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Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370 - Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Getting back to the design, this SyncMaster's sleek looks aren't spoiled by any buttons, as the P2370 uses a touch-control system. When turned off the only indication is an inconspicuous power icon painted onto the bezel, which when pressed lights up in white. The rest of the 'buttons' are purely LED-based and can be either set to stay on or merely appear for a few seconds after pressing to the left of the icon.

Though this touch-based system and the OSD are both attractive and responsive, they're not always logically implemented. The first button calls up the OSD menu, while the second one acts as 'Down' and cleverly allows you to customize it for different functions including brightness and colour presets or aspect ratio settings. Next we have 'Up'/Brightness, and Enter/'Input selection'. No, that's not a mistake or a typo; for some reason beyond our understanding, the SyncMaster P2370 has a dedicated source-switching button despite only featuring a single input - very odd, indeed.

Also quite odd are the 'Colour Effect' settings introduced with the SyncMaster T-range, which allow you to turn the entire screen into greys, green, aqua or sepia. Someone might find a use for such things, but we're at a loss to think what those might be.

There's a large selection of other modes and presets, too. MagicBright includes fairly well-configured Text, Internet, Game, Sport, Movie and Dynamic Contrast presets and there's a Custom one to store your own settings.

Thankfully this monitor doesn't suffer from inbuilt speakers, so it's time to get onto the image quality. Unfortunately, this Samsung's TN panel doesn't live up to the chassis in which it's housed. Starting off with the greyscale performance, it put on one of the worst shows we've seen in a long time, utterly failing to distinguish between an alarmingly large number of darker shades. In fact, almost half of them were virtually indistinguishable, as opposed to the one or two usually blended on TNs these days.

There was also some minor backlight bleed from the bottom of the screen and very slight banding, both of which are common enough. Less common were noticeable signs of dithering and text wasn't particularly sharp either. Worst of all, though, are the P2370's viewing angles: horizontal ones are quite good for a TN, but vertical ones are so poor that there is only the narrowest angle from which colours remain remotely accurate.


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.com/...} 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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