BenQ SW240 Review: 1920×1200 IPS Adobe RGB Professional Monitor

The BenQ SW240 is the perfect monitor for entry-level and professional color editing. It has a wide Adobe RGB color gamut and plenty of useful features.

Bottom Line

The BenQ SW240 24″ 1920×1200 monitor is aimed at professional photographers and graphic designers. It offers premium quality and accuracy for an affordable price.

Design:
(5.0)
Display:
(5.0)
Performance:
(4.5)
Price/Value:
(4.5)
4.8

The BenQ SW240 is a 1920×1200 16:10 monitor which offers extra vertical screen space for your applications and spreadsheets, in comparison tp the standard Full HD displays.

Due to its wide Adobe RGB color gamut, the monitor is aimed at professional photographers, designers, and alike.

Image Quality

The BenQ SW240 display is based on AU Optronics’ AHVA (IPS) panel with 10-bit color support via dithering (8-bit + FRC), a 250-nit peak brightness, and a standard 1,000:1 static contrast ratio.

In addition, the panel offers wide 178-degree viewing angles which will make sure the colors stay consistent and accurate even when the screen is looked at from different angles.

Apart from that, the BenQ SW240 monitor is factory-calibrated for both sRGB (100%) and Adobe RGB (99%) color gamuts at DeltaE < 2, while the DCI-P3 color space is covered by 95%.

The exclusive ‘Palette Master Element’ calibration software is included for free, and the monitor is compatible with hardware calibrators as well as 14-bit 3D LUT (Look-Up Table).

Features

The ‘Color Mode’ hotkey allows you to easily toggle between the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and Black & White color presets while the three other hotkeys can be used as shortcuts for Input, Brightness, and Contrast adjustments.

You can also assign these hotkeys to different shortcuts in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu and customize other options for the Color Mode presets.

For instance, you can add Rec. 709, DCI-P3, or your own Calibration profiles made using the Palette Master Element software to the Color Mode hotkey presets.

Besides the standard settings such as brightness and contrast, you will have access to three color temperature modes (5000K, 6500K, and 9300K), six gamma presets (from 1.6 to 2.6), and hue/saturation adjustments.

Performance

The BenQ SW240 color editing monitor delivers what it promises – precise and consistent colors for photographers, editors, and digital artists.

We didn’t find any dead pixels nor excessive backlight bleeding and IPS glow on our model.

What’s more, the monitor has an excellent input lag performance of only 10ms, which along with its quick 5ms response time speed, makes it viable for gaming should you wish to let off some steam after working.

The low input lag ensures there’s no noticeable delay between your commands and the result on the display while the 5ms response time eliminates prominent ghosting or trailing behind fast-moving objects.

Design & Connectivity

benq sw240 amazon

The slim modern design consists of thin bezels making the BenQ SW240 ideal for a multi-monitor workstation.

Moreover, a wide range of ergonomics is available including -5°, 20° tilt, up to 140mm height adjustment, swivel by 45° to the left and right, pivot by 90°, and lastly, 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

On Amazon, you can also get the shading hood (BenQ SH240) for the monitor separately.

Connectivity options include DVI, HDMI 1.4, and DisplayPort 1.2, as well as an SD card reader, a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Price & Similar Monitors

The BenQ SW240 usually goes for around $400, which makes it one of the most affordable Adobe RGB displays.

For $250 more, you can buy a 27″ 4K monitor with Adobe RGB color gamut, the Acer CM3271K.

Visit our always up-to-date best monitors for photo/video editing buyer’s guide for the best deals and more information.

Conclusion

The BenQ SW240 is a professional yet affordable monitor with a wide color gamut, plenty of useful features, and smooth performance.

Screen Size24.1-inch
Resolution1920×1200
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:10
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time5ms (GtG)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DVI
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack, SD Card Reader
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros:

  • Affordable professional color-editing monitor
  • Plenty of useful features
  • Factory-calibrated
  • Wide color gamut

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.