Jigsaw24 review: EIZO’s ColorEdge CG276 monitor

Jigsaw24 review: EIZO’s ColorEdge CG276 monitor

If you’re looking for a monitor for colour critical applications, the CG276 - EIZO’s flagship model in their ColorEdge range - certainly has the edge over other models out there. A 27” LCD monitor with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, the CG276 also comes with a host of other added features that show it’s designed for use in applications where colour fidelity is critical. 

The key specs

With DisplayPort, DVI-D and HDMI inputs (both the DisplayPort and HDMI inputs are HDCP compliant), EIZO’s ColorEdge CG276 will also accept 10-bit colour so it’s perfect for working with the latest digital video and stills cameras. It can also accept interlaced or progressive video inputs, and will accept 4K x 2K resolutions via its DisplayPort input then downscale them to its native resolution of 2560×1440.

EIZO's CG276 on Jigsaw24

The CG276 can be positioned horizontally or vertically on the included stand and it can tilt 25 degrees and swivel nearly 360 degrees. It even comes with a monitor hood to reduce glare from external light sources, and all the cables you’ll need (AC power cord, signal cables [DVI-D – DVI-D, Mini DisplayPort – DisplayPort] and USB cable) to hook it up to your machine.

Calibration

One of the most interesting features of the CG276 is the built-in calibration sensor which analyses the output of the screen. By selecting the calibration routine, either from the menu or from EIZO’s ColorNavigator software, the sensor pops up out of the bezel and the screen runs through a sequence of tests images to ensure that the display is properly calibrated.

EIZO's calibration sensor

By connecting the CG276 to your computer via USB you can access the calibration sensor and monitor settings. EIZO’s ColorNavigator software allows you to calibrate the monitor and save different colour profiles for different types of work. Monitor settings are then saved within the hardware so you don’t lose settings if you power down or experience a power failure (very handy!). You can also save or load LUTs (lookup tables) to match the monitor to settings that might have been used on set or at another location.

The monitor can even be set to auto-calibrate at intervals, even if switched off or not connected to a computer. You can also use an external calibration system like ColorMunki to match the monitor to other monitors or to match the output to other devices like smartphones and tablets.

Uniformity

EIZO have also incorporated digital uniformity equaliser technology which maintains a uniform brightness across the screen and even compensates for changes in ambient temperature. A common issue with reference monitors is the time it takes to reach a stable setting (often this can take 30 minutes from power on until the monitor stabilises), but the CG276 reaches a stable setting in just seven minutes.

Colour reproduction

The EIZO CG276 monitor’s 10-bit display capability and 16-bit lookup table allow it to show more than 1 billion colours, which results in smoother colour gradations. The colour range of the CG276 is excellent, covering 97% of Adobe RGB colour space and 100% of sRGB colour space. The front panel buttons allow you to switch between industry standard colour spaces including Rec. 709, EBU, SMPTE-C and DCI as well as Adobe RGB and sRGB. There are also three user-defined settings that can be customised as you wish.

Having the ability to display images in their correct colour space is incredibly important for many different applications. Obviously colour grading for film and TV needs to be viewed on properly calibrated monitors, but video editors also need to be sure that the grades they are applying to their material will look correct when broadcast or projected.

Being able to emulate portable devices is also very useful when so much content is now being viewed on tablets and smartphones, and the ability to match printer outputs is also vital in pre-press applications.

EIZO's colour reproduction

The verdict

Working with the CG276 was a pleasure - the 27” screen and the resolution of 2560×1440 pixels is perfect for Resolve and allows plenty of space in editing and compositing applications like FCPX, Premiere Pro and After Effects. The monitor handles interlaced and progressive video well and there was no lag or ghosting. It also has excellent uniformity, and gradients are smooth with no banding.

The ability to calibrate the monitor and work in different colour spaces is great for pre-press work in Photoshop and Illustrator, but also for editors and graphic designers working on content designed to be displayed on websites or portable devices.

Having a monitor that you know you can trust is crucial in today’s post-production environment where so much of the content is being switched from one colour space to another and being able to compare what your output will look like on different devices is incredibly useful. The CG276 even comes with a five year warranty so you have peace of mind that even if something does go wrong with it, you’re covered.

This is an ideal monitor for colour critical environments. If you work in magazine production, photographic studios, editing and colour grading facilities or 3D animation you should take a close look at the CG276 - I think you’ll like what you see.

EIZO CG276 on Jigsaw24

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