For the past couple of years, I had been using the same display day in, day out, and it was starting to show its age (it was already a couple of years old when I came to it!). While it seemed fine for much of my day-to-day design work in Adobe Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, there were discrepancies between what I saw on screen, and the actual final printed output.
So to overcome this problem, and save time in the proofing and approvals process amending and reprinting projects, it was decided I should try out a colour critical display. After some research, I plumped for the EIZO ColorEdge CX240. So after a couple of weeks’ use, here’s how I found it’s compared to my old monitor…
The first thing I noticed about the CX240 was how easy it was to set up. EIZO displays work very well with Macs, so there was no problem hooking it up to my Mac Pro, and within a few minutes, I’d got it in a comfortable working position on my desk. This was mainly due to the stand’s handy adjustable height, and the way you can pivot, rotate and tilt it to your liking. Ergonomically, it’s great for matching the exact way you work, although I did find it slightly more bulky on my desk than my old display.
The main thing I needed the new display for was its screen quality, and even straight out of the box it had great performance and looked fantastic to my eye. The screen itself was extremely crisp – much sharper and more defined than my old screen – which I found was especially good for working up close in fine detail in Photoshop (especially for a spot of zoomed-in image cropping). The CX240’s colour gamut was quite a bit larger than my old display, covering 97% of Adobe RGB, so I found it ideal for working in my Creative Cloud apps.
Another thing I noticed was its smoothness. There were no jagged gradients, instead colours blended more naturally, and I got accurate detail even in shadows. The screen also remained uniform from one edge to the other (this had been a problem with my old display) and there was no screen lag either, which was a major plus.
To get the most out of screens, they should be calibrated regularly, and with the CX240, this process is really simple and straightforward. Its built-in SelfCorrection sensor, when used with a calibrator and the included EIZO ColorNavigator software, will self-correct to your initial calibration settings. I found it was easy to switch to different colour spaces depending on what I was working on, which is handy when, like me, you’re often juggling different jobs.
Perhaps the most important thing about my new display was that it fitted into my workflow. I needed something that would happily work alongside my Mac Pro and Wacom Intuos, and the lack of lag meant using my Wacom wasn’t a problem at all. I also needed it to make the most of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps I use most regularly, these primarily being Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. It was great for these apps because I could trust what I was seeing on screen to match the final output.
OK, so the EIZO CX240 might cost a bit, but this is a serious screen for those looking for colour accuracy, rather than a general use office display. Personally I think as a designer you should buy the best monitor you can afford. For any company with a brand to protect, a colour workflow should be considered, and a monitor which can replicate print or different colour spaces accurately is a godsend surely. I’d say that for the features you get at this price point, it really works out at quite good value compared to my ageing screen.
My initial problem had been how my onscreen work translated to print, and the CX240 certainly solved that. I had become used to discrepancies in colour and tone with print work and how hard copies were translated from the screen, but I didn’t get that with the CX240.
Would I recommend it to others? I think the main advantages are with working with print work, particularly photography, so I would definitely recommend it if this was your predominant area. The uniformity and accuracy put it in a completely different league to my old monitor.
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