Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD review:

Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD

The P2370HD achieved a brightness score of 264 candelas per square meter (cd/m2)--higher than the M237WD's 232 cd/m2. Like the XL2370, the P2370HD's whites had a brightness to them that the LG couldn't quite match. The LG, had whites that looked somewhat muted in movies when directly compared with the same image on the Samsung.

We used the P2370's Entertainment preset to check out "Kill Bill Vol. 1" on DVD and a number of 1080p movie files from Microsoft's WMV HD Showcase. In both Kill Bill and the 1080p movies, we found that while the LG had consistently deeper blacks than the Samsung did, but sometimes its picture was too dark and made seeing dark detail difficult. Conversely, the Samsung's image looked more natural and brighter, without being too bright.

As good as movies looked in the Entertainment preset, 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 World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 3 and noticed no signs of input lag or any streaking or ghosting during fast movement. Games on both screens looked bright with colors that popped.

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 that get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The Samsung SyncMaster HD2370 and the LG Flatron M237WD use TN panels, and when they are viewed from the sides or bottom, we perceived the screens to darken about six inches off from center. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

We turned the built-in speakers to their highest volume without hearing any distortion in the sound. At max volume the speakers were noticeably louder than the LG Flatron M237WD's speakers were.

Juice box
Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 47.22
On (max luminance) 47.22
On (min luminance) 23.57
Sleep 0.72
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 39.2
Annual energy cost $14.59
Score Fair

In our power consumption tests, the Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD had a fairly high On/Default power draw of 47.22 watts, compared with the LG Flatron M237WD's 49.12 watts. The Samsung's standby power is a low 0.72 watts. The LG's was higher at 2.39 watts. Based on our formula, the P2370HD would cost $14.59 per year to run, compared with the M237WD's $16.31 per year.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD
Dell G2410
LG Flatron M237WD

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron M237WD
Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD
Dell G2410
Asus VH236H

DisplayMate tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD
LG Flatron M237WD

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Service and support
Samsung backs the SyncMaster P2370HD 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 for the P2370HD were not yet available on Samsung's Web site at the time this review was published.

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