BenQ SW320 31.5" 16:9 4K Color Accurate IPS Monitor

BenQ SW320 31.5" 16:9 4K Color Accurate IPS Monitor

BenQ SW320 31.5" 16:9 4K Color Accurate IPS Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • 31.5" In-Plane Switching (IPS) Panel
  • DisplayPort / HDMI / mDP Inputs
  • 3840 x 2160 Resolution
  • 1,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 350 cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • 5 ms Response Time
  • 1.07 Billion Colors
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BenQ SW320 overview

  • 1Description

Covering 99% of the Adobe RGB color space and 100% of the sRGB color space, the SW320 31.5" 16:9 4K Color Accurate IPS Monitor from BenQ is designed to offer enhanced color clarity for a more accurate color representation. In addition to enhanced color accuracy, the BenQ SW320 also features HDR (High Dynamic Range) for a greater range of luminosity along with brightness uniformity designed to ensure the display is equally bright from corner to corner.

Keeping colors of the monitor in check is a necessary function of any color accurate monitor and this BenQ display comes equipped with a built-in hardware calibration chip that operates on its own. As a result, colors aren't affected by the computers graphics card. Users can also use a variety of display calibration sensors, including sensors from X-Rite and Datacolor, to tweak color settings to suit the needs of various color accurate tasks.

Setup and configuration of the BenQ SW320 is simple as it comes equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort inputs. Once configured, users can take advantage of the 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution along with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m² brightness rating, and a 5 ms response time for a clear, dynamic picture quality. The SW320 comes with a shading hood and supports 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles to ensure the display remains consistent from nearly any angle.

4K UHD Monitor
With 4K Ultra HD resolution users benefit from enhanced clarity and fine details and textures for an optimal viewing and visual-intensive work experience.
99% Adobe RGB
Adobe RGB color space offers a greater range of color reproduction for shades of blue and green, resulting in a more realistic color representation for outdoor and nature photography.
10-Bit Color Display
Enjoy smooth color gradations on a 10-bit display, which shows more than one billion colors.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
High Dynamic Range (HDR) increases the overall dynamic range between black and white so the resulting image appears closer to what your eyes see in the natural world.
Please note, to view HDR content from your device, ensure that you use the HDMI cable provided with the SW320 monitor or a High Speed HDMI Cable or Premium High Speed HDMI Certified Cable
Brightness Uniformity
Brightness uniformity is achieved through a delicate process involving the utilization of high precision apparatus to meticulously fine-tune hundreds of sub-regions on the entire screen. It offers a more authentic and consistent viewing experience
14-Bit 3D LUT & Delta E ≦ 2
The 14-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT) improves RGB color blending accuracy, resulting in improved color reproduction. Having Delta E≤2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces gives you the truest and most representative view of the original image.
Hardware Calibration
Hardware calibration allows you to adjust the image processing chip in the monitor without changing the graphics card output data. It keeps images consistent with its original copies without being affected by graphic settings.
Palette Master Element Calibration Software
With the use of Palette Master Element and a calibrator, you can tune and maintain the color performance of the monitor at its most optimal state.
*Supported Platforms: Win7 or above, Mac OS 10.6.8 or above
*Supported Calibrators: X-Rite i1 Display Pro / i1 Pro / i1 Pro 2 & Datacolor Spyder 4 / Spyder 5
Advanced Black & White Mode
View your photos in a black and white film effect. Choose from three different black and white presets to preview your photos in before you perform actual adjustments in your photo processing program.
GamutDuo enables you to view content simultaneously in different color spaces side-by-side for added comparison. Switch to PIP/PBP mode to enable GamutDuo.
Hotkey Puck
The Hotkey Puck allows the user to switch between Adobe RGB mode, sRGB mode, and Black & White mode effortlessly. The buttons can also be customized to map other modes or OSD settings, such as brightness and contrast, to bring added convenience to photographers.
Shading Hood
The SW320 includes a detachable shading hood that effectively reduces the monitor's screen glare resulting from ambient lighting, ensuring superb color accuracy required for professional work. The shading hood can be used in both portrait and landscape orientations.
UPC: 840046035754
In the Box
BenQ SW320 31.5" 16:9 4K Color Accurate IPS Monitor
  • Shading Hood
  • Individual Calibration Report
  • Hotkey Puck
  • Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    BenQ SW320 specs

