Eizo ColorEdge CG275W review
Dauntingly expensive, but the ingenious integrated colorimeter takes the hassle out of regular colour calibration
Review Date: 17 Jun 2011
Reviewed By: Sasha Muller
Price when reviewed: £1,550 (£1,860 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Few consumers would contemplate splashing out £2,000 on a monitor, but such a price tag can be entirely justified for industries that demand colour accuracy. The latest addition is the ColorEdge CG275W, a 27in monitor with a nifty trick up its sleeve: a built-in colorimeter for automatic colour calibration.
Still, it would be easy to wonder why the CG275W costs almost £500 more than Eizo’s FlexScan SX2762W. Both have the same monolithic, matte-black physique and both tilt, swivel and spin around on a stand with 152mm of height adjustment. The rear panel shows no obvious differences, with the same selection of dual-link DVI, DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort inputs alongside a two-port USB hub. The only obvious extra in the CG275W's box is the inclusion of a monitor hood.
Looks aren’t everything. While they technically use the same model of H-IPS panel, with the same massive 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution, the ColorEdge CG275W's panel is handpicked to ensure the best possible quality. The other difference is the warranty: Eizo guarantees the ability of its ColorEdge range to retain colour-accurate performance for 10,000 hours or five years of use, whichever comes first.
But the real appeal lies in that colorimeter. As the monitor beams into life, a little panel flicks open along the lower bezel, and a small black arm swivels out in front of the screen. This discreet appendage contains a Konica Minolta colorimeter, which allows the CG275W to automatically calibrate itself.
It’s a brilliant idea. Unlike third-party colorimeters that require you to regularly calibrate a monitor to maintain consistent colour accuracy, and to do so on every computer you intend to use with the monitor, the Eizo is hassle-free. Choose a target white point, brightness level and gamma curve, then pick a suitable day and time – preferably when you know the monitor won’t be in use – and the CG275W calibrates itself monthly, independent of any attached PC.
By SKINHEAD1967 on 17 Jun 2011
err.. no that was Thrud....
By CraigieDD on 17 Jun 2011
OK, you can calibrate the screen every month, but how do you calibrate the colorimeter?
By milliganp on 17 Jun 2011
S*d that. I'd have to calibrate my wife before buying that! :-)
By Jaberwocky on 18 Jun 2011
RE: Calibration conflict
Good point, I should have mentioned that
Eizo's ColorNavigator software allows you to compare the results against a third-party colorimeter.
By SashaMuller on 20 Jun 2011
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