The Fujitsu P50XHA58EB 50in TV should win a lot of admirers with its sleek and sexy looks – but will they be driven away by its lack of features?
Don’t be fooled by the familiar shape and the moving pictures: this isn’t a television. It’s a screen, which is just like a television except without a built-in tuner, speakers (although a pair is available as an option) or Scart sockets.
What you do get, though, is a supremely stylish set straight from the less-is-more school of design.
There are no swooping lines, odd-shaped speakers or mind-boggling stands, just an extremely slender piano-black bezel surrounding a very large screen.
And there’s no need to fret about the lack of a tuner or Scart sockets: two HDMI sockets and two component inputs should take care of any connectivity-related issues you might have.
Fujitsu hasn’t gone and ripped everything out of the inside, either. For one thing, it‘s improved its AVM II video processor, which uses pixel-by-pixel processing, scaling and a host of other technologies to produce a really great picture.
The picture you get using a DVD player upscaling to 1080i is impressive. Stability is top notch, with good definition, excellent motion tracking and a decent eye for colour.
Unfortunately, the Fujitsu can’t escape comparison with its peers and in this regard it really suffers despite the fact that it is, indisputably, a good product.
Setting aside all the features it omits that other sets carry as standard, the likes of Samsung and Panasonic are turning out much cheaper screens that can match the Fujitsu for performance too