CNET First Look
Samsung SyncMaster P2370It skimps on a few features, but the Samsung SyncMaster P2370 is a stylish, low-priced 23-incher with very good performance.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:04 >> Hi, this is Eric Franklin from CNET.com, and today we're looking at the Samsung SyncMaster P2370. This 23-incher is a 16 by 9 aspect ratio monitor that follows Samsungs typical monitor design with enough eye-pleasing tweaks to give it a considerably unique look. The display measures just over an inch in depth, a considerably thin measurement, since most monitors of this size measure well over two inches. The neck of the display is one of the most aesthetically unique we've ever seen. It's transparent glass with bluish crystals at the bottom. The glass reflects the crystals, which creates a blue hue within the neck. The oval shaped foot stand is 11 inches wide by 7.5 inches deep. But even with such a wide foot stand, the display wobbles considerably, even with just a small shove. This is due, in part, to the display's slightness. The display weighs less than 10 pounds. As good as the display looks, it is missing some ergonomic features, as the capability to tilt the screen back 25 degrees is the only one included. Also, to cut back on cost and to keep the monitor as thin as possible, Samsung includes a single DVI as the sole connection option. Neither HDMI, or even VGA connections are included. Pressing your finger against the bottom right-hand corner of the bezel brings up the on-screen display, or OSD array. The white, glowing buttons disappear after a couple moments of inactivity. However, there's an option in the OSD to show them at all times for easier calibration in the dark. Picture options consist of brightness, contrast, and sharpness, and there are seven pre-sets included. In our dark screen test, back light bleed through was noticeable in the top and bottom edges of the screen, suggesting that the display would not be able to display deep blacks when playing a movie. In our Blu-ray movie, we saw accurate color, but those deep blacks we enjoyed on the Dell G2410 were nowhere to be seen. On the P2370, we found that the dynamic contrast preset worked best with movie watching. With it on, blacks looked darker, and the color slightly more full. If you're looking for a low-priced, 23 to 24 incher with very good performance that does not skip on the aesthetics, the P2370 is well worth it. Samsung doesn't require that you take a second mortgage to pay for style as the display can be found for $299.00. Once again, this is Eric Franklin. This has been the First Look at the Samsung SynchMaster P2370. ^M00:02:25 [ Music ]