If you’re on a budget, this new BenQ entry-level monitor might be for you

May 3, 2018

Chad Verzosa

Chad Verzosa is a freelance writer and photographer currently based in Florida. When not traveling, he likes to spend his time printing pictures in the darkroom.

If you’re on a budget, this new BenQ entry-level monitor might be for you

May 3, 2018

Chad Verzosa

Chad Verzosa is a freelance writer and photographer currently based in Florida. When not traveling, he likes to spend his time printing pictures in the darkroom.

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Electronics company BenQ has released a new monitor designed for photo editors on a budget. The 24-inch 1080p SW240 display features 99% Adobe RGB coverage for accurate color reproduction.

The SW240 is the newest in BenQ’s PhotoView series after the 31.5 inch SW320 and the 27 inch SW271 & SW2700PT. It may be small, and it may not have 4k UHD or QHD resolution, but judging from the specs, it still appears to be a highly capable tool.

Main features:

  • 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 99% Adobe Color, 100% sRGB, 95% DCI-P3
  • 14-Bit 3D LUT and Delta ≤ 2
  • Includes Palette Master Element calibration software

Since it’s a 10-bit color monitor, you wouldn’t have to worry about the weird artifacts you might encounter with a cheap display. It also has a 3D Look Up Table (LUT) which improves RGB color blending accuracy. Furthermore, it also incorporates a Color Mode HotKey that allows you to switch between AdobeRGB, sRGB, and DCI-P3 conveniently.

The SW240 may be marketed as a budget monitor, but it’s currently priced at $400.00. However, knowing that most high-performance displays cost way more than that, it could still be a worthy investment.

The BenQ PhotoVue series monitors are also available via B&H: SW240 ($399) SW320 ($1,499), SW271 ($1,099), SW2700PT ($599)

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3 responses to “If you’re on a budget, this new BenQ entry-level monitor might be for you”

  1. steve Avatar
    steve

    *you’re

  2. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    How is $400 a budget monitor?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      It’s not a $3K Eizo?