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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

Our harsh and headache-inducing past experiences suggest that really cheap TVs can struggle to produce an enjoyable passive 3D picture. But while it's certainly not without its faults, the Finlux 42F7010 certainly isn't unwatchably awful by any stretch of the imagination.

The main reason for this at least gentle positivity is that the Finlux 42F7010 delivers fairly emphatically on at least some of passive 3D's technological advantages.

For instance, donning the lightweight glasses causes only the most minor reduction in the brightness of the set's pictures. This in turn means you can still enjoy very vibrant and rich colour tones while watching 3D, rather than having to suffer the often significant drop off in colour punch you get with most active 3D TVs.

The lack of any shuttering technology in the Finlux 42F7010's passive glasses also means you don't have to put up with any distracting and fatiguing flickering effects, even if you find yourself watching 3D in a very bright room.

Finlux 42F7010 review

Passive 3D tech has a couple of significant downsides too, though. First, 3D Blu-rays don't look quite as detailed and HD as they do on good active 3D TVs. And second, you are sometimes aware of horizontal line structure while watching 3D footage, especially over bright, contoured edges.

However, while the Finlux 42F7010 isn't immune to these flaws, its relatively small 42-inch screen size does make them harder to spot unless you stick your head right up to the screen. Which is not, of course, something that anyone in their right mind would want to do under any normal circumstances.

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A much more significant 3D failing of the Finlux 42F7010 is its susceptibility to crosstalk double ghosting noise.

This is generally not a problem with passive 3D technology. Indeed, passive 3D inventor LG always says freedom from crosstalk is one of the system's biggest advantages. Yet it consistently reared its ugly, distracting head with all sorts of 3D footage on the Finlux 42F7010.

Admittedly the crosstalk's impact is reduced by the way it's restricted pretty much exclusively to objects in the mid or far distance rather than also besmirching foreground objects. But it's still a disappointment, and provides more evidence that crosstalk only disappears with passive 3D technology if the panel inside a passive 3D TV is of a high quality.

While on the subject of crosstalk, we're also duty-bound to report that the Finlux 42F7010 exhibits passive 3D technology's familiar failing whereby crosstalk suddenly becomes excessive if your viewing position finds your head at an angle of more than around 13 degrees above or below the screen.

Finlux 42F7010 review

The other issue with the Finlux 42F7010's 3D images is that their otherwise decent level of sharpness and clarity can fall down when there's a lot of motion in the picture.

The set doesn't carry any significant motion processing tools, which can mean in 3D mode that objects pass across the screen in a pretty juddery fashion. As well as making the picture look less clean, this judder also seems to reduce the 3D depth effect.

2D picture

The Finlux 42F7010 is a solid 2D performer. Pictures still enjoy the brightness and punch noted with 3D viewing, while HD sources look sharper than would normally be expected from such a cheap 42-inch TV.

The judder noted in 3D mode is still there, but it feels markedly less pronounced, and as such is certainly preferable in our minds to the sort of heavy-duty blurring all too commonly found on budget LCD TVs.

Also easier to spot in 2D mode is the Finlux 42F7010's surprisingly respectable black level performance. Sure, there's always a degree of greyness visible during dark scenes, but it's not bad at all by budget TV standards, and doesn't lead to too much shadow detail getting crushed out.

Finlux 42F7010 review

The biggest disappointment with the Finlux 42F7010's 2D pictures is their colours. No matter how much we tried tweaking the available colour settings, we just couldn't end up with a palette that looked totally convincing in tone or well-balanced, with some tones standing out more aggressively from pictures than others.

It actually felt to us as if colours looked more credible in 3D mode, with Finlux's glasses on!

The Finlux 42F7010 additionally proves a pretty uninspiring upscaler of standard definition sources, leaving them looking very soft and noisy as it goes about translating them to its screen's Full HD resolution.

The final problem with the Finlux 42F7010's pictures is that they're very viewing angle dependent. Watch from a horizontal angle of any more than around 30 degrees, and both contrast and colour suffer heavily.

Sound

Putting the Finlux 42F7010's audio through its paces, Finlux's television proves a fairly typical budget flatscreen TV effort. Which is to say, not very good.

It handles simple chatty material well enough, but anything that dares to add a bit of bass, rich music or multiple audio layers to proceedings ends up sounding compressed to the point of harshness.

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