SyncMaster P2050, P2250, P2350
Exterior Design and Ergonomics
The 50 series monitors occupy the bottom segment of the Touch of Color line. These are junior models combining nice looks with an affordable price. Interestingly, the 50 series coincides with the 70 series in screen diagonals: 20, 21.5 and 23 inches. The latter two models have a Full-HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
The monitors are very beautiful and laconic in design. Some people did not like the excessive roundness of shape of the previous Touch of Color products, so the 50 series is mostly about sharp angles.
The monitors have a dual-layer face panel. There is a plate of translucent acryl above the dark-cherry plastic. It protrudes by a few millimeters at the sides of the case. The interior layer of plastic has the same color throughout the entire front panel (as opposed to the T series in which it used to change smoothly from red, green or blue at the bottom to black at the top).
The back panel is made from black glossy plastic. It has fasteners for attaching a standard VESA mount instead of the monitor’s native stand.
The glossy plastic of both the front and back panels has the typical downside of making every greasy fingerprint visible. And however soft a napkin you may use for cleaning it, there will soon appear microscopic scratches visible in reflected light. The glossy surface also gets electrified easily and virtually attracts every speck of dust. That’s the price you pay for the beautiful looks of the monitor.
Although the case is glossy, the matrix in the basic models of the series has a matte antiglare coating. There exist versions with the G index (P2050G, P2250G, and P2270G) that have a glossy coating of the matrix. What’s the difference? Matte displays are more universal in terms of ambient lighting. Glossy displays yield a higher contrast ratio if the light source is to the side of the user but produce glares if the light source (a lamp or a window) is in front of the monitor (i.e. behind the user’s back).
The monitors have a typical thickness for modern products. They are not slim.
The round stand, made from black glossy plastic, is assembled out of two parts: a base and a pole fastened together with a screw.
The stand is just inserted into the monitor’s bottom until a click. The fastening is secure and the monitor won’t fall from it. It is easy to assemble the stand and take it apart. You only have to apply some effort when taking the stand out of the monitor.
The stand allows adjusting the tilt of the screen, in a rather small range, but as I’ve mentioned above, you can easily replace it with a VESA mount to hang the monitor on a wall or just have more adjustment options.
These monitors have two inputs: an analog D-Sub and a digital DVI-D. The power adapter is integrated into the case. It is unclear why Samsung did not implement an HDMI input, especially in the two senior models that have a Full-HD resolution, but you can use a DVI-HDMI adapter that costs a mere $10.
Included with the monitor are DVI-D and D-Sub cables.
Take note that there exist versions of these monitors with the letter N in the model name. They lack a DVI input and are somewhat cheaper but I do not recommend using them. DVI is handier (for example, you don’t have to adjust the monitor’s settings to get a sharp picture) and, what is even more important, not all graphics cards can ensure enough sharpness at such a high resolution using analog connection. So, this small economy may prove to be a big problem in the end.
The control buttons of the 50 series monitors seem to be very special at first sight. The Power button is the only one which is labeled. The others are only marked with white dots.
The trick is that these buttons are touch-sensitive and their labels light up in the translucent acryl band that goes below the monitor’s case. They are not visible at all when turned off. The monitor has two button highlighting modes selectable in the menu: permanently on (and each touch of a button triggers the related event) or the highlighting goes up when you touch any button and goes out a few seconds afterwards. In the second case you have to press a button twice to trigger its action: the first touch will turn the highlighting on and the second touch will evoke the necessary feature. The highlighting goes up smoothly, so you have to wait one or two seconds between the presses. It will be easier to keep the highlighting of the buttons permanently on if you use the monitor’s onscreen menu often.
I have no complaints about the operation of the buttons. I had no false reaction or anything when testing any of these new monitors. The buttons react to a soft press with a finger and are not sensitive to an accidental touch of a metallic thing like wire or something.