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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  • PeachNCream - Monday, November 6, 2017 - link

    There's nothing much you can do about the headphone jack problem except buy products that have them. If enough people do, then the industry will get the idea and they'll be included again. If that doesn't work, it'll be because sales of USB based headphones are high enough and we'll all just have to go with the flow because they sold well enough to take over as the new way things are. Its sorta like how DVD drives and old stuff like floppy disks are no longer around.
  • Lolimaster - Sunday, November 5, 2017 - link

    Really. what's the point of including HDR on a piss poor contrast panel like IPS, HDR should only be included on VA panels at minimum.
  • timecop1818 - Sunday, November 5, 2017 - link

    > Unlike the bigger SW320, the SW271 uses a LED backlighting.

    What? SW320 uses W-LED, at least as far as I can tell. Which of the "LED" backlight does this use? white-led? gb? gb-r?
  • bug77 - Monday, November 6, 2017 - link

    So... if you can't actually do the required 1000nits, you instead do 350, add a shroud and call it a day? And the mighty Anandtech has nothing to say on the subject? Nice.
  • Rufnek - Monday, November 6, 2017 - link

    Why doesn't this monitor list include the information to tell users it isn't actually HDR color capable. The whole reason to use HDR means is should support REC 2100/2200!!!!
    If it did then the color coverage would look something like this REC2100 - 80% would translate into something like 150% REC 709, Adobe RGB 140%, DCI-P3 135%.
    The good (mid range and up) 4K TV's already have this. Why is it taking monitors so long to support? And why do tech sites gloss over this??? All it does is make the PC users 'think' they have HDR support when in reality they do NOT!
  • Lolimaster - Monday, November 6, 2017 - link

    All of this HDR (wide gamut + high luminance + contrast) will stay at limbo land for at least 2-5 years more until we get to just 2 freaking standard and not everyone and their pets reinventing the wheel.

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