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BenQ SW2700PT monitor

 


Review of the BenQ SW2700PT monitor
Published on My 15, 2015 / Updated on October 26, 2018

 

BenQ wants to conquer the market of high-end displays and has released, one after the other, two displays in 2015; the PG2401PT (24'' art-graphic) and this SW2700PT much better positioned in price and 27-Inch moreover. The BenQ PG2401PT was not bad at all but the competition is too tough and especially cheaper so what about this second monitor ?


To quickly present this monitor we can say that it is a first 27-inch monitor for photographers or graphic designers (2560 x 1440 - pitch 0.21 - 108 dpi) with matte panel obviously seen the target area, with IPS technology (White LED), 14 bit LUT table and wide range therefore covering the Adobe RGB to 99%. It therefore falls into the category of so-called "Graphic Arts" screens. It is sold "only" 600 pounds.


 
 

In a few words...

 

BenQ SW2700PT

£610.00

What a pity that there is so much disparity in the serial numbers: you don't know if you have been lucky in terms of homogeneity... or not ! But the wrong serial numbers are really bad.... However, if you are lucky you will buy the best quality/price ratio currently available ! - Read my conclusion  

 
   
  Other offers...  
 
EUR 678,85
 
     

 

 

Introduction to the BenQ SW2700PT monitor

Here are some illustrations of this display with its flawless ergonomics...

   
BenQ SW2700PT monitor   BenQ SW2700PT in vertical position
BenQ SW2700PT monitor and its OSD remote   BenQ SW2700PT and hood
   
  Technical specifications
  BenQ SW2700PT Average price : £610.00 inc. VAT
Size / Resolution
27 Inch 16:9 - 2560 x 1440 - 108 ppi
 
Panel Type
IPS white LED (New matt panel)
  Uniformity check
No
  Gamut > 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec709
  Certifications No
 
Brightness/contrast
350 Cd/M2 / 700:1 measured
 
LUT table
10 bits / 14 bits - Hardware calibration
  Response time 5 ms
 
Screen dimensions
653 x 567 x 323 mm
  Border widths 20 mm
  Colour calibration soft Yes - Palette Master Element
  Connectivity DVI-D + DP 1.2 + HDMI + Hub USB 3.0
  VESA compatibility Yes - 100 mm
  Hood Yes
  Warranty 2 years - BenQ
  Company benq.com
 
 

What's included in the box...

The monitor is sold with :

  • The power cord... of course !
  • The shading hood
  • The DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable in 2018,
  • A USB 3.0 cable for hardware calibration and powering the USB HUB,
  • Palette Master Element on CD.


The dimensions and perceived quality

The screen has a 27" panel and is 64 cm wide overall. It's classic. As for the perceived quality, it is excellent, really and the monitor is sold with all the accessories. Nothing to complain about.

The BenQ SW2700PT and its panel

1 - Definition/resolution - It is therefore a "satin" IPS panel as we now say (!), normal on this slot of displays called "Graphic Arts", of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Its resolution is therefore 110 ppi. Classic for a 27-Inch and not "Retina" but who knows, thanks to the superb anti-reflective coating I talk about below, the pixels seem invisible at a "normal" viewing distance on a desktop; obviously, the texts are starting to be small in some software... but we can get closer to the screen without any problem... unless you are presbyopic!!! All this is very beautiful. The backlight is a white LED type.

   
BenQ SW2700PT monitor and its hood
   
 

2 - The panel and its anti-reflective coating - I notice that recently and clearly on this screen, the "satin" anti-reflective coating no longer marks the pixels, which gives this panel a magnificent rendering on the images and gradients with an excellent rendering of the details, "crispy". Very beautiful ! No more anti-reflective coatings that give the panels a granular look. This is clearly a significant quality of this screen.

BenQ SW2700PT monitor

Thickness of the screen edges

They measure 20 mm so we are also in the current standards even if today some manufacturers like HP or DELL are making efforts on this side. If you work in single panel, it won't bother you, but if, like me, you work in multi-screens, you would have appreciated thinner edges, only 10 mm thick.

To be read !
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The hardware calibration software "Palette Master Element ".

This monitor is sold with its hardware calibration software: Master Element Pallet - which is a proprietary solution. Among other things, it allows you to choose a gamma according to the L Star curve for those who print their photos, for example, and perhaps better control of black and white levels. Calibration can indeed focus on shades of grey and this monitor is sold with an original accessory - a wired remote control - which allows you to modify the gamut of the monitor on the fly, just by clicking on one of its three buttons (in addition to a quick access to the OSD menu).

