Product Type: Samsung LCD monitors
Newest Review: ... sure if this standard but just a warning. The design is everything you expect of a Samsung, slick and stylish and for me the 23" i... more
Decent TV, Brilliant Monitor
Samsung Syncmaster XL2370HD
Member Name: Andy-P
Samsung Syncmaster XL2370HD
Advantages: Cheap, Great design, light weight and really good picture quality
Disadvantages: One HDMI slot, Samsung Magic Angle does not work
When I broke my old 17" monitor I felt it was time to upgrade to something much larger. I had been recommended Samsung as a brand so I decided to look at their range; this is where I came across the Samsung Syncmaster XL2370HD. I use this primarily as a monitor however on the odd occasion I use it for TV/Console usage.
It is easy to set up; it is just a case of fixing the stand to the monitor or mounting it on the wall. If it's mainly used for a TV then you will need to scan for the Freeview channels but this takes a couple of minutes. This does not come with Freeview HD so it is a little bit out dated now but still a great value TV/Monitor. My unit came with a European plug I'm not sure if this standard but just a warning.
The design is everything you expect of a Samsung, slick and stylish and for me the 23" is perfect for my gaming needs whilst also backing up as a spare TV if the unthinkable should happen. It comes with a remote that is clear and easy to use; if you lose this (like me) there is a touch screen control panel. This sometimes doesn't register my touch so I have to repeatedly tap it to get it to work. Annoying! Especially when the power button is touch sensitive as well.
The major downside to this is there is only one HDMI slot; this can be rectified by getting a HDMI splitter. For a recent TV this is quite poor, especially if you have various hardware which requires a slot.
The sound is good but I use external speakers on top so I can't comment too much on the quality, but it seems decent enough for a bedroom TV.
The picture quality is great especially when connected to my PlayStation and my PC. The LED backlighting really makes a clear and crisp image especially with Blu-rays and 1080p games. The Samsung Magic Angle is atrocious though, apparently it is meant to be viewable from all angles but personally I don't buy it. When watching it with a couple of friends it takes ages to manoeuvre so that everyone can get a good view. This is why I use it mostly for a monitor.
I have read that this TV is not compatible with Macs this is due to the drivers provided are for PC's only so if you are looking into one of these I would do my research before purchasing.
In summary it is a good product but with a couple of problems that let it down. As a TV it has a great picture and decent sound, but as a monitor it is the best I have owned so I can't recommend it enough. At under £200 it is a steal!
Summary: Really good monitor, Good TV for the bedroom just takes time to adjust it for viewing
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