Eizo ColorEdge CG246 review

On September 25, 2015, in Monitors For Photo Editing, Reviews, by Harry Jackson
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Eizo ColorEdge CG246 review

This Eizo ColorEdge CG246 review seeks to point out all you need to know about it. Including a few things that you might not like about it.

 

Eizo is one of the most respected high-end professional grade brand of monitor manufacturers. Eizo is almost synonymous with superior quality where desktop monitors are concerned. Its CG (Color Edge) series have always been manufactured with photography professionals and graphic users in mind.  Though their products are usually expensive, they are a serious brand that don’t compromise with quality nor performance. What you pay for is exactly what you get. In any of their products. And even much more.

 

Eizo CG246 is a 24.1-inch wide gamut hardware calibration LCD monitor. It is a new addition to their ColorEdge range of monitors. And is an upgrade to the high performing CG245. Which is their first model to feature a EIZO CG246 review imagecolorimeter but utilized a CCFL backlight. Just like the CG245, Eizo CG246 is an extended color gamut display. With well saturated colors, self-calibration capabilities and excellent screen uniformity. And also comes with unique features like LED backlighting. Making it Eizo’s first in the CG series to do so.

 

It’s out of the box performance is great also. And this explains why some users say they don’t see the need to calibrate it when it arrives. The monitor is backed with an industry leading five-year parts and labor warranty that covers backlight as well.

 

What is in it for you

  • It comes with a Built-in SelfCalibration sensor

    It comes with a Built-in SelfCalibration sensor

    It delivers outstanding colors and performs very well in terms of color reproduction for photography professionals like you that work with moving or still images. With the help of its wide color gamut and built-in calibration sensor, you are sure to enjoy the look of your pictures on it.

 

  • It has a self-calibration feature that is automated with outstanding color reproduction. And  built-in Sensor functions that helps you to simply maintain it from time to time.

 

  • You get a stable image display with it. That is free from any environmental influence. And with the help of Eizo’s exclusive Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), it is able to deliver a high precision color processing that produces smooth color tones. Which helps for any graphic and photo editing purpose. So you get only true and precise colors on display.

 

  • It includes a 3D LUT for an accurate color display

    You get colors that are ready when you want them with it

    With this monitor, you get colors that you can start working with almost immediately.  Because unlike regular monitors that take up to thirty minutes or even longer on the average.  To stabilize in brightness, tone characteristics and chromaticity, when you turn them on, Eizo CG246 takes less than 75% of that time (seven minutes) to stabilize. This fast and ready to use color function of it will be very useful to you when you want to confirm your work in a photo studio. And even when you want to take it with you on a location different from your work environment. Because you can get started working with all its color functions right away almost immediately.

 

  • Its DUE function elimates fluctuations in brightness and color uniformity unlike regular monitors

    Its DUE function elimates fluctuations in brightness and color uniformity unlike regular monitors

    You get color uniformity and brightness across its screen with Eizo’s exclusive Digital Uniformity Equalizer function (DUE). Because unlike regular LCD monitors that fluctuate in brightness and chromaticity at different points of their screen, the special DUE function in it has already been activated. To ensure a Delta-E difference of 3 or less across its screen before it leaves factory. The special DUE function also balances the effects that a fluctuating ambient temperature may have on its brightness and color temperature. To ensure you get a stable image display when you are editing pictures with it.

 

  • With this monitor, you get predictable colors that you can depend on at any time. Because all Eizo CG246 monitors have been individually adjusted at the production factory. For example the gamma level has been adjusted for each Eizo ColorEdge CG246 monitor at factory level. To ensure you get precise and accurate values that will be useful for you when working on your pictures.

 

  • It reproduces almost the entire Adobe RGB color space

    It reproduces almost the entire Adobe RGB color space

    It reproduces almost all the colors in the entire Adobe RGB color space with the help of its wide color gamut feature. Which is what makes it able to reproduce 97% of the colors available in the Adobe RGB color space. Which will be very useful for you so that the images you shoot in RAW will be easily converted to RGB . And so that the pictures you shoot in Adobe RGB will be displayed correctly on its screen.  You need all of this so you will be able to work with all the colors contained in the photos you are editing. For example when you are working with the colors that are seen in pictures of a lush green forest or a vibrant blue sky, they will be reproduced accurately in a way that you cannot see in a regular monitor whose colors are meant to work with only the sRGB color space. The wide color gamut that it is made of also ensures that it reproduces almost the entire ISO-coated and US web-coated CMYK color spaces that is used in printing.  Which all helps to ensure you work precisely with wide gamut colors.

