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How to purchase 24" and 27" top-class monitors in 2017...

Spectraview NEC MonitorFrom $1,000 on, we enter a world of superlative color display and big-sized monitors. The names of the brands? DELL, NEC of course and obvisouly EIZO, the current leader on the market. The most expensive screens are "just" bigger and with more guarantees for photo edition professional who have to comply the norms and standards for their clients. At a given time, the display of colors on a "simple" Spectraview and on the wonderful Spectraview Reference could then be perfectly identical. The only difference is that the first one isn't perpetually "monitored" and hasn't been handpicked among a bunch of others!


 
My selection of top-class 24" monitors   My selection of top-class 27" monitors
     
 
My selection of top-class 30" monitors"
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My selection of top-class, full HD 24" monitors (>1,000€)


   
         
Eizo CG2420 - $1,415   BenQ PG2401PT - $795   Nec PA242 - $949
My absolute crush!   Competition is (too) fierce...   Quite expensive, but...
         
       
         
Eizo CG247 - $1,944        
The best 24"      


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Screen Eizo CG2420

EIZO ColorEdge CG2420

$1,415.00


What I think about the screen Eizo CG2420

Warning!
The CX241 was replaced by the CG2420.


Eizo is clearly repositioning its range of ColorEdge screens in 2016. The new CG2420 and CG2730 feature characteristics that are close to the old CG247 and CG277 with a built-in colorimeter that is a slight bit less accurate and less certifications... apart from that, they set new records after calibration. Truly beautiful!A few of the values measured: my all-time records, quite simply!

 

 

My rate: 10/10! A real little wonder! My favorite product, my crush, just go for it if you don't need the different certifications.



Main characteristics of the EIZO CG2420

Size: 24 inches 16:10 - 1,920 x 1,200 - 94 ppi
Plate: IPS LED, new "silky" matte plate,
Color space: Adobe RGB 98, REC 709 and DCI-P3
Brightness/contrast: 400 Cd/m2 / 1,300:1 (Measured)
LUT table: 16 bits,
Uniformity: automatic control (DUE)
Calibration with ColorNavigator: New! "real" built-in calibration sensor,
Inputs: DVI + HDMI + DisplayPort + USB 3.0.
Edges of the screen: 18mm only (-39%).

EIZO CG2420 Price incl. taxes Retailer
 
Buy this screen from Graphic-Reseau
$1,415.00


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Screen BenQ PG2401PT

BenQ PG2401PT

$795.95


What I think about the screen BenQ PG2401PT

BenQ is entering the market of Graphic Art screens with arguments and ambitions. So I reviewed the first screen for professional photographers of a brand new range. Objectively: its Delta Es don't reflect its defects - Read Amazon.fr buyers reviews

 

 

My rate: 7.5/10 - First Graphic Art plate by BenQ, this PG2401PT has obvious qualities but has to stand the competition and isn't free from defects hardly acceptable at this level of price... It is too expensive.

Other suggestion: Prefer the Eizo CS2420, direct competitor at 699.00€ only, or the exceptional Eizo CG2420 (with built-in sensor).

 


Main technical characteristics of the BenQ PG2401PT...

Size: 24 inches 16:10 - 1,920 x 1,200 - 94 ppi
Plate:  IPS (LED GBr-Led), "silky" matte plate,
Color space: 99% of Adobe RGB 98
Brightness/contrast: 350 Cd/m2 / 350:1 (measured),
Uniformity check: Program Palette Master.
LUT table: 10 bits/14bits,
Inputs: DVI + VGA + HDMI + MiniDisplay.
Cap: yes.

BenQ PG201PT Price incl. taxes Retailer
  $795.95

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Screen Eizo CG247

New!

EIZO ColorEdge CG247X

$1,944.00


What I think about the screen Eizo CG247X - The reference for 24"!

