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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 set itself a tough task with the 42F7010. There's no doubt that building a decent quality 3D TV, even if you use less demanding passive (rather than active) 3D technology, is no walk in the park.

The set does its best to get you in a good mood from the off, though, by sporting a half-decent design and a surprisingly full set of connections that even includes support for multimedia playback from USB and recording to USB HDDs from the TV's Freeview tuner.

By the standards of many budget 3D TVs, it does a fair to middling job with 3D too, only undermining the punch and sharpness of its pictures with some crosstalk noise and motion judder. It's an inconsistent 2D performer, though.

We liked

The Finlux 42F7010 catches your eye right away with its £450 price, which really is low for a 42-inch 3D TV. Especially one that ships with eight pairs of 3D glasses.

Its level of multimedia support is good for its price level too, and in some ways it gives you more in performance terms than you've a right to expect, with punchy colours, plenty of brightness, minimal motion blur and flicker-free 3D.

We disliked

Not having a Freeview HD tuner will be a turn off to many potential buyers, and so will the set's somewhat average 2D HD pictures and very soft standard definition pictures.

The set is at its best with 3D, but even here there are crosstalk and motion judder issues to consider.

Final verdict

On the evidence of the 42F7010, Finlux certainly can't be accused of lacking ambition. Combining multimedia playback and 3D support with a 42-inch TV going for under £450 is definitely a move that will have consumers and rival brands alike sitting up and taking notice.

Its lack of a Freeview HD tuner hurts it, though, and its performance is ultimately too hit and miss to make the TV something we can wholeheartedly recommend - even though it's better overall than some of the other mega-cheap 3D TVs that have come our way.

Also consider

The most direct rival for the Finlux 42F7010 is probably the Cello C42T71DVB. This uses old-school CCFL illumination in place of the Finlux 42F7010's Edge LED system, but it manages to produce a solid contrast and colour performance all the same.

It actually slightly betters the Finlux with 3D, but it only has four pairs of free 3D glasses, is a similarly uninspired 2D performer, and features one of the fattest rear ends ever seen on a 'flat' TV.

If you want to significantly improve your passive 3D performance, you'll have to spend more money on something like the £650 Toshiba 42VL863 or LG 42LW550T.

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