The Indian movie industry is leaping ahead and the demand for professional equipment has been quite prominent. Among these are professional monitors which were till now dominated by just a couple of brands. However, 2017 has seen more of the mainstream brands take up the mantle of catering to this growing industry. Curved displays are certainly growing but the demand for the non-curved units are still going strong. Moreover, professional monitors have now become a bit more affordable than they were a couple of years back. Let’s take a look at the ones we’ve tested this year.
Zero1 2017 Winner : BenQ SW320
The BenQ SW320 offers a nice combination of features. It offers 4K resolution covering 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum and 100% SRGB. Once you get the sub-pixel arrangement sorted out in your OS, the text and images are sharp and clear without any hint of haziness. As mentioned previously, the colour reproduction is excellent, however, we did notice a slight colour shift towards the edges. You have support for HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 which paves the way for HDR, and that’s present as well. Being a 32-inch display, it’s quite an optimal size for a 4K monitor, making it easy for multimedia professionals to have a larger work area.
And it’s not just content creation, even for content consumption, the monitor ends up being quite great. Black levels really bring movies to live, especially ones like Sin City which are shot in a noir format. The monitor also comes with a built in card reader which really helps photographers to quickly browse through images straight from the monitor itself. And with the added ability to swivel into portrait orientation, you’re getting an added level of convenience.