How to Choose the Right EIZO Monitor for Your Creative Work

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Like most of our new customers...

You've heard your favorite creative professionals mention the importance of the monitor in the workflow

And now, you've made the decision to upgrade your workflow, and are in the market for a professional monitor. Options are aplenty. The brands? Too many. But, YOU won't settle for just any monitor.

YOU know that EIZO monitors redefine the status quo for professional monitors. After all, thousands of creative professionals around the world can't be wrong.

With over 50 years of tradition, Japanese technical know-how and continuous improvement, EIZO has a well-deserved reputation for amazing colour reproduction and a host of features that make our monitors perfect for visual creatives. However, it can be confusing to decide which one is best for you. 

Let's be honest - with the number of options available for professionals, and the number of verticals we operate in, making up your mind can be a challenge.

No need to worry. To help you navigate through the options, we've put together a guide using the most popular EIZO monitors in the market today.

Here, we've made it easy for you to make up your mind. 

Which one of the following statements explains your intent best?

  • I'm not a pro, but I want something decent. Enough with the cheap, 'off the shelf' monitors. 
  • I'm starting out as a photographer, designer, video editor or colorist.
  • I've been image retouching for a while now. It's time to step up my pro game.
  • My video and photo editing monitor needs to be the best. My clients and I won't settle for anything less!

Enough with the cheap, "off the shelf" monitors

When starting out, it is normal to spend countless hours in front of your monitor. While your output may be great, have you stopped to think of the damage you're doing to your eyes? Yes, eye strain from too much time in front of a monitor is a real problem.

That’s why the 27-Inch EIZO FlexScan EV2780 is a great choice. It's not a professional graphics monitor, but with an impressive 14bit colour palette, this sRGB monitor is certainly more advanced than the "off the shelf" options*. 

The EV2780 is designed for minimal power consumption, and is focused on reducing eye fatigue in its users, using EIZO’s EcoView technologies. With a linear tonal range and a 2k QHD native resolution, this monitor has more than everything you need to get some great edits done – without ruining your vision.

And, it comes complete with USB Type C connectivity!

*Standard office monitors are 8bit or less

 

Starting out as a professional photographer, designer, video editor or colourist

As you take your first steps into the creative arena, first impression counts. The first images you edit (or print) bear testament to your work. As important as a great camera is, the right photography monitor can make a massive difference to your output.  

The 24-inch CS2420 or the 27-inch CS2730, while affordable, are the best entry level photography monitors money can buy.

ColorEdge CS2420 with add-on EIZO Hood and EX3 Sensor

The IPS panels on both models reproduce 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space. In addition, the monitors come come bundled with EIZO's patented Colour Management Software, ColorNavigator 7, allowing you to calibrate your monitor at home for consistent and accurate colours. 

When the DisplayPort or HDMI inputs are used, the CS monitors offer 10-bit display from a 16-bit look-up table. In other words, the monitors can show more than one billion colours simultaneously! 

Unlike their CG professional series counterparts, the CS range doesn't come with a built-in sensor or EIZO hood. However, they are second to none when in comes to the amazing combination of colours they offer. Besides, you can speak to your nearest EIZO reseller to get an EIZO Hood and EIZO EX3 plug-in sensor.

I've been editing / retouching for awhile

There are two options for you in this space - The ColorEdge CG2420 (24-inch) and the CG2730 (27-inch).

The CG2420 was rated 10/10 by Color Management Guide, and rightfully so. With a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1200, the CG2420 has an anti-reflective coating for amazing rendering on the images & gradients, ensuring you see the subtlest of details - accurately. Plus, its True Black display will future proof you for video work, should you decide to diversify. 

 

Digital Arts Online gives the CG2730 a 5-star rating, while Photo Review gives it a whopping 9.1/10. Its standout features are 99% Adobe98 coverage, a massive 16bit color palette and plenty of screen real estate. 

Both monitors come complete with the EIZO hood and built-in calibration device - in fact, you can schedule automatic calibrations. 

This means you get optimal color reproduction and image consistency at any time. Brightness, chromacity and tone stabilize in less than three minutes! Switch on the monitor and you're good to start editing.  

Best of all, you spend your time doing what you enjoy doing, and your EIZO will look after itself.

My video / photography monitor needs to be the best 

Here come the beasts of the ColorEdge series: ColorEdge CG-X.

The flagship 'all-in-one" range transcends all creative worlds: Professional Video, Photography, and Print. 

The ColorEdge CG279X comes equipped with HDR curves, a higher-end self-calibration sensor, and an ambient light hood.

During the launch of the CG279X, Photography Blog summed it up nicely in their article - "The 27-inch screen* covers 99% of the Adobe RGB gamut for displaying vibrant images. This monitor gives users the best-in-class colour, accuracy, consistency and clarity." 

24" version: CG247X 

 

If you're looking for a true DCI 4K monitor to boost your post-production work, look no further than the 31-inch ColorEdge CG319X.

Equipped with HLG and the PQ HDR gamma modes, video editors are able to work with both SDR and HDR video footage. The wide color gamut means the images it displays are faithful to the file - vibrant colors are displayed as faithfully as subtle and muted colors. 

Complying with the DCI standard, this 31-inch display's high contrast ratio allows for producing true blacks that are otherwise difficult if not impossible to display on a typical LCD monitor.

You’ll now be able to appreciate the utmost in detail from your high-resolution images to an extent that standard monitors simply cannot compete with.

On top of the very best in visual technology and image quality that professionals swear by, you get an unsurpassed 5 YEAR WARRANTY with an EIZO. We can offer this amazing warranty term because we build our own monitors to our own stringent specifications. We understand, if you are willing to invest in an EIZO, you expect the best in quality and support. 

In short, with an EIZO monitor, you're future-proofing your work and business for years to come. 

Even if you feel you're limited by your budget, or not at the right stage of your creative/professional life, let us show you how you can choose an EIZO monitor that will be ideal for you.

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