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Don't Get Fooled Again (why monitors matter)

Posted by Mark Wood on Wed, Sep 21, 2016

Don't get fooled again. (why monitors matter) by Mark Wood

There cannot be many photographers who want to prioritize buying a monitor over getting a new camera or lens. Buying a color-critical monitor involves research into the esoteric world of color management, and after trawling through pages of information the pros and cons of a purchase may not seem any clearer. This is where I want to help, forget about budgets, brands, and the minutiae of technical specifications. This short tutorial will provide the theory to underpin why monitors matter, so that you won’t get fooled again by rogue colors, and disappointing prints.

Topics to be covered, which at this point may read as gobbledegook:

• Why hardware calibration makes monitor setup reliable, quick, and accurate
• Mapping tone to set black and white points
• Why Adobe RGB is the color standard for print
• Soft-proofing
• Environmental colors (shading hoods and non-reflective surfaces)

First point: please note that managing digital color is both an art and a science. Artistic decisions can only be made after your systems are calibrated, which requires the science. In color management calibration is the equivalent of tuning a musical instrument; references are needed, a tuning fork will do, but a digital tuner that shows when an instrument is in the correct pitch removes all doubt. Let us apply the reference idea to color. The black shape, in Figure 02, contains two circles, one is gray, but is the other circle white?

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Using a monitor that can be hardware calibrated means that white and black can be set reliably, not only that but all the greys in-between can be mapped properly. Hardware calibration is where a measurement device, referred to as a calibrator, is used to tune-up monitor without the need for any guesswork by the user. In the space provided, in Figure 02, could I add a brighter circle?

Setting tone comes before color, as changing tone effects color. Tonal range is important: A monitor can be as bright as a flashlight, but a paper print cannot reflect the same intensity of light as that transmitted from a monitor. Deciding on luminance of a monitor is a personal choice, I chose 120 cd/m2, which is my preference for the white point of my monitor. Once set and calibrated my monitor will show the tones in my photographs properly, with a few caveats I’ll cover later.

Screen_Shot_2016-09-21_at_11.00.22_AM.png  Figure 03: The photograph of the guitar player contains many subtle tones. The guitar is white, pearl and maple. The player is wearing black, differentiating the tones of the t-shirt, shirt and jacket is important. As is allowing the the eyes to be seen through the sunglasses. I have taken time to ensure the tones are set properly, which can only be done on a properly hardware calibrated monitor.

The Figure 04 shows a series of tone curves. The ideal scenario is a linear response; input values are identical to the output values. Sadly we don’t live in an ideal world, we rarely get what we ask for; sometimes when the input value is set to 70% gray the output could be 80% or higher. Calibration helps to even things out. In color-critical monitors the calibration happens at the hardware level, which tunes monitors to precise values.

 

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 Figure 04: Grayscale Tone Curves from Adobe Photoshop. On the left the input and output values are identical, there is no curve the response is a straight line. If a print from this file caused 70% gray to become 80% the tone curve in Photoshop can be altered as illustrated in the image on the far-right. In the beginnings of digital printing tone curves where used to compensate for output problems, thankfully we now have hardware calibration and profiling to ease the strain.

Calibration also resolves color rendering, and monitors designed for color-critical work do this accurately. In addition color-critical monitors will be capable of displaying a full gamut of colors. For print applications monitors that display 99% of Adobe RGB are available, for video work Rec.709 is appropriate. To illustrate this point take a look at the following. Figure 05 shows a sRGB color space placed inside an Adobe RGB space. Lots of devices from smart phones, tablets, TVs and computer monitors display a range of colors equivalent to sRGB. Video and online work doesn’t require the same color gamut as print.

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Figure 05: A sRGB color space placed inside an Adobe RGB space.

Figure 06: The color profile of an inkjet printer using rag paper placed inside the sRGB space.

Figure 07: Shows the same inkjet paper profile used in Figure 06 but this time it is placed inside Adobe RGB.

Figure 06 shows the color profile of an inkjet printer using rag paper placed inside the sRGB space. The inkjet colors exceed the gamut of sRGB, therefore you could be editing colors that can be printed that cannot be displayed on a sRGB only monitor. Figure 07 shows the same inkjet paper profile but this time it is placed inside Adobe RGB. A monitor that displays Adobe RGB will display more if not all of the available print colors; 99% is currently the maximum achievable.

