Samsung's SyncMaster XL2370 is possibly the thinnest consumer monitor we've seen. At least as far as the 48mm panel is concerned, although the stand of course adds to this depth. It manages this by not only having an edge-lit LED backlight like Samsung's super-thin TVs, but by splitting the power unit out into a brick — and a hefty brick it is too.
A rare sight: the power unit has been stripped out of the monitor to make things thinner. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
The chassis is mostly constructed from black and translucent plastic, all of it shiny — which means fingerprints ahoy. Thankfully, this trend doesn't continue to the screen itself; it's matte, meaning the XL2370 minimises the twin evils of glare and reflection.
Being a 23-inch, 16:9 screen, the XL2370 joins the ranks of high-resolution monitors, displaying Full-HD ready at 1920x1080.
|Response time||2ms G2G|
|Max vertical refresh||60Hz|
|Connections||DVI, HDMI, 3.5mm line out, Toslink digital audio out|
|Accessories||DVI, VGA to DVI, power cables; power brick|
The XL2370's stand, although attractively translucent with a tinge of blue, does effectively nothing, offering tilt only. Despite the thinness of the neck, the XL2370 is actually quite sturdy and doesn't wobble too much when bumped or adjusted.
Pretty, but next to useless
(Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
There is no cable management to speak of, although ports are mounted parallel to the monitor, which goes some way to alleviating mess.
Toslink optical, 3.5mm line out, HDMI, DVI and power. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
There are no speakers, but Samsung gives you the chance to output sound to another device should your HDMI signal also carry sound.
Samsung has opted for capacitive buttons on the XL2370, with nothing mechanical in sight — and since they're behind a shiny surface, expect fingerprints. Each button is backlit by a white LED.
The capacitive buttons are all backlit, with the power button being the only symbol that's actually marked when not lit. You can set their brightness or turn off everything except the power light from the OSD if you find them distracting. A tap in the general area of the buttons will relight them so you can find your way around. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
The OSD's standout features include sharpness enabled on DVI, as well as the ability to switch the monitor off after a predetermined time, scale down the response time accelerator and turn off the LED lit labels.
Samsung has three sets of image presets. The first is called "MagicBright", offering "Custom", "Text", "Internet", "Game", "Sport", Movie" and "Dynamic Contrast". Brightness and contrast are set to preset amount on the second through fourth, while "Sport" is a cool tone and "Movie" a warm one. "Dynamic Contrast" will lighten or darken your monitor's backlight depending on the scene being shown; however, we find this highly distracting and leave it off.
"MagicColor" is the next preset, and in "Intelligent" supposedly shows more vivid colours, while "Full" compensates for skin tones being pushed too red. As is usual with all presets, we recommend leaving them off, and calibrating it yourself manually.
Scaling options are limited to full screen ("wide") and scaled aspect ratio ("auto"), with no 1:1 in sight.
Samsung's on-screen display is easy enough to find your way around. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
A slight banding was present in the gradient test, as were slight purple and green tinges, a common display issue. The XL2370 also flickered on four of the pixel walk tests — most monitors fail between one and four of these tests.
|Contrast||Sharpness||Gamma||Black level||White saturation||Gradient|
|Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Slight banding, slight purple and green tinges|
|Inversion pixel walk tests|
|Test 1||Test 2a||Test 2b||Test 3||Test 4a||Test 4b||Test 5||Test 6a||Test 6b||Test 7a||Test 7b|
|Pass||Pass||Flicker||Upward rolling motion||Slight flicker||Flicker||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass|
Measured against a Samsung SyncMaster 975p CRT, and using a Canon 40D set to a shutter speed of 1/320, an average over 60 photographs were taken using Virtual Stopwatch Pro. The average result over DVI came in as 6.98ms, a supremely low time. It's worth noting the occasional 30ms difference turned up in the sets, so on the rare occasion you might lose around two frames, but mostly the difference should be imperceptible.