The CML151XW is a 15" TFT display with the distinction
of having one of the highest contrast ratios of any 15" flat screen we've looked at
so far. With its 350:1 contrast ratio the Hitachi display offers some positively bright
whites and dark blacks. It also offers a removable display panel for wall-mounting,
and a swivel base - a somewhat rare commodity in flat panel
With its' two tone
gray exterior the CML151XW is quite stylish and sports
the typical dot pitch of 0.297mm. As with most 15" LCD displays the max
resolution of this display is 1024x768 pixels. The analog connection on the back
side of the panel display means this unit can be hooked up to an existing
video card without having to go through the hassle of buying a new adapter card.
The display does not however support any digital display connection.
The front bezel is one of the most
understated we've seen for some time, with only three control buttons, and one
power button. Thankfully, the bezel still has a good "post-it" frame around the
TFT panel. It's a minor point, but some of us live by those little yellow
CML151XW TFT Display:
15" diagonal TFT active
matrix LCD screen
Dot pitch of 0.297mm
Contrast Ratio: 350:1
Luminance: 200 cd/m2
Viewing Angles: 45/55/60/60
Hz Refresh Rate, consumes 35
1024x768 pixel resolution
LCD panel Dimensions: 9" high x 12"
wide (15.0" diag.)
Screen Dimensions: 2.25" thick, 15"
wide, 12" high (incl. bezel)
Weighs approx. 5.2Kg
External universal power supply
(100-240 Volt AC)
Comes with: 6 foot power
cord / Video cord, manual, AC-adaptor
Important info about buying a TFT
We always suggest you test any flat panel
display you are considering in the store before you pay for it .
LCD panels are very complex components to construct and
most manufactures only guarantee their display's to be 99.9% free from defect. That
means there can be up to 3 or 5 broken pixels before the display
is considered "broken." Broken pixels are individual pixels in the display
panel which are stuck on a certain colour, are constantly dim, or are always
off. Depending on the location and intensity of a broken pixel they can be next
to invisible, or glaringly obvious. The Hitachi CML151XW we tested had a flawless
panel, but we have in the past encountered broken pixels with other
manufacturers displays. Bottom line, it pays to check the display
first, regardless of who makes it.