 

BenQ SW2700PT monitor and its software Palette Master ELement to calibrate

 

The accessories

The display is very well equipped with accessories. It is sold with the power cord (Phew!), a USB 3.0 cable to power the two USB 3.0 sockets + the SD card reader on the side of the screen and finally allow hardware calibration (by placing the ICC profile directly in the LUT table on the screen). It is also sold with a MiniDisplay/DisplayPort cable for connection. When it was released in 2016 there was nothing to complain about. In 2018, some might point out that it does not include USB-C.

BenQ SW2700PT and its remote

This wired remote control allows direct access to some OSD menus on the screen directly, such as the famous direct color space change : Adobe RGB, sRGB and Black and White.

 

But there is also a surprise and a novelty because this screen is also sold with a wired remote control that allows you to select three types of presets:

  • Gamut Adobe RGB,
  • Gamut sRGB,
  • Black and white.

This remote control also provides access to the OSD menu on the screen. Very practical even if not essential because we don't go there very often !

 

BenQ SW2700PT wired remote control color modes

 

Finally, it is sold with its hood (all this for £610 !).

Ergonomics

The ergonomics are exemplary : the amplitude of the screen's movements in height, inclination and rotation will allow all users to find their ideal setting. Really perfect ! The same is true of the menu buttons and the famous accessory I just mentioned : the wired remote control that comes in the middle of the foot and allows you to control the OSD menu. The central column is also equipped with a cable grommet. Excellent !

 

Ergonomics of BenQ SW2700PT

 

Connectivity

This monitor has an HDMI port (with direct connection to a digital camera or a camera), a DisplayPort port, a USB 3.0 port to ensure hardware calibration, i.e. send directly the ICC profile generated in the LUT table of the monitor and not only on the graphics card and finally two USB 3.0 connectors.

 

Connectivity of BenQ SW2700PT

 

 

What is the BenQ SW2700PT monitor worth after calibration with the i1Display Pro (with or without Palette Master Element) ?

I have calibrated this display twice, with significantly different results. So I started the first calibration of this screen with the best current sensor (except the superlative and very expensive Basic) in an excellent quality/price ratio: the i1Display Pro + i1Profiler software (version 1.6.3 in this first test) then with the proprietary software, Master Palette Element version and still the same sensor.

I chose the following screen settings :

  • Colour space : Adobe RGB
  • Gamma : Adobe RGB (2,2)
  • Contrast : 50% by default / Native
  • Colour temperature : 6500K (Adobe RGB).

And as target values in the i1Profiler software 1.7.2... 

  • Screen Technology : Choose white diodes,
  • D65 or possibly a little less if you want a slightly warmer screen. (Note that at D55, the screen is really warm but not yellow like on cheap monitors),
  • Luminance : 80 Cd/m2 or more depending on your main use (printing or web) and especially the brightness of your room,
  • ContrastNative (possibly 287:1 for those who print a lot),
  • Gamma : 2,2 – standard curve, (The L* is only available with ColorNavigator and there is a lot to say about this L* gamma anyway)
  • ADC functionality disabled,
  • ICC norm : V2 (to avoid incompatibility problems with some image viewing software (images too dark) and obviously V4 if you know what you are doing).

And the result is ?


Objective data : what does the final report say after calibration ?

Importante note ! I could not compare objective data using i1Profiler's analysis tools because the ICC profile generated by SMEs is not compatible. That being said, and as I specify below, the visual comparison on image is formal : the calibration with the i1 Display Pro + i Profiler solution is really better, subjectively, and to add a little objectivity, I specify that the colors are then identical to those displayed on the Eizo CS240 (Replaced by Eizo CS2420) which is my reference. There's nothing more to add !

1 - i1Profiler final report :

 

Final report after calibration of BenQ SW2700PT with i1Display Pro

 

2 - Delta E (CIE 2000) :

 

Delta E after calibration of BenQ SW2700PT with l'i1Display Pro

 

My opinion : Impossible to see a difference with "normal" eyes with an Eizo CS2730! In the detail of some reds as I specify below but the numbers are simply excellent. With the 2000 standard, this gives for all patches: 0.35 and for the highest: 0.67 !!!! And yes, these figures come "only" from a BenQ!

Now the luminance and colour temperature uniformity tests :

 

Luminance uniformity after calibration of BenQ SW2700PT  with i1Display Pro

 

This is not dramatic but not insignificant either, since we are dealing with a display of 600 pounds. In addition, the i1Display Pro reading patches are not really measured in the corners but at one-third of the screen and given the difference in brightness/color temperature that the eye perceives, I think the numbers would be even less flattering in the "real" corners of the panel.