This new range Eizo ColorEdge CG247X and CG277X is all about perfection and refinement. The new plate enables to reach a contrast level of 1,500:1 just like the CG2420. The most beautiful screens in the world for professional editors, video makers and photo enthusiats who want to focus on their photos... or editions only (plug it in DisplayPort if you're a photographer and want to benefit from the 10 bits in 60Hz and in HDMI if you're a video editor and need to work in 48 or 50Hz). Note! The review below is the review of the model CG277.

 

 

My rate (for the CG277): 11/10! The X should reach 12/10! Perfect colors and homogeneity, like a "simple" CG2420, but with many video options, all the standards for printers, video makers or professional editors, the cap and the built-in and programmable sensor. Lucky - and rich - are the ones who own it!


Main characteristics of the EIZO CG247X

Size: 24 inches 16:9 - 1,920 x 1,200,
Plate: IPS (White LED), new matte plate,
Color spaces: Adobe RGB 98, 98% of DCI, 100% of REC 709, 100% of sRGB,
Brightness/contrast: 400 Cd/m2 / 1,500:1 (Eizo)
LUT table: 10/16 bits,
Uniformity: automatic control (DUE)
Hardware calibration: program ColorNavigator
Calibration: built-in colorimeter (auto mode),
Inputs: DVI + HDMI + DisplayPort (10 bits in 60Hz).

EIZO CG247X Price incl. taxes Retailer
 
Buy this screen from Amazon
$1,944.00


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Screen NEC PA242

NEC MultiSync PA242W

$1,203.99


What I think about the screen NEC PA242W

At this price, you won't have a cap nor calibration sensor nor all the guarantees and standards certifications of the Spectraview Reference but you'll have the same plate and, if you buy it from Graphic Reseau, you'll also get the program Spectraview II, a reference. So a very high level of quality that is maybe enough for you?

 

 

My grade (for the PA242): 9,0/10 - NEC's best value for money, almost as good as the Eizo CS240 but sensibly more expensive unfortunately.

 


Main technical characteristics of the NEC PA 242

Size: 24 inches 16:10 - 1,920 x 1,200,
Plate:  AH-IPS (GB-R LED), "silky" matte plate,
Color space: Adobe RGB 98
Brightness/contrast: 340 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1
LUT table: 14 bits,
Inputs: DVI + DisplayPort.

NEC PA242W Price incl. taxes Retailer
 
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$1,203.99
  Buy this screen from B&H $949.00

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My selection of top-class, 27" screens (>1,000€)


   
         
EizoEV2750W - $989   Eizo CS2730 - $1,177   Nec PA272 - $949
New!   New!   Good value for money
         
     
         
Eizo CG2730 - Soon   Eizo CG277 - $2,210   Next...
Coming soon...   The best!   30" and 4K monitors


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Screen Eizo ColorEdge EV2750W

New!

EIZO EV2750W

$989.00


What I think about the screen Eizo EV2750W

250€ cheaper than the CS270, which displays the color space Adobe RGB 98 – so it IS possible to treat yourself to an incredibly beautiful Eizo screen with all the display qualities that come with it – you have my word of reviewer! - even if this one "only" displays sRGB. But do we all really need to work on a wide gamut screen? Read my answer to this question...

If you don't need the color space Adobe RGB 98, you can treat yourself to a very beautiful 27" Eizo screen that is 250€ cheaper. If you never print and to the contrary, work exclusively for the web, you might even be glad not to have to make up with all the consequences of such a choice...


Main technical characteristics of the Eizo EV2750W

Size: 27 inches 16:10 - 2,560 x 1,440 - 112 ppi
Plate: IPS (white LED), "silky" matte plate,
Color space: sRGB
Brightness/contrast: 350 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1 (Eizo)
Inputs: DVI + DisplayPort + HDMI
Edges: very thin

EIZO EV2750W Price incl. taxes Retailer
 
Buy this screen from Amazon.com
$989.00
  $989.00

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Screen Eizo ColorEdge CS2730

New!

EIZO ColorEdge CS2730

$1,177.00


What I think about the screen Eizo CS2730

So, the screen Eizo CS2730 has the mission to replace the excellent CS270. Before I can finally review it, I can already note that it benefits from the same practical and ergonomic qualities as its little brother, the CS2420.