 

  • It provides predctable colors with any media

    It provides predctable colors with any media

    With this monitor, you get predictable colors with any media device you will be working with. Which is very useful so you know how your clients will see colors of the content you publish on printed and digital media devices. With the ColorNavigator software that comes it, it is able to make that possible for you. Because it is designed for both digital device emulation and softpoofing. Which will be very useful for you because you will be able to tell how colors will look to your clients. Whether your content is for digital media devices such as smart phones, tablets, and notebook computers. Or for printed media such as magazines and books.

 

  • It provides 10-bit simultaneous color display via its DisplayPort input

    It provides 10-bit simultaneous color display via its DisplayPort input

    With this monitor, you get a 10-bit simultaneous color display from a 16-bit look-up table (LUT). When you use it with the DisplayPort input provided with it. Meaning it is able to show more than one billion colors simultaneously. Which is 64 times as many as the colors you get with a regular 8-bit display. Which is very useful for you as a photographer because you will get smoother color gradations and a reduced Delta-E between two adjacent colors. However bear in mind that you need a graphics card and software that that supports 10-bit color outputs. To be able to maximize the use of its many color 10-bit function.

 

  • It includes a 3D LUT for an accurate color display

    It includes a 3D LUT for an accurate color display

    It includes a 3D LUT function that adjusts colors individually on an RGB cubic table for an accurate color display. The ColorNavigator software that comes bundled with it has an emulation function that helps the 3D LUT to apply a film look to images on display. So you can check how it will look to your clients. The 3D LUT function also improves it’s additive color mixture which is a combination of RGB. And which is a major factor that makes it able to display neutral gray tones.

 

  • Its built-in SelfCalibration sensor that is located at the bottom bezel and which swings up the screen only when you are calibrating it, helps you to automate its calibration process. Making it very easy for you to calibrate it at any time you want with ease. The automated calibration process also works when you position it in portrait mode. The self-calibration sensor also eliminates the need for you to purchase or use a third-party calibration device. Saving you money you would have spent purchasing an external calibration tool.

 

  • It comes with Eizo's special ColorNavigator software for simple and quick calibration

    It comes with Eizo’s special ColorNavigator software for simple and quick calibration

    With it, you get a simple and precise color calibration with its ColorNavigator software that comes bundled with it. The ColorNavigator software makes calibrating it quick and simple. All you need to do is to input your target values for gamma, white point and brightness. Then its built-in sensor will directly utilize its look-up table and create an ICC profile in a few minutes. Making it very quick and easy for you to color correct it when you need it for precise colors. Latest versions of the ColorNavigator software are always available for free download at Eizo’s official website.

 

  • Its self calibration feature works even when it is off

    Its self calibration feature works even when it is off

    Automating its calibration process could not be easier with the option of you using its OSD menu or the bundled ColorNavigator software that comes with it. With either of the two methods, you can schedule it to self-calibrate at the specific time you want it to. It will stick to the schedule you set for it and calibrate itself even if it is not connected to a computer or if it is switched off.

 

  • It is very good for a smooth display of videos. Because an overdrive circuit is included with it that reduces gray-to-gray response time to 7.7 milli-seconds. Which ensures that moving images look sharp and clean on it. With a
    It comes with a shading hood that works in both portrait and landscape modes

    It comes with a shading hood that works in both portrait and landscape modes

    minimum ghosting effect. Which will be very useful for you for post-production and for video editing.

 

  • It comes with a monitor shading hood to keep light glares off your screen. Unlike most shading hoods that is only useful in landscape mode, it comes bundled with a unique shading hood that is designed to work for both landscape and portrait mode as well. So that no matter the mode you choose to work with, glares are effectively kept off its screen.

 

  • It is backed by an industry leading  5-year manufacturer warranty that covers all components including its LCD panel.  And that protects you and gives you that peace of mind you need to purchase it. Knowing that if anything goes wrong, you can return it within the warranty period.  Eizo as a company is able to provide that much of a warranty because unlike most other brand of products, They manufacture their
    It is backed by a manufacturer's 5-year warranty that covers all components

    It is backed by a manufacturer’s 5-year warranty that covers all components

    products at their own factories. Which makes it possible for them to keep close control over production quality. And ensure that Eizo CG246 in our review today and its other line of products are built to last for five years and more. You also get a pixel defect warranty of up to twelve months after the date of purchase. Which means its RGB full pixel failure is zero within the twelve months warranty period.

