Our top five budget products for creatives

Our top five budget products for creatives

Looking for new tech for your team but shopping on a budget? From MacBook Pro to Wacom tablets and more, here are five great value products that’ll get the job done!

1. 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro

16GB RAM, 2.7GHz quad core i7 processor, 512GB flash storage, AMD Radeon Pro 455 2GB graphics.

Perfect for both at home and in the workplace, and running all the creative applications you could need, this powerful ex-display MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is highly portable and can be easily plugged into a display when you want to get into some more serious work.

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£1549 (£1858.80 inc VAT)

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2. Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition

Up to 8192 pressure levels, built-in Bluetooth, customisable ExpressKeys.

With this creative pen tablet from Wacom, you’ll be throwing your mouse away and never looking back. The Intuos Pro Paper Edition is great for creating, and accurately emulates the feeling of drawing on paper. It’s ideal for those who frequently work with Adobe Creative Cloud, and is a handy tool for navigating around your files and desktop.

£316 (£379.20 inc VAT)

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3. EIZO 24.1″ FlexScan EV2455 display

1920 x 1200 native resolution, supports USB 3.0, VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D, ultra-slim 1mm bezel, LED-backlit IPS LCD panel with 178-degree viewing angle.

Ideal for viewing at different angles as part of a multi-monitor setup, the EIZO FlexScan EV2455 is a display that’s easy on the eyes and budget, and delivers optimal performance, quality and reliability for creatives.

£299.79 (£359.75 inc VAT)

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4. Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is the industry-standard creative solution, letting you create amazing content, collaborate across desktop and mobile with powerful apps and syncing tools, and make sure you’re always one step ahead of the creative curve. With immediate access to new products, the latest features and exclusive updates as soon as they’re released, you can make sure you’re always up to date too.

Single app plans start from £303 ex VAT.

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5. Canon EOS 750D DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens

The Canon 750D is one of the best DSLR cameras available for beginners, and is perfect if you want to avoid the cost of buying a separate camera and camcorder. Packing advanced features, it’s capable of great quality video and capturing a high level of detail in a variety of scenarios.

£599 (£718.80 inc VAT)

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For more information, get in touch with the team by calling 03332 400 888 or emailing sales@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Creative game-changers: What our designers can’t live without

Creative game-changers: What our designers can’t live without

We’ve been doing this for 25 years, and there’s no one out there who gets creative workflows the way we do. And, in the past quarter of a century, there’s been a huge amount of technological advancement. So we caught up with our design team on the game changers they’ve seen in the creative industry, and how they couldn’t do their jobs without them…

Xenia, Graphic Designer

“The Wacom Intuos Pro has changed my life. It makes everything so much easier and is always invaluable throughout all stages of a project – I’d never go back! From quickly drawing out ideas in Illustrator, to easily zooming in or rotating an image, to using the Expresskeys customised with my most-used Creative Cloud shortcuts, I’ve found the Intuos Pro to be an essential piece of tech. And with the wireless kit, working on the go is as easy as moving to another room – I just keep the adaptor plugged into my MacBook ready to go.”

Jamie Shaw, Web Designer

“Back in the day, I remember trying to get PC and Mac to work together was very laborious. Now saving and opening things on both and passing work between them is seamless, and saves so much time! Where getting Windows and macOS to work with each other used to be a headache, everything is much easier now that Macs support SMB, and I’m excited for APFS.” (If you’re not quite as prepared as Jamie, we can run through where you are with your kit and where there’s room for improvement to increase your overall productivity – ask us about our Strategy & Discovery Sessions for more details).

Thierry, Graphic Designer

“A biggie for me is having a notebook and tablet, and the mobility that brings for working both in the office and at home. For example if I’m working away from my desk, I can mock up a more refined document using Adobe Comp on iPad Pro as easily as sketching on paper. And when I move back to my desktop, I can seamlessly pick up exactly where I left off without the hassle of emailing files across or swapping software. Very quickly, I’ve got a clear idea of how things are looking and a design that can be presented for approval.”

