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REVIEW / Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD

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Alexandre Botella Published on October 26, 2009
Updated on October 26, 2009
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 23 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 5 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 1 / 1 / 1 / 1
  • Other details HD TV tuner, SCART, 2 x 3 W speakers, headphone jack
Samsung's P2370HD is the combined television/monitor version of the P2370.  Looking at both, it's difficult to distinguish them, especially from the front.  The external design of the two models is identical, with a bezel and cradle in glossy black plastic standing on a transparent stand. 

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.


Gaming

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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Average ghosting over ten frames

The input lag is under two framers per second, and will therefore go undetected during your multi-player games.

Colours

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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Ideal Colours
Compare the Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD to other LCD Monitors in our Product Face-Offs

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.

Films
 
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Today, the big problem for computer monitors--even combined monitor/TVs like this--is video.  The upscaling is disastrous.  To help you understand exactly what that looks like, take any image on your computer, and zoom in.  You'll find it gradually gets more and more blurry.  The edges of people and objects are also problematic, producing small gradations known as the staircase effect.

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.
A TN TV
The anti-TN brigade will be horrified, and, for once, I share their opinion. In general, you look straight at your computer monitor, which limits the problem of TN screens that dip to black when viewed from below. But it's also true that you might well be lying on the sofa to watch the TV, or even be showing the kids something.

So: manufacturers, if you're reading this, think about everybody who will be looking UP at your screens next time.

PROS

  • Lots of connectivity options
  • Accurate colours
  • High contrast ratio
  • HD TV tuner

CONS

  • TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
  • A VA panel would have been better for films

CONCLUSION 4/5

The P2370HD isn't perfect, but so far, it's the best monitor/television hybrid that we've tested.
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