 

  • Eizo CG246 is used by Magnum Photos and several other photographers and digital directors. As the monitor of choice for their color management workflow and for the production of contemporary photographs. Which is very inspiring for you as a photographer. To know that it is the favorite monitor of choice for industry leaders and professionals as well in the photography business.

 

It is ideal for color critical purposes such as photo editing and graphics

It is ideal for color critical purposes such as photo editing and graphics

Eizo CG246  is very much ideal for any color critical purpose photo editing and graphics inclusive. And other graphical and photographic applications. Grab this monitor if you have the budget for it.

 

Click here to see the current price it is selling for right now.

 

 

Eizo ColorEdge CG246 specs (manufacturer specification)

Still on this Eizo CG246 review, here are its specs below to compare it with Hp Dreamcolor Lp2480zx mentioned in this article.

 

Hint: Click on the next button below the table to see more spec features.

 

 
Design color

Panel type
Black

IPS
Black & silver

S-IPS
Backlight

Screen type
LED

Matte
LED

Matte (anti-glare, anti-static)
Size

Aspect ratio
24.1-inch widescreen

16:10
24-inch widescreen

16:10
Resolution

Refresh rate

Pixel pitch (Dot pitch)
1920 x 1200

60Hz

0.27 mm
1920 x 1200

60Hz

0.27 mm
Amazon rating

Free shipping?
Not rated yet

Yes
4.8/5

Yes
Dimension (inches)
Weight/Shipping weight
9.8 x 22.8 x 21.6

21.8 pounds/ 33.1 pounds
26.5 x 18.5 x 14.5

1,870 pounds/ 32.6 pounds
Color Gamut

Color coverage


Wide color gamut

97% Adobe RGB
Wide color gamut

133% NTSC
99% sRGB
99.8% Adobe RGB
Bit depth (Color bits)

Color support
10-bit


1.07 billion colors
10-bit

Over one billion colors in native mode
Factory calibrated?YesNot specified
Response time (Milli-seconds)7.7ms gray-to-gray6ms gray-to-gray
Connectivity & inputs options
1 x DVI-I 29 pin(with HDCP)
1 x HDMI (with HDCP)
1 x Displayport (with HDCP)
2 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x DVI-I (29 pin combined DVI)
1 x HDMI
1 x Displayport
4 x USB 2.0 downstream
1 x USB 2.0 upstream
1 x component video input
1 x composite video input
1 x S-video input
Ergonomics & Adjustment options30° Tilt angle
344° Swivel angle
90° Pivot (rotate)
5 inch height adjustment
-5° to + 35° Tilt
-45° to + 45° Swivel
90° Pivot (rotate)
3.94 inches height adjustment
VESA compliant?Yes (100 x 100mm)Yes (100 x 100mm)
Viewing angles (Horizontal/vertical in degrees)
178°/178°178°/178°
Contrast ratio1000:1 static1000:1 static
Brightness (in Candelas per meter squared)300 cd/m2250 cd/m2
Warranty5 years warranty3 years parts, labor & on-site service with 24-hours, 90 days toll-free technical support
Other features and fine detailsAuto calibrate feature for self calibration
Detachable monitor hood & screen cleaner kit included
Digital Uniformity Equalizer (DUE) function
Auto brightness stabilization
sRGB color management
Auto save function
Built-in calibration sensor
Eizo ColorNavigator software included
3D LUT
Drivers & utility software included
HP display assistant software included
Compatible with Window 7
Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
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  • Design and features
Its design is great

Its design is great

A plain Eizo signature cabinet houses the display panel and its electronics. The cabinet is made up of an unpolished plastic that encases a metal cage with a tidy fitting that exhibits no gaps.  Its overall design is superb and the quality of its workmanship is very impressive. A colorimeter is integrated into the frames bottom as opposed to the CG245 where it is built in along the top. It is the first 24-inch monitor to come with an active cooling system (fans) for backlight, display panel and electronics. The fan produces a slight noise that does not cause any distraction as you are using it.