Industry Standards: To return to the music analogy, imagine a band that doesn’t tune up. Nice? No! Okay I’ve been to a few gigs like that, so move that idea to a band where all the instruments are tuned-up but not to the same concert pitch. Each instrument will sound fine when played solo but once the ensemble strike up together the sound will be dissonant at best.

Screen_Shot_2016-09-21_at_12.08.15_PM.pngFigure 08: A band playing in tune! Volume set to eleven.

Now think about digital color and your monitor, are ever going to hand off your work to be printed at a lab, or displayed online? That is likely, so even if your system is tuned well for in-house, you will need to achieve industry standard color references before passing your work on. It is not so hard to do, and getting your color management right will save oodles of money and lowers stress. Following guidance on software preferences is essential, but your efforts will be negated if your monitor is not accurate.

Figure 09: Software proofing lets you preview the potential effect paper and output choices will have on a print.

Figure 09: Software proofing lets you preview the potential effect paper and output choices will have on a print.

If you have read this far, you are likely to have the patience to calibrate your systems. The reward for having a calibrated system is that soft-proofing will become reliable. When calibrated, a good monitor will show a generic rendition on your work. A high quality hardware calibrated monitor, is the first step in matching monitors to prints. The next step is to use soft proofing. This function can be found in several photo applications, including Photoshop and Lightroom. I use soft proofing every time I output work, though I make special use of it in inkjet printing to evaluate my photographs before making fine-art prints so that I can modify the tones and colours to suit the papers I use. See Figure 09.

Figure 10: The image of the left shows the ideal colour. The image on the right emulates the best tone and colour that can be achieved on a fine-art rag paper.

Figure 10: The image of the left shows the ideal colour. The image on the right emulates the best tone and colour that can be achieved on a fine-art rag paper

Setting a soft proof condition causes your photographs to display as an emulation of print. I often use photo-rag papers, and though soft proofing will not render the texture of the paper, it will map the white and black points of the print simulation. You even have the option to display the color of the paper too.

Soft proofing emulates output conditions, and is similar to hard-proofing. However, hard-proofing requires a print to be made. In Figure 10 the image of the left shows the ideal colour. The image on the right emulates the best tone and colour that can be achieved on a fine-art rag paper.

Figure 11: My digital darkroom. I work in low light conditions and illuminant my prints using a full spectrum light.

Figure 11: My digital darkroom. I work in low light conditions and illuminant my prints using a full spectrum light.

Digital darkrooms and environmental colors: Earlier I wrote about caveats to a calibrated monitor showing the tones in photographs properly. Environmental color and ambient light effect our perception of tone. It is no accident that we watch movies in the dark. The low light of movie theatres let us perceive tone and color more vividly. If the lights go on, the film looks washed out.

That change is not caused by a change in the projected light, but the ambient light. The higher the levels of ambient light the harder it is to create the impression of contrast on a computer monitor. I choose to work in a low-light digital darkroom, as shown in Figure 11. This environment allows me to set my monitor to a luminance 120 cd/ m2. The artificial light in Figure 11 is a full spectrum light that allows me to assess my prints in the same light levels as my monitor. It is possible to work in typical office lit conditions, or very low light. Color-critical monitors let you choose a luminance value to compliment the ambient light you work in.

Figure 12: My work in exhibition. Preparing photographs for print takes care and understanding no matter what your ambitions are.

Figure 12: My work in exhibition. Preparing photographs for print takes care and understanding no matter what your ambitions are.

In order for the science, and color settings to work, a high-quality monitor is required, anything less will leaving you guessing. Though there is one final caveat, working on images takes time and during a processing session we experience a shift in color perception; typically we add more contrast and saturation to photographs at the end of a session. We can become the weak link in the color management workflow, so regular breaks are necessary to refresh your vision.

Your monitor is the window on your digital images. As such it is vital that it can be set to display the colors and tones of your photographs properly. When sourcing a color critical monitor look for ones that can be hardware calibrated, and for print work ones that cover 99% of Adobe RGB. In comparing the technical specifications of different monitors look for a low DeltaE value. Inclusion of a shading hood to cut down unwanted reflections is desirable too. The size of the monitor will be determined by your budget.

