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UK's Cheapest Full HD 3D TV Now Available From £400

Best Buy is selling what is arguably the cheapest full HD 3D TV on the market and a notch above the LG 42PW450T that we covered back in July 2011.

At £399.99, the Isis ISI-42-913-TVB3D is a Best Buy own brand model (opens in new tab) - similar to Argos' Alba or Tesco's Technika - and is £50 cheaper than a similar set from Cello Electronics.

The TV set comes with full HD resolution, two HDMI ports, a composite video input, a PC input, a Freeview tuner and is wall mounted.

Also included in the pack are four sets of 3D glasses, a clear indication that the TV uses passive technology. There are however a few reservations; the first one is that it doesn't seem to have any 2D-to-3D convertor like the LG 42PW450T, then there's no USB port which means that there's probably no way to record to a USB storage device like the Cello. We're also slightly puzzled by the fact that there's only two HDMI ports where four would only have added a few pounds to the bill of material.

Given how fast the price of 3D technology has fallen, it is certainly not surprising to see that this feature has now been included in entry level television sets.

The downside of it is that 3D still requires active technology, rather than passive in order to be fully appreciated. Ultimately, glasses-less 3D TV is where the business will be heading although at the moment, it is neither fully ready not cheap enough to be embraced by a mainstream audience.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.