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Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370 review

Ardjuna Seghers

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Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370
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  • Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370
  • Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370
  • Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370
  • SyncMaster P2370 58.4 cm 23" LCD Monitor 1920 x 1080 - 2 ms - 1000:1

Summary

Our Score:

7

There's one word to describe Samsung's latest Touch of Colour (ToC) monitor: wow. Ever since its introduction in Samsung's television range we've been fans of the ToC design, but its first implementation on a monitor, the rose-tinted T200, left us distinctly less impressed. However, Samsung's new EcoFit SyncMaster P2370 more than makes up for its predecessors.

After a short hiatus, the 23in form factor appears to be making a comeback. For those avid readers who might be remembering the recent announcement of Samsung's QWXGA (2 048 x 1 152) 23in monitor, we're sorry but this isn't it; the P2370 sports a 16:9 panel with a Full HD resolution of 'only' 1,920 x 1,080. But quite aside from this being plenty for many users, this monitor is as much about the chassis as the panel it holds.

There's a multitude of reasons why the P2370 looks better than the aforementioned T200 or even the 24in Samsung T240HD. First of all there's the titular Touch of Colour. Rather than the blatant red strip of its predecessors, this latest range has not only changed the colour to a (in my personal opinion) nicer blue, but its integration is now also far subtler. In fact, with the monitor assembled you might have a hard time spotting it.

You see the monitor's 'leg' is now beautifully transparent, with a small blue section underneath it casting reflections into it. Just like the T200 this monitor has a transparent plastic 'shield' on its bezel, which extends beyond the bezel's edges, but again its implementation is far more attractive.

It now extends equally everywhere and its edges are both thinner and more rounded, giving a smoother and more coherent overall appearance. This transparent covering also helps fingerprints to be less visible and though the piano-black base is still as susceptible as ever, Samsung provides a cleaning cloth to keep it pristine.

Xiphias

May 5, 2009, 7:38 am

The P2370's power value listed as a 'typical' value rather than the usual maximum so it's easy to see why you interpreted it wrong. (although of course, it's not up on the samsung website yet so I can't verify this)





Without knowing which of the wide range of normally used brightness values Samsung has picked to record their 'typical' power consumption value at, (the spec sheet doesn't tell you, of course) it's impossible to say whether this is actually more efficient than similar monitors. Given that it's maximum brightness is 250cd/m² and most 22-24" monitors used 30-40W at 200cd/m² I suspect this isn't going to turn out to be particularly low power when compared on a like by like basis.





I wish monitor manufacturers would stop making a mockery of their specifications and sell intermediate models on more acceptable criteria such as design and ergonomics while the genuine technical improvements are worked on.

smodd

May 5, 2009, 8:20 am

When can we see the Dell G2410 Review, LED btw...

stranded

May 5, 2009, 12:07 pm

More discreet design (at last) than previous models but nothing special with it and ergonomics and picture quality. Serious monitors just begin at 1000+ euro price level.

TechVegan

May 6, 2009, 3:57 pm

@Xiphias:


No there's no wrong interpretation here. The spec I saw listed it as maximum, and while that could possibly have been wrong, during testing (with a power-meter) the P2370 *never* went above 30.1W at full brightness. So this monitor is just as energy-efficient as the review claims.





As to your point about manufacturers "making a mockery of their specifications", that's definitely true, especially with figures like response time and contrast ratio.





@smodd:


No guarantees but keep an eye out :)





@stranded:


"Serious monitors just begin at 1000+ euro price level". Not necessarily, Stranded. The {http://www.trustedreviews.com/...} for example offers professional-level ergonomics and image quality at only £420.

stranded

May 7, 2009, 6:31 am

Thank you Ardjuna for the reference. Haven't seen "live" this monitor but is hard to believe such a good image quality, especially from HP. Some comments report problems with this too.


I am not impressed easily, my shortcoming from birth.

TechVegan

May 7, 2009, 5:12 pm

@Stranded:


You're welcome.





Yes, there do seem to be quite a few problems with the 2475 models some people are receiving, but at least HP seems to be providing excellent support and replacements, and once users receive one with the updated firmware they appear to be uniformly impressed.


Get one from a store with a good returns/change-of-mind policy and you should be fine.





As to being difficult to impress, many would regard that as an asset, Stranded :)

harry

May 18, 2009, 2:27 am

Can someone verify if this screen can be tilted forwards at all? i intend on having the monitor slighty above desk height and it would be helpful if the veiwing angle could be altered to point downwards slightly. If this is the case what is the furthest it can?





Thanks in advance!





Harry.

TechVegan

July 6, 2009, 4:09 pm

@Harry:


Nearly all monitors include slight forward tilt (usually around 5 degrees), and I seem to remember the P2370 being one of them.

Ali Robertson

July 6, 2009, 9:31 pm

I can't believe this article totally omits mention of the fact that this monitor has no VESA mount. Sure, it's in the specs - but it's kind of a concern considering this is the first reasonably priced large monitor that is light enough to work on typical 19" desk mounts.

will.

September 9, 2009, 5:16 pm

Does anyone know if Samsung plan on releasing a screen with these looks that has a decent panel inside? I'm being vain and want a good quality £300 ish panel that doesn't look like turd. I love the shiny, and I don't care about finger prints. :p

PC Master

May 24, 2016, 12:49 am

I have two of these monitors and can confirm you can.

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