The Samsung PX2370 has a very thin panel with a sleek, professional design. It looks great on any tabletop but lacks a ton of essential connectivity and adjustability options.
- Display Size: 23″
- Panel Type: TN
- Response Time: 2ms
- Brightness: 250 cd/m2
- Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- LED Backlight: Yes
- Max Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Power Consumption: 25W
The Samsung PX2370 is easily one of the top and most popular monitor within Samsung’s range of products, particularly within the gaming niche. This is due to the fact that its response time is a mere 2ms, which is astounding especially if you were to compare it to other high-end monitors like Dell’s Ultrasharp or even BenQ’s XL series. Granted, the PX2370 has a TN panel much like most of BenQ’s products which allow it to score a much lower response time, what makes it one of the best is its overall build quality and raving reviews from its users. For instance, it is rated 4.4 out of 5 from about 130 Amazon users and when the general average for monitors in the gaming niche scores below 4, you can pretty much determine which are the more popular monitors out there.
Looks & Appearances
The first impression I got was that this monitor looks really sleek and expensive. It has a very thin panel that is even more apparent when you look at it from the side. Plus, the monitor stand is tilted forward in a diagonal manner rather than the usual upright stands that you see on the other monitors. It is one of the better looking monitors that are currently available but does its performance hold up to its looks? Find out more below.
With a 23″ display, the Samsung PX2370 has a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is certainly sufficient for the most optimal gaming experience. Indeed, most moderate to high-end PCs these days can safely crank up the graphics settings of the latest games to a resolution of 1920 x 1080 without sacrificing too much of their frame rates. Anything higher and it is likely that a $400 graphics card or an SLI/Crossfire build will have to be incorporated into the PC build. At least that’s the case if you wish to play at the maximum graphical settings.
The PX2370 has a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m2 which is a pretty average number in this regard. Despite this however, there’s really no reason to acquire anything higher than that. Most gaming monitors have too high of a brightness level anyway and the majority of them will have to be recalibrated or their brightness tuned down to a more suitable level. Indeed, after recalibrating my current Dell U2412M based on TFTCentral’s guide, my brightness level is at a mere 35% which is just nice for gaming. A higher brightness setting does not necessarily guarantee a better gaming experience regardless of what the manufacturers would have you believe. The vital aspect in relation to this would be achieving the right balance between the contrast, brightness and the other hues of the monitor. Maintaining color accuracy would be more important. Indeed, during the start of most games such as Dark Souls or The Witcher 2, you’ll be asked to adjust your brightness setting appropriately just so it’s dark enough to enhance the immersion factor. An improperly calibrated monitor, coupled with extreme brightness levels, would lead to oversaturation of the colors and would likely induce headaches in the long run as well. The point is that a brightness of 250 cd/m2 is definitely sufficient and it is more than likely that you’ll be running at half of that.
As for its refresh rate, it only runs at a maximum of 60 Hz. This is the one disappointing aspect of the PX 2370. Because it’s not exactly cheap at $330 and for some reason there aren’t any discounts of this particular monitor on Amazon, you would expect it to have a higher maximum refresh rate of at least 120 Hz, much like the BenQ XL2420T or the Acer DG235HZbid. Sure the original costs of those monitors are significantly higher at $550 and $400 respectively, but the average prices (after Amazon’s discounts, that is) are only around $300. So, unless you’re an avid supporter of Samsung’s products, you might be better off going for the BenQ or Acer model mentioned earlier for equal response times of 2ms and a much higher refresh rate of 120Hz. Of course, this is assuming your PC is powerful enough to be able to achieve a constant FPS of 60 and above.
The Samsung PX2370 is severely lacking in this particular regard. It only has 1 DVI and 1 VGA port and it doesn’t include any USB, DisplayPort or HDMI ports, which are key especially if you’re hoping to use this monitor for your other gaming consoles.
One positive aspect that this particular monitor has is its power savings capability at only about 25W, which is about 40% less than the common average.
Unfortunately, the PX2370 lacks in this regard as well and the monitor can only be tilted forward or backwards. There aren’t any height or swivel adjustments available here.
The Samsung PX2370 is not the best in its class and certainly not among the cheaper monitors around but if you do decide to go for it, at least you can rest assured that the build quality and suitability for gaming will essentially be guaranteed.