NEC is a real force in the business side of the plasma market, with its screens that have high prices, lack tuners, Scarts and speakers, and that are tailored for PowerPoint presentations than playing video playback
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This 42-inch plasma screen doesn't get off to a flying start: a scan of the 42X4R's specifications reveals the lack of a built in tuner, so we're dealing with a screen here, not a TV.
A definite improvement on some of its dull-looking grey forebears, the PX-42XR4W's appearance is defined by a glossy piano-black screen surround, with currently-voguish mirror-finished details
NEC's latest range of plasma screens is clearly split into 'commercial' and 'residential' models. And we've been extra careful to call in a residential model for our tests. Yet we're not entirely sure NEC has sent us the right model!
With LCD technology already dominating the mainstream flatpanel TV market (32 inches and less), and threatening to claim more of the 40-42in market in the future, plasma is increasingly having to head for larger ground
Although it's supposed to be part of NEC's 'residential' range, the 50XR4G comes with no built-in TV tuner.The 50XR4G is unashamedly 'corporate' in its design, with the utterly simple silver frame adding precisely zero designer flair to.
First impressions suggest that NEC's PX-50XR4G is one of the old-school. For starters, its rectangular silver frame shows practically zero design flair, while it also falls short of most modern plasmas by lacking a built-in tuner
NEC is very much keeping the big-screen plasma flag flying with the PX-50XR4G. And once you've clocked your price - under £,4000 for a whopping 50in of screen - you'll probably be more than a little intrigued
NEC is one of the biggest plasma manufacturers around. But while its screens have successfully graced exhibition halls, boardrooms and other corporate occasions for some time now, they have never quite taken off with home cinema fans.