Liana, Graphic Designer

Creative Cloud is great because I can work from home, and have files readily available rather than getting people to email them across. I’m able to cut out a lot of steps in the image searching process, so I can spend more time designing and less time trawling the web. Being able to search and share images, styles and assets among different applications and computers, as well as with other team members, has really impacted my productivity.”

Simon, Graphic Designer

“On a day to day basis, I often find myself swapping between print and web work. A colour calibrated display, such as the Eizo ColorEdge series, is great for this because at the click of a button I can change the colour mode needed for the current project I’m working on. I know the finished product will look how I want straight away instead of battling unwanted hues by trial and error. I can be confident that colours on screen will reflect the end product, and get more out of my day by not having to waste time on avoidable colour edits. And not only does the colour and tone of imagery look better when working on it, but it translates to the screens of other devices much better as well.”

Want to find out more about being more productive? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

 

Introducing EIZO ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420

Introducing EIZO ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420

EIZO has added two new 24” monitors to its professional ColorEdge range – the CG2420 and CS2420. Both units have resolutions of 1920×1200, an IPS non-glare panel, and ensure smooth gradations with 10-bit display from a 16-bit look up table.

EIZO ColorEdge is great for photographers, allowing users to accurately simulate their finished product, cutting out the need for later revisions and confusion down the line. In the long run, this saves both time and money.

The CG2420 and CS2420 feature new, sleek cabinet designs with slim bezels, making them 39% smaller than their predecessors. A carrying handle is built in for improved manoeuvrability, and electrostatic switches replace traditional buttons for seamless access to monitor settings.

CG2420

– The CG2420 is a professional grade display ideal for use in photography, design, print, and post production.

– For anyone who knows the ColorEdge range this essentially replaces the CX241, but offers enhanced features such as high contrast panel, slimmer design and self-calibration sensor.

– It sits just under the CG247, which offers the best subtle tone due to its 3D LUT and self-calibration sensor which measures full tone as well as chroma.

– Key features include 99% coverage Adobe RGB, 98% coverage DCI-P3, self-calibration sensor, high contrast ratio of 1500:1, delta-E difference of 3 or less across the screen, stable colour in just three minutes, and bundled ColorNavigator software and shading hood.

The CG2420 is available now from Jigsaw24 for £958 exVAT.

CS2420 

– The CS2420 is the entry level display in the ColorEdge range; ideal for hobbyists and prosumers working in photography and illustration.

– For anyone who knows the ColorEdge range this essentially replaces the CS240 and comes with a new sleeker cabinet design.

– It lacks the brightness stabilization and self-correction sensor of the CS230 but has a wide colour gamut.

– Key features include 99% coverage Adobe RGB, high contrast ratio of 1000:1, uniformity controls and bundled ColorNavigator software.

The CS2420 is shipping soon.

Want to know more about the EIZO lineup? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email displays@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Video: My design workflow, from mobile to desktop

Video: My design workflow, from mobile to desktop

In this video, I’m looking at how to combine Adobe mobile and desktop apps to work quickly without compromising on creativity. Using a company newsletter as an example, I take a project from initial concept on mobile to further editing on desktop, right through to delivery. Word of warning: our 70s-themed Betamax meeting room features some dangerously funky wallpaper…

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Video: An introduction to EIZO ColorEdge displays

Video: An introduction to EIZO ColorEdge displays

Wondering which EIZO ColorEdge display is right for you? In this quick video, we go hell for leather to round up the full CS, CX and CG roster, and explain why each of them is perfect for a certain creative workflow. You can also take a more leisurely amble through the range in Debs’s EIZO ColorEdge roundup here, or of course get in touch with the team on the details below to talk all things EIZO.

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Your guide to EIZO: ColorEdge CG, CX and CS series

Your guide to EIZO: ColorEdge CG, CX and CS series

Need a new monitor? Desperate for an accurate display? EIZO’s ColorEdge range are recognised as the top choices for a huge array of professional applications, from photography, design and print, to video and post-production. But with three separate series on offer, how do you know which is right for you? 

