After sharing a brief preview of their newest 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution PhotoVue SW270C monitor at NAB 2019 earlier this year, BenQ has finally released the affordable photo editing monitor to the world.
The SW270C joins BenQ’s lineup of “PhotoVue Photographer Monitors” that are designed specifically for photo editing, and it kind-of sort-of replaces the very affordable and popular 27-inch SW2700PT that I’m typing this on right now.
While the $600 SW2700PT remains a part of the BenQ lineup and offers the same 2K resolution, 27-inch size and 99% AdobeRBG coverage, for an additional $200, the new SW270C brings along some newer technology and features you won’t find in its little brother.
The main new feature is something BenQ is calling Color Uniformity Technology, which promises “screen-wide precise color from corner to corner.” There’s also a redesigned Hotkey Puck, 97% DCI-P3 coverage, support for “native cadence” when watching or editing 24p and 25p content, and a USB-C port that allows you to draw 60W of power while simultaneously sharing audio and video information with the monitor—multiple cables be damned.
You also get two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort, two USB 3.1 ports, and an SD card reader. Here’s a closer look at the monitor from all angles:
Given the popularity of the BenQ SW2700PT as a great, color-accurate entry-level monitor, chances are the $800 BenQ SW270C will sell very well. In fact, we’re surprised both monitors are still available—something that might change in the near future.
In the meantime, if you want to dive into all of the specs and find out if the SW270C is worth the extra $200 over the older SW2700PT, head over to the BenQ website. The monitor is currently exclusive to B&H Photo, but BenQ is planning to release it to its other retailers “by August 1st.”