One of the main selling points is the 4k feature. The monitor is hardware calibrated but it also has benefits from BenQ's Palette Master Element system. All of this means that brightness and colour is uniform across the panel. The Palette Master Element software also allows for a lot of customisation with your system. However, the monitor is amazing out of the box and you will be blown away from the moment you switch it on.
The final piece for the physicality of the monitor is the shading hood, which comes with the monitor, which is another indication of how BenQ have really built this for photographers. You do not need to go out and buy an additional hood, they know that you need one so they provide one! The hood even has a cut out for you to drop a calibrator through to save you having to disassemble the hood every time you calibrate, clever thinking indeed.
One thing that I have never seen before with a monitor is BenQ's new 'Puck'. It is effectively a circular remote that sits beautifully in a recess under the monitor and can be picked up and used to switch between preset or customised colour spaces and functions. Out of the box, it is set to sRGB, Adobe RGB and a black & white function which turns the entire display true b&w. They can be set to your own pre-saved calibrations, which is just a a lifesaver! This wasn't something that I ever thought I needed, until I used it and now it's not something I could live without.
The monitor is not only a pleasure to use visually, but ergonomically as well. For a piece of hardware this size, it is very easy to move and adjust the monitor. The design is business-like but actually fairly pleasing. The base articulates well and allows you to turn the monitor into portrait viewing, which would be exceptional for tethering in a studio. For a 31.5" monitor, the bevel doesn't feel too heavy or intrusive, the buttons are large a good size and reassuring and the hood does an amazing job.
Specs: BenQ’s headline features are listed as:
· 99% Adobe RGB Colour Space With IPS technology
· 31.5 Inch 4K UHD Resolution – matt screen
· High Dynamic Range (HDR)
· 1000:1 native contrast ratio
· 350 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response time (GTG)
· DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0 inputs
· USB 3.0 hub, Headphone jack
· Landscape / Portrait orientation
· Monitor shading hood
· Hardware Calibration With Palette Master Element Software
· 3-year warranty
This may get a bit technical so if you are not after a full technical break down, rest assured that the quality is amazing for the price. Monitors are measured in 'Delta E Values'. As a rule of thumb, the lower the Delta e the better. Anything below 5 is classed as good and anything around 2 is very good. The SW320 comes straight from the factory at less than 2 so you really are dealing with a very high quality product.