Across all the ColorEdge CG, CX and CS lines, there are certain features that are common to all three, making them all great at delivering consistent, predictable and accurate colour, no matter what your level. These features include 10-bit simultaneous colour display, 16-bit LUT, support for hardware calibration, brightness and colour uniformity with DUE technology, and a gamma curve which has been individually adjusted at the EIZO factory. They all also feature a fantastic non-glare IPS panel for more accurate and comfortable working.

Essentially though, you could break the three ranges down into ‘good’, ‘better’ and best’ – the CS series are great for entry level use, the CX displays are more for professional work, and the CG series for very top-end, colour accurate work. Find out more about each below…

The CG series

Go for this if: you need the ultimate in colour accuracy, as well as additional features like a built-in calibrator and hood included.

EIZO CG277 on Jigsaw24

Whether you work in photography, design or video production, the CG series really is the cream of the displays crop. Its colour accuracy makes it ideal for critical photographers and retouchers, as well as designers and architects who need the best colour and texture representation. As the image quality in the CG series surpasses Grade 1 standards, it’s a strong choice for those in broadcast, and it’s become the monitor of choice for top post-production houses too. It’s even perfect for commercial print use as an accurate soft proofing monitor, displaying the Fogra colour space and other print standards.

Key features of the CG series include 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage, and a 3D LUT for smooth colour mixing and neutral greys. There are also several preset colour modes you can switch between including REC709, EBU and SMPTE. The CG series also comes with a range of extras like the built-in pop-up calibrator, which eliminates the need for third party calibration hardware, bundled shading hood and ColorNavigator software, and a five year warranty with 12 month pixel defect warranty.

The options:

– EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CG247 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

– EIZO 27″ ColorEdge CG277 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

The CX series

Go for this if: you need a high level of colour accuracy, but not necessarily the precision or extra features you get in the CG series.

EIZO CX271 on Jigsaw24

The CX series is a good shout for photographers and anyone working in design and imaging. They can reproduce 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space, and come with a built-in correction sensor that automatically maintains white point and brightness values. CX displays will also handle architectural simulations, and can even be used for on-set preview, post-production and in broadcast, although the lack of 3D LUT means you’re slightly more limited when it comes to really accurate work.

Other notable features of the CX series include EIZO’s ColorNavigator software bundled in for simple, precise calibration, and a five year warranty for peace of mind.

The options:

– EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CX240 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

– EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CX241 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

– EIZO 27″ ColorEdge CX271 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

The CS series

There are quite a few differences between the CS240 and CS230, so it’s worth looking at each in turn…

Go for the CS240 if: you need an entry-level colour-accurate monitor that can display the majority of Adobe RGB colour space.

The CS240 can reproduce 99% of Adobe RGB, which makes it ideal for serious amateurs or professional photographers who need to balance accuracy with budget. It’s also a strong display for non-critical evaluation in post-production, as well as editing and previewing for on-set video work and broadcast, checking print marketing and the like. The CS240 also comes with ColorNavigator software included, and a five year warranty.

EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CS240 wide gamut IPS display – black.

Go for the CS230 if: you need an entry-level, colour-accurate monitor, but only need to work in the sRGB colour space.

EIZO CS230 on Jigsaw24

The CS230 is similar to the CS240, although without the Adobe RGB coverage. That means it’s more suited for entry-level application where you only need to rely on the sRGB colour space. Having said that, it still gives good colour accuracy, so will be ideal for amateur photographers and home users, as well as less critical reviewing of simulations in design and architecture programs, and some video editing, on-set previewing and broadcast.

Unlike the CS240, the CS230 also comes with a built-in self-correction sensor to maintain white point and brightness values.

