The SyncMaster PX2370 offers a good set of features, brilliant image quality and elegant classy looks.
Samsung recently introduced a new “premium” LED display into the market, a beauty of a thing called the SyncMaster PX2370. The LED-backlight display features Premium Touch of Color (ToC) design and is just 18mm thick. The display sports 1920x1080p resolution at 16:9 aspect ratio (a move from the 16:10 norm), plethora proprietary “magic” features, 5,000,000:1 Mega contrast ratio, 1000:1 static contrast ratio, and 2ms response time.
“With its slim 18mm depth and eco-sensitive design, the PX2370 leads the way with the smallest footprint possible, both on the desktop and the environment,” said Young Bae, director Display Marketing, Samsung Information Technology Division. “Consumers no longer have to choose between a high-performance, feature-laden product and green technology.”
Right. But is it so? For that I, of course, take a closer look….
The SyncMaster PX2370 is Samsung’s follow-up to its previously successful SyncMaster XL2370 LCD display. Although the PX2370 takes a lot of inspiration from its bigger brother in terms of design, it does manage to hold on its own in style and looks. Rather than having a rounded look like the XL2370, the PX2370 takes up a more angular look with sharper corners and more clearly defined edges.
The display features a transparent plastic bezel, and coupled with sleek glass neck and foot stand, the SyncMaster PX2370 is one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs I have seen. It looks beautiful and garnered a few ‘wow’s from around the office as well. A sleek form factor – the ‘finger slim monitor’ design, which it isn’t technically – only adds to the appeal. The display’s power button is at the bottom center of the bezel; it measures upto 1.7-inch and is wide half circle with a white LED light that illuminates when the display is powered on. It behaves like a touch button – there is no ‘tick’ or any recess when pressing the button – which is pretty cool.
Our only gripe with the design is of the placement of the OSD buttons. To maintain the look of the display, Samsung chose to align the buttons vertically along the back right of the monitor, so they are invisible from the front. This makes navigating through the OSD, at least initially, a pain in the thumb as you will be navigating only from memory and are not sure which button does what. It felt like Braille for monitors. It would have been a better choice if Samsung had gone for the more traditional stick-it-under-the-bezel design. The OSD being a little hard to navigate doesn’t help either.
What’s also slightly bit disappointing is the lack of ergonomic features. The screen is only capable of bending 15 degrees back with no rotation or pivot option for portrait mode.
Samsung has given the PX2370 several “magic” features that weren’t included in the XL2370. First up is Magic Lux. No, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the soap. Rather it is an ambient light sensor. You can choose from three light sensitivity levels: Low, Middle, and High. Based on the amount of ambient light in the room, the PX2370 will automatically adjust the brightness to an “optimal” level. To test it out, we curtained the office room, and to my utter surprise (I really didn’t think it would work) the monitor gradually shifted the brightness to a very comfortable level. I lifted the curtains back up and the monitor matched the sunlight and brightened up. This is a great solution for people shifting through various lightning conditions without the need to reach out for the brightness controls.
Next is Magic Angle, a feature that optimizes the brightness and contrast according to how you have positioned yourself. You can choose from five presets: Leaning Back Mode 1, Leaning Back Mode 2, Standing mode, Side mode and Custom. We found the Standing and Side mode to work the best (and they did a rather fine job of it, very impressive), however for the lean modes, no matter how much I leaned back – exposing myself to look like a complete idiot- the viewing angle was never ‘proper’. So, yes, if you like to stand and work (weirdo!) then the Magic Angle is for you.
Magic Eco presents you with three presets to save energy: 100%, 75% and 50%. It’s my favorite feature of the display only because it makes me feel good on the inside.
Magic Return is a multi-monitor setup feature. It shifts all windows and your Windows toolbar from the secondary monitor to the primary monitor when power to the secondary monitor is lost or turned off.
Tucked away under the menu is also an option to change the response time to Normal, Faster, and Fastest. I am not sure if I saw any difference in the response time but I know gamers will want to put it at ‘Fastest’ just because it says it is. Oh don’t scoff at me, I know you will!
Like every mid to high range displays in the market, the SyncMaster PX2370 also presents users with pre-defined ‘content type’ presets as part of “Magic Bright”: Standard, Game, Cinema, and Dynamic Contrast. Needless to say, they are rather poorly implemented with oversaturated colors and crazily ramped up sharpness (I am looking at you Cinema mode). The mega bazillion dynamic contrast performs poorly as well with annoyingly noticeable shifts in the brightness and contrast levels, and dimming or brightening up the screen a bit too much. Let it be turned off.
In our FlatPanelsDK test, the SyncMaster performed admirably well. It showed off excellent color reproduction, smooth gradients, and was able to differentiate between color grades with ease.
In real-life test, we tried the display with EA’s Dead space and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. The monitor performed exceptionally well rendering good colors, and in the case of Dead Space, good deep blacks. We saw no signs of input lag, streaking, or ghosting during fast movements or deliberate slow movements against grey backgrounds. We also watched some HD quality video game trailers (a lot of them, actually) and colors were accurate and vibrant and the screen looked delightfully gorgeous.
The Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 offers an array of features – some useful, some not very much- and tops it off with superb image quality, drop dead gorgeous looks and a reasonable price for a top of the range 24-inch display. If you are out scrounging for a 24-inch display in the market, we recommend you take a good hard look at this one.