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Hitachi CML181SXW 18.1 inch TFT LCD Display
Hitachi CML181SXW 18.1 inch TFT LCD Display - PCSTATS
Abstract: At just over $900USD, for a 18.1" TFT LCD the CML181SXW has to be one of the most aggressive priced LCD's on the market today.
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External Mfg. Website: Hitachi Apr 12 2002   Max Page  
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The CML181SXW Monitor Up Close

The little speakers which are built into the face of the 18.1" display are a nice little feature to have if you are a bored office worker who really doesn't have the opportunity to play music at work very loudly. The speakers are good enough to listen to video clips, or web audio, but I think anyone listening to a lot of music through them would be a bit frustrated at the lack of bass after a while.

There is always another option, and in this regard Hitachi have done quite well. Just below the front bezel are the headphone and volume wheels - plugging in a pair of head phones here is worthwhile as sound quality is pretty good.

Movement on the CML181SXW is pretty good; the display tilts back 25 degrees and rotates left or right 45 degrees on a swivel built into the stationary base. We have seen a few other manufacturers struggle with left and right motion, and some who do not even include the feature in their monitors. As LCD displays are generally light compared to their CRT counterparts this is usually a passable omission. In any regard, I'd rather see the swivel work then have to pick up the entire display and risk breaking something, or knocking something over by accident in the process.

Forward motion is limited to maybe a few degrees or so, and the display will tilt back 25 degrees as we mentioned before. The stand also hides the cables behind little removable panels so the profile of the display remains very uncluttered. Mounting to the base of the LCD display the base is removable so that 100mm VESA compliant zero footprint mounts can be attached. There are no vertical height adjustments with this particular model.

External power supplies are both a blessing in that they allow the monitor to remain slimmer than if they were enclosed, but this also adds one more set of wires leading out from the base of the unit. To make managing these cables less of a nightmare, the back of the stand comes off to reveal a place to store the cables completely. You can see what we mean in the picture below, starting from installation to the final result.

With the CML181SXW Hitachi have upgraded the On screen menus to something which looks a bit more descriptive, and flows a bit better. It's good to see manufactures invest the time in continually upgrading the different components of a display so that the end user has an easier time figuring out what settings do what.

The following controls are available on the menus; Auto adjust, input select, brightness, contrast, H/V position, sharpness, OSD transparency, clock, phase, RGB color adjust at user temp, color temp (6500, 7500, 9300, user) zoom, pan H/V, OSD position H/V, graph/text modes, recall and language select. On-screen display.

As with all LCD displays it is simply much easier to hit the auto adjust feature and let the display configure itself properly.

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Contents of Article: Hitachi CML181SXW
 Pg 1.  Hitachi CML181SXW 18.1 inch TFT LCD Display
 Pg 2.  — The CML181SXW Monitor Up Close
 Pg 3.  TFT Display Evaluation Notes
 Pg 4.  LCD Display Issues, Comparisons and Conclusions

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