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Hitachi CML153XW 15-inch TFT Display

Hitachi CML153XW 15-inch TFT Display - PCSTATS
Abstract: 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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External Mfg. Website: Hitachi Jan 10 2002   Max Page  
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In depth Look at the CML153XW

The front bezel is full of buttons, and the two speakers flank them on either side, rather than being housed in the rear. The side bezels are about 1" wide, which is quite thin compared to most displays, but still enough room to protect the panel from scratching when adjustments are made.

Apart from the utterly thin 1" panel that the CML153 has, its two strongest features revolve around sound. They are the integrated mini-speakers and more importantly from our perspective, the integrated headphone jack and volume wheel.

With the aid of an audio jumper cable that connects to the rear of the computer, and to the display just under the power port, you can be free to listen to music through the small, and somewhat tinny sounding speakers, or through a pair of headphones. The audio quality is very good, and we detected no humming or other annoying interference affecting the sound quality.

The CML153XW has about 5 degrees of forward tilt, and no more than about 20 degrees of rear tilt, making it good only for people sitting at a desk. We have seen some other LCD displays that would tilt as much as 40 degrees back, making them ideal for POS or other standing applications, but given the limited viewing angles of the CML153XW, that wouldn't be recommended. There is no rotating swivel in the base of the unit, but since it is fairly light, it is not difficult to move around, left or right.

The CML153XW tilts a small degree forward, and about 20 degrees back if necessary.

As you can imagine, since this display is capable of wall mounting it uses a removeable base. Also, the power pack sits a distance from the display meaning the overall weight of the unit is less, and this hints at why the unit is so thin. The monitor connects to the AC-Adaptor by a low voltage lead, and the AC Adaptor to the wall by a standard computer power cable about six foot in length.

The rear of the display is nice and clean, with only ports fo the analog video, power, and audio input. The CML153XW can be secured to prevent theft by use of the Kensignton security port.

Hitachi CML153XW OSD

A good OSD lets you control a wide array of features, and in the case of LCD displays, should enable one touch Auto Adjustment. The on screen display that is used on the CML153XW is moderately easy to navigate, but we felt the four key system was a bit awkward when making adjustments. While brightness and contrast are controlled directly from the bezel, the auto-adjustment feature is several steps away. It would have been nice to have seen a one touch solution for auto adjustment, or at the very least, have that feature as the first icon on the OSD menu.

Features of the on screen display include:

Auto adjust, brightness, contrast, H/V position, phase, clock, color temperature (9300K, 6500K & User), RGB color adjust (only at user color temp setting), saturation, hue, OSD position H/V, Graphics/text, Languages, recall and save

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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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