The Good The Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD has many connectivity options, built-in speakers and great overall performance.
The Bad Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD includes only one HDMI port and S-Video. Also, its menu system is inefficient compared to others.
The Bottom Line Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD is a great choice for those looking for a 23-inch HDTV combo monitor.
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The 23-inch Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD is essentially a small HDTV that can double as a monitor. It has all the TV connections you were expecting and even comes with a fully functional remote control. It can be found in major online stores for about $ 315. That’s about $ 25 more than the LG Flatron M237WD, which has many of the same connections as the P2370HD, including an optional HDMI port. Although both monitors are a great buy, we think your choices will depend on what matters most to you. If the features are paramount, find LG for an optional HDMI port and S-Video connection; however, Samsung has better overall movie and HDTV performance.
Design and features
While the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 looks like a slimmer, sleeker version of Samsung’s P2370, the P2370HD looks more like its sibling. The panel is 2.75 inches deep and just over 22.5 inches wide, compared to the slightly thicker 3.2 inches deep and 22 inches wide at LG. The frame measures 1.2 inches on the sides and 1.75 inches on the bottom with the Samsung light gray logo. On the edge of the frame is a plastic transparent lining. According to Samsung, this pad changes color depending on the color of the light in the room, but this is not quite accurate. Because different colored light passes through the pad, it only gives the impression that the display changes color.
The screen has a bit of a frosted matte finish, and the neck of the display shares its design with the P2370 and XL2370 and is still one of the most aesthetically unique designs we have ever seen. The neck is made of transparent glass; however, the bluish crystals found on the P2370 and XL2370 are nowhere to be seen. The absence of blue crystals diminishes the aesthetic uniqueness of this display.
An oval stand measuring 11 inches wide by 7.5 inches wide, but even with such a wide display stand, the display varies greatly and slides, but never feels too unstable. However, LG feels a little more stable, thanks to a more balanced weight.
The bottom of the panel is almost 2.6 inches from the desktop, but unfortunately, the height of the screen is not adjustable, and for portrait mode there is neither screen rotation nor rotation options. The ability to tilt the screen back 25 degrees is the only ergonomic feature.
Connection options include one HDMI port (one less than LG’s), VGA, DVI, component, composite, and coaxial antenna or cable. In addition, there is a port for normal audio and digital audio output. All connections are located on the back panel at the bottom right of the panel and are rotated back like most TVs. This placement style makes access to each connection easy, but it is a headphone jack. Above the connection options, there are four screw holes for attaching the display to the VESA-style wall, though you will need to install your own mount.
Swiping to the bottom right corner of the panel displays a hidden array of on-screen buttons. The red, glowing buttons disappear after a moment of inactivity. The array consists of the Menu button, the Up and Down buttons, the Enter buttons and the Plus and Minus buttons; however, it is best to navigate the screen with the included remote control.
We found that navigating the Samsung menu is less efficient than LG’s. While changing the sound on the SRS, TruSurround took four steps on Samsung, while doing the same on LG, took only three steps.
The settings are very similar to a typical HDTV. The Image setting includes controls for brightness, contrast, and sharpness. And there is color temperature control.
Sound options for built-in speakers include TruSurround – which simulates 5.1 and more surround sound – and a number of presets for movies, music, and more.
Our lab cable box is dated and does not include an HDMI port; however, we connected each monitor with a component and watched a little programming of the HD cable and found that Samsung had consistently higher image quality. Again, we didn’t have the opportunity to test this with HDMI.
16: 9 aspect ratio Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 supports native Full HD resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels. This continues to see an increasing number of monitor vendors moving to 16: 9 aspect ratio from 16:10 as high definition content, including 1080p movies, can fit on a 1 920×180 pixel screen in full screen without stretching the image.
Resolution: 1,920×1,080 pixels
Pixel Response Rate: 5ms
Contrast: 1000: 1
Connectivity: HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, component, composite
HDCP compatible? So
Video cables included? DVI, HDMI
Brightness: 300 cd / m2
Panel Type: TN
We tested the Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD with its DVI connection. The display shows a composite score of 93 on CNET lab performance tests, which came out just better than the LG Flatron M237WD. While LG proved to be a mistake in our color ramp tests – which test the LCD’s ability to smoothly display gradations of the same color – the P2370HD showed the same gradations smoothly and without any problems. LG has demonstrated its ability to distinguish black from dark gray; something with the P2370HD had a problem. In our dark screen test, blurring or backlighting was noticeable at the top, especially at the lower middle edge of the screen; However, the clouding of LG was not as widespread.
The P2370HD reached a brightness of 264 cand. Per square meter (cd / m2) – higher than the 232 cd / m2 M237WD. Like the XL2370, the white P2370HD had a brightness to them that LG couldn’t quite match. LG had whites that looked a bit muted in the movies when compared directly to the same image on Samsung.
We used P2370 Entertainment’s preinstalled software to check “Kill Bill Vol. 1” on DVD and several 1080p movie files from Microsoft’s WMV HD Showcase. In both Kill Bill and 1080p movies, we found that while LG had darker darker colors than Samsung, but sometimes its image was too dark and made it difficult to see the dark details. Conversely, Samsung’s image looked more natural and brighter, not too bright.
As good as the movies looked in the entertainment preset, we found that the pre-set Dynamic Contrast mode works best for movie viewing. When dynamic contrast is enabled, we only notice the screen dimming in scenes where the screen is 90 percent black or more, such as in end credits and when fading to black. In the DC preset, the blacks looked darker and the colors a little fuller.
We looked at World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 3 and did not see any sign of lagging inputs or any shootings or ghosts during high-speed traffic. Games on both screens looked bright with the colors popping up.
The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. From this angle, you view the colors and gamut by destination. 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. The Samsung SyncMaster HD2370 and LG Flatron M237WD use TN panels, and when viewed from the side or bottom, we perceive the screens darkening about six inches from the center. Of course, when viewed from the optimum angle, we had no problems.
We turned on the built-in speakers at their highest volume without hearing any sound distortion. At maximum volume, the speakers were noticeably louder than the LG Flatron M237WD speakers.
|Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD||Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||47.22|
|On (max luminance)||47.22|
|On (min luminance)||23.57|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||39.2|
|Annual energy cost||$14.59|
In our tests for power consumption, the Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD had a fairly high power on / default power of 47.22W, compared to the 49.12W LG Flatron M237WD. Samsung Standby Power – Low 0.72W. LG was above 2.39 watts. Based on our formula, the P2370HD will cost $ 14.59 a year, compared to the M237WD $ 16.31 a year.
Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
452 Asus VH236H
283 Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD
264 Dell G2410
234 LG Flatron M237WD
232 Samsung SyncMaster T240HD
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron M237WD
958:1 Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD
953:1 Dell G2410
948:1 Asus VH236H
905:1 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
891:1 Samsung SyncMaster T240HD
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
97 Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD
93 Asus VH236H
92 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
90 LG Flatron M237WD
90 Samsung SyncMaster T240HD
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Service and support
Samsung supports the SyncMaster P2370HD with a three-year backlighting warranty. It also offers 24-7 toll free support as well as 24- to 48-hour email support and web chat support. Documentation and support software for the P2370HD was not yet available on the Samsung website at the time of this review.