The differences are more obvious from the side, where the HD version is a few centimetres thicker, and at the back. While the P2370 only had a single DVI port, there's a whole collection of different inputs and outputs. There are DVI, VGA and HDMI ports, as well as SCART, component video and a HD TV tuner. For sound, there's two 3 W speakers, a headphone out jack and an optical audio out. In short, just about everything we can think of.
Samsung has chosen a 5 ms TN panel for this screen. First-person shooter games like Quake, Unreal or Call of Duty could prove difficult then. To be more precise, you might find it difficult to tolerate the blurry rendering of fast-moving objects. It is, however, responsive enough for other users, and office use, web browsing and, of course, slower games, will all be fine.
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The input lag is under two framers per second, and will therefore go undetected during your multi-player games.
When we tested the P2370, we gave Samsung the maximum score in this section, as its factory settings managed to combine accurate colours with a high contrast ratio. So, we were expecting a lot from the new P2370HD.
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The results here were a little less impressive, though. With the average gap between the colours requested by the graphics card and those actually displayed on screen--the deltaE score--of 2.4, it still does pretty well.
If you're not used to reading our tests, you'll know that's it generally thought that when deltaE is below 3.0, the discrepancies are only noticeable to those with a trained eye. Even the very best monitors won't get it below 2.0
The contrast ratio is close to 990:1. That's an excellent result when you remember that average screens rarely get above 750:1.
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Test Updated October 26, 2009
Upscaling of a 575p source. The results are relatively close to what we'd find on an average TV
We can't deny that Samsung has made progress with the P2370HD. Although upscaling is still not as good as what a good television would do, it's a lot better than it was. The staircase effect has been largely reduced, and you can't see any problems from a distance of 1.5 m. At that distance, you can enjoy an excellent quality image.
There's still a lot of work to do before monitors can rival TVs, but this is already an improvement on previous generations.