Samsung P2350 23" LCD Monitor Review - HotHardware

Samsung P2350 23" LCD Monitor Review

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The P2350 is an attractive monitor that mirrors the look of Samsung's line of LCD televisions. Its flaunts a modern design and is appropriate for a variety of computing environments. Although it isn't flashy, the display arguably looks more expensive than its asking price. Moreover, we don't feel that the high gloss finish is distracting at all, but it does show dust very easily. Keep the included cleaning cloth handy to wipe down the monitor from time to time.     



The P2350 is about 2" thick. It features bezels that are 0.8" along the top and sides, while the bottom bezel measures 1.5" thick. Similar to other Samsung monitors, the model number is found on the top left corner while the company logo and OSD buttons occupy the bottom edge. We also find an Energy Star symbol next to the 50,000:1 Dynamic Contrast label on the top right corner of the monitor.


 

The P2350 comes with a simple, non-adjustable stand. Considering its price point, we halfheartedly accept that. But at the very least we would appreciate the ability to tilt the screen, instead of relying on the user to come up with creative ways to bring the monitor to an optimal viewing angle. However, a different issue arose immediately after pulling the P2350 out of the box and putting it together. The screen droops forward about 1" when sitting on the stand. Take a look at the pictures above and you should see the sag we're talking about. For clarity, the stand itself is stable but the screen seems to sit loosely upon the arm, which allows it to lean forward.      




P2350 Ports - AC Power, DVI, VGA

As for connectivity, the P2350 only offers two standard choices, DVI or VGA. If you're looking for DisplayPort, HDMI, S-Video, or Component ports, this is not the monitor for you. In addition to the DVI and VGA connectors, the only other option on the rear panel is the power connector. With no speakers attached to the monitor, the lack of HDMI or audio port isn't a deal breaker but something worth considering for those who prefer using an HDMI connection.    

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I went through 3 samsung 22" toc monitors, (they lost on in shipping...lol.) before i finally found the problem. Iafter talking to 3 samsung tekies on the phone, they all said NOT to install the magic color or magic bright software, cuz it srews up the display. The 4th and final one i bought at best buy, the t240, and i never installed any software for it, or even a driver. Monitors don't need drivers as they are plug and play. And i found the controls on the side to be sufficient in calibrating the screen. You can aslo visit websites that have patterns for calibration purposes...just make sure you don't go to a malware page.

 

But i stuck with Samsung because of their reputation, support and my tv is great. I haven't had one problem with the monitor since i bought it. Back then i paid $400 fir it at best buy, on sale $50 off. Now i see this...lol.

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As an owner of Samsung P2370HD, I have to say that this review is accurate in terms of viewing angles and the possible backlight bleeding. I have yet to notice any bleeding on my monitor. I've been using the P2370HD for about 3 months now and it is a very exceptional monitor. I do agree that the menu options in the monitor can be cumbersome which is why I am glad I have a remote with my monitor to configure the options easier. Although the response time in my monitor is only 5ms, it does have RGB, AV, and HDMI ports in the back to make up for its shortcomings. I recommend spending an extra 100 on getting a P2370HD than a P2350.

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"Unfortunately, we noticed a fair amount of backlight bleed during the black solid fill screen. The bleed was apparent along the bottom edge of the display and extended the entire length of the screen."

Thanks for the review Matt, really enjoyed reading it.

@Kyouya I went up looked up other reviews of the P2350 and the backlight bleeding issue has been brought up only a couple times. So I'm guessing this was a bad unit? I can see this being a big especially if you're watching movies with letterboxing like the review mentions.The 2ms response time is very impressive for this price range, but other reviewers also noted that the monitor feels a little cheap, especially the stand don't seem well made and it's not easy to take off. The touch sensitive buttons are also annoying to many people.

Another thing I don't understand is why a 1080p resolution like this wouldn't have an HDMI connector.

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I use an ASUS 23" 2 ms refresh flat monitor and have not had any issues at all. However; my last monitor was a Samsung as was the one before that. There equipment is generally very good. Of course I paid nowhere near even half of $400 for it. I grabbed 2 of them on an EGG special. I don't think there normal USA models because when I went for drivers the model did not exist. I searched through the site and found them in a different countries menu. They are the correct drivers, so I assume they (the monitors themselves) were meant for another country. Either way there great, but I would not mind a bigger Samsung, there blacks are generally better and whites to on many models. This Black/White qualities are what makes a monitor to me especially with sharpness and quality in that regard.

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I've had my eye on a pair of these for a while. Samsung usually means it's gonna be a quality screen.

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The decrease in monitor price recently is rather crazy. Has manufacturing costs gone down?

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rjr222:

The decrease in monitor price recently is rather crazy. Has manufacturing costs gone down?

Yes, it has.  They use cheaper quality panels now, which is why they are so cheap.  You can tell the most noticeable difference in the weight of the monitor.  For instance my 3 year old 19" LG monitor is much heavier than my brand new 23" LG monitor.

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Mathew, I enjoyed reading your review of this monitor. I've been using the P2350 for about a month now and overall it is a fine monitor for $200. I noticed that you mentioned the screen is tilted forward due to the stand. I hate to ask the obvious, but did you try tilting it backwards? The Samsung P2350 product page mentions that the stand tilts, and fwiw mine is able to tilt backwards with minimal resistance.

I also wanted to point out that if you lower the brightness from 100% (using Magictune or the OSD) the backlight may buzz. The tone of the buzz appears to change depending on the %. A quick search confirms the issue also affects some Samsung TV's as well. I tested a second P2350 and it also buzzed which was a huge disappointment. Since I have a quiet pc I have learned to deal with the overly bright screen which has taken several weeks to get used to. Fortunately the overall image quality is still crisp without being washed out.

It's also worth mention that the backlight bleed is also an issue on my panel.

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