Samsung P70 monitor review: Samsung P70 monitor

We tested the Samsung SyncMaster P2370 with its DVI connection. The display posted a composite score of 93 on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests, besting both the 23-inch Dell SP2309W's 90 and the 24-inch BenQ E2400HD's 85. The P2370 got nearly perfect scores in our color tests, revealing only a slight flaw in its color tracking capability. The Color Tracking test shows how accurately a monitor can replicate the gray scale. The P2370's representation of the gray scale had a slight reddish hue that kept it from being perfect. In our Dark Screen test, backlight bleed through was noticeable on the top and bottom edges of the screen, suggesting that the display would not be able to display deep blacks when playing a movie (see below). The P2370 achieved a brightness score of 239 candelas per square meter (cd/m2)--only slightly lower than Samsung's claimed 250 cd/m2 max. Its tested contrast ratio was slightly above the 1,000:1 claimed by Samsung and came in at a fairly close 1,064:1.

We used the P2370's Movie preset to check out "War of the Worlds" ("WotW") on DVD and "House of Flying Daggers" ("HoFD") on Blu-ray. In "WotW" we found the color quality was worse than expected with slightly washed out faces and a slight yellowish tint. Deep blacks--a critical attribute for good movie playback--eluded the P2370. In "HoFD" we saw more accurate color, but those deep blacks we enjoyed on the Dell G2410 were still nowhere to be seen. Also, picture sharpness was not quite as fine as on the G2410 as subtitles looked slightly blurred. We found that the Dynamic Contrast preset worked best for movie watching. With Dynamic Contrast on, we only noticed the screen darkening on scenes where the screen is 90 percent black or more, such as the end credits and during fades to black. In the DC preset blacks looked darker and the colors, slightly more full.

We looked at the game Crysis on the P2370 in its Game preset and saw a clean picture with no signs of ghosting during fast movement.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The Samsung SyncMaster P2370 uses a TN panel, and when it is viewed from the sides or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about six inches off from center. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

Juice box
Samsung SyncMaster P2370 Average watts per hour
On (Default Luminance) 29.44
On (Max Luminance) 29.44
On (Min Luminance) 14.3
Sleep 0.85
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 27.52
Score Fair
Annual energy cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $9.37

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Find out more about how we test LCD monitors

Service and support
Samsung backs the SyncMaster P2370 with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty that covers the backlight. It also offers support through a 24-7 toll-free number, as well as 24- to 48-hour turnaround e-mail and Web chat support. Documentation and support software are easily accessible for the P2370 on Samsung's Web site.

Editors' Top PicksSee All


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Where to Buy See all prices

Samsung P2070

Part Number: P2070 Released: Apr 20, 2009
MSRP: $315.00 Low Price: $183.98 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr 20, 2009
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 20 in
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1