While huge screens are taking off lately, many of us still appreciate more manageable sizes and resolutions, as long as image quality is top notch. That is the appeal of BenQ’s latest photography-oriented display: the SW240 24.1" PhotoVue IPS Monitor. It stars BenQ’s AQCOLOR technology for “Accurate Reproduction,” one of the most critical features of any display during the editing process, and can cover up to 99% of Adobe RGB for more true-to-life colors.
To achieve a wide color gamut with smooth gradations, a 10-bit panel is almost a requirement, and the SW240 is equipped with one, along with 178° viewing angles, thanks to IPS technology. This setup can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, a dramatic improvement over the 16.7 million of 8-bit displays, and is what provides the 99% coverage of Adobe RGB, 100% of sRGB, and 95% of DCI-P3. To make things even better, it has a 14-bit 3D LUT with a Delta E≤2 for consistency. Users also can switch quickly between modes using the Color Mode HotKey for accessing Adobe RGB, sRGB, and an Advanced Black-and-White setting. Other features of the anti-glare SW240 are a respectable native contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m² along with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. And, to top it all off, hardware calibration is possible using Palette Master Element software.
During use, a refresh rate of 60 Hz and 5 ms response time ensure smooth motion on the display. It can be easily connected to many modern computers via its DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, and DVI-DL inputs. A bonus for photographers is the USB 3.0 hub, including an SD card reader and two USB 3.0 inputs. This all makes it a capable and affordable display choice for creatives. An optional Shading Hood is available for reducing the impact and flare caused by ambient lighting.
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