Your monitor is the window on your digital images. As such it is vital that it can be set to display the colors and tones of your photographs properly. When sourcing a color critical monitor look for ones that can be hardware calibrated, and for print work ones that cover 99% of Adobe RGB. In comparing the technical specifications of different monitors look for a low DeltaE value. Inclusion of a shading hood to cut down unwanted reflections is desirable too. The size of the monitor will be determined by your budget.

I hope my article helps explain why monitors matters, and what qualities to look for when buying one.

To close I want to say that as a fine-art printmaker my knowledge of color management is liberating. With my digital darkroom in good order I am free to be creative without worrying about poor quality output.


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20 Ways I Use My Interactive Flat Panel to Save Time and My Sanity

Posted by Marlana Martinelli on Thu, Sep 08, 2016

20 Ways I Use My Interactive Flat Pannel to Save Time and My Sanity

There’s no doubt about it, interactive flat panels (IFPs) are amazing tools for the classroom. But chances are you’re not even using yours to its fullest potential! That’s why we’ve gathered some of our all-time favorite ideas below for you to borrow, steal or reinvent. 

1. Put a digital spin on bell work.

You can save loads of time by using your interactive flat panels for bell ringers. Instead of writing bell work on the board every day, Tina Baker, an eighth grade language arts and social studies teacher at William Lenoir Middle School in Lenoir, North Carolina, uses her BenQ RP702 interactive flat panel to motivate her students to start working as soon as class begins. Besides being a major time-saver, using your IFP also lets you incorporate other mediums into your bell work—try displaying a photo or playing a song or a short YouTube video and asking students to write a response.

2. Save time taking attendance.

Instead of calling the roll every day, let your students gain some independence by signing themselves into class using your IFP. They can drag and drop their names into the “pres-ent” column of a tablet, making it a fun morning routine for the kids and a big time-saver for you.

3. Get a handle on classroom behavior.

If you’re using a Web-based classroom-management system like ClassDojo, you can take it to the next level with your interactive flat panel. Baker displays ClassDojo on her screen during class activities or transitions. Kids love the instant gratification of hearing a “ping” and seeing their dojo points increase every time you award them.

4. Teach time management.

There are lots of ways to use timers with your IFP. You can use a website like Egg Timer Countdown to count down the time remaining in learning centers rotations. Download Cool Timer for multiple timing options including an alarm clock (never be late for gym class again!) and a stopwatch.

5. Say goodbye to the dreaded copy machine.

The lines, jams and wasted paper at the copy machine can be a welcome thing of the past. All your saved lesson materials can be accessed directly from your computer’s hard drive, Google Drive or Dropbox and displayed on your interactive flat panel. Beth Fox, a computer science teacher at William Lenoir Middle School, also takes notes during class using her BenQ RP702 interactive flat panel. She “freezes” the screen to access the notes later or email them to students when they’re absent. “It’s really eliminated the need for paper copies in class,” says Fox.

6. Make proofreading a whole-class activity.

Get your entire class involved in the editing process. Baker lets the students in her language arts classes use BenQ’s QWrite pens on the interactive flat panel to collaborate when making correc-tions to a writing assignment. The first student chooses a color to make the first round of edits. If other students want to make additional edits, they use different color pens.

7. Monitor noise level.

Have a chatty class this year? Your IFP can help with that dilem-ma too. Connect a microphone to your unit and use a website like Bouncy Balls to give kids a visual cue when their talking gets out of control—the balls will start bouncing like crazy! There is also an app called Too Noisy that has a meter that turns red when the class gets too loud.

8. Take a brain break.

Next time you’re giving your kids a brain break, try using your in-teractive flat panel. Go Noodle is a website with a ton of videos—on everything from relaxing yoga to energizing dances—you can play through your IFP.

9. Host a Google Hangout with another class.

Interactive flat panels are a cool way to let your class learn alongside students across town or on the other side of the world. Fox had a Google Hangout with another middle school class across town by connecting a laptop to her BenQ  RP702 interactive flat panel. The classes could see and talk with each other on the 70-inch screen so they could collaborate on robotics code they were writing for a class project. More Google Hangout ideas include virtual author visits and “mystery hangouts” with a class in another state or country, where students take turns asking questions to guess the location of the other class.

10. Let your students be the teacher.

Kids love to “be in charge” of the classroom iPad during lessons. Baker uses her iPad’s AirPlay feature to wirelessly connect it to her BenQ interactive flat panel. Students get to take turns clicking through PowerPoint presentations or pressing Play on YouTube videos.

