BenQ SW271 flies high in the Adobe RGB color space

We cover a lot of gaming content at TR since that's the main activity for most powerful PCs these days. Gaming isn't a computer's only potential task, though. Photographers, video editors, graphic designers, and other professional image-manipulating persons need high-quality hardware too. Nothing in their setups is more important than the display. The need for a wide range of accurate colors leads those folks to select screens like BenQ's new SW271 Adobe RGB Color Management monitor.

The SW271 is a 27" IPS LCD monitor with an LED backlight. The panel has a native resolution of 3840×2160 and refreshes at 60 Hz. BenQ lists the display's static contrast as 1000:1, the response time as 5 ms, and its typical brightness as 350 cd/m²—even though it'll probably be used at a much lower brightness level. The most important specification on this panel is its color reproduction performance: 100% of the sRGB color space, 99% of the Adobe RGB space, and 93% of the DCI-P3 space.

It's probably obvious to most gerbils reading this far that the IPS LCD in question is a 10-bit model. BenQ says the panel can properly reproduce HDR10 content, and that it can be calibrated to have a DeltaE value of less than 2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB modes. Notably, using two inputs, the SW271 can display content in two separate color spaces simultaneously through picture-in-picture or picture-by-picture modes.

BenQ's new baby can take video streams from one of two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, or via DisplayPort Alternate Mode over USB Type-C. It also has built-in two-port USB 3.0 hub, although that will require its own separate input (meaning it isn't connected to the Type-C jack.) Thankfully, there's a headphone jack in lieu of the usual tinny speakers. The SW271 also uses a built-in power supply, meaning there's no need to fiddle around with bulky power bricks. The shading hood seen in the picture is included.

If this is the display you need, it's available right now. Newegg's already got it listed for $1137, although marketplace sellers are offering it slightly cheaper. It's the same price over at Amazon, too.

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    Looks like one of those naked-under-the-trenchcoat flashers you hear so much about.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    The irony of putting effort into make an “edgeless” design on three sides, only to then affix the largest edges I’ve ever seen on a monitor to the sides….

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      Counter-question: why not make the bezels thin by default? It’s not like there’s something to lose there.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        Very simple. The reason it’s not thin on all four sides is because that’s where the LED’s go. These are edge-lit panels and there’s likely to be a significant panel uniformity issue with the top of the screen being less bright than the bottom of the screen.

        You may not notice it for general use but I find edge-lit screens pretty disturbing in a product aimed at graphic design professionals.

          • tay
          • 2 years ago

          They are lit on at least 2 edges no? Opposite is what I always imagined.

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            Bottom lit only on the Acer, Dell, and LG zero-bezel designs I have repaired.

            I have never seen a zero-bezel options with LEDs anywhere other than the bottom, and frankly – I don’t know where they’d put them because there’s just no room for them.

            If the edge-lit panels could put LEDs into the zero-edge sides, don’t you think they’d be getting rid of that bottom bezel?

      • euricog
      • 2 years ago

      Their use is optional, but important if you work with color accuracy, as you use them to minimize color shift by external light sources.

      (maybe also to hide some nsfw content?)

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