– EIZO 23″ ColorEdge CS230 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

Want to know more about EIZO ColorEdge displays? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email displays@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @Jigsaw24Design on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Choosing the right display for design and imaging workflows

Choosing the right display for design and imaging workflows

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional or enthusiast, if you use a display for imaging work you need to be confident that what you see on screen will match the final output, be that a print campaign, web image, or anything in between.  

For example, if you’re editing an image in Photoshop, you could be compensating for variations of hues and tones in the display and not the actual image. Choosing the right display is therefore crucial to getting your work looking right first time, cutting out on revisions and mis-matches which could cost both time and money.

EIZO ColorEdge CG276 and NEC SpectraView 271 Reference displays

EIZO ColorEdge CG276 and NEC SpectraView 271 Reference displays

So if you work in design or photography, which display is right for you? As well as giving our top recommendations at the bottom, we’ve also come up with some key features to consider when purchasing a display:

Even brightness

Fluctuations in brightness are common in LCD displays, and this variance could potentially cause a lot of problems. For instance, when looking at an image one side could appear artificially brighter than the other. This can mean that when you edit an image you are compensating for problems in your display’s uniformity rather than the image itself.

Higher end colour critical displays will have features such as digital uniformity equaliser (DUE) technology or Digital Uniformity Control to counterbalance these influences and ensure uniformity and stability over time.

DUE comparison

EIZO DUE illustration

Full tone curve and smooth gradation
If you are viewing an image on a display, you want to be able to see details within shadows and highlights as well as mid tones. Try going into Photoshop and selecting the ‘Info’ window – when you move your mouse over highlights and shadows, can you see the tone change along with the numbers?  Both EIZO and NEC Colour Critical displays guarantee a full tone curve resulting in smooth gradations of colour.
The look up table (LUT) is a key factor in a monitor’s ability to display tonal grades and transitions; a display designed for colour critical applications will have a LUT with a high humber of bits, around 14 or 16, and the best ones will have 3D LUTs that allow an even better mixing of colour.
EIZO CX smooth gradation

EIZO gamma curve illustration

Wide colour gamut
If you’re shooting in RAW or working in Adobe RGB, you should consider a display which has a wide colour gamut as it will be able to reproduce almost the entire Adobe RGB colour space. This allows colours such as rich blues and vibrant greens to be reproduced more faithfully and accurately than on a display with sRGB colour space, which can only reproduce approximately 75% of Adobe RGB.
EIZO CX and Adobe RGB

EIZO colour space comparison

Hardware calibration

With hardware calibration, the adjustments are made directly in the display rather than the graphics card, enabling these displays to produce more accurate calibration results. EIZO’s CG displays come with a built-in calibration sensor, which means they can calibrate automatically and eliminate the need for a third party calibration device.

Hardware warranty

If you are investing in a display then the length and coverage of a warranty is an important consideration. All EIZO displays and the NEC SpectraView Reference displays come with a five year warranty, and some high end displays will also come with a pixel defect warranty (meaning you’re covered for any pixel problems you may have within the warranty period).

 

Our top display recommendations…

For colour professionals who need the highest level of accuracy

 Ideal for photography, retouching, pre-press and post-production.

We recommend considering a display such as the EIZO ColorEdge CG series or NEC SpectraView Reference. These are the most advanced displays in their line-ups, with the tightest uniformity and colour tolerances, and come with additional features such as 3D LUT, hoods and pixel failure warranties.

For colour professionals and prosumers

Ideal for general design and photography work. 

If you need colour accuracy but don’t need extras like hoods or the tightest tolerances, the EIZO ColorEdge CX series or NEC Spectraview are ideal. They offer excellent quality, high bit LUTs, cover the majority of the RGB colour space and are capable of hardware calibration.

For enthusiasts and users working in sRGB

Ideal for web graphics, photography  captured in sRGB/jpeg, editing video.

If you only need to work in sRGB, the EIZO ColorEdge CS230 offers great performance at a lower cost. It has a 16-Bit LUT, self-calibration sensor, and comes with a five year warranty. And NEC’s P series displays offer great value for money – they cover the majority of the sRGB colour gamut and have IPS panel and Digital Uniformity Control for great imaging performance.

