>>Hi everyone, welcome back to CNET.com, I'm Eric Franklin and today we're taking a first look at the Samsung SyncMaster 2333HD and I'm guessing the HD stands for high-definition but seeing as how most monitors are high-def these days, it's not really a big deal anymore. I don't know. Maybe it's short for HDTV or maybe it doesn't even really matter. Anyway, the HD as I'll refer to it is a 23 inch monitor that is much more like a small HDTV. It's the void of useful ergonomic options like screen rotation and height adjustment offering only 15 degrees backwards tilt. When knocked from the sides, the HD wobbles noticeably but we never felt like it was in danger of toppling given the foot stand's wide stand. On the back are four holes for some VESA-style wall mounting.
The HD's connection options include two HDMI ports, a VGA port, a DVI port, a component port and a coaxial connection for an antenna or cable. Also, there's a port for normal audio and a digital audio out. Most of the ports are on the back of the display and conveniently face backwards. However, on the left side of the monitor is a small door that encloses the second HDMI port and the headphone jack. The onscreen display array is located on the right side of the panel, however, attempting to use the array to navigate the OSD is a particularly frustrating experience. The buttons don't face forward and there isn't an onscreen menu that lines up next to the buttons to act as a guide making navigating an inefficient process. The OSD is best navigated with the included remote control. The options function very much like a typical HDTV. The picture options include controls for brightness, contrast, sharpness and color temperature.
Audio options included presets for music, movie and speech as well as an audio equalizer. We tested the HD with its DVI connection. While it had good movie playback, compared to the Samsung PX2370's deep and full colors, the HD's colors were noticeably duller. In games we saw performance on par with the PX2370 in color quality however. Also the HD had a predisposition for pushing a green tint on test screens and there was a fair amount of backlight bleed through on dark screens. In power consumption, the HD would cost about $17 per year to run compared with the PX2370's $7.65 per year and the P2370HD's $14.50 per year.
Even with its flaws, the HD has a low enough price and enough features to be worth a recommendation. Once again, this is Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the Samsung SyncMaster 2333HD.
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