Samsung – BX2350 review

stylish, consumer-oriented LCD monitor
Photo of Samsung – BX2350
£230

Samsung’s BX2350 is a stylish entry into the consumer-oriented LCD display market and is an LED-backlit, TN-based panel finished with an attractive Perspex bezel. The 23-inch model on test stands out from much of the competition immediately due to the expensive-looking, chrome-finish angular stand that locks firmly into the screen and offers a stable base. But while this rounds off a great-looking display very nicely, it only offers a slight tilt adjustment that feels rather stiff and awkward to fine-tune.

Round the back of the panel are twin, rear-facing HDMI ports and a VGA connector but no DVI-D, though a DVI-to-HDMI cable is provided in the box. Setup is fairly straightforward and installs Samsung’s MagicTune Premium software to offer a range of useful automatic and manual setting adjustment.

In addition to these are feature-based enhancements such as MagicReturn, which returns the desktop to a primary display when a configured secondary monitor is switched off, MagicAngle, which enhances brightness levels for different viewing angles, and Magic Eco, which adjusts consumption down to 50 percent or 75 percent to save energy. The economy settings and MagicReturn worked well but we were less impressed by the viewing angle adjustment feature, which did have an impact but will be negligible for most users.

In terms of tuning the on-screen image we actually found the default settings to be very effective for most environments, and noted impressive contrast levels and bright, crisp colours. The screen is also very responsive and its 2ms response rate contributed towards a smooth experience for gaming and video playback.

Preset modes include ‘game’, ‘cinema’ and ‘standard’ alongside ‘custom’ and ‘dynamic contrast’, and while generally effective we have a few minor niggles in that the gaming option rather over-emphasised colours, while during particularly dark scenes in video there was some backlight bleed along the bottom of the screen.

Overall we were impressed by the performance of the 2350, and by the effective way at which settings can be tweaked using the Magic controls. Though the sheer range of adjustments may appear daunting at first, it is beneficial to use these automatic modes instead of messing around manually, and we were generally pleased by the effect they had on-screen.

It’s even possible to tie some of these to a customised key on the panel’s controls for added convenience, though it should be noted that we found the software-based adjustments easier to manage due to the fact that the touch-sensitive keys used to manipulate the OSD can be a little unresponsive at times.

Company: Samsung

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Verdict
At around £230 the BX2350 is more expensive than some similar screens in this class, but there's an inevitable premium involved with such a stylish and slimline design. As an aesthetic complement to a home setup that involves a fair bit of multimedia and gaming use, it's easy to justify the extra cost, however, and decent overall performance in these areas makes it a good choice for the modern user.