BenQ is launching two professional design monitors into its ‘DesignVue’ portfolio: The 27″ PD2705Q and 34″ ultrawide PD3420Q. The press release states that they are the first monitors in the world to have achieved various certifications from CalMAN, Pantone and VESA, and are designed specifically for creatives who rely on exact colour reproduction, HDR quality and precise image clarity.
The press release goes on to talk about how the screens are: “Embedded with BenQ’s exclusive AQColour Advantage, ICC/ISO professional standards are met to deliver detailed precision and assure out-of-the-box Delta E ≤ 3 colour accuracy. Achieving 100% of industry standard sRGB and Rec.709 wide colour gamuts, the factory-calibrated displays also arrive with a unique calibration report for guaranteed quality for designers relying on exact colour match. In addition, the PD3420Q is HDR-10 compatible, having achieved the prestigious status of VESA DisplayHDR 400. Allowing videographers to preview HDR video content during editing sessions for realistic results in an instant.”
Picking that apart for a moment what this means is that the screen comes with a factory calibration although the dE of <3 is not that super-strict. BenQ do focus heavily on this factory calibration though and the screens are certified and validated by CalMAN and Pantone. The 27″ model will offer a standard colour gamut backlight covering 100% sRGB while the 34″ model offers a wide gamut support with 98% DCI-P3 coverage quoted.
Both models can support an HDR input and the 34″ screen has been certified under the HDR 400 standard. We would hardly call the VESA DisplayHDR 400 standard “prestigious” though. That is handed out to pretty much any screen that meets the very loose criteria, but anyway, both screens can accept an HDR input but don’t expect any real HDR benefits. There’s no local dimming and not even the wider colour gamut to boost the colours on the 27″ model.
There are a range of preset modes available from the screens, including; Darkroom Mode to adjust the image brightness and contrast for work in dark environments; M-book Mode to replicate exquisite colour from Mac devices; Animation Mode to enhance the clarity of dark areas without overexposing bright regions; and CAD/CAM Mode to enjoy superior contrast of lines and shapes in technical illustrations.
For those who use multiple input sources, BenQ has included KVM switch connectivity, which allows smooth switching between two PC inputs on one display with a single mouse and keyboard.
Both screens utilize IPS technology panels, with the 27″ model offering a 2560 x 1440 resolution and the 34″ ultrawide offering 3440 x 1440. In other specs the screens offer a 5ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles. The 27″ model has a standard 100% sRGB gamut and 16.7m colour depth, while the 34″ model has a wide 98% DCi-P3 gamut and 1.07 billion colour depth. The 27″ model has a 300 cd/m2 brightness, whereas the 34″ model offers 350 cd/m2 typical brightness with a peak of 400 cd/m2 for “HDR”.
Both screens offer USB type-C, DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 connectivity. There are also 2x 2W integrated speakers and an audio output connection.
The 27″ PG2705Q is available to buy now in the UK at currently £394.98 from Amazon.co.uk or 429 Euro from Amazon.de in Germany. The 34″ PD3420Q is also available in the UK at £710.61 from Amazon.co.uk.
Source: BenQ PD2705Q spec page
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