Samsung PX2370 £260
23rd Nov 2010 | 08:48
Can Samsung make budget screen tech perform as well as the more expensive options?
Samsung PX2370 review: Overview
In recent years, desktop monitors with cheap TN panels have been the bane of our computing lives. But what about desktop monitors with expensive TN panels? Enter the new Samsung PX2370. It's a paradox in a flat panel.
Without doubt, TN screen technology has improved dramatically in the last 18 months. But can this 23-inch TN panel really justify its hefty price tag in the context of BenQ's new EW2420, a monitor that's not only an inch larger, but also packs a gorgeous VA panel?
If any company can pull it off, it's Samsung. For starters, it's one of the few companies that cranks out its own LCD panels. Most monitor makers buy their panels in, but Samsung is, quite simply, the master of TN technology.
The PX2370 also packs an LED backlight, which will help its cause. What's more, Samsung does a nice line in industrial design. Whatever the image quality is like, this monitor certainly looks sleek.
Watts: maximum / approx 170cd/m2 – lower is better
Samsung PX2370: 28W / 19W
BenQ EW2420: 32W / 18W
LG E2350: 28W / 19W
Samsung PX2370 review: Verdict
If first impressions count, the Samsung PX2370 is a winner. Out of the box it's remarkably vibrant and serves up rich, saturated colours. At a glance, it's far from obvious this is a TN-powered monitor. Instead, you notice the clean, bright whites and the tight pixel pitch that results from packing 1,920 x 1,080 pixels into a relatively compact 23-inch diagonal.
In fact, you could be forgiven for initially thinking the PX2370 is packing an IPS panel. But not, sadly, after closer inspection. The game is up as soon as the Lagom test images are loaded. Nearly every metric betrays the panel's origins. The viewing angles, for instance, would be judged extremely poor by IPS standards. As would the amount of compression visible in the white saturation screen.
Adding insult to image quality injury, the Samsung PX2370 also suffers from a little edge bleed and unimpressive overall black levels. These are the sort of flaws that make a monitor look a little low rent. They're absolutely normal on a TN monitor, but you simply wouldn't stand for them on an IPS or VA screen.
Of course, the Samsung PX2370 actually performs well for a TN panel. But with a price pushing £250 and at least one competing monitor offering clearly superior panel technology, it's simply not good enough. That's a shame, because in many ways, this is an excellent screen and one of the best TN panels we've ever seen. If it were £100 cheaper, it would be a winner.
When it comes to producing computer kit with a quality consumer electronics vibe, Samsung is the daddy. The PX2370's uber-slim chassis and translucent purple plastics certainly look the part. The image quality is also remarkable for a TN panel. The rich and vibrant colours are a particular highlight.
At this price point, we were expecting something seriously special. Unfortunately, the Samsung PX2370 is merely very good, with the perennial caveat of being good for a TN panel. It might have the latest Samsung LCD technology and an LED backlight, but it's still beaten by the much cheaper BenQ EW2420.