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Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD - 23in HDTV Monitor

Samsung is nothing if not prolific in bringing out new monitors and televisions, and it's fair to say it's also one of the market leaders in hybrids of the two. Today we're looking at yet another one of these, the 23in SyncMaster P2370HD HDTV Monitor. Sporting a Full HD panel, the P2370HD walks the line between two previous Samsung models we've looked at, offering most of the features of the SyncMaster T240HD with the fancier styling and a dash of the energy-savings of the EcoFit SyncMaster P2370. This makes for a pretty enticing proposition on paper, so let's see how it fares in reality.
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Despite the ergonomic sacrifices (no tilt, swivel or height-adjustment, unfortunately all too common on TV monitors), it must be said that visually, Samsung's designs are spot-on - as long as you like the colour red, that is. This is yet another in Samsung's extensive Touch of Colour (ToC) Rose Red range, with subtle crimson highlights towards the outer edges of its piano-black bezel and base. There's also a transparent surround that adds depth and accentuates the tint, with the whole set on a classy transparent leg that's easy to attach.

Connectivity isn't quite up to the standard offered by the T240HD, with only one HDMI port instead of two. Aside from this, though, the P2370HD has every option you could want and then some, starting off with DVI, VGA, component, composite and SCART inputs, together with an antenna input, digital optical and analogue audio (3.5mm and dual phono), a headphone jack and even optical digital audio out to pass full surround sound from HDMI and optical through to a separate sound system.
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All this connectivity is facing outwards rather than down, so hooking up cables is child's play. Though there's no HDMI cable in the box (common for displays under £300) DVI, VGA and 3.5mm audio ones are provided. On the P2370HD's left side a plastic flap hides the CI slot for Freeview subscriptions. The only real annoyance is that the headphone socket no longer resides here as it did on the T240HD, meaning you'll have to reach around the back if you intend to use a pair of headphones, but we guess it's one of the sacrifices for the slimmer display.

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