We approached the Eizo ColorEdge with a slight feeling of déjà vu – its chunky looks aren’t a million miles away from NEC’s SpectraView Reference 271. With very similar specifications and performance to the SpectraView as well, you have to work hard to tell them apart.

Let’s look at their similarities first. The ColorEdge is a 27in, wide-format monitor with a native resolution of 2,560 × 1,440 pixels. This is the same as Apple’s 27in Cinema display. Like the SpectraView, the 10-bit display is augmented by a 3D LUT. Again, there’s a DisplayPort, DVI socket and a handy anti-glare hood included as well.

The ColorEdge display looks great right from the off – and that’s due in part to Eizo’s policy of calibrating every monitor at the factory before it ships. It has a similar level of rotation to the SpectraView with an impressive 344 degrees of horizontal movement and the ability to rotate the monitor to porrait view.

What about those little differences? One of them isn’t very small. Yes, the SpectraView has a range of built-in, hardware-based advanced calibration tools.

The Eizo ColorEdge calibrates itself with no need for additional hardware. It does so using pre-configured software and a built-in spectrophotometer. The calibration can be scheduled for specific times, whether the monitor is plugged into your Mac or not.

For more control you can use the bundled ColorNavigator software, which is compatible with a range of standalone third-party calibration units as well as the display’s built-in sensors.

In addition to the standard size DisplayPort socket, there’s also a Mac friendly Mini DisplayPort, but no HDMI. The SpectraView, on the other hand, doesn’t even ship with a DisplayPort to Mini conversion cable. And the final differentiator between this model and the SpectraView is in the 3D look up table. Here it’s 16 bit as opposed to 14 bit, which expands the colour palette the display has to choose from.

OUR VERDICT

Being just £1 more expensive than the SpectraView, it’s quite difficult to say which one of the displays is better value for money. Either one would make an excellent choice at this price range.

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