CNET First Look
Samsung SyncMaster XL2370The Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 looks great, performs well, and hits at just the right price point.
[ MUSIC ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hey, guys, this is Eric Franklin from CNET.com, and today we're taking a first look at the Samsung Syncmaster XL3270. This is a 23-inch LED backlit monitor that kind of looks like a thinner, prettier, younger sister of the Samsung P2370. It's actually so thin and sexy that a few CNETers have started to totally shoot it the stink eye. >> Wow, I am sooooo hot. How did I get this really, really, really ridiculously good looking? [pause] Uh, uh, oh my God. What, what the? She is sooooo skinny. Uh, what a [beep]. >> Girls, girls, girls! You're all pretty. Okay, to their credit, the display really is thin, measuring just under an inch in depth. So you know, they have a right to be jealous. [shuffling] Get this out of here. [sigh] The edges of the bezel are transparent as are the edges of the footstand. Now this isn't the most stable footstand in the world, but that may have more to do with the display's low, sub-eight-pound weight. That's even lighter than some 20-inchers. The screen height isn't adjustable, and there isn't a screen rotation or pivot option for portrait mode. The capability to tilt the screen back 25 degrees is the only ergonomic feature included. Connection options include DVI, HDMI, and both analog and digital out connections. And the connections face backwards, making them easy to access. The onscreen display, or OSD, includes seven presets which can be easily accessed through a shortcut at the touch of a button. You can choose to have the OSD array to always be on -- watching you, judging you -- or you can set it to disappear after a few seconds. We used the display's movie preset to check out a few hi-def videos, and found that the XL to be bright in places it needs to be and appropriately dark when it was called for. The colors also look very natural. Games continue this high-contrast trend with bright and vibrant imagery. In power consumption, the XL2370 will cost you about 10 dollars per year to run, compared with the P2370's 9 dollars per year and the Dell G2410's low 7 dollars per year. Samsung expects the XL2370 to have an estimated street price of 300 dollars when it's released in October. That's about 35 dollars more than what the P2370 is currently going for, and about the same price as the 24-inch LED backlit G2410. Our pick for the best overall 23-incher, however, is still the 319-dollar Dell SP2309W. While the XL doesn't have as many features as the SP2309W, it attempts to compensate with better looks, a fitter design, ease of portability and great performance. For more information, check out my full review at CNET.com. Once again this is Eric Franklin, and this has been a first look at the Samsung Syncmaster XL2370. ^M00:03:16 [ MUSIC ] ^M00:03:21 So you know, they have a right to be jealous. [beep] We both -- [laughter] >> [inaudible] >> Dude, you're such a girl, jeez. Throw with both hands, okay? >> Okay, okay. ^M00:03:32