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REVIEW / Samsung SyncMaster PX2370

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Alexandre Botella Published on April 16, 2010
Updated on April 16, 2010
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 23 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 2 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 1 / 1 / 0 / 0
  • Other details NULL
The SyncMaster PX2370 is the flagship model of Samsung's 2010 range of monitors. It has a stylish design, blending smooth curves with harder lines in a slim, glossy black and transparent casing. This 23-inch monitor also has LED backlighting which helps push down power consumption.

Design & handling: fixed stand, DVI & HDMI entries


It looks like Samsung has decided to stick to the bare minimum with the PX2370. You'll find DVI and HDMI entries, including an audio output, and a fixed stand that only allows you to tilt the screen very slightly. It's therefore hard to give the PX2370 anything more than two stars in this category.

Responsiveness: an excellent 2 ms with a low input lag


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Average ghosting
over ten frames

Although the responsiveness of a TN monitor is usually advertised as 2 or 5 ms, in practice, the actual figures can vary. The good news is that the PX2370 is an excellent 2 ms monitor. In fact, if Samsung had thought to equip it with a 120 Hz refresh rate it could have well have become the new gaming monitor. Even as it stands, the PX2370 would still make a good choice for gamers, especially given that with almost no input lag, there'll be no delay between the moves you make and what you see on screen.

Those of you who like to fiddle around in the menu will notice you can change the 'Response time' setting from 'Faster' to 'Fastest'. In theory, this should make the screen even more responsive, but in practice, it just creates a noticeable reverse ghosting effect.

Accurate default colours

Default colours
Ideal colours
Compare the PX2370 to other LCD monitors in our product face-off

Another great feature of this 23-inch monitor is the deltaE of under 2.3 with the factory settings. For those of you who aren't used to our test criteria, the deltaE needs to be under 3 for the colours to look accurate to most people's eyes. However, if the slight blue tinge and the minor problem handling the distribution of brightness levels (gamma) really bother you, then you can always look for a calibration profile to download.

The PX2370 has a contrast ratio of 880:1, which is just above the average recorded value of 850:1. This remains constant so long as the brightness stays above 100 cd/m², which is brightness level 25 in the monitor menu.

Disappointing results when watching films

Given that Samsung makes the best hybrid monitors around with its P2x70HD series, we're always a little disappointed to see such terrible upscaling in the brand's other models. The PX2370 has obvious trouble controlling granular digital noise when playing DVDs. Once again, you're better off relying on your DVD/Blu-ray player to take care of picture quality if you want to watch a film.
The TN panel challenge
So, is it possible to lounge around in bed watching a film on a TN-panel monitor without being bothered by its restricted viewing angles?

For anyone hoping Samsung might have managed to widen the viewing angles of its TN screens, let me first of all assure you that isn't the case.

Instead, the Korean manufacturer has come up with a function that adapts the contrast and brightness in relation to where you're sitting.

To keep things simple, let's say that this function basically lowers the contrast when you're viewing the monitor from above and then raises it when you're viewing from below. This isn't automatic though: it's up to you to tell the monitor where you are sitting via the internal menu.

According to our tests —and our eyes— there's a noticeable improvement. I was even able to watch a film laying on the sofa with the PX2370 placed on a desk 1.5 metres away (it's a hard life this testing business). That should be great news to anyone, like me, who's already tried all kinds of improvised techniques (with varying amounts of success) to successfully watch a film on a TN monitor form the comfort of their bed.

Note: this problem is particular to TN panels. With screens featuring PVA and IPS panels, for example, you won't find the picture goes dark when viewed from below. These types of panel also offer improved colour homogeneity, which is why they're often recommended for photo editing at anything above amateur level.

PROS

  • Good responsiveness
  • Accurate default colours
  • Low input lag
  • Low power consumption (24 watts at 200 cd/m² )

CONS

  • Basic handling & design with no accessories
  • Fixed stand can't be adjusted
  • TN panel makes the screen look dark from certain angles
  • Price

CONCLUSION 4/5

This is an excellent monitor, although it's a little too expensive to be truly competitive.
4 Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 DigitalVersus 2010-04-16 00:00:00
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