Graphic designers, video editors and photographers normally work with displays that can produce
colors that look the same on screen as they do in the real world.
It is also very important to make sure that the display you are working with is color calibrated so
that it is able to produce the most accurate colors possible.
So, if you are looking for a monitor for graphics work, you are in luck because today we are reviewing
the BenQ PD2500Q
which is a designer monitor that comes calibrated by professional engineers to produce 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 color precision.
BenQ has also said that all of their PD Series designer monitors will be professionally factory-calibrated going forward.
The BenQ PD2500Q is a 25-inch 60 Hz monitor with a 4ms (GtG) response time that retails for $300 on Amazon and comes with 3 years of warranty. BenQ is using an IPS panel on their PD2500Q monitor which is a type of panel that is best known for its color consistency and wide viewing angles. The older Twisted Nematic (TN) panels on the other hand typically provide faster response times but come at a trade-off in washed out colors and horrible viewing angles.
BenQ has competitively positioned the PD2500Q to compete with other designer monitors on the market such as the Asus PA248Q ($325), Asus MX25AQ ($340), AOC Q3277FQE ($310), and Philips 288P6LJEB ($330). The monitors I just listed have a maximum brightness of 300 cd/m² while the PD2500Q sports a 350 cd/m² maximum brightness. Another thing the PD2500Q wins at is price. The PD2500Q is anywhere from $10 to $40 cheaper while offering more features.
Like any other BenQ monitor, the PD2500Q also comes with BenQ's proprietary features such as the Flicker-Free Technology which is used to reduce or eliminate flickering and effectively reducing eye fatigue, Low Blue Light technology, and Brightness Intelligence Technology. There have been many studies that have shown that blue light from the computer monitors may be very harmful to the eyes causing macular degeneration or sleep disorders and that's where BenQ's Low Blue Light technology comes into play to combat the possible side effects. The Brightness Intelligence technology detects the environment that you are in and changes the brightness and color temperature of the monitor accordingly.
There are many graphic designers out there who use their monitors for gaming and
while this monitor does not have any gaming features (G-Sync/FreeSync/High Refresh Rate), you can certainly game with the PD2500Q.
I tested this monitor by playing Battlefield 1 and the color depth and contrast ratio makes games like Battlefield 1 look really good.
Color accuracy was strong in Battlefield 1 and the environments appeared natural and vivid.
The PD2500Q is an 8-bit panel that accurately portrays 100% of the sRGB and Rec. 709 color spaces but surprisingly, it is missing support for the Adobe RGB color space. Keep in mind that Adobe RGB is not relevant for real world photography and sRGB gives better results and is much easier to work with. With that being said, if you are someone who uses Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, you might want to look for a different monitor.
|BenQ PD2500Q Specifications|
|Panel Type:||IPS Panel|
|Refresh Rate:||60 Hz|
|Color Bit:||8 Bit|
|Pixel Pitch (mm):||0.216|
|Response Time:||4ms (GtG)|
|Max Resolution:||2560 x 1440|
|Color Gamut:||100% sRGB/Rec. 709|
|Display Area (mm):||552.96(H) x 311.04(V)|
|Support:||Low Blue Light|
Brightness Intelligence Plus
|Audio:||2 x 2W Built-in Speakers|
|Voltage Rating:||100 - 240V|
|Power Consumption (On mode):||62W|
|Power Consumption (stand by mode):||0.5W|
|Power Consumption (sleep mode):||0.5W|
|Dimensions(HxWxD mm):||H: 532 x 570.2 x 239.65|
L: 402 x 570.2 x 239.65
|Net Weight Without Stand:||4.43kg|
|Net Weight (kg):||7.2kg|
|Gross Weight (kg):||9.2kg|
|Gamma:||1.8 - 2.6|
|Display Screen Coating:||Anti-Glare|
|Tilt (down/up):||-5° ~ 20°|
|Height Adjustment (mm):||130|
|Ports:||1 x HDMI 1.4|
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x MiniDisplayPort 1.2
4 x USB 3.1 Downstream
1 x USB 3.1 Upstream
|Release Date:||May 2017|
The PD2500Q comes in a basic brown carton with the monitor model number on the top right corner. On the sides you can will find some basic information about the monitor such as the 25" monitor size, PD series, PD2500Q model number and that it is a designer monitor.
BenQ includes fairly decent quality cables and the components inside are well packaged and everything feels well secured inside the box. Inside you will find the 25” monitor, the stand/base, power cord, 1x HDMI 1.4 cable, 1x DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 cable, a quick-start guide with documentation on a CD-ROM and a printed report with the factory calibration settings.
The PD2500Q is tightly protected by two high density foams as shock absorbent and plastic wrapping to prevent any accidental damages during shipping. The packaging is good and the product arrived in perfect condition.
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