An LCD Screen to Start the Year: Hitachi CML174SXW


Model CML174SXW
Manufacturer Hitachi
Price (US) $700
Price (Europe) 740 €
Technology TN + Film
Panel manufacturer AU Optronics
Response rate 16 ms
Resolution 1280 x 1024
Contrast 400 : 1
Luminosity 260 cd/m²
Viewing angle, vertical 160°
Viewing angle, horizontal 160°
Panel, diagonal 17 inches
Connectivity D-Sub, DVI
Integrated speakers No
Pivot function No
USB hub No
Dimensions (cm) 374 x 394 x 204
Weight 5 Kg
Energy consumption 48 W

The CML174SXW is the best 17" LCD screen that we have tested so far. It combines the best features of its rivals, such as the quick response of the Iiyama AS4314UTG and the bright colors of the Solarism LM1711. This makes it a particularly powerful screen for gaming.

But it still holds a few surprises. Why were the features of the monitor altered? The features that are claimed by AU-Optronics (140° vision in the vertical and a brightness of 280 cd/sq. m.), the manufacturer of the screen, are much closer to reality than those claimed by Hitachi for its CML174SXW.

The main problem is the price. The CML174SXW may well be a dream screen, but it is by no means the most affordable.

Finally, some of you might be interested to know that a black-framed version is about to be launched, the CML174SXWB. And while we're on the subject, isn't it time that Hitachi simplified its product names a little? Isn't CML174SXWB a bit of a mouthful?

As for its availability, Hitachi informs us that it is currently being delivered to its sales outlets. If it isn't available yet from your favorite supplier, it'll be along soon. Just be patient.

The score awarded for "Number of colors displayed " is the average for colors obtained in analog mode (4/5) and DVI mode (2/5).

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