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BenQ PV270 27" Monitor

[IS sku: HBENQ_PV270]
$1,299

The best value 27" colour accurate monitor on the market - with video friendly features too - this one is bound to be VERY popular!

New Product - Available to pre-order for shipping early April
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  • Eizo Screen Cleaner Kit
    + $32
    A screen cleaner specifically developed for cleaning monitors with optical grade anti-glare coating.
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    Description

    It's taken a while but BenQ are finally fleshing out their high end monitor line with the sorts of larger sizes most serious imaging users are looking for.  

    While the PG24 model is rather showing its age now, the new PV models are their second generation high end product and it shows - more refined performance across the board, and with significantly improved & stabilised software for the direct hardware calibration system.   And with extra features that make these also of particular interest to film producers (e.g. Technicolor certification, DCI-P3 support and 1080/24p support for judder free playback at native timings). 

    Given the highly competitive pricing, we're expecting these to be very popular!

    BenQ says:

    Designed to meet the high demands of imaging professionals, BenQ PV270 is verified with Technicolor Colour Certified, ensuring reliable digital colour rendering on the screen. Uncompromising colour performance (Rec. 709, DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB) and powerful calibration tools make the PV270 ideal for imaging and video post-production processes.

    KEY FEATURES
    • 27”W Large Screen 2560x1440 QHD Resolution
    • 100% Rec. 709 and 96% DCI-P3 with IPS Technology
    • Hardware Calibration with Accuracy Color
    • Palette Master Color Calibration Software
    • Brightness Uniformity Function

    Reliable Color Throughout the Workflow

    The BenQ PV270's comprehensice and rigorous approach to color management helps ensure color is reproduced consistently throughout the video post-production workflow. From the rough cut phase, through the addiction of effects, color correction, and compositing, to the output stage, color is rendered with pinpoint accuracy so that resluts match intent perfectly.

    Color Perfected

    Because it's so important to the video post-production workflow, the PV270 goes the extra mile to ensure the fullest range of accurately and consistently rendered color.

    Rec.709 and DCI-P3 Color Gamut

    The PV270 provides 100% coverage of the Rec. 709 and 96% of the DCI-P3 standards, ensuring output for high-definition television and digital cinema matches the colors you have defined. The PV270 also provides 99% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space designed to encompass most of the colors producible for graphic art professionals.

    2560x1440 (QHD) Resolution with 27” Wide-screen

    The high pixel density of 2560x1440 (QHD) resolution delivers the crisp picture quality you expect for close reviews and detailed editing, and the spacious wide-screen view provides greater comfort and productivity.

    Brightness Uniformity

    Brightness uniformity is achieved via 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.

    Backlight Sensor

    Advanced luminance control not only ensures an ideal level of brightness that is quickly achieved after powering on, but also provides consistency both during a session of use and over the lifetime of the display.

    Accurate Color Calibration

    Video post-production work calls for fine-grained color calibration, and with PV270’s powerful calibration functions, users are assured a high-precision calibration result.

    Hardware Calibration

    Hardware calibration allows you to adjust the monitor’s image processing chip without changing graphics card output data. Calibration keeps images consistent with originals without being affected by graphics settings. Two monitor preset modes allow calibration results to be saved directly into the monitor.

    14-bit 3D Look Up Table

    With the 14-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT), monitors can display the most accurate color mixture. 14-bit 3D LUT improves RGB color blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable color and gray tone reproduction.

    Delta E≤1.5

    BenQ PV270 monitor features Delta E≤1.5 in Rec. 709 and Adobe RGB color spaces to ensure colors are displayed accurately in every stage of video editing workflow. Delta E≤1.5 not only offers viewers the truest appearance of the original image, it also saves time and money by creating reliable colors and providing promising result when matching images the first time, every time.

    BenQ Calibration Software

    Joint-developed with X-rite, the global leader in color science and technology, Palette Master is bundled software that can validate calibration settings. A user-friendly interface and a variety of adjustment parameters make it a snap to set a customized profile for any job.

    Support OS system :

    Win7/ Win8/ Win10, Mac OS 10.6.8-10.11

    Support Calibrator :

    X-Rite i1 Display Pro / i1 Pro / i1 Pro 2

    Download Link :

    http://www.benq.com/product/mo...

    GamutDuo

    GamutDuo enables you to view video simultaneously in different color spaces side-by-side for added comparison convenience and reliability. Moreover, videos from two different sources can be handled this way for easy checking.

