The Good The Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD has an impressive number of connectivity options, built-in speakers and remote control, with (once calibrated) good movie and gaming performance.
The Bad The Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD requires extensive color calibration to bring the image quality to an acceptable level, and its color performance in DisplayMate gives some terrifying results; the lack of a DVI connection means that you need to buy an adapter or a new cord to work with a modern PC.
The Bottom Line The Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD does some calibration before it goes well, but has low prices and offers many features.
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Editors’ note: Although they performed differently, the Samsung SyncMasters B2330HD and FX2490HD have some common design traits, so don’t be surprised if you get a sense of deja vu when reading the reviews back to back.
The Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD is a 23-inch 23-inch monitor that has more connectivity than most monitors in excess of $ 300. If connection options are important to you, one fact is only a big deal. The monitor also includes a remote control and built-in speakers. Unfortunately, there is no DVI port, so you will need to plug in an extra cord if you need a digital connection. In addition, the default performance includes our old friend, a terrible green shade. We managed to marginalize its adverse effects on movies, games and photos, but it took a lot of patience and calibration. If you’re looking for an HDTV / monitor combination, we recommend the more expensive FX2490HD, thanks to its better performance; However, if the price is a concern, the B2330HD is a great second choice.
Design and features
The 23-inch Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD has a semi-flat black chassis with smooth, rounded corners. 0.8 inch space on the right and left sides. The initial depth of the panel is 1.1 inches, but it extends backwards to include the connection parameters, adding another 1.5 inches, to a total depth of 2.6 inches. It’s much thicker than the 1.4-inch depth of the Samsung FX2490HD. The bottom panel to the desktop is 3.3 inches and the panel tilts back 10 degrees, but other ergonomic options are not included. Full monitor width – 22 inches; about the same width as the Samsung PX2370.
Oval foot stand 10.2 inches wide and 8.3 inches deep. When knocking on either side, the display oscillates quite a bit, but we felt that it could threaten to roll over when knocking from the back. On the back of the display is a wide, deep groove at the top that performs ventilation functions but also acts as a convenient place to carry. The connection options are located in the lower right corner of the back and face outwards, making it easy to access. Connections include two HDMI ports, component and composite ports, coaxial antenna, optical audio port, headphone jack, USB port and Ex-link port. In the middle of the back, there are four holes for attaching a VESA-style monitor to a wall or stand.
The monitor display array is located at the bottom of the panel and consists of several touch areas / buttons, including menu button, source button, up and down buttons, plus and minus buttons. Trying to use an array to navigate the screen is frustrating: as with the FX2490HD, the buttons are not as sensitive as we wanted, but unlike the FX2490HD, the touch areas are located on the front of the bezel, not below it. The lack of an on-screen menu lined up with the buttons that direct you makes it difficult to navigate. The easiest way for us was to navigate the screen with the remote control. The settings are very similar to the typical Samsung HDTV; however, when connected to a PC, image settings include brightness, contrast, and sharpness controls, and the presets include custom, dynamic contrast, text, Internet, and entertainment. In addition, there is a color temperature setting that allows you to select Cool, Normal, Warm and custom. The special color temperature allows you to adjust the red, blue and green values separately. Its audio settings include presets for music, film, standard, amplification and voice purification. In addition, there is an audio equalizer that allows you to fine tune the sound.
|Connectivity:||HDMIx2, VGA, component, composite, coaxial antenna in|
|Ergonomic options:||10-degree back tilt|
|Audio:||Built-in speakers, headphone jack, optical audio|
|Included video cables?||VGA|
|Number of presets:||5|
|Picture options:||Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness|
|Color controls:||Color temperature, RGB controls|
|Additional features:||Included remote control, Ex-link jack|
DisplayMate performance:We tested the 23-inch Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD through its HDMI input, connected to a Windows Vista PC using an HDMI cable that came from our own huge array that we’ve been collecting for years. The display shows a composite score of 88 on CNET lab performance tests, a few points lower than the Samsung PX2370 96. Its black level was noticeable to the optimum level 2, and the dark screen test showed a very noticeable breakthrough. backlit all over the screen. Also, in our Motion Bitmaps test, we saw a slightly larger appearance on the B2330HD than the PX2370 showed; however, this did not translate into our actual games and movie tests.
Color tests were where the B2330HD had the most problems. In our color scale test, we saw an extraordinary amount of color compression at the bright end of the scale, indicating that the monitor may have differentiation problems, like colors when near a white peak. In our two color ramp tests, both the 64- and 256-test tests, we have seen many jumps and non-linear progression from low to high intensity, indicating that the monitor may be prone to the color band. While tracking the colors, we noticed an obvious green tint that went into movie viewing; we were able to ease this by adjusting the Red and Green attributes, which are described in detail in Recommended Settings and Uses.