11. Play a video game.

It’s pretty much a fact that kids love Wii and Xbox, and believe it or not, some of their games are pretty educational. You can hook up a gaming console to your interactive flat panel and test your students’ problem-solving skills with games like Big Brain Academy Wii Degree.

12. Call on students randomly.

Use a tool like Random Name Picker with your IFP to make sure you don’t always call on the same kids to answer questions. This tool uses a virtual wheel (think: “Wheel of Fortune”) to select student names. You can also use it to make assigning jobs or choosing partners or groups for assignments fair game.

13. Include your interactive flat panel as a learning center.

Your IFP doesn’t need to sit idle when your kids are rotating through centers. Third grade teacher Felesha Stone from Tatum Elementary School in Tatum, Texas, likes to use her BenQ IL650 interactive flat panel as a math station. Kids can use websites like BrainPOP to solve problems or challenge one another in educational games in small groups. You can also use the interactive screen’s built-in features to take a picture of a screen that captures your students’ work so you can review it later.

14. Make test prep into a game show.

Test prep doesn’t have to be boring when you use your interactive flat panel. Baker uses her BenQ IFP to play review games like “Jeopardy!” You can either make your own game with PowerPoint or download a pre-made version for games like “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or “Classroom Feud.”

15. Take a virtual field trip.

Field trips are amazing learning opportunities, but it takes a lot of work and money to make them happen. Plus if your classroom is in the United States, it’s probably not feasible to visit places like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But if you have an interactive flat panel, you can make just about any trip a reality. The options are endless—from Colonial Williamsburg to the Smithsonian to a NASA space shuttle. Virtual trips can also be helpful to do before or after really visiting a local destination. Use your IFP to show kids videos of the destination as an introduction or wrap-up to your trip.

16. Create a cool new app.

If you’re a really tech-savvy teacher, your interactive flat panel can help you teach your kids how to create their very own iPhone or Android app. Students in Fox’s seventh grade computer science class use their IFP to learn how to write code for Android apps. They use the touch functionality to drag and drop blocks of code on the screen to collabo-rate with the entire class on their projects.

17. Take a flight with Google Earth.

You can use Google Earth for lots of different activities in your class-room. Pull up natural and political maps on your interactive flat panel so the entire class can view them at once. You can also use Google Earth Flight Simulator to see 3-D maps on the IFP. All you need to do is choose your starting point, and kids can take turns using the mouse or keyboard shortcuts to pilot the plane.

18. Review homework without the hassle.

Use your IFP to review homework without the hassle

Instead of writing out homework problems and questions on the board or reviewing them orally, you can display the work on your interactive flat panel. Stone connects a document camera to her BenQ IL650 in-teractive flat panel to go over student homework. You can easily switch between the teacher’s answer sheet and different students’ worksheets or notebooks to share and collaborate.

19. Try something new for read-alouds.

Epic! is a free app for educators with thousands of award-winning fiction and nonfiction children’s books that can be displayed on your interactive flat panel. Many of the books even have pre-recorded readings.

20. Engage the masses.

If your school is lucky enough to have interactive flat panels in every classroom, you can show school-wide videos or display warnings for emergency drills. Some schools even stream morning and afternoon announcements using their IFP.

 

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How to Overcome the U.S. Education Budget Cuts

Posted by Russell Barefield on Wed, Aug 17, 2016

How to Overcome the U.S. Education Budget Cuts


Federal funding for education has dropped by 20 percent in the last five years, according to a U.S. News report.

Schools all over the country have felt the tremendous effects of these budget cuts from layoffs to increased class sizes to limited after school services. But perhaps one of the most detrimental losses in schools has been the decrease in technology funds.

How can we expect students to be equipped to succeed in a world where technology dominates if they don’t have access to it in their primary place of learning? 

An ISTE study shows 77 percent of teachers say technology use in the classroom actually motivates students to learn, and 91 percent of administrators reported that effective technology use is critical to facilitating student achievement.

The rest of this post will provide educators with several resources to help overcome the budget cuts and keep technology in the classroom.

Budget-Friendly Solutions To Keep Technology In The Classroom

Join Educational Assist Programs

One of the best options available for teachers to keep technology integrated in the classroom despite budget restrictions is to join an educational assist program. Many companies have grants for or will make donations to educators.