 

 

So this new Eizo CS2730 replaces the CS270. Like on the CS2420 and before reviewing it, I can already note that the ergonomics have been dramatically improved. On the paper and given my experience with the CS270 and CS2420, I'm not really concerned...


Main technical characteristics of the Eizo CS2730

Size: 27 inches 16:9 - 2,560 x 1,440 - 109 ppi
Plate: IPS (white LED), new "silky" matte plate,
Color space: Adobe RGB 98
Brightness/contrast: 350 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1 (Eizo)
LUT table: 10/16 bits,
Inputs: DVI + DisplayPort + HDMI

EIZO CS2730 Price incl. taxes Retailer
 
Buy this screen from Amazon.com
$1,177.00
  $1,177.00


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Screen Eizo CG277

EIZO CG277X

1998,00 €


What I think about the screens Eizo CG277

This new range Eizo ColorEdge CG247 and CG277 is all about perfection and refinement. The most beautiful screens in the world for professional editors, video makers and photo enthusiasts who just want to focus on their photos... or edits (plug it in DisplayPort if you're a photographer and want to benefit from the 10 bits in 60Hz and in HDMI if you're a video editor and need to work in 48 or 50Hz).

 

 

Perfect colors and homogeneity, like a "simple" CG2420, but with many video options, all the standards for printers, video makers or professional editors, the cap and the built-in and programmable sensor. Lucky - and rich - are the ones who own it!


Main characteristics of the EIZO CG277

Size: 24 and 27 inches 16:9 - 1,920 x 1,200 and 2,560 x 1,440, 110 ppi,
Plate: IPS (white LED)matte plate,
Color spaces: Adobe RGB 98, 98% of DCI, 100% of REC 709
Brightness/contrast: 400 Cd/m2 / 710:1 (Measured)
LUT table: 10/16 bits,
Uniformity: automatic control (DUE)
Hardware calibration: program ColorNavigator
Display control: built-in colorimeter (auto mode),
Inputs: DVI + HDMI + DisplayPort (10 bits in 60Hz).

EIZO CG277 Price incl. taxes Retailer
  Buy this screen from Amazon.com $2,210.90


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Screen NEC PA272

NEC MultiSync PA272W

$1,377.40


What I think about this screen

At this price, you won't have a cap nor calibration sensor nor all the guarantees and standards certifications of the Spectraview Reference but you'll have the same plate and, if you buy it from Graphic Reseau, you'll also get the hardware calibration program Spectraview II. So a very high level of quality that is maybe enough for you? New: read my full review of the PA242W

NEC's best value for money and certainly an excellent 27" screen.

 


Main technical characteristics of the NEC PA272...

Size: 27 inches 16:10 - 2,560 x 1,440,
Plate:  AH-IPS (GB-R LED), "silky" matte plate,
Color space: Adobe RGB 98
Brightness/contrast: 340 Cd/m2 / 1,000:1
LUT table: 14 bits,
Inputs: DVI + DisplayPort.

NEC PA272W Price incl. taxes Retailer
 
Logo Amazon.com
$1,377.40
  Buy this screen from B&H $1,249.00


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Screen EIZO CX271

New!

EIZO CG2730

Coming soon...

What I think about the screen CG2730

Announced in September, 2016, it will soon replace the CX271...

 


Main technical characteristics of the EIZO CG2730

Size: 27 inches 16:10 - 2560 x 1440, 94 ppi
Plate: IPS LED, new "silky" matte plate,
Color space: Adobe RGB 98, REC 709 and DCI-P3
Brightness/contrast: 400 Cd/m2 / 1,300:1 (announced)
LUT table: 16 bits,
Uniformity: automatic control (DUE)
Calibration with ColorNavigator: New! "real" built-in calibration sensor,
Inputs: DVI + HDMI + DisplayPort + USB 3.0.
Edges of the screen: 18mm only (-39%).

EIZO CG2730 Price incl. taxes Retailer
 
Buy this screen from Amazon
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