Text:We didn’t see any color issues with the black text on the white background in the text. The fonts were visible up to 6.8 points.
Movies:We tested the Samsung B2330HD in its pre-installed Movie mode using the Blu-ray version of Avatar. The Samsung displayed dark details as well as the PX2370, lacking any Na’vi braids during the bonfire. Like the FX2490HD, the most prominent was the distinctive green push visible on the characters’ faces, making them look dull compared to the healthy PX2370 faces; we were able to make some color adjustments and settings that greatly improved things. Review the recommended settings and use the section below for more information.
Games:Through our deep familiarity with World of Warcraft (WoW), it remains the best tool for judging color quality and brightness in games. We looked at WoW with Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD pre-installed entertainment program and found that it gives bright images and does not hint at the problem of green after calibration.
Photos:Custom made for the Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD, the screen showed photos that lacked a red face and looked noticeably green. After calibration, everything improved significantly, but we still couldn’t get the red color to look just like the PX2370, and instead it looked a bit orange.
Sound:The built-in speakers are capable of producing medium volume audio, but it did not have the same impact as the sound output from the FX2490HD. However, the music was still clear and the dialogue was clear and easy to understand until the volume was too high. When we turned the sound back to maximum volume, we noticed a lot of tiny distortions in movies and music.
Viewing angle:The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the way down from the top of the screen. At this angle, you look at colors and colors as intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not considered in any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen when viewed from sub-optimal angles, making the color image inaccurate. The Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD uses a TN panel, and when viewed from the side or bottom, we perceive the screen to be approximately 6 inches from the center, which is typical of TN.
To help with this, Samsung includes the Magic Angle feature of the B2330HD. Magic Angle mode prevents the screen from dimming at a specific angle. Magic Angle has four settings: Tilt Back 1, Tilt Back 2, Stand and Side. Switching to each mode will improve the screen brightness when viewing the monitor from this angle. For example, after switching to Lean Back 2 mode and sitting back on a chair to play the game, the screen doesn’t darken nearly as much, and as a result, the game details can still be seen, causing you irreparable damage to your spine, all in the name of “fun”.
Recommended settings and usage:Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD does not include DVI input, and only VGA input optimized for PC use by default. To make the most of your digital connection to your PC, go to the Source menu, select Tools> Edit Name> select the HDMI connection you want to use, and then select PC. The fonts and edges will then look PC properly.
For the general public, we preferred the default default settings. When watching movies, the best settings for the Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD were the default settings with Entertain, Red up to 65, Green up to 35 and Blue up to 66, and Contrast set to 70. For games, we still preferred the entertainment pre-set, with red at 53, green at 37 and blue at 54, contrast at 98. For photos, we preferred the movie settings with the contrast set to 95.
Even after calibration, we still couldn’t make the movies look as good as the FX2390HD. The B2330HD still had a hint of green.
As with most TN-based monitors, the Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD should not be used if accurate color reproduction is required; however, the monitor is great for movie watching, casual photo viewing and sharing, although it’s not the best for gaming. If you have strict color requirements, we recommend that you limit your search to IPS or PVA based panels only. The more expensive Dell UltraSharp U2711 is a great place to start.
Energy consumption:The Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD achieved poor power consumption, the default power / power on 53.6 watts, compared to the 25.01 watts of Samsung PX2370 in the same test. Conversely, in our sleep / standby test, the power delta was switched off, with the B2330HD having less power than the PX2370 by 0.18 watts and 0.27 watts respectively. With center point on both monitors calibrated to 200 cand. Per square meter (cd / m2), the B2330HD was 46.5 watts, while the PX2370 scored well below 19.9 watts. Based on our formula, the Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD will cost $ 16.13 a year, compared to the Samsung PX2370 $ 7.65 a year.
|Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD||Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||53.66|
|On (max luminance)||53.66|
|On (min luminance)||27.1|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||46.5|
|Annual power consumption cost||$16.13|
Brightness in cd / m2
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
344 Samsung PX2370
246 Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD
239 Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD
236 HP 2310e
234 Samsung SyncMaster BX2350
212 LG Flatron E2350V
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron E2350V
1,195:1 HP 2310e
1,110:1 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
1,008:1 Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD
983:1 Samsung PX2370
948:1 Samsung SyncMaster BX2350
885:1 Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
97 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
96 Samsung SyncMaster BX2350
96 LG Flatron E2350V
94 HP 2310e
93 Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD
89 Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD
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Service and support
Samsung supports the SyncMaster B2330HD with a three-year spare parts and labor warranty that covers the backlight. It also offers 24-7 toll free support as well as 24-48 hour email and web chat execution time. Display documentation and software are available on the Samsung website.