Review: Samsung SyncMaster BX2350

Our score: 3/5
Reviewed: July 25, 2010 11:00 PM
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Published: July 25, 2010 11:00 PM
By Alexandre Botella
Samsung has never been one to put all of its eggs in one basket, as the launch of the BX2350 alongside the PX2370 proves.  Although both monitors look similar from the outside, the BX family stands out from the PX with an unusual stand, a second HDMI input and a headphone jack.

The two screens have everything else in common though, with the same LED backlighting, 1920 x 1080 TN panel and a stated response time of 2 ms.

Hardware: two HDMI inputs, VGA and headphone jack

Like almost all of Samsung's consumer-orientated monitors, the BX2350 doesn't exactly have the widest range of hardware options.  At the back are two HDMI inputs, a VGA port and a headphone jack allowing you to pick up the sound carried over HDMI.  That allows you to connect the BX2350 to any 2.0 or 2.1 speakers or headphones.

On the other hand, the stand isn't height-adjustable, nor does it rotate to portrait mode.  The only possible movement is tilting the panel back by a few degrees.  With such limited options, this 23'' monitor can't expect more than two stars in this area.

Responsiveness: a good 2 ms monitor, but not the best

Coloured   Transparent
Average ghosting
over ten frames


By default, the BX2350 is responsive.  Fast moving objects are displayed fluidly enough to please the majority of gamers.  More demanding users, though, will be happy to hear that even more responsive monitors are available without having to go for 120 Hz.

It's largely the same story with input lag, which is low enough to have a minimal input on multiplayer games, but still worse than on some other screens which have lower, or even zero input lag.

Colours could be more accurate and weak contrast ratio


Default colours

Ideal colours
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We were a little disappointed by the BX2350 in this area.  In the past, Samsung has managed to produce monitors with accurate colours without any need to adjust the settings.  Here, with the default settings, the average discrepancy between the colours requested by the graphics card and those displayed by the monitor—or the deltaE—is above 4.5, but we'd expect to be under 3.0 for the colours to look accurate.  The main problem is colour temperature that's too high and problematic shifts of brightness in different shades of grey (gamma).  In practice, that results, amongst other things, in colours that appear tinged with blue and greasy that are too bright.


Fortunately, you can use the menu to improve the display.  You need to set the values for red, green and blue to 70, 37 and 35.  When you do, the deltaE falls to 3.4.  It's still a little bit above the value, but it's impossible to do any better without using a calibration profile.

For contrast, the BX2350 is much worse than normal.  While the average contrast ratio on monitors is around 850:1, it doesn't get higher than 770:1.

Movies

Although blurriness is relatively well-contained, the upscaling is a different story.  You absolutely have to rely on an external party to that job, rather than letting the monitor do it itself.
3/5 Samsung SyncMaster BX2350 DigitalVersus 2010-07-26 00:00:00

Pros

  • Responsive
  • Low input lag

Cons

  • TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
  • Colours aren't accurate
  • Contrast ratio lower than average

Conclusion

The BX2350 combines design and responsiveness but its inaccurate colours and low contrast ratio prevent it from getting more than three stars.

OUR SCORE 3/5
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