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Samsung P2570HD monitor/TV review

Samsung P2370HD 23-Inch Full 1080p HDTV LCD Monitor - Black RoseI’ll return the Samsung 2570HD to Costco.  There are much better 23”-25” PC monitors out there in the same price range. I’m sure this is a fine HD TV, and it’s very nice looking hardware, but that’s not what I’m after. I want a monitor that performs, and that it can do TV is just a nice to have.

The good:

As I alluded, the 2570HD/P2570HD includes an HD TV tuner & remote so it can be used by itself as a 1080p TV. And it’s a computer monitor… says so right on the box… and as such it accepts HDMI or DVI inputs from your PC. The built-in speakers accept RCA & digital input, so it can be used as a replacement for desktop PC speakers.

The partially transparent, double-dark red bezel & transparent neck & clean lines make it one of the nicest looking monitors (when turned off) I’ve seen.

Costco’s & Amazon’s price is too high for a poor monitor, but reasonable for a 25” LCD HD TV.

The bad:

Like many current 23”+ monitors, this one’s 1920 x 1080 pixels. That’s a 16:9 ratio, and well-suited for HD video, but not digital photos, and it feels cramped for web browsing or document editing (all that content’s tall, not wide.) I feel a bit rotten saying this is a “cramped” monitor- it’s double the pixels of screens common only 10 years ago – but 16:10 widescreen ratio at a comparable, or even lesser, number of pixels, is just more comfortable for computing & it works just as well for HD video. (1680 x 1050 from a value perspective, and 1920 x 1200 if you can swing it.)

The ugly:

Even with stand screws fully tightened, the screen wobbles like a hula girl’s skirt. You can’t type anywhere near it without the screen moving.

The backlight is inconsistent, especially near the top. Window titles legible near the middle of the screen are illegible at the top with default Windows 7 settings + any of the monitor’s setting presets. Solid white areas (like web page backgrounds) look curved due to the shading. With settings tweaks things can be improved, but not totally corrected.

Finally, the monitor requires around 8 seconds to wake from sleep, compared to 1 for my current well-aged Apple LCD. After waking the 2570HD presents an on-screen-display (OSD) regarding the resolution for another 2 seconds that covers a quarter of the screen. We can’t turn the OSD off. The same OSD also gets in the way during Windows user account control prompts. A monitor’s supposed to let you work, not get in the way.

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  1. We purchased three of these Samsung 2570HD TV/Monitors on January 14, 2010, after discussing with Samsung our business needs for a good monitor for graphics work. I have one thing to say, these are horrible LCD monitors for any kind of PC work, leave alone for graphics.

    All three were connected to two different med towers runing Windows 2000/Windows XP respectively, and a Dell Presision M6400 lap top with Windows XP.

    The two med towers when connected look ridiculous, looking at the screen hurt the eyes after a very short time. The Laptop was a little bit better, but not much. The text on all work windows (File/Edit/View/etc, and everywhere else, including type) was blurry about ever 2″ vertically, and also the text had some sort of, almost, double image to it. We tried ever adjustment we could to no avail. This link reflects the jagged edges found on text, if you look carefully you can also see some of the blurring; http://www.imagelair.com/samsung_2570hd.htm

    We contacted Samsung tech support and was told they never saw anything like what we were experiencing. (say what?)

    The colors sucked, red was more orange, true blue was more sky-blue, and black, forget it. The other colors were crap. Again, tried the adjustments but were unable to get the monitors to reflect true rich colors. We had to set the brightness level way down, it was washing everything out, while it jumped into your face from being over bright. In 4:3 mode the normal work windows explained beyond the default 4:3 size frame.

    In all fairness we wondered if these monitors had issues with our NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200/5500, and Quadro FX 3700M graphics cards, BUT, they the laptop 17″- LCD screen looks excellent, and the other two med towers connected to CRTs, a 19″ ViewSonic G90fb and (13-year old) 21″ Hitachi CM812U, also looked very good, though the 13-year old Hitachi was getting darker, that’s why we decided to purchase new LCDs.

    So all in all, I do not see the graphics cards as an issue, unless as I stated, the Samsung 2570HD monitors have a personal problem.

    While I’m writing this my eyes are hurting, CAUSE, I’m looking at this Samsung 2570HD LCD monitor. Never again Samsung!

  2. Dan, for the jagged text issue, you might try (re)configuring ClearType on the XP machine.After getting a new monitor it’s always a good idea, as different monitors have pixel layouts:
    http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/Step1.aspx

    I agree with your feedback about the colors & brightness. You might try some of the other color display modes; it seemed to be configured for TV use out-of-the-box. I no longer have the monitor so I can’t recommend the best one; I’ve forgotten.

    Try adjusting the resolution manually to 1920×1080 if it is possible. This is where you may run into some limitations with those video cards… your prior LCDs certainly were not as high-resolution as the 2570, and it is possible they can’t support >1 screen at this resolution (in the case of the laptop) or 1 screen at this resolution (in the case of the desktops), so they use a lower resolution which causes bluring or forced 4:3. Starting with the laptop, try disabling the internal screen when using the monitor then setting the monitor’s resolution (by right-clicking on the desktop in XP and choosing Display Settings) then select 1920×1080 if it’s available. If it’s not, then this is certainly the cause of blurring/4:3.