Mitsubishi Diamond Plus 73
- By Dan Carney
- Jun 12, 2000
Mitsubishi is the gold standard in big-screen TVs, so it makes sense that
the company would work to expand its comparatively small presence in the
computer monitor market. At $292, the Diamond Plus 73 is the company's effort
to make the benefits of a flat-screen display available to customers on
The Diamond Plus 73 is an excellent choice for users planning to run
their display at 1,024-by-768 resolution, but as is typical with lower-priced
monitors, the monitor doesn't support a sufficiently high refresh rate at
its 1,280-by-1,024 maximum resolution. At that level, the unit's refresh
rate is only 66 Hz, which is slow enough to cause headache- inducing screen
The Diamond Plus 73's VGA input cable is permanently attached at the
rear, so it cannot get lost. This is the only input source available for
the monitor, but it can attach to Apple Computer Inc. Macintosh computers
with an optional adapter.
The Mitsubishi monitor is a little on the large side for a 17-inch display.
It is only very slightly larger than the Samsung also reviewed but is significantly
larger than compact short-neck tube monitors. The monitor is, however, lighter
than average, thanks to a unique glass-tempering technique that enables
Mitsubishi to make the CRT's glass thinner.
The on-screen display is controlled by only three buttons on the front,
but navigation is more intuitive than most monitors, including those with
more buttons. Mitsubishi provides control over all the expected functions,
including brightness and contrast, picture shape, color temperature and
In the fast-paced world of information technology, longevity isn't much
of a consideration for many products. Nevertheless, Mitsubishi uses a layer
of tungsten in the electron gun of its CRT to prolong its life. This should
help slow the inevitable dimming of the picture over time, so the Diamond
Plus 73 should work fine when it is 6 or 7 years old.
—Carney is a freelance writer based in Herndon, Va.