Eizo Launching a new high-tech 4K PC monitor that self-calibrates and offers full Adobe RGB coverage

by on November 19, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – November 19, 2014

A heavy marketing push from the industry giants that manufacture the majority of 4K TVs and other electronics is often being claimed as being responsible for the Increasing popularity of 4K resolution. This is often cited as one of the reasons why 4K isn’t fading into obscurity in the same way that 3DTV did.

This on the whole seems like both an unfair and unrealistic analysis. The reality is that, unlike 3DTV, 4K resolution has genuine practical value and is also a logical step up in an existing trend of incrementally growing resolution. In other words, 4K is a very different animal from the outsider novelty technology that 3D was.

What also helps the growing popularity of ultra HD in TVs, PC monitors and other devices is the simple fact that some really awesome technologies are being released to consumers who can appreciate their practical applications.

The latest 4K monitor from Eizo is a fine example of this. It really demonstrates the advantages of 4K to professionals who could definitely use the extra resolution and it does so in a way that doesn’t ruin other features of good computing and screen display.

For starters, the total resolution of the Ezio ColorEdge CG318-4K offers 4096 x 2160 pixels of full “Cinema Grade” ultra HD that’s a cut above the more common ultra HD 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels found in most TVs and UHD monitors. Secondly, this fabulous resolution is laid out across a very nicely sized 31.1 inch screen that really displays even the finest details in excellent size and detail.

Overall, the total pixel density is 149 ppi (pixels per inch) which is not only great for videography, photography and graphic design professionals but also scales superbly with the interface elements of operating systems like Windows 8.1, which can shrink too much on screens with a ppi of above 190.

Furthermore, this new monitor really goes all the way in terms of other display specs. It offers 98% DCI-P3 color gamut range, 99% Adobe RGB coverage and a full 100% Rec. 709, EBU and SMPTE-C coverage. In other words, across all professionally useful measurements of color variation, it kicks ass. On top of these, there is a 1,500:1 contrast ratio, specialized Digital Uniformity Equalizer technology for even backlighting and wonderfully broad viewing angle quality thanks to the screens IPS panel construction.

Straight out of the box, the ColorEdge comes precalibrated for ideal red, green and blue color characteristics and fully warms up to optimal display settings within three minutes of being turned on. And best of all, Eizo has included a very clever self-calibration technology in the form of a sensor that’s located above the display screen, which performs discreet automatic occasional color calibration without the need for user intervention. Users can however turn the sensor off and do their own color corrections on the monitor thanks to a 3D lookup table.

the Eizo ColorEdge CG318-4K monitor viewed from front and back

the Eizo ColorEdge CG318-4K monitor viewed from front and back

In terms of connectivity, the ColorEdge monitor comes with dual DisplayPort 1.2 and dual HDMI 2.0 inputs, which makes it fully prepared for the latest and best in rendering of video, photo displays and, if you’re so inclined, gaming visuals.

Finally, the Eizo ColorEdge CG318-4K also comes with a five year warranty from the manufacturer and is also guaranteed for 10,000 hours of brightness.

Unfortunately, this powerful device won’t be going on sale globally until June or July of 2015 but when it does it might be a highly worthwhile purchase for any serious design professional, despite its expected $4,600 price tag.

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