Samsung's BX2350 is a superbly stylish display with impressive performance and a wide range of ways to adjust settings for different environments. Though it's a little more expensive than some similar rivals, it will appeal to those who require solid performance in office applications as well as high-definition video.
Its poor tilt adjustment and non-existent height adjustment, however, may dissuade many business users.
Slim and attractive design; impressive performance; good range of features
Some issues establishing optimum colours; touch-sensitive controls can be temperamental; no height adjustment
23in LED-backlit display, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 2ms response time, VGA input, 2x HDMI inputs, 555 x 424 x 209mm (with stand), 3.7kg
Samsung's BX2350 will obviously appeal to the consumer market with its 2ms response time and dual HDMI inputs.
However, its slim and attractive design will also grab the attention of business users, as will the MagicEco mode that helps cut electricity costs and reduces its carbon footprint as a result.
Measuring just 67mm thick (not including the stand), the BX2350 will look great on any executive's desk.
The screen's bezel is finished with an attractive acrylic surround that enhances aesthetic appeal without looking tacky, while the chrome-finished boomerang-shaped stand co-ordinates beautifully with the overall design.
Unfortunately, these aesthetics come at the expense of flexibility, and this is where some business users will lose interest.
The screen can tilt by only 10 degrees; this action is also quite stiff, requiring both hands to operate comfortably. Worse, there's no height adjustment at all, which is something on which many corporate health and safety departments insist.
However, if the lack of positional adjustment doesn't bother you, the 23in panel offers an impressive native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 along with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 2ms response time.
The lack of a DVI-D port alongside the VGA and twin-HDMI connections is a little disappointing, but Samsung supplies a DVI-to-HDMI converter in the box.
Samsung's MagicTune Premium software is included and unlocks many of the more advanced features of the panel. In truth this mainly provides a more accessible route to manual and automatic setting adjustment that is also available through the on-screen menus.
However, since the panel uses touch-sensitive controls that, while better than many we've seen, are still rather temperamental at times, this softwar e-based alternative is welcome.
The software also allows for configuration of a custom button on the device that offers one-touch access to a feature of your choice.
There's also a user-definable MagicKey mode that, when enabled, allows certain buttons to open selected applications or web pages.
Five MagicBright preset modes include Standard, Game, Cinema and Custom along with a dynamic contrast option, while a MagicAngle mode attempts to address viewing angle issues found with TN-based panels by adjusting brightness to compensate for a range of applications.
We found the default viewing mode very effective in terms of establishing accurate colour balance and contrast levels from the start, and we were impressed by the MagicBright presets when testing the screen with video. Refresh rates are excellent here and we saw no signs of ghosting or image blur when watching high-paced 1080p test clips.
Colours are generally accurate as well, although they did appear overly vibrant at times; this can be improved by enabling the MagicColor mode, but it also tends to make colours appear a little washed out.
It does take some time to work your way around the various adjustments but, unlike many rivals, the convenience on offer from these controls means it's far more likely you'll be able to tweak the settings so as to create an optimum image.
Finally, a MagicEco control allows users to adjust backlight brightness (and therefore power consumption) by selecting 100, 75 or 50 per cent modes.
The 50 per cent mode is only really suitable in dark environments, but we managed to work comfortably at 75 per cent, and we suspect most office users will do the same. It's perhaps not the most sophisticated of eco tools, but every little helps.