    Size 31.5"
    Screen Area 27.5 x 15.5" / 69.8 x 39.3 cm
    Panel Type IPS-Type LCD
    Touchscreen No
    Native Resolution 3840 x 2160
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Maximum Brightness 350 cd/m2
    Contrast Ratio 1000:1
    Adaptive Sync Technology None
    Horizontal Frequency 30 to 140 kHz
    Vertical Frequency 48 to 76 Hz
    Bit Depth / Color Support 8-Bit+FRC (1.07 Billion Colors)
    Look-Up Table 10-Bit
    Color Gamut 100% Rec. 709
    100% sRGB
    99% Adobe RGB
    99% DCI-P3
    Response Time 5 ms
    Viewing Angle Horizontal: 178°
    Vertical: 178°
    Dot Pitch 0.233 x 0.233 mm
    Inputs / Outputs
    Connectivity 1 x USB Input
    1 x USB 2.0 Input
    2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.0) Output
    1 x DisplayPort 1.4
    1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
    1 x HDMI 2.0
    Power Consumption 0.7 W (Standby)
    50 W (Typical)
    AC Input Power 96 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Power Adapter Type Internal
    Height Adjustment 5.9" / 15 cm
    Rotation Adjustment 90°
    Swivel Adjustment 90°
    Tilt Adjustment -5 to 20°
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 29.4 x 19.8 x 9.2" / 74.7 x 50.2 x 23.4 mm (With Stand)
    Weight 32 lb / 14.5 kg
    22.7 lb / 10.3 kg (Without Stand)
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    Package Weight 45.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 34.2 x 23.8 x 14.6"

