Everywhere you look now, there's a flat panel waiting to catch your eye. Conventional CRT televisions, even after booming in the market for a good 50 years, weren't as popular as flat screen televisions. This is primarily because of their sleek, 'I-c an -sli p- i nto-any-l itt Ie -space' aesthetics, and now, the screens are getting even flatter. Take for instance, Sony's Bravia series of LCD screens, which just got its latest entrant, the KLV-NX500 - a 40" slice of liquid television.

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The NX500 may not be the thinnest flat panel we've seen, but it can still fit into spaces that are pretty narrow. Its monolithic, glass covered front panel and that thick border framing the screen makes this television look a lot more appealing than its Bravia brothers. The stand has also been made a little smaller, lighter and "more metalised". The panel itself has been kept button-free from the angle of the viewer, letting the most essential buttons reside behind the right side of the screen. The back panel is probably one of the most desolate landscapes we've seen on the back of a digital television, with only a handful of connectivity options, which by the looks of it does seem enough.

This 40" bad-boy comes with a CCFL black light, which explains the slightly thick side profile of the television. Sony has really managed to cover up this thickness with that monolithic design, completely hiding the actual width of the flat panel. The NX500 has full HD capabilities (1920x1080), that is, it can display 1080p without