Eizo’s new 27-inch ColorEdge monitors target hobbyists, prosumers, and real pros

Display manufacturer Eizo released two new 27-inch monitors for professionals and “aspiring creators.” If you’ve never heard of the company, it’s because Eizo mainly focuses on the business, commercial, and medical spaces. However, the company does provide a family of monitors dedicated to gaming, but that’s not where these two new products fall.

For starters, the new ColorEdge CG2730 is the professional-grade model of the duo while the ColorEdge CS2730 aims at hobbyists and “prosumers” that want the features of the ColorEdge lineup, but at a more affordable cost. Both panels promise 99 percent Adobe RGB coverage while the CG2730 also manages to cover 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color space used in post-production.

“Both monitors are equipped with Eizo’s unique digital uniformity equalizer technology (DUE) that ensures a Delta-E difference of 3 or less across the screen,” the company said on Friday. “This provides users with stable image display for color-critical work.”

Here are the specs of both panels:

ColorEdge CG2730 ColorEdge CS2730
Panel type IPS IPS
Panel Size 27 inches 27 inches
Native resolution 2,560 x 1,440 2,560 x 1,440
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
Pixel density 109 pixels per inch 109 pixels per inch
Pixel pitch 0.233 x 0.233mm 0.233 x 0.233mm
Typical brightness 350 nits 350 nits
Viewing angles 178, 178 degrees 178, 178 degrees
Contrast ratio 1,500:1 1,000:1
Typical response time 13ms 10ms
Wide gamut coverage Adobe RGB 99%, DCI-P3 98% Adobe RGB 99%
Preset modes Custom, Adobe RGB, sRGB, Calibration Custom, Adobe RGB, sRGB, Calibration
Brightness stabilization Yes No
Digital Uniformity Equalizer Yes Yes
Built-in calibration sensor Yes No
Includes hood Yes No
Input 1x DVD-D
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x HDMI
3x USB 3.0
2x USB Type-B (upstream only)
1x DVD-D
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x HDMI
3x USB 3.0
2x USB Type-B (upstream only)

As the table shows, there’s a slight difference between the two monitors hardware-wise. However, the CG2730 model comes with a shading “hood” that drapes over the top bezel and along the sides, blocking out a chunk of the local surrounding light. The calibration sensor is also embedded in the top bezel, which drops only when the user is color calibrating.

Note the use of an IPS panel. In-plane Switching technology is newer than the Twisted Nematic (TN) technology that was widely used before IPS came along. By using an IPS panel, displays are capable of producing richer colors and better viewing angles. In turn, those with TN panels provide faster response times and a higher brightness level. TN panels are good for PC gaming while IPS panels are ideal for graphic design, printing, photo editing, and so on.

According to the company, the two monitors sport a flattened design on the front, which includes electrostatic buttons instead of traditional buttons to keep that flat design intact. These switches are lit up using LEDs so they can be seen in dimly lit offices and other work environments.

“The bottom bezel of both monitors is approximately 46 percent slimmer and monitor depth is approximately 30 percent thinner compared to the previous model,” the company added. “The monitors’ weight was also reduced by 30 percent to just 8.9 kilograms (16.9 pounds), which when combined with the built-in carrying handle makes them easy to move to various locations or within the studio.”

The ColorEdge CG2730 and ColorEdge CS2730 will start shipping in November. Eizo did not provide pricing in its announcement, so stay tuned.

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