    *Enable GamutDuo by changing to PIP/PBP mode

    Color Display Clone

    Color Display Clone eliminates the need for guesswork to achieve accurate color across multiple locations. A built-in color temperature sensor automatically adjusts the picture to ambient light conditions, ensuring color is rendered consistently to your targeted values.

    *Windows OS required and only works under Calibration mode

    1080/24P Playback

    Supports refresh rates of 72Hz to ensure 24p film content can be displayed at the correct cadence, without the need for pulldowns which distort playback of the source video.

    *Only support with HDMI

    Software Develop Kit (SDK)

    An SDK and easy-to-use API are available for studios to develop customized calibration software that meets their highly specific in-house or project requirements.

    Certification and Warranty

    The BenQ PV270 is Technicolor Color certified, meeting strict color standards for Hollywood, the broader media and entertainment industries. A five-year general warranty and a six-month warranty against bright dot pixels are final assurances of quality.

    Panel Size / Ratio - 27" / 16:9 (1.78:1)

    Panel Size / Ratio

    27" / 16:9 (1.78:1)

    Native Resolution - 2560 * 1440

    Native Resolution

    2560 * 1440

    Panel Technology - IPS

    Panel Technology

    IPS

    Supports Direct Hardware Calibration? - Yes

    Supports
    Direct Hardware Calibration?

    In Built Sensor? - No

    In Built Sensor?

    Gamut - Wide<br>99% Adobe RGB

    Gamut

    Wide
    99% Adobe RGB

    Calibration Information

    This monitor supports Direct Hardware Calibration and comes with a full version of BenQ's Palette Master software to achieve this.

    However a calibration sensor is not included and needs to be purchased to take advantage of this system.  The only compatible calibrator is the i1Display Pro.

    Compatible Calibrators

    We recommend the i1Display Pro.

    i1 Display Pro
    Incompatible / Not Recommended Calibrators

    These calibrators are either simply not compatible, or do not measure current monitor technologies reliably. If you have one of these, it's time for an upgrade!

    i1 Display V1 & V2
    ColorMunki Photo/Design
    i1 Pro
    Spyder 1, 2 and 3 (any version)
    Spyder 4 (any version)
    Spyder 5 (any version)

    Specifications

    Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.

    We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.

    To get more information about a particular specification, use the arrow to get a 'Specxplanation'.

    • Panel Size
      27"

      Monitor panel sizes are measured across the diagonal, in inches.

      They are approximate only, so the actual measurement might be 27.1" for example. Note that panel size in inches is only one part of the story - the other being the aspect ratio. For example a 24" monitors doesn't sound much bigger than a 23" monitor, but 24" monitors are normally 16:10 versus most 23" monitors being 16:9. This means a 24" monitor is much taller than a 23" and the working size is much greater than one inch difference would suggest.

    • Panel Ratio
      16:9 (1.78:1)

      The panel ratio gives the relative size of the horizontal to the vertical. Older monitors were 4:3, but most modern monitors are widescreen, with 16:10 or 16:9 being the common ratios. 16:10 is distinctly taller, and common with 24 and 30 inch monitors. 23 and 27 inch monitors are normally 16:9 - the same ratio as widescreen televisions. For monitors 24 inches and below, we recommend going with a 16:10 monitor if you can. Once you're over 24 inches you've got sufficient vertical working space it doesn't matter so much.

    • Native Resolution
      2560 * 1440

      Native resolution is simply the number of pixels a monitor has, stated as horizontal x vertical.

      LCD monitors really want to receive their native resolution and look pretty terrible when scaling other resolutions to the native resolution of the panel.

      Most modern computers have no trouble outputting up to 2560 by 1600 (e.g. all Mac Pros/Macbooks/Minis/Airs etc. from the last 5 years or so can do this without issue, usually to 2 or more displays simultaneously). The only time it becomes particularly important is with older machines, particularly laptops, many have a maximum external display resolution of 1920 by 1200. If in doubt send us the full model number of your laptop and we can double check this for you!

    • Panel Technology
      IPS

      There are three major types of monitor panels. IPS (aka PLS) - are the best for image makers. They have the best colour accuracy and uniformity characteristics. The can sometimes have weaker blacks, so gamers and video editors sometimes lean towards PVA monitors. However these days good IPS panels have excellent blacks so we recommend that all image makers use an IPS panel. The latest panel type, TN, is generally only used in laptops and low end devices and should avoided for imaging work at all costs!

