Summary

Our Score

7/10

Review Price £178.21

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.

Verdict

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.

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