 

Uniformity in colour temperature after calibration of BenQ SW2700PT with i1Display Pro

 

The lack of uniformity on the right side of my test copy is just as clear on this colour temperature test : 150 K at the bottom right. I think we can still add 150K in the "real" corner of the panel, like for the luminance. Frankly, visually, it is the only disturbing defect but it is really disturbing visually and in addition knowing that it costs £600. If this had been my monitor, I would have asked to try another one... crossing my fingers very hard... so as not to come across a copy of one of my readers :

 

Luminance uniformity after calibration of BenQ SW2700PT  with i1Display Pro

Bad homogeneity of the slab of a copy BenQ SW2700PT
 

Important note - Summer 2018 ! It is very clear that my trial model was marred by a lack of homogeneity that was a problem at this cost. However, I had the opportunity to calibrate another specimen or observe other serial numbers closely and the homogeneity defects were "acceptable". It was enough for me to change my conclusion for an English and a French to send me a calibration report as unflattering as my test copy. BenQ quality monitoring is therefore not Eizo's ! Check yours carefully upon receipt...

And my subjective data : what does my eye see ?

1 - Calibration Master Element Palette vs i1Display Pro? On my "critical" test of the stained glass window of the "Good Samaritan" of the cathedral of Bourges developed in Adobe RGB, it is very clear that differences in calibration are visible between these two ICC profiles and that without any possible hesitation if we compare to my reference screen that is the Eizo CS240 (replaced by the Eizo CS2420) - my reference ! - Calibration with the i1Display Pro is the best, significantly. Unfortunately I couldn't compare the Delta E's because the Delta E's are incompatible with the tool integrated in the i1Display Pro (unlike the Master Palette) but visually, there is no hesitation to have.

My advice ! The Palette Master Element software may be proprietary software, but it allows calibration with the L Star gamma curve, hardware calibration and what's more, my dear i1Display Pro does a lot better so don't hesitate to have it : calibrate with the i1 Display Pro + i1Profiler !

2 - Comparison with my current reference Eizo CS2730 - Frankly, everything is balanced on a knife edge with the naked eye in terms of colour fidelity, with the same image on these two screens, next to each other. The most saturated reds are only slightly more subtle on the Eizo CS2420 but you have to stick your nose on the screen to see it. This is a little less true for gamma, more "natural" and progressive on the Eizo. That said, well done BenQ at this price !

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  BenQ SW2700PT  
Colour fidelity 9,5/10
Uniformity of the panel 6,0/10
Resolution 8,5/10
Ergonomic design 10/10
Connectivity 8,0/10
Manufacturing quality 9,5/10
Value for money 8,0/10

 

  I like it very much...  
 
  • Results after calibration very close to the best with the i1Display Pro,
  • Display of colors very - very - close to the Eizo CS2730, my reference, but I almost nitpick...
  • Matt "satin" IPS panel with a perfect, soft but "crispy" finish on the fine details - a striking quality of this screen,
  • 110 ppi : so you can bring the screen nearer,
  • Perfect ergonomic design as well,
  • Wired remote control (3 presets: Adobe RGB, sRGB and Black and white),
  • Very complete menus,
  • Large gamut real and checked,
  • Sold with its shading hood,
  • The best quality/price ratio in 27".
 
     
  I regret...  
 
  • Uniformity barely acceptable on some copies so : Be careful when you receive your copy.
  • It's difficult to recommend this monitor with eyes closed because of copies that are really less good than others and it's a shame because when you come across a good copy, you've bought the best quality/price ratio today !
  • Avoid Palette Element Master, not as good as a good old i1Display Pro + i1Profiler !
 
     
  My overall rating...  
  8,5 / 10  
     
  My conclusion...  
 
Note ! As we have seen in this test, some copies are really affected by a lack of homogeneity as often with cheaper products than the competition so check your copy carefully upon receipt. If you find a "good" number then you will be really happy with this excellent price/quality ratio!
It is increasingly easy for so-called "generalist" brands to manufacture displays for the arts professions with Delta E below 2 and even below 1 for the average. That said, colours are one thing but gamma and especially homogeneity are other things. Not all monitors can be Eizo...
 
     
   
 
BenQ SW2700PT

£610.00

EUR 678,85
 
   
 
 
Here is my Full review of the BenQ SW2700PT monitor
 
- Full review of the BenQ SW2700PT
  - Introduction to the BenQ SW2700PT
- What is the BenQ SW2700PT worth after calibration?
- My rating and conclusion
 

- My 13 monitor tests !
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- How to calibrate your monitor ?


 

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