|Samsung P2350 ToC 1080p LCD Monitor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 17 December 2009|
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Samsung ToC Final Thoughts
Samsung really is at the top of the LCD market, and their Touch of Color series is a fitting example. My 40" 1080p TV also happens to be from Samsung. They always price items competitively and love to throw in "small" bonuses that make you just a little happier (the lint-free clothe is included in every LCD purchase). They didn't make it to the top of global LCD sales by offering cheap products. The lack of built-in speakers is not really a negative, more so good judgment. A decent 2.1 stereo system will cost you a mere $50, and your audio experience will increase 10-fold compared to any monitor speaker.
One concern with shopping today is "when should I upgrade and why", as computer hardware really does go obsolete within 1-2 years. Duo-Core's came about 3.5 years ago, and Intel's 6-core Gulftown processor is coming soon. But a 1080p screen is different. 1080p is considered a standard now for digital entertainment, and standards like these stay for a very long time. While new monitors may come out with new technologies (OLED rumoured to become available by 2012 and mainstream by 2015), 1080p will stay. Just to give you any idea how long standards stay, SDTV (standard TV) is at 480i/480p and has been the industry standard for TV since 1941. Currently HDTV streams at 720p, and Blu-Rays are 1080p. While HDTV may get an upgrade in the near future, it will be highly unlikely that both change any time soon.
Since a standard for HD has been set, and the dust is slowly settling with the rapid development of graphics cards, it's safe to say the benefits will outweigh the cost. HD monitors a year ago would have cost $300, and a top of the line GTX 9800 graphics card will cost you $350. Today, we're talking about $200 for a monitor and that same HD-capable graphics card for $100. Most games are DirectX 9 compatible, since that is what the majority of the population owns, so you won't have any problems enjoying the latest titles (including Crysis). If you're looking for a full upgrade to the latest graphics card, the HD 5000 series is a good choice, starting from around $150 (naturally the high end 5000 series will cost you 3-4 times that amount).
Samsung P2350 ToC Conclusion
Windows allows only up to 32-bit colors, and the Samsung P2350 has no problem displaying them. The default settings on the Samsung gives a slightly yellowish color (noticable for whites), could be different per monitor. However tuning the colors a little (lowering red in my case) gave decent results and colors look fantastic. The 50:000 dynamic contrast is not an exaggeration, but please note that the typical contrast is 1000:1, pretty standard for an HD monitor. Dynamic contrast involves manipulation of brightness to achieve blacks and whites. On a black image with a small patch of white, the white may seem a little gray, but very typical of a 1000:1 contrast monitor. For movies/games, the monitor functions very well.
At 23", 1080p will look extremely sharp and clear. Usually and the dpi would fail to scale well as it gets larger than 25-27". As for font size, If you are used to a 15" laptop with a screen resolution of 1280x800, the font size is roughly the same. There is no visible ghosting. The refresh rate is 60 Hz. Noticing blur is on a per-person basis, just as some prefer a 60Hz TV and others prefer a 120Hz TV. Personally, I have noticed very little blur. Definetly great for movies and gaming. Dark images will look dark and bright images will be bright.
The P2350 is a great offering from Samsung. It's priced competitively and offers all the specs you could want from a performance monitor. This monitor suits gamers that can afford a mid to high range graphics card. The build is sturdy and can surely withstand a few shakes and hits. You won't need to worry about quality as Samsung products are rated fairly high in customer satisfaction.
This series of SyncMaster looks great, great enough to be a piece of decoration in a home or office. Unfortunately the tuning software has some compatibility problems with Vista 64-bit, and certainly won't work on a Mac, which sours the deal a little. Luckily, many adjustments can still be done through the built in touch-panel. Some functions include softening colors, auto-tuning, and movie/gaming mode.
If the primary purpose of your computer is browsing the web or looking at excel sheets, there are probably cheaper options out there. But if you enjoy any type of entertainment on your PC, the Samsung P2350 ToC will be a good buy. For $200 and such impressive specs, you can't go wrong.
+ Classy Exteriors
- MagicTuner software has compatibility problems
Final Score: 9.1 out of 10.
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