Hitachi today introduced the CML 174, a new 17″ LCD monitor that has almost half the response time of any other flat-panel monitor on the market, making it “ideal for gaming, animation, digital signage, multi-media driven applications or for general users viewing video over the World Wide Web.” The display offers a 1280×1024 resolution, 400:1 contrast ratio, 160-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles, and sports a black or ivory appearance. The CML 174 is Mac and PC compatible, and will be available in November for US$699.