    • Backlight Technology
      LED

      The two major types of backlighting are CCFL (Flourescent tube based) and LED. CCFL is the older type of light source and offers good uniformity and it has been traditionally easier to engineer colour accuate monitors with flourescent tubes. However recent LED backlit monitors can be excellent - very uniform, and of course they use much less power. The latest LED backlit monitors from the good makers now offer excellent colour accuracy - at least as good as the older CCFL models.

      LEDs also uses significantly less power (although CCFL monitors are already much better than old CRTs of course!) - and tend to have better uniformity.

    • Cooling Fan?

      Whether or not the unit needs a fan for cooling. Most monitors fortunately don't need a fan, rather using passive cooling through heatsinks and vents.

      However, some monitors do require a fan, which can be of concern given the monitors proximity to your ears. Generally the fan will be a low dB fan not audible above a typical computer fan, but if ambient noise is of concern to you the we suggest you choose a monitor without a cooling fan.

    • Direct Hardware Calibration Support?

      Direct Hardware Calibration is the process of calibrating directly into the monitor's hardware. This is both more accurate, and typically more easy to do, than traditional software calibration. See the 'Calibration Information' section above for more details about this monitor and calibration.

    • In Built Sensor?

      In built correction sensors come in two forms:

      • Full Calibration Sensors - behave just list external calibration sensors and can build full colour profiles for your monitor. These are designed to allow for fully automatic regular calibation with no user intervention.
      • Correction Sensors - these can not make colour profiles, so you will still need access to a compatible external sensor about twice a year, but the correction sensor is used to keep the monitor as close to the profile as possible inbetween calibrations.
    • Gamut
      Wide
      99% Adobe RGB

      Until around 2010, almost all monitors were 'standard gamut' - meaning they could display a moderate range of colours (roughly around the size of the sRGB colour space). In recent years we've seen the development of wide gamut monitors that can display a much wider range of saturated colours (about 25% more) - equivalent to approximately the gamut of AdobeRGB.

      We recommend wide gamut monitors for all image makers, but especially for anyone working regularly with saturated colour. Wide gamut monitors can also emulate standard gamut monitors very well, so it's more future proof to choose a wide gamut model, and there really aren't any disadvantages (apart from the generally higher price of wide gamut models!).

    • 10 Bit Input Support?

      Does the monitor accept a 10 bit incoming video signal? 10 bit video signals allow for more tonal level separation (i.e. smoother gradients).

      PC: 10 bit is well supported and relatively easy to achieve with 'workstation' graphic cards (short version: buy an nvidia Quadro video card!).

      Mac: 10 bit has only just become supported in 2016 - you'll need very up to date Mac hardware, and the latest versions of OSX and your apps.

      Our comprehensive article on 10 bit support has all the details.

    • Contrast Ratio
      1000:1

      The maximum achievable ratio of the brightness of a monitor's white to the depth of it's black. The stated figure is a maximum, achieved only when the monitor is running at high brightness in a darkened room.

      A high contrast ratio makes things looks more contrasty (i.e. more 'pop') and is particularly of note with gaming, video, and image display scenarios. For example, if you're selling photos to clients straight off your screen, then high contrast has more wow factor.

      However, for print work, it is typical practice to dramatically reduce the monitors contrast to as low as, say, 200:1 to better simulate paper. This is best done with monitors that feature direct hardware calibration support and allow you to specify the desired contrast ratio.

    • Maximum Brightness
      250 cd/m2

      The maximum achievable brightness of the monitor in candellas per metre squared.

      It is VERY unusual to run a monitor at maximum brightness, especially for imaging work.

    • DCI True Blacks?

      The DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) specifications requires contrast of 1500:1 or more.

      Most LCD monitors do not yet offer DCI True Blacks support (in practice 'true blacks' means a very low black point suitable for video editing in a dim environment). This doesn't mean they have bad blacks in typical viewing environments, but it does mean you may experience some 'glow' in your blacks if you're viewing in a very dim environment.

      Achieving very high contrast ratios is difficult and a combination of technologies is used - changes to the panel, light retardation film and backlight are all required.

      This is really only of relevance in video work - in still image work, and particualrly for print, it is common practise to actually raise the monitor's black point above the minimum to better simulate the printed output.

    • Viewing Angles
      178 Degrees

      The wider the better! Viewing angle is the maximum angle at which a display can be viewed with acceptable visual performance.

      This is a highly subjective figure and we don't place much credence in it - basically, IPS panels have the best viewing angles by far, and all IPS panels sold here all have excellent viewing angles, so you won't see variance as you move you head around under normal circumstances.

