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  HITACHI SuperScan Elite 751 - Review
by: Larry Mingus Published: August 14, 1998

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Positively the best monitor that I have ever owned or used.

I have been involved with computers as a technician and consultant going on 19 years, my jobs have allowed me to see and use a wide variety of monitors. Monitors have always been a high priority purchase for me, I spend an unusually high amount of time using computers and realize the benefit of having a quality monitor. Also, I am the type of person that can't wear dirty glasses, so when it comes to computer monitors I get pretty picky.

The debate over Shadow Mask Vs Trinitron will never end, there will always be people that like one over the other just like Chevy Vs Ford. I am not going to get into the details of each technology other than to say you need to look at both with an open mind. Until recently I have always taken the side of Trinitron tube technology because all of the Shadow Mask tubes I tried had moiréproblems to sever to convince me into shelling out my cash. That is until I read all the press coverage and reviews of the HITACHI 751. Almost every review I read was giving it the highest rating.

I did something I've never done before, I took a chance and mail ordered a monitor. Before this I always wanted to see a monitor in action before paying for it.

Some times you get lucky and this was my time. I received the monitor two days early and it lived up to every expectation I had and more. I have been using it for around 5 months now without one problem. About a month ago I upgraded my video card allowing 1600x1200 24bpp @ 75hz and it looks beautiful on the 751. The text is small at this resolution but very readable even down to 6 point text. I do all web design and photo editing at 1600x1200 and use 1280x1024 when I do a lot of web surfing.

To all you Trinitron users wondering if you could make the switch the answer is yes as long as you keep an open mind and realize that it will take a couple weeks transition. Believe it or not, I don't like going back to my 17" Sony at all any more and it was my baby. That is how spoiled I am.

Price April 1998: $815.00 including shipping.

Here are the specs taken directly from the HITACHI web site:

  • Delivers the resolution and clarity of the best 21" monitors yet costs hundreds less.
  • Exceptionally compact. Shallower even than some 17" monitors. Perfect for small desktops.
  • The most accurate focus money can buy. New PrecisionFocus™ technology is 10% sharper than the previous state of-the-art. Images appear substantially clearer with improved brightness and color purity.
  • The sharpest dot pitch available on any monitor. (0.22 mm horizontal dot pitch. 0.14 mm vertical dot pitch.)
  • Delivers true 1600 x 1200 resolution-not a simulation.
  • Flatter than most CRTs, Hitachi's new tube displays a more accurate image with extremely low distortion even in the corners.
  • Built-in microprocessor enables precise color control, optimum white balance, and consistent screen geometry.
  • Right side pincushion and trapezoid adjustments.
  • Moiré control.
  • EasyMenu™ on-screen control (in 5 languages) makes adjustment easy.
  • Low emissions for operator safety. MPR II and CE compliant.
  • Automatic power-off feature saves energy and prolongs tube life (Nutek, EPA Energy Star, and VESA DPMS compliant).
  • Windows 95 plug & play (DDC 1/2B compliant).
  • 3-year limited warranty covers all parts (even the tube) and labor.


Supreme 752

Elite 751
CM751 U

Auto synchronization range

31 -101 KHz
50-160 Hz

31 -93.75 KHz
50-160 Hz

Maximum resolution

1600 x 1200

1600 x 1200

Resolution/Maximum refresh

640 x 480
800 x 600
1024 x 768
1280 x 1024
1600 x 1200

160 Hz
155 Hz
123 Hz
92 Hz
80 Hz

160 Hz
145 Hz
115 Hz
85 Hz
75 Hz

Video clock frequency

211 MHz

200 MHz

Microprocessor presets

Standard settings
User programmable



Signal cable (included)

15 pin D-sub

15 pin D-sub

CRT 19" (18.0" viewable image size) Super-FST flat, square tube with Hitachi's exclusive PrecisionFocus™ technology. 0.22 mm horizontal dot pitch. 0.14 mm vertical dot pitch. Multi-step dynamic focus. Auto-astigmatism correction. Black matrix with Invar shadow mask. High contrast, anti-static, anti-glare coat. 367 mm x 276 mm viewable image area.

Digital controls Power, True-color RGB, white balance (9300K, 6500K, 5000K, and user defined), brightness, contrast, screen position and size, pincushion, right pincushion, trapezoid, right trapezoid, rotation, degauss, memory store, H/V moiré ON/OFF, H/V moiré adjustment, language select, EasyMenu™ on-screen control.

Power supply 120/240 V (auto-adjusting), 50/60 Hz.125 W.

Size/weight 17.6" W x 17.9" H x 18.1 " D (53 Ibs), including detachable tilt/swivel base.

Regulatory compliance
Safety: UL1950, CSA C22.2 No 950, EN60950, SEMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SETI.
Ergonomics: ZH 1/618, ISO9241-3.
X-radiation: DHHS, RoV. EMI: FCC Class B. EN55022 Class B.
MPR Il: TUV Ergo certified.
Energy saving: Nutek, EPA Energy Star, VESA DPMS.
CE: EN50082-1; EN55022 Class B; CM752U only: EN60555-3, EN61000-3-2,
EN61000-3-3, EN60950; CM751 U only: EN60555-2.

SuperScan® SuperScan Elite™ EasyMenu™ Nissei Sangyo America Ltd. Windows 95© Microsoft Corporation.
The ENERGY STAR™ emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of any product or service.
Specifications subject to change without notice.


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