As part of the BenQ Educator Discount program, we provide a generous 50 percent reduction on award-winning teaching tools for qualifying schools, school districts, science centers, and libraries. Simply fill out a form to apply for the discount on top-of-the-line interactive projectors and flat panels.

You can also join donation websites, although the applications can take a lot of work and receiving a product is not guaranteed. Donorschoice.org and Classwish.org are just two of the websites that were created to help schools and classrooms get the devices they need.

SEE ALSO: BENQ DONATES MX813ST CLASSROOM PROJECTOR TO BOOST INTERACTIVE LEARNING


Invest In Reliable Technology

This second tip may be common sense to some, but it is certainly worth reiterating. Because technology budgets are currently so limited, it is more important than ever to ensure that your equipment purchases are high quality investments that come with a reliable, parts and labor warranty. Check out our inclusive warranty and return policies here at BenQ.

Purchase Refurbished Equipment

Just because a product is refurbished does not mean it isn’t a good purchase. Our refurbished products are tested for functionality and defects before they are sold. If needed, they are repaired. BenQ has a wide selection of refurbished products that come with a warranty and easy returns, so you can rest assured that your purchase will be covered.

Implementing technology in the classroom sets students up for success in their future careers. It makes them excited about learning and is a very effective way to engage those students with more diverse learning styles. 

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The Must-Have Qualities Of A 21st Century Classroom

Posted by Todd Zimmermann on Tue, Aug 16, 2016

The Must-Have Qualities of a 21st Century Classroom


With the ever-increasing advancements in modern technology, the look and feel of the classroom is constantly evolving. To help educators keep up with all the innovations, we compiled a list of the top five characteristics of the 21st century classroom. If your classroom embodies each of these qualities, you can be sure that your students will acquire the skills they need to be successful in the future.

5 Characteristics Of The 21st Century Classroom

Transitioning From Teacher To Facilitator 

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In the modern day classroom, the teacher is not an authoritarian figure. Instead, the role of the 21st century educator is to guide and encourage students who play a more active part in their education. Teachers have adapted to act as a resource while their students learn by doing themselves. They recognize that each student has his/her own learning styles, and they provide support for the individual’s needs.

The Necessity Of Computers

Computers are an essential component of the modern classroom. Having computers, laptops, or tablets in the classroom enables teachers to enhance their lessons and students to master much-needed technology skills. Whether it’s used for alphabet sing-along songs, interactive math games, conducting research, utilizing Google docs, or even physical education videos on rainy days, computers make learning more engaging and effective.

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Students are more likely to retain knowledge when they’re actively involved in a lesson. Students of this generation need to be engaged in what they’re learning, and there are many ways to facilitate this. One way is to have an interactive projector in the classroom that engages the senses. Using a projector, students are not only able to watch and listen to material, but with touchscreens they can now physically participate in a lesson as well.

Opportunities For Creative Expression

Providing students with an outlet for their creativity is another component of the 21st century classroom. Creative thinking leads to innovation. There are many tools that foster creativity among students by allowing them to develop websites, coding for games, and even online storybooks. Using inventive tools like these builds critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Fostering Collaborative Environments

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Working and learning in groups also encourages the development of critical thinking and exposes students to new ideas. Although many students would like to work alone, learning in isolation can slow down progress, and the chances of working alone in a future career are slim. Incorporate collaborative learning into your classroom by facilitating activities like group projects and debates. This will also improve communication skills.

Integrate each of these characteristics into your classroom and you will create a more contemporary environment where students will thrive. It’s very important for educators to stay on top of developments in technology and adapt to the changes they bring to the classroom. We hope that being aware of these five qualities of the 21st century classroom will help you better equip your students for the future.

 

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How A High Quality Monitor Can Enhance Your Creative Work

Posted by Chris Wang on Tue, Aug 09, 2016

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A monitor is a necessary tool for many creative fields, including graphic design, photography, video editing, animation, and CAD/CAM. But did you know that a good monitor can also improve the quality of your work? This article will outline several benefits of high quality monitors that increase productivity, from features that reduce eye fatigue so you can focus longer, to those that ensure you don’t have any unexpected results in your finished product.

