The Good The Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 is low-priced, beautifully designed, and offers great overall performance. Also, it's one of the lightest and thinnest monitors we've tested of any size.
The Bad The Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 lacks ergonomic features and its base is quite wobbly.
The Bottom Line The Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 looks great, performs well, and hits the right price point.
Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
The 23-inch Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 is thin, sleek, and light. It's as if Samsung's own P2370 had a thinner, prettier sister. In addition, the XL also has an LED backlight that lets it perform better in movies and games. The monitor won't be available in the U.S. until October 12, 2009, but Samsung expects the XL2370 to have an estimated street price of $299. That's about $35 more than what the P2370 is currently going for, but it is about the same price as the 24-inch LED-backlit Dell G2410. However, our pick for best overall 23-inch monitor is still the $319 23-inch Dell SP2309W, with its high 2,048x1,152-pixel resolution, ergonomic options, Webcam, and USB ports. While the XL attempts to compensate with better looks, a thinner design, ease of portability, and great performance, the SP2309W's features win out in the end.
Design and features
As we mentioned before, the 23-inch Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 looks like a thinner, sleeker version of Samsung's P2370. The display measures just larger than half an inch in depth--a considerably thin measurement since most monitors of this size, such as the SP2309W, measure thicker than 2 inches. The XL's depth is about half the depth of the P2370, which we already considered very thin. The bezel measures 1.1 inches on the sides and 1.75 inches on the bottom where a light-gray Samsung logo resides. On the edge of the bezel is a plastic transparent overlay. According to Samsung, this overlay changes color based on the color of the light in the room, yet, this isn't entirely accurate. As different colored light passes through the overlay, it only gives the impression that the display is changing color.
The full width of the display is 22.4 inches, about the same as the P2370. The screen has a matte finish and the neck of the display shares its design with the P2370 and is still one of the most aesthetically unique designs we've ever seen. The neck is made of transparent glass with bluish crystals at the bottom. The glass reflects the crystals, which creates a blue hue within the neck. The effect is subtle, but it makes the XL2370 and the P2370 stand out visually among other monitors.
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