting with 3D
  • Colours lack balance
  • Limited viewing angle

Finlux has never made a more concerted bid to get a foothold in the UK TV marketplace than it is right now.

Driven by the considerable muscle of its newish Turkish owner Vestel, Finlux is currently offering visitors to its online shop a startlingly wide variety of TVs, covering both a comprehensive array of sizes all the way up to 55 inches, and a reasonably wide selection of features. Including 3D.

The 3D-capable Finlux 42F7010 gives you, as its name suggests, a 42-inch screen. And the 3D technology it uses - as might be expected on a price-focused TV - is passive.

There will be an in-depth consideration of the pros and cons of passive 3D, as opposed to active shutter 3D, in the Performance section of this review. But one thing worth noting up front here is that the Finlux 42F7010 delivers big-time on passive 3D's cheap glasses advantage by providing eight pairs for free with the TV.

Finlux 42F7010 review

The Finlux 42F7010 isn't especially well stocked with fancy picture fine-tuning tools, as might be expected. But it's got more connections than you might anticipate, including four HDMIs and a pair of USB ports that can be used for playing music, photo and even video files from USB storage devices.

Finlux hasn't managed to extend the 42F7010's multimedia talents to include DLNA networking, though. Indeed, the set doesn't carry either Wi-Fi or a LAN port, so it also can't be taken online.

Finlux 42F7010 review

While the lack of DLNA/online support isn't a major deal on a budget TV, the missing LAN additionally alerts us to something else more troubling: there's no Freeview HD tuner. Hmm.

Hopefully the Finlux 42F7010 will have enough going on in the picture quality department to make the lack of any HD tuning easier to forget.

The 42F7010 is joined in the Finlux range by the 42S7010 series, which adds 3D conversion and 100Hz processing to proceedings, while other 3D sizes include a trio of 32-inch Finlux models (starting at just £329.99 for the 32F703), and the 47-inch 47S7010.

It must also be stressed here that if the Finlux 42F7010 sounds interesting to you, you'll need to act reasonably swiftly, because Finlux has announced that it plans introduce a new version, the 42F7020. However, we would anticipate the Finlux 42F7010 sticking around longer on third-party sites such as Play.com.

Mind you, from a quick look at the specs to the upcoming Finlux 42F7020, it doesn't seem as if there are many significant differences anyway - except that the new model appears as if it's going to ship with two pairs of 3D glasses!

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NameFinlux
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
EthernetNo
Wireless LANNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
RMS Output Power16 W
DLNA CertifiedNo
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand711 mm
Width with Stand1115 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)No
Number of USB Ports2
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height675 mm
Width1115 mm
Depth40 mm
ColourBlack
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerFinlux
Product Model47F7010
Product Name47 Inch 3D TV, LED, Ultra-Slim, Full-HD 1080p, PVR & 8x 3D Glasses (47F7010)
Manufacturer Part Number47F7010
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.finluxdirect.com
Marketing Information

The Finlux 47F7010 LED TV brings breathtaking 3D action to your living room without breaking the bank. Convenient USB recording and an integrated Freeview tuner will also allow you to enjoy your favourite programmes without the need for a set- top box, plus with eight 3D glasses included too, the ultra stylish high-gloss 47F7010 47-inch TV offers great value 3D entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Package Contents
  • 47 Inch 3D TV, LED, Ultra-Slim, Full-HD 1080p, PVR & 8x 3D Glasses (47F7010)
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
Response Time6 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)21 kg