Samsung’s latest 23in monitor perches atop a slender see-through neck, and exudes a level of class that budget monitors can only dream of. Even Samsung’s Touch of Color finish seems more refined than usual; charcoal grey meshes classily with accents of clear plastic and gloss black. The PX2370 is just 17mm thick, with the only drawback being the external power supply.
Connectivity hasn’t suffered, though. It comes with DVI and HDMI, and both analogue and digital audio outputs to pass audio from the HDMI cable.
Tweaking settings proves frustrating, though. The PX2370 forgoes front-facing controls in favour of clicky buttons behind the right-hand bezel. The menu design is fine, but it’s a fiddly process.
Persevere long enough and you’ll find a range of eco-friendly power options. MagicEco simply adjusts the brightness of the LED backlight, but can reduce power draw from 27W to 15W. The MagicLux feature is far more versatile, using light sensors to adjust image brightness.
In our bright Labs, it dropped power draw down to as little as 20W.
The 1080p resolution is par for the course, but the LED backlight doles out eye-popping levels of brightness and, despite the TN panel, colours are rich, vibrant and reasonably accurate. We did have to lower the excessively high default contrast setting to stop detail becoming bleached out.
It isn’t all good news, though. Darker scenes tended to look washed out, and our technical tests bore out our observations. Blacks were reproduced as dark grey, and DisplayMate’s black and white and colour ramps showed a lack of smoothness in colour blending.
Image quality isn’t perfect then, when the price is $50 more than the BenQ 24in, below. Spend a little more and you could get a quality IPS LCD. Alternatively, better image quality can be had on LCDs below $400. There’s no doubt that the Samsung is one cool, classy customer, but at this price, we’d simply expect better.