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Hitachi CML151XW 15" TFT Flatscreen Display Review

Hitachi CML151XW 15
Abstract: 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.
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External Mfg. Website: Hitachi May 15 2001   Max Page  
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External Aspects to consider

While 90% of a flat screen is all about the panel, the rest is less exciting but no less important. A poorly designed stand, or OSD controls, can make even the best TFT panel susceptible to damage or improper adjustments - which could impact image quality.

The stand attached to the Hitachi display connects to the panel via screws and is easily removable. With the appropriate hardware you could mount the LCD panel alone to a wall for the ultimate in zero foot print. The stand has a rather wide, semi-circular base and a built in pivot. The screen can rotate back 30 degrees and down 5 degrees. The stand rotates 60 degrees in either direction while the base remains in a constant position.

The CML151XW from several angles. Note the removable base is attached to the panel by four screws.

The rear of the display panel has an analog video input for a 15-pin D-sub jack, and also houses the DC power input. Inserting the video cable is a bit difficult due to the angle, but by turning the monitor up side down it can be made easier.

Only the lead wire from the AC Adapter plugs into the panel. The actual adapter can be placed away from the display, about 4 four feet or so. A regular computer power cord plugs into the adapter. Why arrange the power like this you wonder? Well the stand on this display can be removed from the back of panel so it can be wall mounted. By positioning the bulk of the power source away from the display, there need not be a full sized power cable running up the side of the wall.

Resolutions with flat panel displays are a bit different than with their CRT relatives. With LCD displays you always want to operate the display at the maximum resolution - in this case at a resolution of 1024x768 pixels. With the computer set at this resolution there is no dithering effect because the dot in the panel accurately corresponds to the resolution setting. The full list of supported resolutions and frequencies are listed below:

Display Resolutions:
Resolution Freq Hor. Freq Ver. Pixel Clock Standard
640x350 31.5kHz 70Hz 25.2MHz VGA
720x400 31.5kHz 70Hz 28.3MHz VGA
640x480 31.5kHz 60Hz 25.2MHz VGA
640x480 37.8kHz 72Hz 31.5MHz VGA
640x480 37.5kHz 75Hz 31.5MHz VGA
640x480 35.0kHz 67Hz 30.2MHz MAC
800x600 35.2kHz 56Hz 36.0MHz SVGA
800x600 37.9kHz 60Hz 40.0MHz SVGA
800x600 48.1kHz 72Hz 50Mhz SVGA
800x600 46.9kHz 75Hz 49.5MHz SVGA
832x624 49.7kHz 75Hz 57.3MHz MAC
1024x768 48.4kHz 60Hz 65.0MHz XGA
1024x768 56.5kHz 70Hz 75.0MHz XGA
1024x768 60.0kHz 75Hz 78.8MHz XGA

The On Screen Display in the CML151XW fairly normal for TFT controls. Navigation through the menus are achieved via three buttons on the front bezel.

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Contents of Article: Hitachi CML151XW
 Pg 1.  Hitachi CML151XW 15" TFT Flatscreen Display Review
 Pg 2.  The Full Specs:
 Pg 3.  — External Aspects to consider
 Pg 4.  On Screen Controls
 Pg 5.  TFT Display Evaluation Criteria:
 Pg 6.  Conclusions

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