Samsung MD230X3 review

Are three monitors really better than one? David Ludlow takes a closer look at the bigger picture in our review of Samsung's latest monster monitor.

The displays themselves also aren't the most attractive. In fact, they look as though the neat bezel that would normally finish them off has simply not been connected. This leaves a rather industrial metal finish where you can see the clear metal clips against the black metal surround. We suspect this is because the MD230X3 is actually the six-display MD230X6 but with the extra three displays removed, but we'd still have expected a slightly better finish at this price.

Fortunately, image quality is excellent. Having three identical monitors is truly an advantage as you get the same image quality and colour across all three displays. Viewing angles are excellent, so there's no loss of colour when viewing the side monitors.

We found the CCFL backlights to be even, whites were bright and blacks nice and dark showing off the full contrast of the displays. Colours are rich and vibrant making the most of any material we viewed from photos to videos.

The real question is whether or not the MD230X3 is good value or not. Adding up the cost of three 23in Full HD monitors with DisplayPort inputs and a suitable VESA mount, the Samsung MD230X3 works out at around 400 more including VAT. However, if you don't need DisplayPort, it's possible to buy three high-quality 24in monitors and a VESA stand for around half the price.

So what's our verdict?

Verdict

Either way you cut it, the MD230X3 is expensive. Whether or not it's worth buying will depend on whether you want the hassle of building your own system and if multiple inputs and management from a single remote and power cable are important. If you've got the budget, the MD230X3 is a brilliantly-implemented three-monitor setup, but it's expensive and could do with better cable management.

Display Size: 23in Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels Display technology: S-PVA Brightness: 300cd/m2 Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 Response time: 8ms Connections: DisplayPort, DVI-D, VGA Adjustments: Tilt, swivel and height adjustable Dimensions (W x D x H): 1,586 x 563 x 307mm Power consumption: 119W at full brightness, 3W standby Speakers: none Security: none VESA mounting: Yes Warranty: 3 years RTB Part code: MD230X3

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