BenQ SW272U monitor review

BenQ makes its best 27-inch photo editing monitor even better, but at what cost?

BenQ SW272U
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The BenQ PhotoVue SW272U is a terrific monitor that's a pleasure to use, both for image and video editing. Its high color accuracy and wide color space coverage are outstanding, it's also built to a very high standard, and it's packed with features orientated squarely at enthusiast and professional creatives. But this isn't the only 27-inch, 4K monitor in town that can boast impeccable color accuracy. For a fraction of the price of the SW272U it's possible to get a monitor with very similar core specs and performance, leaving the BenQ to justify its hefty price premium with extra features that are of arguable value.


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    Excellent color accuracy

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    Hardware calibration

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    Overall high build quality


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    Price is hard to justify

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    Few compelling upgrades over old model

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    Hotkey Puck of arguable usefulness

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BenQ has a history of making some of the best monitors for photo editing, and the SW272U is its latest flagship offering for discerning photo and video editors. The new display boasts factory color calibration to an accuracy of Delta E ≤1.5 and is capable of displaying 100% sRGB and 99% AdobeRGB coverage - impressive stuff.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.