Announced recently are two new screens from BenQ in their ‘PhotoVue’ range, aimed at professional users, photographers and colour experts. According to the press release the two new screens feature “exclusive Fine-Coating panel technology and certified colour quality which provides an industry-leading platform for accurate photo editing and reliable reproduction of printed output.” They also include a range of high-end features like factory calibration, hardware calibration support and uniformity correction. The two new monitors are the SW272U (with UltraHD 4K resolution) and SW272Q (with Quad HD, 1440p resolution) and are covered in more detail below.
AQCOLOR technology and Fine-coating Panel
PhotoVue monitors utilise BenQ’s proprietary AQCOLOR Technology, which provides individually factory-calibrated colour quality that is further enhanced by the new Fine-Coating panel. This panel is certified by TÜV Rheinland for reflection-free performance, resulting in a paper-like screen effect. When combined with BenQ’s Paper Color Sync software, it delivers wide colour gamut with 99% coverage of Adobe RGB, DCI-P3, and Display P3 wide colour gamuts with ΔE ≤ 1.5 colour accuracy, providing an industry-leading platform for accurate photo editing and reliable reproduction of printed output.
We haven’t seen this fine-coating panel in action ourselves, but BenQ’s website explains the coating a little further as follows: “The Fine-Coated Panel features an exclusive surface. The exclusive surface coating has a superior ambient contrast ratio (ACR) under any lighting condition and a simulated paper-texture. That is to say, when editing, your judgment regarding color won’t be affected by ambient lighting, which ensures the high consistency between what you see on screen and printed images. And finally, the surface coating has anti-glare properties that help to protect the eyes regardless of the lighting conditions. Anyone who spends long hours in front of a computer monitor understands how glare can cause eyestrain, which leads to lessened productivity.”
Factory Calibrated, and with Hardware Calibration Support
The PhotoVue SW272U and SW272Q monitors are certified as ‘Pantone Validated’, ‘Pantone SkinTone’, and ‘CalMan Verified’ for their colour performance and calibration. Hardware calibration of the monitors 16-bit 3D LUT is facilitated by Palette Master Ultimate, BenQ’s own colour management software. The monitors also offer full support for Calman, Colorspace, and other third-party photography and videography calibration solutions.
Further enhancing the colour performance of PhotoVue monitors, BenQ’s third-generation Uniformity and Color Consistency technologies use high-precision equipment to adjust hundreds of sub-regions of the screen. This ensures precise colours throughout the entire display and perfect colour matching across multiple monitors.
Shading Hood Provided
The new-generation PhotoVue models feature a detachable shading hood bridge, allowing for dual operation as standalone screens or multiple hooded monitor setups. These monitors provide the best-in-class creative experiences with an aesthetically functional design, including a leatherette pad at the base of the stand for the safe placement of digital cameras, calibrators, and other devices.
Connectivity Options and Extras
The new monitors come with USB-C connectivity, providing 90W of power delivery along with DP Alt mode. There’s also 1x DisplayPort 1.4 and 2x HDMIO 2.0 provided as well as 2x USB 3.1 data ports. The screens are packaged with a wireless “hockey puck” controller accessory (pictured above) too to control the screen and various modes. There’s an easy to access OSD, connections and even a built-in card reader (formats: SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC). A headphone connection is also provided, and the stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
SW272U and SW272Q Specs
Both the new monitors are 27″ in size with the SW272U model having an Ultra HD 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) while the SW272Q model has a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution, They are based on IPS panels and offer a 5ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 /300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 99% Adobe RGB and 99% DCI-P3 (98% DCI-P3 on the Q model), as well as 100% sRGB.
More information about the BenQ PhotoVue monitors and technologies can be found here. No word on pricing and release dates yet.
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