If you value accurate colors and a high-quality computer display, Eizo is one of the better choices. The company released two professional 27-inch screens towards the end of 2022. One of them has 4K resolution and the other WQHD resolution. Let’s take a close look at the latter.
When it comes down to a great workable computer screen, the 27-inch size is probably the most convenient one. I’ve been using one for many years and found it not too small and not too big. This year, it was time to upgrade my old Eizo screen. My choice fell on the new ColorEdge CG 2700S, which is a huge upgrade from the old Eizo Flexscan EV 2731W I was using.
In this review, I want to take a look at my first impressions and how it feels after I’ve been using a lower-end Eizo screen for so many years. Does it have enough to offer to justify the price?
First of all, I want to explain what the screen is used for. As you may guess, it’s mainly for photo-editing work. But I also use it for writing articles and recently, a growing amount of video editing work. My viewing distance is somewhere between 70 to 80 centimeters. Occasionally, I watch a couple of YouTube videos, but never a full-length movie. I have a TV for that. I don’t play any video games either.
There are two versions of this 27-inch screen. The ColorEdge CG 2700X has a 4K resolution (4,196 x 2,160 pixels) and the ColorEdge CG 2700S has a slightly lower resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. This is called a WQHD screen.
Although buying a 27-inch 4K monitor sounds very tempting, I find a WQHD screen a much better choice for the photographer. The pixel density of a 4K resolution on a 27-inch screen is 194 pixels per inch, which leads to small on-screen text that may be difficult to read. The WQHD offers a pixel density of 109 pixels per inch, offering a much better reading experience.
The lower resolution of the ColorEdge CG 2700S makes it impossible to have a 1:1 display of 4K video footage. If you’re working with video and video editing, a 4K screen may be the best choice. If the on-screen text becomes too small for you, perhaps a larger size 4K display is the answer to that.
- 27 inch WQHD IPS display with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels
- Viewing angle up to 178 degrees
- Wide color gamut covering 99% AdobeRGB and 98% DCI-P3 color space
- Integrated sensor that allows fully automated calibration
- Maximum brightness of 400 cd/m2 and a 1600:1 contrast ratio with True Black technology
- 10-bit display with 16-bit 3D Look-Up-Table
- Perfect distribution of brightness and color with the Digital Uniformity Equalizer
- HDR-HLG and HDR-PQ-EOTF display
- USB-C that offers DisplayPort signal and 92-Watt Power Delivery
- Dedicated DisplayPort and HDMI
- Includes RJ-45 LAN port
- USB-hub with two USB 3.1 and two USB 2.0 downstream ports
- Magnetic Light shield hood included
- VESA mount
- Complies with the soft proofing requirements (ISO 12646 norm)
The Looks of the ColorEdge CG 2700S
The case of the monitor is a new design that slightly differs from the ColorEdge CS 2731 that was released in the beginning of 2022. The front bezel looks the same, offering a touch button array at the right bottom. These buttons are illuminated, and you only have to touch them lightly to trigger the response.
It has a round foot with a relatively small footprint. It rotates 344 degrees, which is more than sufficient. The monitor stand can be adjusted 15.5 centimeters in height and can tilt 35 degrees backwards and 5 degrees forward. The tilting is necessary for rotating the monitor into a vertical position. At the back, you find a nice incorporated carry handle that makes it easy to lift the monitor.
The light shield hood has a simple design and attaches to the monitor by magnets. The inside of the hood is covered with felt to prevent any reflection of light. With a screen brightness of 400 cd/m^2, this is very welcome.
The ColorEdge CG 2700S allows a viewing angle of 178 degrees. This makes it easy to look at the monitor with a small group of people. Just make sure to remove the light hood; otherwise, it will block the screen when viewed from the side.
The main connections can be found at the back of the monitor. It offers DisplayPort, HDMI, and a USB-C port. You can use the USB-C to connect and charge your laptop. It offers 92-watt power, and it can also be used for a DisplayPort signal and other data transfer. The RJ-45 LAN port on the monitor makes it possible to connect the laptop to the internet through the monitor.
The CG 2700S also has a USB Hub. There are two USB 3.1 and two USB 2 ports on the left side of the monitor. In theory, this allows a clean desk environment, without any other cables to your laptop, save for the USB-C cable. Everything can be connected to the monitor.
Menu and Calibration
The ColorEdge CG 2700S has an extensive menu that offers access to a lot of functions and settings. There are two custom buttons for your most used functions. There is also a quick menu to switch between the different possible color spaces that the monitor is capable of. The color spaces can be adjusted to your personal preferences if needed.
Other functions are a luminance warning to view clipping, image cropping, and picture expansion. And there is the built-in calibration unit, of course. This is a small sensor that is located in the top bezel. It rotated into view when activated.
The calibration unit is activated by timer. The calibration interval is set for every 200 hours of use, but it can be adjusted to your own needs. It can even be programmed to perform the calibration when the monitor is not in use. If you’re working, the calibration isn’t taking up much of the screen. It will adjust the brightness of the screen a few times, but otherwise, you won’t notice much of the process itself. The calibration will also take ambient light levels into account.
The Display Itself
After you turn on a computer monitor, it takes time before the display is stable and showing the correct color and brightness. This only takes about three minutes with the ColorEdge CG 2700S. The monitor is able to show an 8-bit or 10-bit color spectrum. The last one offers 99% of the AdobeRGB and 98% of the DCI-P3 color spectrum.
For most photographers, the AdobeRGB will be the most logical choice. But if you’re also using the monitor for video editing, it is possible to switch the color space to one of other available ones that matches your footage. There is BT.2020, BT.709, DCI-P3, HLG_BT.2100, PQ_DCI-P3, and more.
The CG 2700S ships with a factory report that shows the results of the quality tests that were performed. After a longer period of use, the performance of every monitor will change slightly. Eizo offers the possibility to calibrate the screen with the online ColorNavigator software. This way, correct display of your work is guaranteed for many years to come.
The Eizo ColorEdge CG 2700S is a great 27-inch WQHD monitor that works according to the highest standards. It does result in a price tag of $2,519 dollar. This is twice as much as the also excellent Eizo ColorEdge CS 2731 monitor.
With the ColorEdge CG 2700S, you get a built-in calibration unit, a light hood, a 92-watt USB-C connection, and the USB hub. But more importantly, the overall display of the monitor, its color accuracy, and the different color spaces are the most important thing about this monitor.
What I Like
Almost everything about the monitor. It’s a great display with lots of possibilities, like choosing a customized color profile for different kind of purposes and the built-in calibration unit. The 92-watt power delivery is a big plus.
What I Don’t Like
I do have my doubts about the extra connections of this monitor. Although you have a USB hub, it does feel a bit limited. You can connect a few USB 3.1 devices, but it doesn’t have the possibility to connect USB-C or Thunderbolt devices. If you have a lot of peripheral devices, you still need a docking station of some sort. Especially for professional photography and video work, fast external hard disks or SSD disks may be needed, and for that, you need the fastest possible connection speed. A simple USB 3.1 won’t do.
Should You Buy It?
I think the ColorEdge CG 2700S is worth the money if you’re working professionally and color accuracy is important for your work. It might be too expensive for those who don’t need this level of control. In that case, the ColorEdge CS 2731 might be the better choice.