 

  • Connectivity

It offers three video connectors that includes DVI, Displayport and HDMI. With its DVI port accepting RGBHV signals as well. There are two USB upstream ports and two USB downstream ports also. Cables provided include DisplayPort, DVI-D, USB and a power cable.

 

It comes with multiple inputs for comfort and convenience

It comes with multiple inputs for comfort and convenience

 

  • Ergonomic Support

It provides a sufficient ergonomic support for flexibility and comfort. Its screen swivels 360 degrees on both the left and right hand side. It pivots 90 degrees (for portrait viewing), tilts 30 degrees, and allows a height adjustment of 128mm. The distance between the bottom of the panel and the desktop at the highest height adjustment is 17cm. While it is 12 cm at the lowest height adjustment. A hood that supports both portrait and landscape modes is also provided. However there is no automatic image rotate function.

 

You can adjust and reposition it to the most comfortable angle that suits you the most

You can adjust and reposition it to the most comfortable angle that suits you the most

 

  • Onscreen display (OSD)

There is really no need for any OSD adjustment with this monitor. Due to the provided hardware calibration functions that comes with it. It comes with sufficient onscreen display settings most important of which is the color mode. The color mode presets are user; 1, 2, 3 and paper, Adobe RGB, sRGB and calibration.

There are a total of seven buttons provided for controlling the OSD and the monitor itself. It has an onscreen button guide that helps you to know what each button does. These buttons are located at the bottom of the bezel and have some soft kind of backlighting. Its OSD menu buttons are very responsive and just need to be pressed lightly. There are two arrow buttons provided for use in navigating the OSD .While dedicated buttons are provided for frequently used controls like input (select) and brightness.

It comes with backlit control buttons and an on-screen button guide for use in post production studios

It comes with backlit control buttons and an on-screen button guide for use in post production studios

Its brightness settings shows in absolute figures and not in percentages. The white point setting can be adjusted via the provided three RGB gain bars. Or picked from the Kelvin presets. While you can select desired gradation from a fixed setting of 1.6 to 2.7 using the gamma slide. The hardware calibration settings are stored in the three user presets provided, giving room for individual signal input calibration.

A separate menu is used to configure the self calibration option. The desired parameters can be achieved from the advanced calibration undertaken by the ColorNavigator.

 

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  • Performance

Still on our Eizo CG246 review, let’s see what it has to offer photo editors and graphic artists for which it was mainly made for.

 

  • Photo Editing

As we mentioned at the onset, this monitor primarily targets photo editing professionals and graphic artists whose desires are nothing short of an accurate color reproduction. As such, there are bound to be many features that makes it one of the best monitors for photo editing.

 

  • It was made for photo editors and graphic design

    It was made for photo editors and graphic design

    Resolution and Size: It comes with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 that provides optimum results with its 24-inch screen. Though not the best you can work with, a 24-inch screen still provides you with enough room for a serious photo editing work.

 

  • Self-Calibration: The ability to self-calibrate using an onboard colorimeter sets it apart. And makes it unique from other brand monitors. Eizo Color Navigator software that comes with it is the first of its kind in the graphics market. It uses a sensor located at the bottom bezel to calibrate the display without your involvement as the user. The software also allows you to use any supported external sensor with it.

The software provides you with all the options you may need to profile and calibrate the monitor to meet your specifications. It is available for free download from Eizo’s official website.

Calibration is easy and quick with the ColorNavigation Software. You can create an ICC profile within a few minutes just by inputting desired values for gamma, white point and brightness. Which the internal sensor then uses to create the profile via the look-up table (LUT).

 

  • It includes a 3D LUT for an accurate color display

    It includes a 3D LUT for an accurate color display

    Color Gamut And Color Space Coverage: Most new models of Eizo come as extended color gamut displays. With a 10-bit color depth that supports up to 1.07 billion colors through the DisplayPort. And provides a 3D (16 bit) look-up-table for better device emulation and additive color mixture. This is 64 times more than what you get with an 8-bit display. And ensures you get excellent color gradations and a reduced delta between adjacent colors.

This monitor covers almost the entire spectrum of Adobe RGB color space. Which is according to what several tests performed on it reveal. Despite the fact that Eizo reports a 97% color coverage in its product description. Meaning you get more colors than what you pay for in this display.

