Date: September 8th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around your potential new purchase.
Starting from the bottom and moving up, the BX2350 uses a very simple monitor stand that allows for little movement other than approximately 20 degrees of tilt. There is no rotational mechanism and there is no swivel for landscape viewing. But from I have seen and heard from most users, they don't use those features 99% of the time. But, with that being said, this monitor should have a little more flexibility for the price tag. It's hard to have a monitor this more expensive and not bringing a little more to the table.
Although the stand doesn't visually seem to not be overly robust, it is very well planted and will not be a tipping risk if pushed by mistake. It is much more rigid and stable than the XL2370 thanks in part to the additional rigidity of the whole monitor assembly.
The bottom right portion of the thin outer bezel houses the touch sensitive power and control buttons which have the following functionality.
Menu - Allows access to your configuration menu for changing your color, contrast and signal input configuration.
Navigation Up / Down Keys - Allows you to navigate through the menu and also enables the brightness and preset contrast controls when the menu command is not enabled.
Enter Key - Allows you to initialize changes.
Auto Key - *Used for Auto-calibration only when using the analog VGA connection.
Power - To power the monitor on and off.
*When you press the MagicBright button you will be able to change the display contrast and brightness to your liking. You can experiment to find out what works for you. For this monitor, I found the sweet spot for me was the Internet setting. You might find a different setting compliments your work/game environment so play around with it a bit to find what you like. This monitor is equipped with an automatic contrast control called Dynamic Contrast. This feature, which is located at the bottom of the list in the photo above, will automatically adjust the contrast to optimal levels. For example, when the screen becomes dark or overly bright, it will adjust the contrast accordingly without any input from the computer user. It works well be seeing I am a major control freak, I don't like something else making the decision for me. ;p.
As we move around to the rear I will first point out the lack of cooling vents seeing the LED backlight technology runs with very little heat output and thus doesn't need any form of passive airflow. In fact, touching the back of the monitor will reveal that it runs just barely above room temperature. Also the textured backplate is quite attractive and won't be an eyesore in an office environment.
The connection panel is where things differ from previously reviewed models. Not only do you have your standard analog VGA and power supply connection, you have the addition of two separate HDMI and an audio out. With two HDMI connections and the included HDMI - DVI cable, not only can you use this monitor as a computer display, but you can also have it connected to an external DVD/Blu-Ray player and use it as a desktop TV with one press of the monitor's front panel "Signal Source" button. Although keep in mind that the audio out will only support a stereo headphone jack and will only pass audio through only if you are connected through a pure direct HDMI connection.