So we've just presented
you with a ton of information and a big heap of specs, screen shots and
observations. What does all this mean? Well first off, compared to its brother
display the CM810, the CM821F is much better. The control over the Moire is
superb, and the convergence is some of the best we've seen in a large-screen monitor.
The onscreen display
gives almost complete control over just about every imaginable feature and
setting that a CRT display has, and with that control you could spend quite a
bit of time making minor adjustments to yield the optimal display configuration.
Personally, I'm satisfied with the factory default settings as they seem to have
gotten just about everything right.
Weight is a large factor with displays of this caliber, and the
CM821F is definitely not a lightweight piece of equipment. At almost 70lbs it is
difficult to move around, and even remove from the box. Unlike other 21" CRT
displays, Hitachi have made efforts to decrease the overall footprint of the
display. In fact comparing it against my current 19" ADI reveals that the two
are just about the same volume.
One last point of clarification, you may have heard that Hitachi
is getting out of the CRT business. Well this is true, but it does not mean that
they have stopped making monitors. Where the confusion lies is in the term
"CRT." Hitachi is moving away from manufacturing the actual glass tubes which go
into their monitors. They will continue to manufacture and sell CRT displays,
and support existing products.
With CRT displays going the way of the dodo in the face of
decreasing LCD prices it really doesn't make sense to get a traditional curved
display anymore. Companies like Hitachi and KDS for example offer very good
quality flat face displays that are well worth the few extra bucks, for the
improved display quality and visual representation.