BenQ SW321C 32 inch 4K UHD Photographer MonitorAs an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made using the “Buy” button at the bottom of this post. Where possible, you'll be redirected to your nearest store. Further information on supporting our work.
We feel the ‘4K’ UHD resolution is best enjoyed on a ~32″ screen, with an excellent combination of pixel density and scaling-free ‘desktop real-estate’. BenQ is well known for its solidly built and feature-rich models fitting this bill, with a recent addition from them coming in the form of the SW321C. This addition to the SW series is specifically marketed as a “Photographer Monitor”, designed with colour-critical users in mind. Aesthetically it doesn’t stray far from other members of the series – no reason it should. It’s a solid and unfussy look, with moderately thick matte black bezels which are quite even at all four sides. The OSD (On Screen Display) can be controlled by touch-sensitive areas towards the right side of the bottom bezel, facing forwards. Or using a small Mini-USB remote (‘Hotkey Puck G2’) which rests in the centre of the stand base or wherever is convenient for you on the desk. A detachable shading hood is included to minimise glare, with a calibration hatch at the top for convenience.
The monitor adopts a 32″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel. This offers a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles and a 60Hz refresh rate. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, whilst 10-bit colour is supported alongside a user-addressable 16-bit 3D LUT. The monitor is factory calibrated with a specified average DeltaE of ≤2 under both sRGB and Adobe RGB plus uniformity compensation. The monitor also supports hardware calibration using a supported colorimeter and free to download software (Palette Master Element). Popular Datacolor devices (including the latest SpyderX) and X-Rite devices (i1Display Pro and others) are supported as is third-party software such as CalMAN and LightSpace. A flicker-free LED backlight is used, offering 100% sRGB coverage, 99% Adobe RGB coverage and 95% DCI-P3 coverage. A typical maximum luminance of 250 cd/m² is specified. HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) HDR processing capability is included, although the backlight’s maximum luminance is too low for a ‘proper’ HDR output and no local dimming support is specified. This is just a basic feature addition, allowing you to make use of the strong DCI-P3 coverage and 10-bit capability without the improved brightness and contrast that’s key to a true HDR experience.
The monitor includes a range of gamma and colour temperature settings, alongside a broad range of presets. This includes emulation modes for sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 alongside a ‘Paper Color Sync’ setting designed for print-proofing. The latter mode bases the screen output on the selected printer model, paper type and preferred gamut. Other aspects of note include a specified 5ms grey to grey response time and 24p plus 25p pulldown-free support for 24-25fps film content. The rear of the monitor is matte black plastic with a central stand attachment point, including a quick-release mechanism. The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution if preferred. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), USB Type-C (60W PD and DP Alt Mode) DP 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB 3.1 upstream port. At the left side of the monitor 2 USB 3.1 ports are included alongside a media card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC supported).
Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for £1600 with release expected in various regions from early 2020.