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There’s big, and then there’s Fujitsu’s P63XHA40. This plasma monster measures in with a screen size of 63in, making it one of the biggest flat-screen TVs ever to grace (break?!) UK shop shelves. But as any bloke will tell you, size isn’t everything. So has the P63XHA40 got the quality to match its quantity?
It’s nice to find for starters that Fujitsu has tried to make the P63XHA40 as unobtrusive as anything with a 63in screen can be. The screen’s bezel is exceptionally thin, yet it also feels effortlessly robust, as well as benefiting from a subtle silver finish that sensibly eschews the more aggressive looks favoured by many smaller flat TVs.
The P63XHA40’s slender frame hides a dirty secret, though: the set doesn’t come with any speakers. Fujitsu does an optional detachable pair, but these will set you back a couple of hundred notes more, and attaching them to the screen inevitably ups the TV’s dimensions. Still, we suspect many people seriously considering forking out £9k on a screen will probably have or be thinking of getting a separate surround sound audio system anyway.
Connectivity is alarming, in that there’s no aerial connection and no SCART sockets. The lack of aerial connection is simply explained by the fact that there’s no built-in tuner, meaning the P63XHA40 can only be considered a ‘screen’ rather than a TV.
The lack of SCARTs is presumably a reflection of either the screen’s American roots, or the fact that it’s made more for the business than the home market.
Since the P63XHA60 appears under the ‘home cinema’ section of Fujitsu’s website, we guess we’ll go for the former explanation - which also bodes better for other aspects of the Fujitsu’s features and performance.
But we have to say that whatever the explanation, omitting the SCARTs seems rather lazy on Fujitsu’s part. And it means that if you want to get an RGB-quality picture from, say, a current Sky digital receiver into the P63XHA40, you’re going to have to buy an RGB SCART to component video adaptor box from someone like www.keene.co.uk.
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