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The Jigsaw24 Displays shop

Want to know more about finding the right colour accurate display? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Make the most of your Adobe apps with a colour critical display

Make the most of your Adobe apps with a colour critical display

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freelancer, part of an agency or a creative type embedded in a larger company, choosing the right display is key if you want to get your work looking right first time, every time. Investing in a colour accurate display means that what you see on screen will reflect the final output, be that a print campaign, a web image or anything in between.

Displays are often a forgotten part of your designers’ workstation, but if you’re working in Photoshop or InDesign you could be wasting time and money by using a monitor that doesn’t display images accurately. For example, non-colour-accurate displays often have variations in brightness and chromaticity across the screen, so you end up correcting for variations in the display rather than in the image itself. With a colour accurate monitor, you can see the images as they were captured, saving you time and money by reducing the number of iterations needed, and ensuring that you’re working to your client’s specifications rather than your monitor’s variations.

Obviously, different displays are suited to different tasks. Here, we’re looking at the top monitor options for people using key Adobe apps, such as Photoshop or InDesign, at different levels of production.  If you want some more information, get in touch with our team on 03332 409 306 or at displays@Jigsaw24.com. Asking costs nothing, after all, and it might save you a few iterations in the long run. If you already know what you need, just click on the banner below to see our full range!

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For professionals who need the highest levels of colour accuracy

These displays are ideal for photography, retouching, pre-press and post-production. 

EIZO 24 inch ColorEdge CG246 Self-Calibrating IPS Display

If you’re working in photography, image retouching, video post-production or design, you’ll want to opt for the highest possible level of colour accuracy. We recommend the EIZO CG series or NEC’s SpectraView Reference monitors. As Deborah, our product manager explains: “These are the most advanced displays in their line-ups, with the tightest uniformity and colour tolerances. They also come with additional features such as 3D LUTs for smoother colour mixing, hoods to keep glare off the screen and pixel failure warranties for extra peace of mind.”

Both can represent the majority of Adobe RGB, and support hardware calibration, meaning corrections are performed in the display’s LUT itself as opposed to on your graphics card, giving a more accurate result.

Top picks: EIZO’s 24″ ColorEdge CG246 and NEC’s 24″ SpectraView 241 reference display.

For professionals and prosumers

These displays are ideal for general design and photography work.

EIZO 24 inch ColorEdge CX240 Self-Correcting IPS Display

If you need colour accuracy but aren’t too fussed about extras like hoods or the tightest fault tolerances, save yourself a penny and opt for the EIZO CX range or the NEC SpectraView series. While these don’t have the hand-picked panels of their more expensive peers, they’re still capable  of hardware calibration, boast high-bit LUTs and will represent the majority of the Adobe colourspace.

Top picks: EIZO’s 24″ ColorEdge CX240 self-correcting IPS display and NEC’s 24″ SpectraView 241 widescreen P-IPS display.

For business users and enthusiasts

These displays are ideal for web graphics, photographers capturing images in sRGB/JPEG and video editors. 

NEC 23 inch MultiSync P232W Widescreen IPS Display

“If you’re capturing images in sRGB and JPEG formats, or are developing content for the web and only need to work in sRGB, then the EIZO CS and NEC P series offer great value for money,” says Deborah.”The EIZO CS230 has DUE (digital uniformity equaliser) technology to ensure the most uniform colour representation across the display, a 16-bit LUT, a self-calibration sensor and a five year warranty. Finally, the NEC P range are a good call if you’re after value for money. They don’t have quite the colour critical chops of the others we’ve featured, but cover most of the sRGB space and are ideal for general office use as they have great ergonomics, a wide viewing angle and broad connectivity options.”

Top picks: EIZO’s 23″ ColorEdge CS230 self-correcting IPS display and NEC’s 23″ MultiSync P232W widescreen IPS display.

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Want to know more about finding the right colour accurate display? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email displays@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook