Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
The Samsung XL2370 is quite simply a gorgeous monitor; it is exceedingly thin, minimalist in design and stunningly sleek, and would be suitable in a home or office environment, but the piano finish will show marks and fingerprints easily. The ergonomics are good, and while tilt adjustment helps, a height-adjustable stand should be included for a monitor of this caliber and price range. It’s quite puzzling why Samsung didn’t include this as a standard feature. While this isn’t any sort of critical fail, it is a bit disapointing.
The connectivity options are a bit limited, as there is no DisplayPort opportunities here, though HDMI is included and is HDCP compatible. The XL2370 lacks the robust options of Samsung’s HD series, and this monitor is a bit of an oddity in that it has 1920 x 1080 resolution at 16:9 aspect ratio rather than the traditional 1200 high at 16:10 that offers more visual real estate and is desired by gamers. In this sense, it disappoints mildly, since it lacks proper hi-def connectivity options for 16:9 HD movie viewing, but on the other hand it doesn’t have the 1200 high resolution for gaming that the reduced connectivity here offers. Clearly, the XL2370 is in a bit of an awkward spot in that perspective.
However, in terms of visual quality, the XL2370 has excellent color rendition for a TN panel, surprisingly crisp and vibrant. The whites are brilliantly clear, no hints of gray, and the brown/earth tones which are notoriously difficult to render correctly look very good. Poor rendition of flesh tones are also easy to spot, and the Samsung did a fantastic job of keeping these tones somewhat muted and not overly-saturated, as is the case with some monitors. In an effort to pump-up vibrance, some manufacturers sacrifice this color rendition, and flesh tones tend to look far too red and/or bright on many LCD panels. Thankfully, the XL2370 does not suffer this problem, and is very successful in this regard and pleasing to the eye. There is only a hint of overbrightness and contrast with the default settings, so we suggest minor adjustments to these, along with the gamma, which will improve the clarity and rendition a bit.
Quite simply, the Samsung XL2370 is an excellent 24-inch LCD monitor for mainstream user, offering gorgeous aesthetics and very good color rendition, fast response times, and is versatile enough to suit the home or office. It outperforms several other popular TN panels by other major manufacturers, and can be purchased for approximately $300 USD, putting it in the mid-upper price range for this market segment.
While TN panels are not recommended for professional-quality graphics work, the XL2370 will handle the job for just about anything else you want. Office users will love the crisp display for text, families will love the look of their photographs and home movies, and gamers will love the fast response times and vibrant colors. While it lacks the robust multimedia connectivity options and is limiting in a few areas, if you’re looking to move up from a smaller 19" monitor and want to jump up to a large 24" panel that has 1920 x 1080 resolution, the Samsung XL2370 is an excellent all-around LCD monitor.
Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
Our thanks go to Samsung for providing the XL2370 for this review.