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REVIEW: Yamada L171

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 17"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,264
Native resolution: 1.280 x 1.024
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 337,9 x 270,4 / 432
Video-In, connector: D-Sub analog
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 50 - 75
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 30 - 80 / -
Color mode preset/user: 2 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: No / No
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: Sub-D cable, internal power supply unit, TV-Tuner, S-Video, speakers, remote control, Videotext
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 418 x 433,5 x 230
Weight [kg]: 8,2
Compliance: TCO99, TUEV, CE, FCC
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: 48 / - / -
Test date: 01.07.2006
Picture stability: +/- (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: +/-
Contrast: +
Color space: +/-
Subjective impression of image quality: +/-
Shades of gray resolution: +/-
Brightness allocation: -
Interpolation image quality: +
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: +
Operating, OSD: +/-
Suitable for occasional gamer: ++
Suitable for hardcore gamer: +/-
Suitable for DVD/Video: ++
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 475,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad


For a short period Amazon offered the model Yamada L171 for a bargain price of 299.00 EUR. This is an explicitly low price for a 17 inch LCD that comes with a TV tuner. We wanted to find out, if one really gets a usable device display at this price.

All results issued in this review have been established by using the analog output of a Gainward 750 XP Geforce4 Titanium graphics card.

Scope of supply

Next to the display the package revealed a manual, a D-Sub cable, a power cable with an adaptor, an audio cable and a remote control with batteries.

The manual is nothing more than a quick introduction and a driver disk or even a CD was completely omitted. The Yamada homepage neither has any drivers. This is indeed no must, but it doesn't speak of much professionalism. A more detailed manual, particularly for less technically advanced users, would definitely make sense. The strong plastic scent emitted from the device was quite striking as well. Admittedly, this was significantly reduced after the first days in operation, but was quite noticeable and even annoying in the beginning.

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