This remote control allows you to select three types of presets :
- Gamut Adobe RGB,
- Gamut sRGB,
- Black and white.
This remote control or menu also provides access to the OSD menu on the screen. Very practical even if not essential because we don't go there very often !
Essential, especially for those who work in a bright environment.
The design is exemplary : the amplitude of the screen's movements in height, inclination and rotation will allow all users to find their ideal setting. Really perfect ! The same is true of the menu buttons and the famous accessory I just mentioned : the wired remote control that comes in the middle of the foot and allows you to control the OSD menu. The central column is also equipped with a grommets. Excellent !
This monitor has an HDMI socket (with direct connection to a digital camera or a camera), a DisplayPort socket, a USB 3.0 socket to guarantee hardware calibration, i. e. to send directly the ICC profile generated in the LUT table of the monitor and not only on the graphics card and finally two USB 3.0 cables.
What is the BenQ SW240 monitor worth after calibraiton with the i1Display Pro (with or without Palette Master Element) ?
I calibrated this display with the best current colorimeter (except the superlative and very expensive Basic) in a simply excellent price/quality ratio: the i1Display Pro + i1Profiler software (version 1.7.2) in this first test) then with the proprietary software, Master Palette Element version and still the same colorimeter.
I chose the following screen settings :
- Color space : Adobe RGB
- Gamma : Adobe RGB (2,2)
- Contrast : 56% / Native
- Color temperature : 6500K (Adobe RGB).
And as target values in the i1Profiler software 1.7.2...
- Display technology : Choose white diodes,
- D65 or possibly a little less if you want a slightly warmer screen. (Note that at D55, the screen is really warm but not yellow like on cheap monitors),
- Luminance : 80 Cd/m2 or more depending on your main use (printing or web) and especially the brightness of your room,
- Contrast : Native (possibly 287:1 for those who print a lot),
- Gamma : 2,2 – with standard curve, (The L* is only available with ColorNavigator and there is a lot to say about this L* gamma anyway)
- ADC functionality disabled,
- ICC norm : V2 (to avoid incompatibility problems with some image viewing software (images too dark) and obviously V4 if you know what you are doing).
And the result is ?
Objective data : what does the final report say after calibration ?
Importante note ! I could not compare objective data using i1Profiler's analysis tools because the ICC profile generated by Palette Element Master is not compatible. That being said, and as I specify below, the visual comparison on image is formal : the calibration with the i1 Display Pro + i1Profiler solution is really better, subjectively, and to add a little objectivity, I specify that the colors are then identical to those displayed on the Eizo CS240 which is my reference. There is no more to say !
1 - i1Profiler Final Report :
2 - Delta E (CIE 2000) :
My opinion : How to see a difference with "normal" eyes with an Eizo CS2420 ! With the 2000 standard, this gives for all the patches: 0.62 and for the highest: 1.47 on my copy and 0.33 / 0.74 on the copy of one of my readers whom I would like to thank here very much! And yes, these figures are really very good, but I still note a real disparity that we do not find in Eizo. As a result, there is no tight quality control at BenQ ex-factory.
Now the luminance and color temperature harmonization tests :
Considering the disappointments with some of the BenQ SW2700PT models, it is especially here that this new BenQ is expected...
Let's start with the homogeneity measurement in luminance at 255, as for the other screens:
If my copy is not subject to any criticism, this is not the case for a copy of one of my readers. The best is still at the bottom and it's always the lottery at BenQ... even if we stay within rather tight tolerance values. In other words, we're almost quibbling.
And now at 127 luminance, still on this second copy:
We exceed 10% in an angle so it's not necessarily embarrassing to the naked eye but it looks strange on a screen with definite claims. This BenQ wants to fight against the Eizo CS2420 and not against a "vulgar" office screen.
And finally at a luminance of 63:
Now we're talking about 33% on the whole opposite side this time! It is better not to like working especially on dark images... because this difference is huge.
Let's move on to measuring the homogeneity in colour temperature on our two copies. Let's start with my copy:
Then the copy of one of my readers:
If it's practically the same on my copy (125K maximum at 255), which confirms here its very good homogeneity, it's really less good on this second copy... and frankly disappointing (We can notice a delta e of 4 at L127 !). The most disappointing part of the case? We don't know what we're going to find...
And my subjective data : what does my eye see ?
1 - Calibration Palette Element Master vs i1Display Pro ? On my "critical" test of the stained glass window of the "Good Samaritan" of the cathedral of Bourges developed in Adobe RGB, it is very clear that differences in calibration are visible between these two ICC profiles and that without any possible hesitation if we compare to my reference screen which is the Eizo CS240 (replaced by the Eizo CS2420) - my reference ! - calibration with the i1Display Pro is the best, significantly. Unfortunately I couldn't compare the Delta E's because the Delta E's are incompatible with the tool integrated in the i1Display Pro (unlike the Palette Master) but visually, there's no hesitation to have.
My advice ! The Palette Master Element software may be a proprietary software, but it allows calibration with the L Star gamma curve, hardware calibration and what's more, my dear i1Display Pro does much better so no hesitation to have : calibrate with the i1 Display Pro + i1Profiler !
2 - Comparison with my current reference Eizo CS2420 - Frankly, everything is based on micro-details with the naked eye in terms of color fidelity, with the same image on these two monitors, next to each other. The most saturated reds are only slightly more subtle on the Eizo CS2420 but you have to stick your nose on the screen to see it. This is a little less true for gamma, more "natural" and progressive on the Eizo. That said, well done BenQ at this price !