The BenQ SW2700PT is supplied in a flat pack box, you must assemble the base and vertical stand. Attach the vertical arm to the base unit and tighten the lock key. Attach the vertical support to the rear of the screen which clicks into place. Next assemble the five section monitor hood, this was the most awkward part of setting up, be patient with it. The vertical arm has a generous amount of movement up and down and swivel, you will find the ideal viewing angle for yourself very quickly. The rear vertical support has convenient markings.
Luckily, this doesn’t have to be the case. As photography has drastically increased in popularity over the years, companies such as ASUS, Dell and BenQ have begun producing high-quality wide gamut displays that are literally built with photographers in mind. Monitors such as the BenQ SW2700PT offer thin high-resolution displays (2560×1440) that cover close to 100% of the Adobe1998 and sRGB color spectrum while being able to display billions of colors and offer extra features such as built-in SD card readers. Needless to say, alot has changed since the clunky big CFT box monitors that were everywhere 10 years ago!
When digital imaging arrived the need for a display that is calibrated and characterised became a necessity to see into the image like a portal for the information displayed. Without a display corrected to referenced colour knowing what the image really is cannot be realised. In the old days with CRT monitors the variations were extreme, profiling devices and software trying hard to make something out of the monitor that was reliable. Fast forward to today with only flat screen monitors with better consistency yet the problem of making calibrations and characterisation remains. Anyone serious in graphics arts has to be aware of the assurance brought forward with a wide gamut display with a tight tolerance in manufacturing and display controlling electronics. BenQ certainly fulfills this goal with honours.
The USB ports are a useful addition as this allows for easy connection of a profiling device (spectrophotometer) or other devices. The SD memory card slot enables you to download digital files directly to the computer, but not for displaying images directly onto the screen. Connect the Power, DVI-DL cable, USB and the On-Screen-Display (OSD) controller and you are ready to get started.
- 27”W 2560×1440 QHD Resolution
- 99% Adobe RGB with IPS technology
- Hardware Calibration with accuracy color
- Palette Master Element color calibration software
- Black-and-White photo mode
- Shading Hood / OSD controller
The BenQ SW2700PT monitor comes with profiling software called Palette Master Element. This software supports the following devices; X-Rite i1Pro, i1Pro2, i1Display Pro, i1Display 2 and Datacolor Spyder4 & Spyder5. The Color Munki is not supported at the time of writing. The Palette Master application was not included on the installation CD, we downloaded it from the BenQ web site. The software will look for a supported device and also confirms that a BenQ monitor is connected (it will not work with other monitors - I tried it).
The power and connection ports are all located at the rear under a ledge, which makes them awkward to access. Fortunately the monitor can be swivelled to a 90' upright position, the ports are now easier to access. The ports include; AC power input, On-Screen-Display (OSD) controller socket, 3.5mm headphone jack, DVI-D socket, HDMI socket, DisplayPort socket and USB 3.0 port (for upstream connection to a PC). Located at the side of the monitor are two USB ports (downstream), this transforms the monitor a virtual USB hub, and a SD memory card slot.
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