The Eizo ColorEdge CG303W is, quite possibly, the best monitor an artist or designer could hope for. It combines a superb 30in panel, incredibly accurate colour output, and well-conceived controls supported by great software.

This 30in Eizo ColorEdge CG303W monitor has a high-quality IPS panel with a resolution of 2560x1600. While you can now get this resolution over 27-inches on the Dell UltraSharp U2711 (or the 27in Apple iMac), it feels more comfortable on the eyes over long periods at the larger size. Behind this is a processing system that works in a 12-bits-per-colour space to ensure that the colours output by your graphics card are accurately mapped to the CG303W's own space.

The CG303W is capable of outputting 30-bit colour, and this is where it gets odd. This is only an option for Windows users, as you need an AMD ATI FirePro or nVidia Quadro board to do this. Most 30-bit sets up use DisplayPort as it's native to the standard - but the Eizo ColorEdge CG303W uses dual-link DVI, which requires support for specific monitors to be built into each graphics card. It’ll work fine with the current generation of boards – but future support isn't guaranteed.

Everything else about the Eizo ColorEdge CG303W seems so considered and tailored to the needs of creatives. The excellent bundled ColorNavigator software works with most standard hardware, including X-Rite's Eye-One and DataColor's Spyders. There's also colour matching for paper, a bundled hood to keep lighting consistent and even a Screen Cleaner Kit (that's also great for cleaning your glasses).

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Eizo ColorEdge CG303W: Specs

  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Viewable Size: 29.8in
  • Brightness: 260cd/m² (Maximum), 120cd/m² or less (Recommended)
  • Contrast Ratio: 850:1
  • Viewing Angle: 178° horizontal, 178° vertical
  • Pixel Dot Pitch: 0.2505mm
  • Response Time: 12ms (Black-White-Black)
  • Panel Life: 30,000 hours
  • Colours Supported: 16.77 million from a palette of 68 billion via 8-bit DVI, 1.07 billion from a palette of 68 billion via 10-bit DVI, 2560×1600 native resolution
  • Horizontal: 26-100kHz, Vertical: 29.5-30.5Hz/59-61Hz, VGA Text: 69-71Hz
  • 850:1 contrast ratio
  • 260 cd/m2 brightness
  • Dual DVI-D inputs
  • Monitor hood included
  • 2x DVI-D
  • 2x USB 2.0 (A)
  • Tilt: 0-40°
  • Swivel: -35-35°
  • Pivot: 90°
  • Height: 4.7in (11.8cm)
  • 68.9x51.2-63x25.5cm
  • 16.1kg
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Viewable Size: 29.8in
  • Brightness: 260cd/m² (Maximum), 120cd/m² or less (Recommended)
  • Contrast Ratio: 850:1
  • Viewing Angle: 178° horizontal, 178° vertical
  • Pixel Dot Pitch: 0.2505mm
  • Response Time: 12ms (Black-White-Black)
  • Panel Life: 30,000 hours
  • Colours Supported: 16.77 million from a palette of 68 billion via 8-bit DVI, 1.07 billion from a palette of 68 billion via 10-bit DVI, 2560×1600 native resolution
  • Horizontal: 26-100kHz, Vertical: 29.5-30.5Hz/59-61Hz, VGA Text: 69-71Hz
  • 850:1 contrast ratio
  • 260 cd/m2 brightness
  • Dual DVI-D inputs
  • Monitor hood included
  • 2x DVI-D
  • 2x USB 2.0 (A)
  • Tilt: 0-40°
  • Swivel: -35-35°
  • Pivot: 90°
  • Height: 4.7in (11.8cm)
  • 68.9x51.2-63x25.5cm
  • 16.1kg

OUR VERDICT

Slight 30-bit quibbles aside - the Eizo ColorEdge CG303W is an exceptional 30in monitor that's more than worth its high price.

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