If first impressions count, the Samsung PX2370 is a winner. Out of the box it's remarkably vibrant and serves up rich, saturated colours. At a glance, it's far from obvious this is a TN-powered monitor. Instead, you notice the clean, bright whites and the tight pixel pitch that results from packing 1,920 x 1,080 pixels into a relatively compact 23-inch diagonal.

In fact, you could be forgiven for initially thinking the PX2370 is packing an IPS panel. But not, sadly, after closer inspection. The game is up as soon as the Lagom test images are loaded. Nearly every metric betrays the panel's origins. The viewing angles, for instance, would be judged extremely poor by IPS standards. As would the amount of compression visible in the white saturation screen.

Adding insult to image quality injury, the Samsung PX2370 also suffers from a little edge bleed and unimpressive overall black levels. These are the sort of flaws that make a monitor look a little low rent. They're absolutely normal on a TN monitor, but you simply wouldn't stand for them on an IPS or VA screen.

Of course, the Samsung PX2370 actually performs well for a TN panel. But with a price pushing £250 and at least one competing monitor offering clearly superior panel technology, it's simply not good enough. That's a shame, because in many ways, this is an excellent screen and one of the best TN panels we've ever seen. If it were £100 cheaper, it would be a winner.

We liked

When it comes to producing computer kit with a quality consumer electronics vibe, Samsung is the daddy. The PX2370's uber-slim chassis and translucent purple plastics certainly look the part. The image quality is also remarkable for a TN panel. The rich and vibrant colours are a particular highlight.

We disliked

At this price point, we were expecting something seriously special. Unfortunately, the Samsung PX2370 is merely very good, with the perennial caveat of being good for a TN panel. It might have the latest Samsung LCD technology and an LED backlight, but it's still beaten by the much cheaper BenQ EW2420.