BenQ Launches the SW320: a 4K Display with HDR for Professionalsby Anton Shilov on December 12, 2016 8:30 AM EST
BenQ this week introduced its new SW320 display designed specifically for professional photographers and other people who require 4K/UHD resolution, the sRGB and the Adobe RGB color spaces, and support for HDR10 capability. The monitor is calibrated directly at the factory on a per-unit basis.
The BenQ SW320 is a 31.5-inch display featuring a 10-bit IPS panel, which can reproduce 1.07 billion colors and covers 99% of the Adobe RGB, sRGB, and 87% of the DCI-P3 color spaces. The Adobe RGB color space is important for professional photographers that need to edit their photos for publications, whereas the sRGB and the DCI-P3 color spaces are crucial for video editors and animation designers who do post-production work. One of the interesting features of the SW320 is the ability to display content in different color spaces simultaneously side-by-side in PIP/PBP modes (two inputs are required).
It is worth noting that when it comes to the DCI-P3, the SW320 covers 87% of the color space, which is below 98%-99% covered by numerous displays aimed at video professionals. Meanwhile, the BenQ SW320 supports 10-bit HDR along with a 14-bit 3D LUT (look-up table) and is calibrated to DeltaE ≤ 2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB. The support for HDR10 with proper blending accuracy is needed for those that work on adding HDR to various content, including photos and videos. BenQ cite that users involved in post-production for UHD movies (for streaming services or for Ultra HD Blu-ray media) will take advantage of the SW320.
As for the other specifications of the BenQ SW320, they look pretty standard for a high-quality 4K display: a 3840×2160 resolution with a 60 Hz refresh rate, 350 nits typical brightness, 1000:1 static contrast, 5 ms response time in fast mode and 178° viewing angles. The monitor uses a CCFL backlighting with brightness uniformity feature to ensure consistency. As for input/output capabilities, the display is equipped with one HDMI 2.0a, one DisplayPort 1.4 as well as one mDP 1.4 header (all of them support HDCP 2.2 required for various content). In addition, the SW320 is equipped with a dual-port USB 3.0 hub and a card reader that may be useful for photographers.
|Resolution||3840 × 2160|
|Refresh Rate||60 Hz|
|Response Time||5 ms gray-to-gray|
|Viewing Angles||178°/178° horizontal/vertical|
|Color Saturation||100% sRGB/REC 709
99% Adobe RGB
|Display Colors||1.07 billion|
|Pixel Pitch||0.233 mm|
|Inputs||1 × DP 1.4 (HDCP 2.2)
1 × mDP 14 (HDCP 2.2)
1 × HDMI 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
|USB Hub||2-port USB 3.0 hub|
|Power Consumption||Idle||0.7 W|
Just like many other professional displays, the SW320 monitor has an adjustable stand that allows rotating the panel clockwise or counter-clockwise to view the screen in portrait orientation. The BenQ SW320 comes pre-calibrated, just like competing devices, with users able to further calibrate it using the appropriate equipment.
BenQ plans to start selling its SW320 professional display in January 2017. Pricing is unknown, but since we are talking about a high-end monitor that has its own peculiarities (support for HDR and the Adobe RGB), so expect an appropriate price.
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lefenzy - Monday, December 12, 2016 - linkThe only thing that seems out of date to me is the use of CCFL backlighting. I don't understand that decision. I look forward to more HDR 4K monitors coming out to match what's available with TVs these days.
DanNeely - Monday, December 12, 2016 - linkAfter doing a check of NEC/EIZO's current top of the line, it is a bit surprising. The absolute best CCFLs continued to outperform the absolute best LED backlights for a number of years after LED backlighting had swept the mainstream market; but the top of the line LDC vendors appear to've switched their halo lines over to LED back lighting in their current generation.
UlfertG - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - linkThis maybe an error in the article. The german press release refers to the display as "the LED expert". And I don't think that a power consumption of 50W is possible with CCFL for a display this size.
Frenetic Pony - Monday, December 12, 2016 - linkHDR10*
*Does not include required 750nit brightness, only covers 87% P3 Gamut, not in any way suitable for professionals but hey it's a nice buzzword so get too it!
Chaotic42 - Monday, December 12, 2016 - linkOooh, I may have found my next monitor. Let's hope the reviews are good.
Laststop311 - Monday, December 19, 2016 - linkUntil they can solve the static burn in problems of oled (which make it very unsuitable for a computer display) and deliver that solution at a reasonable price point I will continue to use VA monitors with the best static contrast ratio you can get in LCD screens at 3000+:1. CR is the most important aspect to me as the better it gets the more clear everything looks like a veil of fog is lifted off your screen. I wish more attention was put into VA monitors and more sizes choices and refresh rates from more companies were available but almost every monitor is either TN or IPS both limited to 1000:1 CR bleh.