Even though there is a wide variety of monitors available we do not see them often: monitors with a larger-than-average standard colour display. Not that weird, because these are primarily used by (semi-)professional photographers. Nevertheless the advanced amateur photographer can benefit from using such a monitor. Therefore it is probably for the best that the amount of affordable AdobeRGB-monitors with WQHD-resolution available on the market is increasing. Most recently with the Dell UltraSharp UP2716D and the BenQ SW2700PT; the subjects of this test.
For most users a monitors that can show the sRGB colour space is more than enough. Almost all of the conventional software, including operating systems, are optimized for this. Browsers for example are configured in sRGB. Photographers that use more advanced cameras can find it useful to use a larger colour space, otherwise known as wide gamut. More expensive models automatically use AdobeRGB. Especially when the end result is going to be printed, it would be a shame to have to ‘go back’ to a smaller colour space; hereby practically throwing your ‘colourinformation’ away. However, if you want to work using the AdobeRGB colour space you need a proper monitor and you should adjust your workflow to do so.
Monitors that fully support the AdobeRGB colour space are, for now, a lot rarer than the sRGB-models (cheaper monitors do not support the full sRGB spectrum). To support the AdobeRGB colour space the monitor needs a special backlight, that can show a wider gamma than standard-white. Nowadays, for example, this means that the leds used are not ordinary white leds but ones that support multiple colours, or leds with quantum dots. The Dell UP2716D and the BenQ SW2700PT use GB-r leds and RB-leds respectively; this means they support green and red or red and blue leds.
The comparison of these monitors is very special in the sense that they are a lot like each other in terms of pricing, specifications and performance yet use a completely different method. At the time of writing the Dell UltraSharp U2716D costs, according to our price comparison, about 547 pounds / 710 euros with a lowest price of almost 532 pounds / 690 euros. The BenQ SW2700PT has an average price of 577 pounds / 749 euros and a lowest price of about 539 pounds / 699 euros. Both monitors are 27-inch models with a WQHD-resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, and like we said they both support AdobeRGB.
While both monitors show big similarities on paper and keep up with each other in terms of performance, both of them have a completely basis. The Dell UP2716D is based on an LG Display LM270WQ6 panel while the BenQ uses an M270DAN02.1, a panel manufactured by AU Optronics.
We can imagine that a photographer would have difficulty choosing a proper monitor when looking for one like this – reason for us to compare both monitors in this article and pit these monitors against other AdobeRGB monitors with the same resolution and size that we tested before.