    BenQ SW320 reviews

    SW320 31.5" 16:9 4K Color Accurate IPS Monitor is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Color cast variation across the screen This monitor has great specs. It is not expensive for the specs. compared to Eizo and Nec to mention a couple of names. The problem is in the execution. You will note several people mentioned the uneven screen coloration in posted reviews here on the B&H website. I decided to take a chance and hope to hit the lottery. I did not hit. The screen on my monitor on the right is magenta hued with a neutral grey background and on the left it is green hued. Otherwise it is an attractive monitor with good resolution, color management and economy. If you manage to get a good one it would seem to be a great purchase. If not, you may want to return it. I will return mine.
    Date published: 2017-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I may buy another soon. I'm very happy so far. I calibrate it with an Xrite, using the BenQ Palette Master software. The documentation for the software isn't very informative, but I googled around and got the answers I needed. Photo editing is great. You see imperfection right away. I find myself zooming to 200% at times because of the 4K resolution and it's fine. It works well with Win 10 as well. You can increase the size of the text as much as you need to.
    Date published: 2017-03-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could not calibrate This monitor tries to do too much and does not do the one thing it is required to do, have accurate hardware calibrated color. I wasted several days trying to get this calibrated. It succeeded once for the sRGB color space, then I tried doing the second custom profile for adobe rgb color space and it failed. I tried over and over and it failed every time. I was advised by BenQ customer support that it would need to have the firmware re-flashed. They said I could send it in for warranty repair or I could return it to the place of purchase. Also this monitor had 12 stuck pixels. The pixels are so small that I only noticed them once I was editing a photo and got my face close to the screen for the small details. I ran the videos that flash primary colors very quick and got 11 of the 12 pixels un-stuck. Overall this monitor tries to do too much, without really doing anything exceptionally well. I am going to buy a well known brand for color accuracy and leave the BenQ brand for gamers.
    Date published: 2017-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Performance, Rich Features I'm using a Mac Pro (late 2013) with Sierra. Setup was easy. After a few minutes of monitor assembly to attach the base to the monitor, I plugged into my thunderbolt/displayport andthe SW320 worked as expected, full resolution. Color out of the box is excellent. I installed then downloaded the latest BenQ Palette Master software (youll need to make sure the USB cable is connected) and then ran the calibration routine. Native support for Spyder4/5 as well as many x-rite devices is built in. Ran the calibration and was slightly annoyed at the lengthy writing times - it felt like the calibration routine had frozen. After letting it run for about 15 minutes, itsuccessfully completed, with minor adjustments based on my preferences. The integration with my Spyder5 is a nice bonus. I was initially thinking the Hotkey Puck was going to be gimmicky, but Im surprised at how useful it is and I have been using it to manage settings, and quickly change options. Monitor packaging is good. There were no dead pixels. Panel appears to perform as expected in all regards. Its a pricey monitor, but with broad setup/configuration options, it should appeal to advanced users who dont want to spend more cash for these type of feature sets. One small nit: a room light sensor at the top of the monitor is currently only supported on Windows. Overall, great monitor, no negatives discovered. I would buy again.
    Date published: 2017-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Far, so Good The monitor itself is great. It was easy to set up. The picture is beautiful and crisp. There are no dead pixels. I have not attempted to use any of the advanced features, such as calibration yet, but the software appears to work. One thing that is not in the printed or online information, at least as far as I know, is that the bundled calibration software, named Pallet Master Element, requires the i1Display Pro to be plugged into the monitor's USB port (and of course the monitor must be plugged into a USB hub on the host system).
    Date published: 2017-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded Expectations Before purchasing two of the Ben Q SW320, for about 5 years I had owned two NEC PA 302W...both excellent monitors in their own right. As a professional photographer, having a color accurate monitor is absolutely paramount to my work. The NECs excelled in this regard. But, the NECs were showing signs of age with uneven light distribution across the screen, and some stuck pixels in the corners. It was time to step up and eat the cost of getting two new monitors. I decided to go the 4K route, with the intention of getting as much resolution out of my photographs (most of which are taken with the 36 megapixel Nikon D810) as I could. I settled on the BenQ SW320. I had never owned any BenQ products previously, nor did I know much of anything about the quality of their product. But, the online reviews I read were extremely flattering. They are also half the price of NECs new 4k 31 monitors. So I took a leap of faith and bought the BenQs. I could not be happier with them. Color accuracy (after calibration via X-rite Pro) is quite faithful and accurate. The monitors were simply plug and play. No downloads were necessary to get them going. That said, as an option I did download the Palette software for BenQ monitors which helps you calibrate them. Corner to corner and right into the middle of the screen, light, contrast, and saturation is extremely consistent and predictable. Additionally, having 4K for the first time has really opened my eyes into the exceptional detail these screens pull out of a photograph. The only issue I can't comment on yet is durability....but I will follow up in about a year with (hopefully) no noticeable changes in the performance of these monitors. I highly recommend these monitors. For their price point, they are a no-brainer, IMO.
    Date published: 2017-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable and Accurate for Photography I had previously owned two NEC 31 monitors prior to buying two of these BenQ models. The NEC were not 4K, but they were outstanding color-accurate monitors for photography. However, the NEC were beginning to shows signs of age, and needed replacement. I was going to go with the newer 4k NEC models, but they are prohibitively expensive. So, I decided to purchase this BenQ...and am extremely pleased with my choice. Setting the monitors up was a breeze...simply affix the monitor hood to the monitor, and plug the monitors in via Thunderbolt ports (I own a 2013 Mac Pro). For calibration I use an X-Rite i1, which works seamlessly with the BenQ calibration software. Calibration takes about 5 minutes for each monitor, and I calibrate once every couple weeks. I strongly recommend using the Advanced mode for calibration, as it is far more accurate and detail-oriented than using the Basic mode. I tried the Basic mode, and was quite displeased with the monitor's calibration. But in Advanced mode the monitor seems to be quite accurate with exceptional dynamic range. On one of my monitors, there is an ever-so-slight magenta tint off to the extreme right of the screen...but it's so slight that I usually cannot notice it when viewing or editing photographs in Lightroom or Photoshop. I can only see the tint when the screen is a solid color, like in screen saver mode. Other than that very minor issue, both monitors have performed flawlessly for me. I've owned them for about 5 months now, and haven't had any problems. No flashing or flickering, no connection issues, and color accuracy has been extremely satisfying. The hockey puck is more of a gimmick than a useful tool. Supposedly, you are able to control many characteristics of the screen with the puck...but once calibrated, I never have a need to adjust any settings the puck just sits there. The height and tilt of the monitor is very simple to adjust: Just lift, push or pivot. The screen automatically holds in place when you're finished moving it. In sum, I would highly recommend this monitor to anyone who requires extreme color fidelity for Photography.
    Date published: 2017-07-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Do not get your hopes up I really wanted to like this monitor. Reviews on Luminous Landscape, Northlight Images, ephotozine, photographyblog, 144hzmonitors, color-management-guide, and others were glowing. A few included images of their BenQ personalized Online Factory Calibration Reports. LOL. In this case, reviewer samples and mine are... not even close. In particular, reviewer samples Uniformity in ^E never exceeded 3.00 (generally acknowledged threshold for imperceptible). Mine were 4.69, 4.21, 3.9, 3.26, etc. in the right half of the screen. Does this matter? Yes. My neutral-gray screen-saver is rosy-magenta on the right. Any monochrome imagery (as a photographer, I do that occasionally :-) is rosy-magenta on the right. OK. Sample defect, perhaps. But then, there is BenQ's Palette Master Element software, which supposedly can use a variety of monitor measurement tools (including my Datacolor Spyder5) to profile the onboard 14-bit Look-Up Table. LOL again. On a mature Windows 7 Pro 64-bit system, that software would not launch (missing DLL). On a virgin Windows 7 Pro 64-bit system (I keep a copy just for this kind of nonsense), it would launch, apparently acknowledge my Spyder5, and then hang... requiring a forced re-boot and cleansing of the boot drive. Seriously, BenQ... are we in 1990? Early reviewers seem to be mostly Mac-based. My experience with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and BenQ software (even installing the basic monitor driver was a hassle) was dismal. Not all is lost, however. Simply ignoring Palette Master Element, profiling with Datacolor Spyder5 produced excellent results: 99% sRGB and 99% AdobeRGB coverage. So... if you can find a decent sample, this might be a reasonable purchase. I am returning mine. YMMV. P.S. The industrial design, stand in particular, is rather nice. The puck keys, however, are junk: button presses are noisy and often over-shoot. Monitor keys are more reliable, but... once again, BenQ: really? A pair of buttons for < > are > < . Simple HF!
    Date published: 2017-05-26
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