Upplands Väsby, Sweden, February 19, 2008 – Eizo Europe AB (“EIZO”) today introduced the CG301W, a 30-inch monitor for its ColorEdge series of color calibration LCD monitors. With several high-end features such as a wide color gamut, 12-bit hardware calibration, and picture-by-picture, the ColorEdge CG301W is ideal for a wide range of professional graphics applications such as digital photography and soft proofing.
The ColorEdge CG301W employs a wide gamut LCD panel that is 100% vs. NTSC and reproduces 97% of the Adobe RGB color space. This wide gamut is essential for soft proofing because Adobe RGB encompasses color spaces used in printing such as ISO-coated and US Web-coated.
EIZO calibrates each unit of the ColorEdge CG301W at its factory in Japan by measuring every tone from 0 – 255 to produce a gamma curve of 2.2. Furthermore, for reliable color output on the customer side, the CG301W offers hardware calibration. Thus, the monitor itself is calibrated rather than the computer’s graphics board as is the case with software calibration. This ensures no color tones are lost in the calibration process.
EIZO’s ColorNavigator calibration software is bundled with the CG301W and allows for setting the values for brightness, white point, and gamma. ColorNavigator works with a measurement device to directly utilize the monitor’s 12-bit look-up table for hardware calibration in less than five minutes. When calibration is complete the settings can be saved as an ICC profile. Supported calibration devices are Eye-One, DTP94, DTP94B, and MonacoOPTIX, all from X-Rite.
ColorNavigator can also be used to emulate a color space or color characteristics of another monitor. This means the CG301W can accurately reproduce how color is displayed in the narrower sRGB color space which is often used for taking photographs or color matching with other devices whereas other wide gamut monitors usually cannot.
The native resolution is 2560 × 1600 (16:10 aspect ratio). Dual DVI-D inputs are included for connecting to two PCs. A picture-by-picture function divides the screen into two equal halves, essentially offering two 1200 × 1600 monitors with no center bezel. Input from two different computers such as a Windows and a Macintosh can be displayed which makes it possible to work on two tasks simultaneously without having to toggle back and forth. One input supports dual link for displaying images up to the monitor’s native resolution of 2560 × 1600, and the other input is single link for images up to 1920 ×