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BenQ SW270C 27 inch WQHD model with Adobe RGB support

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BenQ now have a broad range of products designed with colour critical workloads in mind. The level of calibration, solid build quality and overall feature set with a specific market in mind helps these models stand out. The BenQ SW270C is a recent addition to the SW ‘PhotoVue Photographer Monitor’ series. The simple, modern and solid design found on other models in the series is shared here. A dual-stage bezel design is adopted, with a slim panel border that’s flush with the screen featuring at the top and sides. Surrounded by a slim hard outer component to the bezel. The bottom bezel is thicker – matte black plastic, with the forward-facing OSD control buttons found towards the right side. The stand design includes a powder-coated metal neck for a solid look and feel. There is also a small wired OSD remote (‘Hotkey Puck G2’) that neatly rests at the base of the stand neck, if desired. A detachable shading hood is also included, minimising glare on the screen.

A sensible, modern design

The monitor uses a 27” IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel, likely an AUO AHVA part, with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. Other aspects of note include a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles and the use of a matte anti-glare screen surface. Likely a ‘light’ or ‘very light’ matte surface with relatively smooth finish, judging by other models in the series. 10-bit colour is supported alongside a 16-bit 3D-LUT and support for hardware calibration using the included Palette Master Element software and a compatible calibration device. These include the X-Rite i1Display Pro and Datacolor Spyder5 series). The monitor is factory calibrated in accordance with BenQ’s AQCOLOR standards, with a specified average DeltaE of <2. An LED backlight is employed that offers a wide gamut of 99% Adobe RGB and 97% DCI-P3 and a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Various presets (‘Color Mode’ settings) are included, such as Adobe RGB, sRGB and DCI-P3 – emulation of the relevant colour space is expected here as well. A range of gamma settings (1.6 – 2.6 plus sRGB) and colour temperature settings are included. ‘BenQ Uniformity Technology’ is also included, a digital Uniformity Compensation (UC) feature for more even illumination throughout the screen.

A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, with adjustable AMA (Advanced Motion Acceleration) pixel overdrive included. The monitor offers some HDR capability in the form of ‘HDR10 technology’ or what the manufacturer describes as ‘an HDR effect’. This is a preset which will allow editing of HDR content, although the actual display of this content is limited by the capabilities of the display – which does not offer the contrast or effective local dimming capabilities required for true HDR. 24P and 25P (24Hz and 25Hz) support is also specifically listed by the manufacturer. The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility (tilt, height, swivel and pivot adjustment) and can be detached to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution, if preferred. At the left side of the monitor there are 2 USB 3.1 ports and an SD/MMC card reader. The remaining ports are down-firing and include; AC power input (internal power converter), HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4, USB Type-C (DP alt mode and 60W PD) and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The rear view

Further information on the monitor can be found on the manufacturer’s product page. The monitor is now available globally.

BenQ SW270C