    • Gamma LUT Bit Depth
      14 Bit

      The bit depth of the gamma Look Up Table. That is, the number of levels the gamma table can contain, which is crucial to the appropriate placement of tonal levels on screen. 8 bit is standard (although some appalling screens are only 6 bit!), but 10 bit or more is desirable, and the best monitors are now 14 or 16 bit.

    • Colour LUT Bit Depth
      14 Bit

      The bit depth of the colour Look Up Tables. These are used to map incoming values from your computer to actual colours on the monitor's screen - so are of course crucial to colour accuracy. 8 bit is standard (although some appalling screens are only 6 bit!), but 10 bit or more is desirable, and the best monitors are now 14 or 16 bit. Ideally combined with 3D LUTs that can transform colours in more than one table at once.

      Put simply the higher the bit depth of the LUT, the greater the capacity for accuracy.

    • 3D LUT?

      3D Look Up Tables allow colour transformations to occur on R,G and B simultaneously, which increases speed and accuracy. Basically, a 3D LUT means better, more accurate calibrations. You want one even if it sounds like gibberish!

    • Uniformity Corrected?

      LCD Monitors coming off a production line typically exhibit some uniformity issues. Uniformity corrected monitors are broken into zones, measured, and each zone calibrated to be even with its neighbours (and you often get a written report of this process with very high end monitors like the Eizo CG series). Called DUE by Eizo, and most likely something else by others, it's an important part of the process of high end LCD making.

      The process occurs at the begining of the monitor's life and there is currently no user system for correcting uniformity after the monitor is out in the field, although it is theoretically possible. Fortunately, moden monitors that leave the factory in a very uniform state tend to then remain uniform for many years of use.

    • Response Time
      5ms

      How quickly a pixel can change colour, in milliseconds (usually measured as grey-to-grey, but there's no real standard).

      Basically, any value 16 or under is generally fine for all normal uses. Exceptions are high end gaming and possibly video production - but it's rare anything below 10 makes a significant difference, and monitors with very low response times typically sacrifice a lot of colour quality to achieve this.

    • Video Inputs
      1 x DVI-D
      1 x HDMI
      1 x DisplayPort
      1 x MiniDisplayPort

      The input ports a monitor has. We have a comprehensive article about these (with pictures!) - here.

    • Other Connections
      USB3 Hub (1 up, 2 down)
      Audio Out (3.5mm)

      Other connections the monitor offers - such as audio connectors if the monitor has speakers (most don't) - and USB hubs. Some USB hubs also act as 'KVMs' - meaning you can plug your mouse and keyboard into the monitor, then the monitor into two separate computers and easily share your peripherals and screen between the two machines.

    • Power Consumption
      73w (Max, On) 0.5w (Standby)

      How much power the monitor draws. Often stated only as peak power usage, the real figure in practise may be lower.

      Lower is better, both for your electricity bill and the planet, but typical figures of around 100W means that your monitor uses about the same as two standard downlights, so modern monitors are really very efficient compared to the hundreds of watts those old CRT clunkers used!

    • Hood Included?

      If a monitor hood is not included, then there are [LINK] aftermarket hoods available.

      Monitor hoods stop direct light falling on the monitor which can make, in particular, shadow details harder to perceive. While not essential, once you get used to having one it's hard to go back to a screen without one - they improve the picture generally and provide a real 'window in to your image' effect.

    • In Built Speakers?

      Most colour accurate monitors don't have in built speakers.

      Those that do offer speakers usually connect via 3.5mm jack (see connections), and the speaker output is usually around the 1-2w range. Fine for basic system sounds but not great for music etc.

    • Supports 90 Degree Pivot?

      Can the monitor be rotated on its stand 90 degrees and used in portrait orientation? Particularly useful if you're doing portrait work on smaller screens!

      If the monitor & stand support this then you just rotate the screen physically and instruct your video card to flip the image 90 degrees (if you bind this to an F key on your keyboard it can be a very simple process!).

    • Dimensions
      64cm (W)
      25 (D)
      55cm (H)
    • Full Specifications

    In The Box

    Please Note:
    We keep these details up to date to the best of our knowledge.

    However if a particular item is of special importance to you please also check the manufacturer's listing for the product.

    You will get:

    • BenQ PV270 27 Inch Monitor
    • BenQ 27 Inch Monitor Hood
    • Australian Power Cord
    • Signal Cables (DVI-DL cable, Mini Display Port to Display Port Cable)
    • USB Cable
    • Palette Master Elements
    • Quick Start Guide

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