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Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370 - Samsung EcoFit SyncMaster P2370

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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After such criticism you might think the P2370 is not worth bothering with, but that's not necessarily true. Keep in mind that some of the previous image-quality criticisms are only relevant under specific circumstances; for everyday usage and office work this Samsung SyncMaster is perfectly adequate. Even films are quite watchable if you don't mind the loss of dark detailing and slightly noisy playback, offering punchy colours and good motion handling. However, if you're at all serious about your entertainment or do any graphics work, this is not the screen for you.

Another redeeming feature is the P2370's frankly stunningly low power consumption: it uses a maximum of 30W and only 1W in standby. Not only is this the lowest figure for any similarly-sized display we've come across, it easily beats even 19in monitors like the ViewSonic VX1962wm! Thus, if you're after a Full HD display that isn't too large or heavy (the P2370 weighs just 4.1kg), while also maintaining frugal power consumption, this makes for a compelling option.

As to value, the SyncMaster P2370 is not actually available to buy yet, but pre-order pricing online seems to hover between £200-250. This is likely to go down after the monitor has been out a few weeks, but even at the current price of £222 the P2370 is quite cheap given its eco-friendly credentials and designer looks. If a fancy chassis is all you're after though, the BenQ V2400W has come down to around the same price since its review, offering different but equally attractive looks, a far thinner bezel, triple inputs and more screen real-estate.

If you're after some versatility while still maintaining classy looks, Samsung's own SyncMaster T240HD comes with more connections than you can shake a stick at (including multiple HDMIs, digital audio and component), a built-in TV-tuner and remote, all for around the £250 mark. Of course, you do lose the slimness and you're stuck with a touch of red plus more than double the power consumption, but if bang for your buck is what you're after then it's a good alternative.


Samsung's SyncMaster P2370 makes a stiff competitor for BenQ's own designer monitor in the looks department and is arguably more attractive, but doesn't offer the same connectivity and its image quality is somewhat underwhelming. However, not only is it competitively priced, it offers incredibly low power consumption and light weight into the bargain, matching the style with some substance.


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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