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Hitachi CML153XW 15-inch TFT Display
Hitachi CML153XW 15-inch TFT Display - PCSTATS
The CML153XW we are looking at today from Hitachi Displays is a 15" TFT LCD intended for the value market and is quite inexpensive.
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Hitachi CML153XW 15-inch TFT Display

The overall high cost of mainstream LCD displays has brought about a surge in lower-priced value displays, products which typically lack many bells and whistles, but offer decent quality. Given that the most expensive component in any display is the LCD glass panel itself, it is the main area where cost reductions occur, and that translates directly into how well you view things.

Chances are high that you won't notice most of the reasons why one panel might happen to be value over that of another that would be considered high end unless you specifically look for them, or have a higher end model to directly compare against. The CML153XW we are looking at today from Hitachi Displays is a 15" TFT LCD intended for the value market and is quite inexpensive all things considered. It retails for about $370 and boasts a very thin panel that measures 1" thick. The CML153XW display combines some great multimedia features with an average overall display quality.

The CML153XW is a 15" display capable of 1024x768 resolutions that can be removed from the one-axis tilting stand and mounted on a 75mm VESA armature for a zero desktop footprint. With integrated stereo speakers (2" diameter), volume wheel and head phone jack the display enables users to listen to music from their computer with ease, and without reaching around behind the system to get at jacks. The LCD panel uses an anti reflective coating to improve visibility and the entire unit can be secured by the Kensington Security Port on the rear of the panel housing.

Hitachi CML153XW Display:
  • 15" Diagonal Viewable Size (a-si TFT active matrix display)
  • Dot pitch: 0.297mm
  • Contrast Ratio: 300:1
  • Luminance: 200cd/m2
  • Viewing Angles: 45/45/60/60 (up/down/left/right)
  • Consumes 25 Watts power
  • 1280x1024 pixel resolution, analog video connection only
  • Weighs approx.: 8lbs
  • External universal power supply (100-240 Volt AC)
  • Comes with: 6 foot power cord, 15-pin D-sub analog video cable, AC-adaptor, audio cable.
  • Manufacturer: Hitachi
  • lcd display comparisons
    display pixel pitch luminance contrast viewing angle screen size max resolution price range
    AOC LM-500 0.270 mm 200 cd/m2 150:1 50/50/40/40 15" 1024 x 768 $350
    Hitachi CML153XW 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 300:1 45/45/60/60 15" 1024 x 768 $400
    Hitachi CML151XW 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 350:1 45/55/60/60 15" 1024 x 768 $420
    Samsung 150MP 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 300:1 70/70/60/60 15" 1024 x 768 $650
    Samsung 150T 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 300:1 60/60/55/55 15" 1024 x 768 $600
    Samsung 570S 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 250:1 60/60/55/55 15" 1024 x 768 $500
    Samsung 570V 0.297 mm 200 cd/m2 250:1 60/60/55/55 15" 1024 x 768 $400
    Samsung 170MP 0.264 mm 170 cd/m2 220:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024 $1000
    Samsung 170T 0.281 mm 220 cd/m2 350:1 80/80/80/80 17" 1280 x 1024 $900
    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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    Important info about buying a TFT display

    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 and in the past many manufacturers only guaranteed their display's to be 99.9% free from defect. That could mean 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. It pays to test the display first, regardless of which manufacturer makes it.

    Analog and DVI Standards

    Analog Connection DVI Connection

    Analog video connections are the type of video cable most commonly in use at the moment. In the future this may change, but for the moment there are still a heck of a lot of people holding on to their old 17" CRT displays so there isn't much incentive for video card manufacturers to drop this standard just yet. When the price of LCD's comes down to the sub $400 level I would expect DVI to become more dominant.

    The basic differences between an analog display adapter and a DVI (digital) display adapter (besides the blue and white colors) is that with the blue analog cable the image is transmitted to your monitor as an analog signal. On the other it arrives at the display as a digital stream of one's and zero's. When these display signals are sent to an LCD display - a device which only operates in the digital realm - the picture must translated to a digitally signal before it can be processed and displayed. On the other hand, if you happen to be equipped with a digital output on your video card, the digital signals are simply sent right to the display to be shown on the screen as they were intended.

    Is there a difference between the two means of connecting a display? No... not really. On the visual level there hasn't ever been a perceivable difference in display quality that I could actually see. The CML153XW only uses an Analog connector, and the cable that ships with the unit seem thinner than most normal displays use no that I think about it.

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    Contents of Article: Hitachi CML153XW
     Pg 1.  — Hitachi CML153XW 15-inch TFT Display
     Pg 2.  In depth Look at the CML153XW
     Pg 3.  TFT Display Evaluation

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