BenQ SW271 27″ 16:9 4K HDR IPS Monitor Full Review

REVIEW – As a photographer, I view myself as an artist and a student of my craft. I am always seeking the next step up towards being better or producing better in anything and everything that I do. Recently, I reviewed the BenQ SW270C monitor that is designed to be a productive tool for the Photographer. I was and still, am very happy with the color reproduction and the monitor overall. Now I have the chance to test and review the BenQ SW271 27″ 16:9 4K HDR IPS Monitor which seems to be the icing on the cake. And since I am such a huge BenQ fan, I am eager to get started. So, here we go.

What is it?

The BenQ SW271 27″ 16:9 4K HDR IPS monitor features enhanced color accuracy designed to target photo editing, graphic design, and other color-critical tasks. It also features 99% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, covers 100% of the Rec.709 and sRGB color spaces, and 93% of the DCI-P3 color space. This monitor mounts High Dynamic Range (HDR) and HDR10 to guarantee more detailed and realistic images. Specifications include a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 5 ms response time, 10-bit, support for up to 1.07 billion colors, and a 14-bit LUT, USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, and a dedicated USB 3.0 Type-A hub

What’s in the box

  • 1 x BenQ SW271 27″ 16:9 4K HDR IPS Monitor
  • 1 x Shading Hood
  • 1 x Hotkey Puck
  • 1 x Power Cable (5.9’/1.8m)
  • 1 x USB Type-C Cable (3.3’/1.0m)
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort DisplayPort Cable (5.9’/1.8m)
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 Cable (5.9’/1.8m)
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Cable (5.9’/1.8m)
  • 1 x Quick Start Guide
  • 1 x DVD

Key features

4K UHD Monitor: 4K Ultra HD resolution ensures enhanced clarity of fine details and textures for an optimal viewing and visual-intensive work experience.

99% Adobe RGB: The Adobe RGB color space offers a greater range of color reproduction for shades of blue and green, resulting in a realistic color representation for outdoor and nature photography.
10-Bit Color Display: Enjoy smooth color gradations on a 10-bit display that shows more than one billion colors.
High Dynamic Range (HDR): High Dynamic Range (HDR) increases the overall dynamic range between black and white so the resulting image appears closer to what your eyes see in the natural world. HDR Function supports HDR10.
14-bit 3D LUT: The 14-bit 3D Look up Table (LUT) improves RGB color blending accuracy, resulting in enhanced color reproduction. Having Delta E≤2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces gives you a true and more representative view of the original image.

The base of this BenQ monitor is similar to all of the bases that I have experienced. It is solid and feels sturdy. It has a built-in metal receiver for the monitor stand. Underneath there is a wing screw that screws into the monitor stand to lock the two together.

The pictures below show the monitor stand with the locking plate at the top the connects into the VESA receptacle on the back of the monitor. Right below the VESA plate, you can see 2 tracks that are the sliding tracks that allow for height adjustment, and below that there is a pass-through hole for cable management. Under the stand, there is the platform that connects to the monitor base. There is also a circular slot to accommodate the Hotkey Puck.

Performance

As has been my experience with all of the BenQ monitors that I have owned and reviewed, this monitor arrived well packaged and padded. The components are easy to assemble and putting the monitor together only took a few minutes.

Once I set up the monitor, the first thing that I decided to do was to look at a side by side comparison between the SW270 on the right and the SW271 on the left as shown below. The picture on the SW271 is shown in Adobe Lightroom, and on the right in Photo Viewer.

Final thoughts

At this point, the following may be considered a very redundant statement of mine, but I am a really huge fan of BenQ monitors. This BenQ SW271 is the icing on the cake, especially in this price range. Every week, I spend a lot of time editing photographs and videos in my home studio and it is such a pleasure to work with a monitor that in my opinion provides just about perfect color reproduction right out of the box and without any needed calibration. I always keep my color calibration Kit handy, but as I stated, with this monitor, it is not needed, or at least not needed so far. The colors are precise and brilliant ” – and with it mounted on the wall right alongside the SW270, I feel like I have the 1st and 2nd best photo editing monitors in this price range. I only use my monitors in landscape mode, and while the monitor also tilt still play so forward and backward, my use of the wall mount gives me a greater range for adjustment.

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