Finlux 47F9076-T review

A mixed performer that will need a more aggressive pricing strategy to stand out Tested at £800

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Our Verdict

A mixed performer that will need a more aggressive pricing strategy to stand out

For

  • Well-judged colours
  • Great contrast
  • Decent smart offering
  • Easy-to-navigate menus

Against

  • Lacks detail and subtlety
  • Small, thin sound
  • Illogical remote
  • Can lag

Finlux has a knack for producing great TVs at giveaway prices. You only have to look at its accumulation of four- and five-star reviews on our website to see that.

Its latest 40in model continued the tradition, receiving a full star set earlier this year. Now we’re taking a look at its 47in big brother and, much to our surprise, we’re not so impressed.

Design

Unusually for Finlux TVs, price isn’t as competitive as some rivals – Samsung, Sony and Philips to name a few – and neither is its performance.

It had us fooled at the start; its design indicates that Finlux is upping its game. This is a bezel-banning set (and rightfully so). Only thin black on-screen borders frame the picture.

Connections are plentiful, the highlights being four HDMI and two USB inputs. Among others are Scart, component and composite inputs.

The remote is big and chunky, though a rounded back makes it fairly easy to hold. Unfortunately the layout is poorly designed, making it less pleasant to use than most.

Important, frequently used buttons to load EPG, apps, and shortcuts are small and illogically spread out.

The Finlux set isn’t tepid when it comes to features. Hook it up to the internet wirelessly (via the supplied USB dongle) or, for more reliable results, via a cable connection, and there’s a horde of online features to enjoy.

As well as Twitter and Facebook apps, smart essentials such as BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Netflix are available. No sign yet of 4oD, 5 On Demand or ITV Player, but this could change with a firmware update.

Elsewhere, there’s web browsing and Skype as well as DLNA compatibility to access media stored on a home network.

You can also pause live TV and record programmes using an external USB HDD.

Performance

Invitations to 3D movie nights don’t have to be limited, as a whopping eight pairs of passive glasses come supplied.

And 3D performance is decent. Clear and stable, it’s a perfectly watchable picture that handles motion well during the end pursuit in Hugo, even if it’s not as punchy or detailed as the Samsung UE48H6400 or the Panasonic TX-47AS650B.

It’s the same story with 2D performance – it’s decent for the most part but comes up second-best when compared with the class leaders. Load Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End Blu-ray and it’s a so-so picture, crisp and bright but not bursting with detail.

Out of the box it has a yellowy tinge to its palette, but colours can be easily adjusted – we’d recommend using the THX Optimizer. Even so, the Finlux never quite convinces with skin-tones.

Contrast is excellent, mind. The Freeview HD tuner fares a little better, producing a bright, punchy picture. Watch Escape To The Country and colours are enthusiastic, even if this is not the sharpest HD picture around.

Sound has never been a winning factor for Finlux and it’s not here either. We’d invest in a soundbar such as the Philips HTL5120 (£250) or LG NB4530A (£300) to bring more solidity and scale.

Verdict

So it’s a middle-of-the-road TV that, despite a decent smart offering, lacks the picture and sound quality of cheaper rivals. It’s a disappointing departure from Finlux’s typically superb value.

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Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Energy and Performance

Energy Efficiency ClassA
Energy Consumption per Year122 kWh
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption84 W

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand22 cm
Width with Stand106.4 cm
Height with Stand64.8 cm
Width106.4 cm
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Depth4.1 cm
Height61.6 cm
ColourChrome
Dimensions61.6 cm (H): 106.4 cm (W): 4.1 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesWeb Browser, PVR (Personal Video Recorder)
Streaming ServiceYouTube, BBC iPlayer, Netflix
Aspect Ratio16:9
3D Type3D
Backlight TechnologyLED
Internet AccessYes
Smart TVYes
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

General Information

Product NameFinlux 47F9076-T
Product Model47F9076-T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.finluxdirect.com
Brand NameFinlux
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerFinlux
Manufacturer Part Number47F9076T

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • 47" Full HD 3D Smart Freeview HD LED TV (47F9076-T)
  • Wi-Fi Dongle
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • 3D Glasses
  • Product Manual

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year