A thing of beauty: Samsung's new 23-inch display

Today we finally received our P2370 review unit and aesthetically it's even more beautiful than I remember. The monitor is a 23-inch, 16:9 display with a native resolution of 1920x1080. That's slightly disappointing considering the Dell SP2309W--also a 16

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The last time I saw the Samsung SyncMaster P2370 in the flesh was earlier this year at CES, right next to its brother, the P2370L . Our time apart has been far too long.

Today we finally received our P2370 review unit and aesthetically it's even more beautiful than I remember. The monitor is a 23-inch, 16:9 display with a 1,920x1,080-pixel native resolution. That's slightly disappointing considering the Dell SP2309W --also a 16:9, 23-incher--has a 2,048x1,152-pixel native resolution.

This thing is the very definition of slick and looks like it belongs in some snooty art gallery (that's a compliment). It has a transparent, glass neck that gives off this cool purplish glow. Unfortunately, DVI is the only connection option included, but the package comes with a DVI to VGA cable as well as a single-link DVI cable.

The DVI connection faces directly back and is encased in this small nook, making it a little difficult to plug in the DVI cable in at first. The only ergonomic option is a 25 degree tilt back; no height adjustment or rotation to be found.

The full panel measures at about 1-inch thick. This is quite thin compared with the Dell SP2309W that has a 2.5-inch thick panel. Unfortunately, the backlight is CCFL-based and we'll have to wait until June/July, according to Samsung, for the LED version, the aforementioned P2370L. Would you believe it has an even thinner panel? Well, it does. But, I guess this will have to tide me over until then.

According to Samsung, the P2370 has a 2ms response time and consumes 50 percent less power. Less power than what? Samsung doesn't say, but maybe, juuuust maybe, i'll have some confirmation on that in a couple weeks.

The Samsung SyncMaster p2370 is available now for $299. Look for a full review soon, but for now, check out the crude pictures below.

 

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