Four Ways A Monitor Can Enhance Your Work

Reproduce Colors With 100% Accuracy

Having a high quality monitor with superior color accuracy helps designers and editors spot variances between colors better, detect issues before sending a project to production, and reduce unexpected results on print or across different computer screens. Each of these benefits increases their efficiency.

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A monitor will provide the best color accuracy possible if it has a 14-bit LUT, covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color space, and has a 100% range on the sRGB. In addition, a monitor should be calibration ready, which will help maintain the highest level of color consistency.

A monitor with IPS display technology will also enhance color accuracy. IPS panels are the best kind of monitors for creative professionals because out of all the types of panels available, they offer the best color rendition, grayscale performance, and viewing angles. Some monitors even come with convenient shading hoods that reduce glare.

Have All The Workspace You Need

The ability for cross-application work that larger monitors provide enables a designer or editor to work faster. It’s not uncommon for a designer’s screen to be jam-packed with multiple windows open simultaneously. This is because they need to be able to easily access multiple applications at a time. 408_8_resource_ext.jpg

Dragging and dropping images or copy/pasting text into design software is much more convenient with a screen size that’s between 27 and 32 inches. We also recommend choosing a monitor with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels for the highest degree of visible detail and definition available.  

And if you need even more workspace than just one monitor can provide, a quality screen with advanced I/O ports can solve that problem too. Monitors with DisplayPort functionality enable you to connect multiple monitors without losing image quality across your displays. Several of BenQ’s monitors come with a full range of connectivity including DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI, so you can have the flexibility to connect various devices and peripherals as well.

Work Longer With Protected Vision

Eye strain greatly affects efficiency. Did you know that some monitors are equipped with eye protect sensors that can automatically detect ambient light levels throughout the day and adjust your monitor’s brightness accordingly? Another convenient feature for eye health is ZeroFlicker technology. Conventional LCD screens flicker 200 times per second, which causes strain on the eyes. This technology eliminates flickering at all brightness levels. 1436958910.jpg

One of the other main causes of eye discomfort while viewing your screen is the blue light spectrum that it emits. BenQ monitors have a convenient Low Blue Light Mode feature that eliminates the problem of irritating blue light. With our BL3200PT monitor, you can instantly activate this feature by simply pushing the OSD controller button on the monitor’s stand.  

Eliminate Physical Strain

A creative professional will spend the majority of his/her life in front of a computer screen, so monitors that eliminate short term physical strain are crucial to preventing long term physical damage. They also help you work more comfortably. There are many monitors available with ergonomic features. You should have a monitor that can be adjusted in several different ways - height, tilt, pivot, and stroke - to create the ideal workstation for your body type.

As you can see, having a monitor with the right features can improve the quality of your work in many different ways. Here at BenQ, we create monitors that include all of the above features, and more. Check out our complete selection of Creative Class Monitors here. Providing creatives with the right tools to work efficiently, comfortably, and convey their message accurately is necessary to produce excellent work.

 

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5 Ways to Get the KO in Street Fighter on a BenQ ZOWIE RL Series Monitor

Posted by Ronald Kim on Thu, May 05, 2016

BenQ ZOWIE RL-series monitors, adopted worldwide by most professional eSports tournaments and gamers, have exclusive features to give you a bad a$$ Street Fighter gaming experience as you KO your opponents.

Lag-free Technology Providing Real-time Response

All BenQ ZOWIE RL series monitors are designed to provide a fast, lag-free gaming experience. This is imperative for fighting games like Street Fighter where every millisecond counts. With a fast eSports monitor, you’re able to see and respond to your opponents’ actions up to 10x faster than a TV or “normal” monitor.

Built in HDMI Out

The BenQ ZOWIE RL2460HT is the first console eSports monitor built with an HDMI out. Why it matters?:

  • With the HDMI out you can connect a second monitor so you can compete head-to-head without having to share the same screen.
  • Without HDMI out, anyone who streams their game to the computer or online has to connect their capture device before the monitor; which causes lag. With HDMI out, you can connect your console to the monitor and then to the capture card, eliminating the input lag.

ZeroFlicker Technology

ZeroFlicker Technology helps reduce eye strain, which can help keep you playing while you dominate with your signature match-ending roundhouse kicks to the jaw.

Special Designed Frame

Concentration is key. The RL series LCD frame is specially designed to reduce light reflection from the screen, keeping your focus on the game and your opponent’s c.hp.

