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Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370 - Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Together with the transparent 'leg' and subtler ToC, the other major change from the SyncMaster T-range is this monitor's slimness. Unlike the rather bulky T200, the P2370 measures only 47mm at its thickest point, with its smoothly tapered edges making it appear slimmer still. This makes it slimmer than the headline-grabbing BenQ V2400W, though admittedly that was a larger 24in 16:10 display. There are a couple of negatives, though. First, that its very wide bezel means the P2370 actually takes up more space than most 24in monitors both lengthwise and in height; secondly, the stand is pretty but not very functional, offering only tilt adjustment.

Samsung's most stylish monitor to date is nearly as attractive from the back as from the front. Its back is a single smooth slope without any grilles, vents or screw-covers, while the connections (which face straight out) are the only thing marring its surface, and they're kept as small as possible. First off there's the power plug, which is small and round as the P2370 has a modestly-sized external power brick. Not only was this a necessity to keep the monitor as slim as it is, but the thin little cable looks far better than a regular thick kettle lead would.

Video connectivity is limited to DVI, which with its large, clunky plug does ruin the aesthetic somewhat. You might be wondering why Samsung didn't simply go for the much smaller and more graceful HDMI, but the answer is simple: VGA compatibility, since this ancient standard is still used by most netbooks and many cheap notebooks. As a fully digital standard, HDMI doesn't support analogue (except with special converters costing upward of £150), whereas DVI does.

Of course, Samsung could have gone with DisplayPort, which is not only sleek but fully interoperable and already found on monitors such as the Dell-UltraSharp-2408WFP and excellent HP LP2475w. However, this plus the necessary adapters might have added to the cost. As is, you get DVI-to-DVI and DVI-to-VGA cables in the box.


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.


May 5, 2009, 8:20 am

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


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.


May 6, 2009, 3:57 pm


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.


No guarantees but keep an eye out :)


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


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.


May 7, 2009, 5:12 pm


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 :)


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!



July 6, 2009, 4:09 pm


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.


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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