- Panel Size / Ratio24" / 16:10 (1.6:1)
- Native Resolution1920 * 1200
- Panel TechnologyIPS
- Direct Hardware Calibration Support?
- In Built Sensor? (Calibrator)
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Your monitor is perhaps now the single most important tool in your imaging workflow
We've worked hard to become Australia's high end monitor experts. We're the only company to carry both of the major brands in this area - Eizo and NEC, and we have an excellent relationship with both companies.
We offer unbiased advice on both brands and love to sit down and help our clients make the right investment in what has become perhaps the single most important tool in the modern imaging workflow.
We're based in Melbourne but we supply and support monitors to image makers all over the country.
These monitors are the Best of the Best. If you really love colour, want unparalleled accuracy, and ease of use, then these are the monitors for you.
These Eizo CG monitors have fully automatic direct hardware calibration and an inbuilt full calibration sensor.
You can set this up once (takes about 10 minutes) - and then sit back and enjoy your monitor for the next 5+ years as it self-calibrates with absolutely no further intervention required. It can even do this in the middle of the night so it doesn't interrupt your workflow! It simply doesn't come any better, or easier to use, than this.
Eizo don't currently make a model larger than 27", other than their very expensive 4K model, so we've also included NEC's PA302W model as the best of the large screen options at a reasonable price. We use one of these in house on our services desk, so it's the machine we do most of our retouching and print preparation work on. It's proven very reliable and you can't beat a bigger screen when previewing large print work.
On my own desk sits an Eizo CG277W at the moment - and it's the finest monitor I've ever owned. I find it more comfortable than the 4K models where you hit tiny text issues, and the colour accuracy and ease of use is quite simply as good as it gets.
In 2016, the big question is 4K or not 4K?
Colour accurate 4K monitors remain generally very expensive and in practise 4K makes very little difference in the image editing context. Yes, your images render a bit more sharply on 4K screens, but this is of far less importance than colour accuracy. (4K is only slightly noticeable with full screen images - the only context you really notice it is with thumbnails and text rendering).
Our advice is definitely buy a better colour accurate model before buying one with a lot of pixels. If you do want the extra sharpness (e.g. you work in desktop publishing where it will have a lot of impact) - then the EV3237W offers very good standard gamut colour accuracy for a very reasonable budget.
Of course if you do have the funds, then the 4K wide gamut hardware calibration options from NEC and Eizo are simply exquisite and as good as monitors get right now.
While Eizo's CG monitors remain the king of the best-of-the-best, most people will find a model from NEC's PA or Eizo's CS ranges a great choice for general imaging work.
NECs are priced very competitively. With NEC you lose just a little refinement in the screen itself – you get slightly lower quality neutrals, slightly less uniformity and the NEC warranty (3 years) is not as long or as good as Eizos (5 years). One thing worth noting is that with NEC you have to buy their software for calibration separately at $150, so the price gap with Eizo is narrower than it first appears.
However, they still have excellent reliability (much better than consumer brands), offer good uniformity, and excellent clarity - with particularly good results with very saturated colours. All are wide gamut and support direct hardware calibration once you add SpectraView 2 software and a compatible calibrator like the i1Display Pro.
I own a PA27 at home which is actually where I do most of my imaging
work – and it’s an excellent screen.
The Eizo CS models are their entry level ColorEdge models.
They are very similar to the NEC PA models but slightly more refined - most noticeable in deep shadows and the quality of neutral tones.
They come with Eizo's calibration software, ColorNavigator, included and with two years extra warranty over the NECs, so they offer great value - you just need to add a calibrator and you've got everything you need.
On a budget or just getting to that level where you want a significant improvement over your typical desktop monitors from office brands like Dell, Apple etc?
Both Eizo and NEC do good work in this area, but the best value options currently are in the Eizo EV range. These are perfect for those amongst you who work in sRGB (so people still shooting jpgs and not yet RAW, web designers, people who shoot exclusively for the web etc.).
While they don’t support direct hardware calibration, they calibrate very well with a traditional calibration approach. They’re not as good at things like contrast simulation for print work, but they definitely give you the ability to do good quality, accurate editing and soft proofing.
These monitors are the first big step up from your standard computer monitors.
And yes, they are a BIG step up from popular 'higher quality' models like Dell Ultra-Sharps and Apple Cinema Displays etc. These are simply a lot more accurate, more uniform, respond better to calibration, and have better attention paid to ergonomics, particularly with respect to issues like eye fatigue.
They also come with vastly better warranties and these are really the minimum monitor anyone with a serious interest in imaging should aim for.