A 32-inch Pro monitor with a wide color gamut and USB-C

A 32-inch Pro monitor with a wide color gamut and USB-C

BenQ introduced a new professional-grade 32-inch display designed for photographers and post-production specialists. Nicknamed SW321C, the monitor is for professionals who need large color spaces such as Adobe RGB and DCI-P3, in addition to support for HDR transport. And, like many other contemporary displays, the new BenQ LCD has a USB Type-C input.

Under the hood, BenQ AQColor SW321C uses a 10-inch 32-bit IPS panel with a resolution of 3840 × 2160, a typical brightness of 250 nits, a contrast ratio of 1000: 1, a GtG response time of 5 ms, a refresh rate of 60 Hz and viewing angles of 178 °. The monitor uses a tailor-made LED backlight to ensure uniformity of brightness over the entire screen surface.

The LCD can display 1.07 billion colors and can reproduce 99% of Adobe RGB, 95% of DCI-P3, as well as 100% of the sRGB color ranges, all widely used by professional photographers and video editors and designers animation that carry out post-production works. Meanwhile, the monitor has a 16-bit 3D LUT (reference table) and is calibrated on DeltaE ≤ 2 to ensure a fine quality of colors and color shades. The LCD can also simultaneously display content in different color spaces side by side in PIP / PBP modes.

As for HDR support, things are not so stellar there. The monitor supports HDR10 and the relatively rare HLG transport format. However, the monitor doesn’t have the kind of strong backlighting required for HDR, not to mention a FALD configuration needed to deliver anything that comes close to professional-grade HDR. So the inclusion of HDR support seems to be largely about HDR content compatibility and control, rather than mounting content in HDR.

As for connectivity, the display has a DisplayPort 1.4 input, two HDMI 2.0 ports and a USB Type-C input. The latter can provide up to 60 W of power to the host, which is sufficient for most laptops. All connectors support HDCP 2.2 technology required for protected content. In addition, the BenQ SW321C monitor has a dual port USB hub and an SD card reader which is certainly useful for photographers.

Since we are dealing with a professional display, it is naturally equipped with a support that can adjust the height, tilt and rotation and work in album mode. In addition, SW321C comes with BenQ’s hockey puck controller to quickly adjust settings.

Specifications of the BenQ AQColor SW321C

32 “IPS
Native resolution
3840 × 2160
Maximum refresh rate
60 Hz
Response time
5 ms GtG
250 cd / m² (typical)
1000: 1
Viewing angles
178 ° / 178 ° horizontal / vertical
Pixel Pitch
0.1845 mm²
Density of pixels
137 ppi
View the colors
1.07 billion
Color gamut support
sRGB: 100%
DCI-P3: 95%
Adobe RGB: 99%
16: 9
1 × DisplayPort 1.4
2 × HDMI 2.0
1 × USB-C
Dual port USB hub
CD card reader
Lunch time
Spring 2020

The BenQ AQColor SW321C monitor is currently listed by BenQ Japan, so expect it to hit the market shortly. Exact prices aren’t known, but it’s a professional-grade display, so expect it to be priced accordingly.

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Source: BenQ (via PC Watch)