 

  • Uniformity: Unlike the previous model that could not measure up to uniformity specs, this monitor surpassed the given uniformity figures. The average delta is around .60 between different parts of its screen. The worst uniformity across its screen was found between the lower left corner and the center of its screen. But the difference in color is just about a delta of 2.55. Which is even the best you get in some displays from other brands.

 

  • Color matching with it

    Color matching with it

    Warm Up time: It provides up to 75% reduced warm up time after you switch it on. Before you can start using it for color critical purposes. To compare with monitors from other brands that take much longer. In fact it takes just seven minutes for its brightness and chromaticity to stabilize after you power it on. Which is excellent. Especially when you consider the fact that normal warm up time of most display is usually between 30 to 45 minutes.

 

  • Viewing AnglesIts IPS panel technology provides excellent viewing angles as expected. There is no loss of color fidelity nor shift in luminance when you view its screen from one end to another. And at different screen positions when you view it from one side to another. You only experience some insignificant change in brightness and colors that can be seen when viewed from extreme off angle positions. Which is not significant at all.

 

  • It provides you with excellent dark tones that display well in the dark unlike regular monitors

    It provides you with excellent dark tones that display well in the dark unlike regular monitors

    Black level: It produces vibrant deep blacks and near blacks. Those who are used to CRT (cathode ray tubes) will find it very fulfilling when they upgrade to Eizo. At 60 nits the black point records a 0.8cd/m2 and at 120 nits the black luminance is .16. These figures are much better than typical LCD displays that often provide a black luminance of .30 out of the box.

 

  • Grayscale performance: Its grayscale performance is excellent even at low brightness levels. The last two dark grays on it are distinguishable from black. And its last two light grays are distinct from white.

 

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Other aspect of its performance

 

  • Brightness

Its default brightness range is a minimum of 60nits and a maximum of 120nits. At its default minimum preset, you get a clear display with no color banding and shadow detail. Unlike what is common with other monitors at such a low brightness level. However, you can adjust its brightness range for your specific use. Its minimum and maximum brightness is 29nits and 300nits respectively. Eizo however advices that you avoid using it at the minimum or at the maximum brightness level.

 

  • It correlates very well with external calibration sensors like ColorMunki

    It correlates very well with external calibration sensors like ColorMunki

    In-built temperature sensor

High brightness and changes in temperature can sometimes cause color changes in the display. To counter this, an internal temperature sensor that comes with it automatically detects and corrects changes in brightness and color caused by fluctuations in the ambient temperature.

 

  • Power Consumption

Compared to monitors with the same panel technology but with CCFL backlighting, this monitor consumes much less power. However, it consumes more power than monitors with the same white LED technology for their backlighting as it.

 

Click here to see what others that reviewed it had to say about it.

 

 

Pros and Cons

Still on our Eizo CG246 review, here below are its distinctive Pros and Cons;

Its gamma level has been adjusted at their factory for predictable colors you can depend on

Its gamma level has been adjusted at their factory for predictable colors you can depend on

Pros

  • Excellent color performance out-of-box
  • Comes with a self-calibration feature
  • Simple and intuitive OSD menu
  • Has an industry beating warranty of 5 years.

 

Cons

  • It is expensive compared to other professional grade monitors
  • Gives a slight problem with sRGB emulation
  • The provided USB ports are the slower 2.0 varieties. And not the preferred USB 3.0
  • Its cooling system might be a bit noisy to some people

 

Conclusion

Eizo ColorEdge CG246 review imageThis Eizo CG246 review has shown that it is the ideal choice for you if you are a serious photo editing professional or a graphics artist. Its color accuracy is top notch even before calibration. And its overall performance is excellent. It also provides adequate video connectivity options and a superb ergonomic support. Including a couple of revolutionary features like a self-calibration function.

 

It is highly recommended if you have the budget for it. However, if the price will be a problem, consider the solid performing Hp Dreamcolor Lp2480zx that cost much lesser here. Because it performs very well as much as Eizo ColorEdge CG246 in our review today.

 

Always remember that Eizo CG246 in our review today is a wide gamut monitor that might not be useful to you. Because you may not need a wide gamut monitor due to the fact that it is not applicable everywhere. Especially on the web and internet. So unless you know what you want in a wide gamut display, a standard gamut monitor might just be what you need.

 

Where to buy it

Eizo CG246 cost about $3,000 here at Amazon.

 

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