A good monitor must not only have good resolution adequate to the display's diagonal, but also good display colors. The goal is maximum color compatibility on the screen and paper.
BenQ PhotoVue SW321C is a 4K monitor that is equipped with a 32-inch panel and features that improve color reproduction fidelity. The ergonomics of using this monitor is similar to the BenQ SW270C 27 inch product we recommend, which went to the list of recommended monitors for the photographer.
Photographic monitors – striving for perfect color reproduction
The photo print or printout is different from the same image displayed on the screen. It's a fact because paper or other print media reflects light and the screen lights up. The colors we register with the eye are created in a different way. In addition, monitors do not make our lives easier because the color reproduction is not even consistent between products. Even copies of the same model. That is why calibration is so important.
Manufacturers have always strived to minimize the color difference on the screen and paper, and make the term "such as on paper" as real as possible.
They implement features that eliminate defects that are inherent in display technology. Therefore, a matte display will be better than a glossy one, although the latter will provide more "dazzling" colors and a "wow" effect.
Other practical solutions are, of course, striving for the best coverage of color gamut. It is not only about the color space, but also the volume or the number of correctly rendered colors. HDR modes of various types are also introduced to better show the large tonal-dynamic range.
Two key features of the BenQ PhotoVue SW321C
BenQ PhotoVue SW321C boasts a function called Paper Color Sync. As a result, the photos displayed on the monitor are to be maximally similar in color to what we will see on paper. The function works with print simulation solutions that are available in Adobe Photoshop.
An interesting feature is also Gamut Duo, which uses a large working surface of the monitor. After its activation, we will display a photo next to each other in two versions, i.e. in two color spaces (AdobeRGB and sRGB). It will be useful to assess how wide-range photo will look on an average monitor (i.e. at most sRGB) and a very good monitor (compatible with AdobeRGB), it will also help to compare the other way when we have a photo compatible with sRGB.
- Screen size: 32 inches with anti-reflection coating
- native resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels
- pixel density: 137 PPI
- technology: IPS LED
- brightness and contrast: 250 nit and 1000: 1
- GtG response time: 5 ms
- refresh rate: 60 Hz
- color space coverage: 100% sRGB, 99% AdobeRGB, 97% DCI-P3
- colors: 10-bit, support for video formats with 4: 4: 4 and 4: 2: 2 sampling, HDR10 and HLG
- color correction: 16-bit 3D-LUT table, hardware calibration, included Palette Master Element application compatible with popular X-Rite and Datacolor calibrators
- connectors: 2x HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4, 3x USB 3.1, USB type C with power supply up to 60W
- memory card reader: SD / SDHC / SDXC
- position adjustment options: tilt front back, 90 degree rotation, base height change up to 150 mm,
- Weight: 11.8 kg (without hood), about 9.2 kg (without hood and base)
- included: HotKey Puck G2 accessory (additional buttons and knob to adjust settings), report from factory color calibration and CalMAN and Pantone certificates
Price and availability
The BenQ SW321C monitor will go on sale in February this year at a retail price of PLN 7,699. It will be covered by a 36-month warranty with door-to-door repairs.
Source: BenQ, inf. own
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