BenQ has quietly released its new SW271 professional display that features a 4K resolution panel, wide color gamut support, and HDR10 support. The monitor is a smaller relative of the BenQ SW320 launched roughly a year ago, but which has a number of significant differences - the new display is officially aimed at photographers and every unit is factory-calibrated.

The BenQ SW271 relies on a 10-bit IPS panel that can reproduce 1.07 billion colors and is listed to cover 100% of the sRGB color space, 99% of the AdobeRGB color space, and 93% of the DCI-P3 color space. Unlike the bigger SW320, the SW271 uses a LED backlighting. The other specifications of the SW271 look rather standard for a high-end UHD monitor: a 3840×2160 resolution with a 60 Hz refresh rate, 350 nits typical brightness, 1000:1 static contrast, 5 ms response time and 178° viewing angles. The 350 nits brightness is usually considered too low for HDR10, although BenQ provides a shroud for better visual acuity.

Two key features of the BenQ SW271 are its support for 10-bit HDR (with a 14-bit 3D look-up table) and individual calibration to DeltaE ≤ 2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB. Since DCI-P3 coverage of the SW271 is below 98%-99% covered by numerous displays aimed at video editors and animation designers who do post-production work, BenQ positions the product as a solution for photographers and graphics designers interested primarily in Adobe RGB. In the meantime, HDR10 is helpful for those who work on adding HDR to photos, videos and games, so the monitor is still aimed at a broader audience than other displays for artists and designers.

Speaking of graphics and video professionals, it is necessary to mention that the SW271 features BenQ’s Hotkey Puck that allows users to switch between Adobe RGB mode, sRGB mode and Black & White mode quickly, or perform other functions. Just like its bigger relative, the SW271 is set to display content in different color spaces simultaneously side-by-side in PIP/PBP modes (two inputs are required). In addition, the SW271 comes with a detachable shading hood to reduce monitor’s screen glare. Finally, the monitor has an adjustable stand that allows rotating the panel clockwise or counter-clockwise, tilt it, and swivel it.

When it comes to connectivity, the SW271 display has one DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 connectors, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C input (see compatibility list), and a headphone jack. All of the digital interfaces support HDCP 2.2 required for protected content. Besides this, the new monitor comes with a dual-port USB 3.0 Type-A hub as well as an SD card reader.

BenQ SW271
Panel 27" IPS
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 5 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 100% sRGB/REC 709
99% Adobe RGB
93% DCI-P3
Display Colors 1.07 billion
3D-LUT 14 bits
Pixel Pitch 0.1556 mm
Pixel Density 163.2
Anti-Glare Coating Yes
Inputs 1 × DP 1.4 (HDCP 2.2)
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (HDCP 2.2)
2 × HDMI 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
USB Hub 2-port USB 3.0 hub
Card Reader Integrated
Power Consumption Idle 0.5 W
Active 43.4 W

The BenQ SW271 display is now available from multiple retailers in the U.S. for around $1150, which is tangibly lower than the price of the SW320, its bigger relative, which is sold for $1499.

Gallery: BenQ SW271

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  • austinsguitar - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - link

    they do make the best high fps monitors in the world... there is no competition accept maybe asus. but yea color wise i see what your saying.
  • mckirkus - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - link

    The new Windows update still has HDR mode washed out when viewing the windows desktop on my HDR OLED. I wonder if thats a result of the HDMI limitations of the TV and if displayport solves the issue with monitors.
  • Mr Perfect - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - link

    What HDR spec is your TV? We all generally assume that HDR support on a panel means HDR10, but panel manufacturers have been know to just kind of... make up their own HDR. Your panel might be in some sort of HDR limbo where it's better then RGB, but not really HDR10
  • mckirkus - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - link

    It's an LG B6 OLED. It's the real deal with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support.
  • Death666Angel - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - link

    I remember watchin a Linus Tech Tips video about that. He said that Win10 handles HDR weirdly, in that it caps general brightness at 100nits in order to not blind you by 1k nits whites and what not. It didn't seem terribly well thought through, considering desktop usage. For the moment I think you'd be better of with a separat consumption device / setting. And leaving your desktop/browsing use in non-HDR territory.
  • DanNeely - Monday, November 6, 2017 - link

    Forcing default white brightness for non HDR apps to something well below panel max seems eminently reasonable to me. IIRC ~80-100 nits is the recommended level for normal indoor lighting so 100 does seem like a reasonable default value. If they don't offer an override for people who want a brighter than normal display or who just need to crank the brightness to several hundred nits because they're outside in bright sunlight seems like someone didn't think things fully through.
  • haukionkannel - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - link

    One more hdr monitor that is not good enough to show hdr content as it should be...
    *sigh* Hopefully the next one actually can show full hdr content...
  • StrangerGuy - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - link

    It should be called scam HDR with that astounding non FALD 1000:1 contrast ratio and when the LG C7 OLED is now dropping below the $2k mark.
  • leo_sk - Sunday, November 5, 2017 - link

    Even monitors aimed at photographers got headphone jack. What has gotten into these mobile manufacturers?
  • Hurr Durr - Sunday, November 5, 2017 - link

    Jobs is destroying the sector beyond the grave!

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