- Attractive design
- Decent image quality
- Slow input switching
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Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
Samsung has a long history of remaining at the cutting edge of display design, whether it's with ultra-slim, brushed-metal televisions like the C8000-series or 'touch of color' monitors like the EcoFit SyncMaster P2370. In fact the latter is a relevant comparison, as we're now checking out the similarly-sized SyncMaster PX2370. This 23in, LED-backlit monitor sports an even slimmer chassis with more inputs and outputs, better power saving and physical controls, while keeping that all-important Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution.
As is nearly always the case with monitors these days, the PX2370 is very easy to set up physically. Just click the base into the screen's attached stand, tighten a thumb-screw and you're good to go. As you might have guessed, however, adjustability is sadly limited to tilt. While this is pretty much the norm, especially among designer monitors such as this, fully adjustable entrants like the BenQ V2410T and the Samsung SyncMaster BX2240 have shown there are alternatives. Unfortunately build quality is also adequate rather than good, with far too much creak for our liking.
Unlike its adjustability or build, the PX2370's subtly integrated, back-facing connectivity is quite impressive. For video, you get your choice of DVI or HDMI digital inputs. This means no VGA, but Samsung kindly provides a VGA to DVI cable for those who still need it and there's an 'Auto' button that resynchronises an analogue signal for this very scenario.
While the PX2370 thankfully omits speakers, it does feature top-of-the-line audio outputs which will carry audio from the HDMI source. In addition to the usual 3.5mm analogue audio jack that's commonly found on many monitors for this purpose, you'll also find a rare (at least for a monitor without TV aspirations) but very welcome digital optical output, meaning you can pass through perfect-quality 5.1 surround sound to an external speaker system.