NEC is set to release a wide-screen plasma monitor that adds a whole new meaning to the term wide-screen plasma monitor. The company will begin shipping a 50-inch plasma monitor to service the business and private large-screen markets. The 50MP2 features contrast levels in bright light of 100:1, meaning you'll still be able to see what's on the screen when the blinds are open on a sunny day, as well as a 20 per cent reduction in power consumption at 480W. NEC's suggested uses for the 50MP2 include remote education, business presentations, teleconferencing and advertising in public areas. The monitor enables users to enlarge any area of the screen by up to 900 per cent, and view two concurrent pictures on the one display. It also has improved conversion processing to display screen shots from PCs more accurately. The monitor will be available from June at a retail price of $24,400.