Meet BenQ’s New SW320 4K HDR Professional Monitor
Stephan Jukic – December 12, 2016
BenQ’s monitors are already well known for their often high levels of quality and professional specs but the new SW320 4K HDR monitor introduced by the company this week is likely to give many contenders a run for their money. This definitely looks like a model that stands out among its own brand cousins and rival displays.
The SW320 has been designed specifically to appeal to professional photographers and other types of visual editing pros who need a combination of ultra HD resolution, wide color support and finally, the added powerful bonus of HDR support, just like that provided by most 2016 4K TVs. That’s right, the SW320 offers HDR10 integrated into its very roomy 31.5 inch display and each model is individually calibrated at the factory for maximal precision upon delivery to consumers.
Moving into further details, the SW320 offers the already-mentioned 31.5 inch display and comes with a 10-bit IPS panel that offers extremely wide viewing angles and high color vibrancy. The 10bit color support means a faithful reproduction of 1.07 billion colors and coverage of 100% of the AdobeRGB color spectrum along with over 100% sRGB color space support. As an HDR monitor, the SW320 also delivers coverage of 87% of the DCI-P3 color space and this is reasonably impressive indeed for a 4K monitor, considering that today’s 4K HDR TVs are designed to handle 90%+ DCI-P3 color coverage.
More importantly though, the high level of DCI-P3 color coverage is important for video editors and animators who want a high level of post-production precision in colors for the sake of editing 4K HDR videos in particular. This is a useful feature that only some other professional monitors offer so far in today’s growing landscape of 4K HDR video creation. On the other hand, the 87% DCI-P3 coverage could have been upped quite a bit further to go beyond the 90% to 95% DCI-P3 rendering of many of the best 4K HDR TVs or some other even pricier 4K pro monitors.
In any case, the new BenQ monitor also comes with a 14-bit 3D look-up table and comes factory calibrated for DeltaE levels of less than 2 in both AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces.
The SW320 can also manage the interesting trick of being able to display two different color spaces at the same time side by side thanks to its PIP/PBP modes, though two different input sources from other devices are needed to do this at once.
Speaking of the SW320’s connectivity ports, they are impressively cutting-edge indeed, with a single HDMI 2.0a port for HDR10 support, a DisplayPort 1.4 port along with a miniDP 1.4 cousin port with the same specs. All of these main 4K video-capable ports offer ultra HD resolution at 60 frames per second and even more crucially, come with HDCP 2.2 support for assorted sources of professional and consumer 4K video. Addtionally, the SW320 comes with a dual-port USB 3.0 hub and BenQ even added in a card reader that some users like pro photographers might find useful.
Aside from the high-level color specs mentioned above, the SW320 also delivers a 60Hz native refresh rate, a reasonably high 350 cd/m2 brightness level and a native contrast ratio of just over 1000:1, which is about par for the course in an IPS monitor. The monitor’s response time of 5ms is also quite fast by professional IPS 4K display standards, though this model is not exactly a monitor that has been built with gaming in mind.
BenQ has also given the SW320 a highly adjustable stand with flexibility for rotation of the screen and adjustments to inclination and height. The BenQ SW320 4K HDR monitor will be going on sale as of January 2017 and while the company hasn’t yet released a price, we’re not expecting this puppy to be cheap given all of its high-caliber pro specs.
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