May 11, 2009 Samsung is definitely getting its money’s worth out of the manufacturing process that produces its proprietary high-gloss Touch of Color (ToC) finish. ToC can be found on everything from the company's latest TVs to its latest camcorders. Now computer monitors can be added to that list with the release of the 70 Series monitors. The new LCD monitors not only boast a crystal-like bezel with ToC finish, but also they feature the contrast and response of Samsung’s LCD TVs, making them ideal for watching TV as well as displaying the office spreadsheet or playing games.

The 70 Series consists of three models, the P2070, P2370 and P2370HD, all featuring 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, with the P2070 and P2370 boasting 2ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response times and the P2370HD 5ms GTG. (Gray-to-gray refers to the speed at which a shade of gray moves to another shade of gray and back again.)

The new releases are slim, as we've come to expect, with screen depths ranging from 30 mm (1.18 inches) for the P2070 and P2370 to 65.5mm (2.58 inches) for the P2370HD.

While the P2070 has 1600x900 resolution, both the P2370 and P2370HD offer Full HD 1980x1080, with the top of the line P2370HD incorporating an HDTV tuner, HDMI and component inputs, integrated speakers with SRS TruSurround and remote control.

The monitors also include touch controls and a clear, crystal-like acrylic neck to complement the ToC finish. This is produced using a process that eliminates the use of harmful paints and sprays and increases the ability to recycle the monitor. Further enhancing the monitors’ environmental credentials is their reduced energy consumption, which Samsung claims is about a third less than comparable monitors of similar size.

The stylish finish, coupled with the video and game-friendly specs, makes the new monitors an attractive option for the growing numbers of people who use their computer for both work and play - or those that use their computer for play when they're supposed to be working. Not that we're pointing any fingers.

There’s still no word from Samsung on pricing or availability, so stay tuned.

Darren Quick