We have been BenQ's key supporter in Australia for the last 5 years and see only a very bright future ahead. We have an unmatched relationship with both BenQ Australia, but also right back to the key BenQ engineers who develop these products - so you can be sure if you buy a BenQ monitor from Image Science you will simply get the best advice and support available - both before and after your purchase.
BenQ arrived relatively late (around 2013) to the Colour Accurate monitors market but their ability to handle more of the process in house gives them a substantial price advantage over their competitors.
Now, they've fully fleshed out their range with larger sizes and now offer a number of attractive, high performing screens at very competitive prices. BenQ colour accurate monitors are now internationally known as BenQ AQ Colour Monitors (in some markets you may still see BenQ PhotoGenic/PhotoVue referred to.
It is fair to say at this point that BenQ are more than likely the market leaders in colour accurate monitors worldwide. Thanks to their excellent relationship with us, BenQ have in particular seen massive growth in the Australian market with thousands of their SW and PV monitors now out in the field and in daily use with both professional and amateur users.
The SW range is now BenQ's range designed primarily for still image users (Photographers, Illustrators, Graphic Designers etc).
This range offers very similar features yo the better known options from Eizo and NEC - 10 bit input/panels, high bit depth/3D Look Up Tables (LUTs), Direct Hardware Calibration support, and excellent colour accurate quality and general ergonomics. Whilst these models are not yet quite as refined as the Eizos, they do offer tremendous value for money.
Entry level is the SW240 - whilst not a huge monitor, it's colour accuracy is world's above typical dekstop monitors. Perfect for students, studio monitors, and folks just dipping their toes into the world of colour accuracy.
At the most popular 27" size is the BenQ SW270C - and upgrade to the now EOL SW2700PT, this has significantly improved uniformity, added USB-C (including power delivery) and HDR/video support. Tremendous value from BenQ.
The SW271 arrived in mid-2018 and has been an enormous success for BenQ - a 27 inch 4K screen with all the features you could want, and an amazingly low price point. This is one of our favourite BenQ models - particularly if you do a lot of video or general purpose work alongside your still imaging work. Whilst 4k doesn't make much practical difference for still image work, it's very nice for more day to day things like email, browsing, spreadsheets and so on - the extra sharpness really improves text rendering in particular. This model has become hugely popular - a 4K, colour accurate wide gamut model with great performance at an amazing price - who doesn't want that??
In 2021, the SW271C will replace the SW271 - adding improved performance, notably better uniformity, and a charging USB-C input. All mod cons and great quality - read our evaluation.
And if you want the biggest bad boy out there, then the 2020 BenQ SW321C is the logical choice. 32" of 4K beauty.
99% coverage of AdobeRGB colour space - see more colour, accurately!
High bit depth internal processing and 3D LUTs means higher fidelity in general, and smoother gradients in particular.
Add an i1Display Pro and you have a complete direct hardware calibration solution using BenQ's included Palette Master Software.
With monitor, hood, stand, cables, and software included, the only accessory you need to add for a complete colour accurate monitor solution is an i1Display Pro calibrator!
Support for video speeds (24/25p etc) and HDR modes on some models
In general, for most of our customers - who are typically looking for colour accuracy above all else - we recommend the SW and PV monitors listed above.
But these models from BenQ are so pretty and such good quality, we couldn't resist carrying them.
This is what we call a 'Business Graphics' monitor. Great colour accuracy, image quality and sharpness, out of the box - but lacking the more powerful direct hardware calibration features of the SW and PV models.
What you get instead is gorgeous physical design (a near perfect match for Macbooks) - and excellent quality for all sorts of general purpose usages and modest imaging work. You also get easy USB-C hook-up (for video, data, audio from one cable - and on the bigger model, even power charging to 85W back to your laptop, if your laptop supports it!).
This is perfect for uses like CAD/CAM and graphic design/layout tasks, as well as video cutting or just being a lovely screen to work day to day on, on just about anything!