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Hitachi CML181SXW 18.1 inch TFT LCD Display
Hitachi CML181SXW 18.1 inch TFT LCD Display - PCSTATS
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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Hitachi CML181SXW 18.1 inch TFT LCD Display

Hitachi are firmly entrenched with the corporate markets who need cost effective displays with the best amount of features to keep the workers happy. 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. Add to that support for both DVI and analog video signals, integrated small form factor speakers, and what is probably the most attractive feature for the board office worker - a headphone jack and volume wheel - and you have a large LCD display which should generate a good amount of interest.

The bulky design of the bezel signals that this 18.1" LCD is looking at cost effectiveness first and industrial design second, but there are a few interesting tricks round back that save face. Two removable panels pop off in the rear to completely hide the four sets of cables leading from the LCD panel. The wires are hidden all the way down to the very bottom thanks to a cable way.

The CML181SXW series uses a 18.1" active matrix TFT LCD with a 1280x1024 resolution screen. That is comparable to a 19" CRT display. The LCD monitor is capable of displaying 16.7 Million colors and features a 0.280mm dot pitch, contrast ratio of 350:1, brightness of 235 cd/m2, pixel response time of somewhere around 30-35ms and an exceptionally wide viewing angle of (85/85/85/85). Until this point, the widest viewing angles we has seen were 80/80/80/80. The move to 170 degrees vertical and 170 degrees horizontal just means the consumer benefits more than ever.

Hitachi CML181SXW Display:

Screen Size: 18.1" Diagonal
Resolution: 1280x1024 pixel
Pixel Pitch: 0.280"
Luminosity: 235cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 350:1
Viewable Angle: 85/85/85/85
Pixel Response: 30-35ms
Power Draw: 54W
Approx. Retail Price: $900 USD
Manufacturer: Hitachi Displays
Inputs: 15-pin Analog VGA

18.1" LCD Display Comparisons
Display pixel pitch luminance contrast viewing angle screen size max resolution price range
Hitachi CML181SXW 0.280 mm 235 cd/m2 350:1 85/85/85/85 18.1" 1280 x 1024 $900
Samsung 181T 0.281 mm 250 cd/m2 450:1 85/85/85/85 18.1" 1280 x 1024 $1100
Samsung 181B 0.281 mm 250 cd/m2 400:1 80/80/80/80 18.1" 1280 x 1024 $1200 (est.)
Samsung 180T 0.280 mm 220 cd/m2 350:1 80/80/80/80 18.1" 1280 x 1024$1600
Samsung 800TFT 0.2805 mm 170 cd/m2 220:1 80/80/80/80 18.1" 1280 x 1024$2500
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Unlike keyboards, mice and other user interfaces there really hasn't been any standardization of the main controls on the front of monitors or LCD displays. Most of the time this is great as it frees the designers to try many different ideas to find the most user friendly and intuitive set of controls.

Sometimes things don't quite develop all the way, and in the case of the Hitachi CML181SXW the control panel is a bit of both. The necessary adjustments like brightness and contrast are all easily accessible, but navigating through the on screen menus are a little bit introverted as all the buttons are largely unmarked for that arena.

Luckily most users will not need to adjust much especially if they connect the CML181SXW via the DVI cable. Individuals with analog video cards will want to set the display to "auto adjust", and to do this they will have to go into the OSD and select the correct icon.

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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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