Adopted Preferred by Most Professional eSports Tournaments and Players

Not to brag, but we’re the official eSports gaming monitor for tournaments worldwide, including DreamHack Austin Street Fighter, EVO, UMG, Bandai Tekken 7 tour and Major League Gaming.

Professional teams like Evil Geniuses, Cloud 9, EnvyUS, Flash Wolves, mousesports, JWong, K-Brad, ChocoBlanka, Momochi, PPMD, PR Balrog, Ricki Ortiz and Mang0 also swear by our monitors.

Go Next Level on ‘Em

If you want to take your console eSports gaming to the next level, grab a BenQ ZOWIE RL series monitor—trusted and used by the best.

See RL-Series Monitors in Action

DreamHack Austin console competitors will experience the benefits of the RL2460HT features this weekend—it’s the official monitor for the Street Fighter V tournament with a guaranteed $5,0000 pot bonus and a chance to win Capcom Pro Tour points. Competitors will also battle in the Pokkén tournament, the new Pokémon fighting game, for a $5,000 prize pool and points for the World Championships.

You can follow the action of all things DreamHack Austin on their webpage (http://dreamhackaustin.com/) and on our Twitter account (@ZOWIEbyBenQ).

If you’re attending Dreamhack Austin, stop by our booth #135 to chat with our experts and try our newest products.

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ZOWIE the eSports brand by BenQ

Posted by Ronald Kim on Thu, Dec 10, 2015

In 2010, BenQ and ZOWIE collaborated in designing the first professional gaming monitors for competitive gaming, now known as BenQ’s XL and RL series. Today, we are proud to announce that ZOWIE is the new eSports brand for BenQ. Now with our resources combined in research and development, passion for gaming, and philosophy of creating high-performance gaming gear, we will develop superior equipment to meet the demands of competitive gamers worldwide.

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Read about the full press release here - http://www.benq.us/news/1449759626_20_341.html

Stay updated with ZOWIE gaming gear here - http://info.benq.us/zowie

 

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Refresh Rate (Hz), Explained!

Posted by Ronald Kim on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

 
What is Hz(Hertz)?

If you've ever looked into the features of a monitor you will commonly see the abbreviation "Hz.”What is Hz and why does it matter? Named after Heinrich Hertz, hertz is a unit of frequency that defines the number of cycles per second of a periodic phenomenon. When applied to monitors, it basically means that 1 hertz = 1 frame per second. The higher the Hz, the more frames your monitor can display per second.

 

How many Hz do you need?

The preferable amount of Hz you would need depends on your source. For full registration of your frames, you want have the same or more Hz than frames per second. This way you aren't losing any frames in rendering.

Most major movies and TV broadcasting do not display anything more than 30 frames per second. Console systems like the Xbox and PlayStation generally do not exceed 60 frames per second and 60 Hz. For computers and laptops we recommend 144 Hz. You should try to have the same or more Hz than frames per second when gaming. 3D content requires  120 Hz.

 

Why is Hz important?

In a FPS game, the higher the Hz the smoother the rendering and less blurring from image artifacts. This is especially important when playing games like first person shooters or ones where scenes and game-play are fast action. The higher Hz and FPS allows for smoother aiming, tracking, and rendering so game-play is enhanced and provides an advantage over those with slower Hz and FPS.

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CONCLUSION:

If you're a gamer and looking to upgrade your equipment to increase performance, follow below quick guidelines and check out BenQ's RL and XL series 1 MS response time gaming monitors built for console and computer gaming with the optimal refresh rate (Hz).

 

Console gaming = 60 Hz   --->      BenQ RL Gaming Monitor

 

 

Computer gaming = 144 Hz  --->  BenQ XL Gaming Monitor

 

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BenQ Partners with the 2015 Triumph Games In Support of US Veterans

Posted by Ronald Kim on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

BenQ Partners with the 2015 Triumph Games In Support of US Veterans

BenQ is proud to announce a partnership with OurVetSuccess®, producer of the Triumph Games. The 2015 Triumph Games will feature 12 world-class veteran athletes competing in three rounds of challenges testing their physical strength, mental acuity, and the will to win for a chance at $100,000. During one of the rounds, the veterans will compete in a gaming segment to test their mental aptitude in the strategy game Hearthstone, utilizing BenQ's RL2460HT monitor.

CBS Sports Network will air the one-hour primetime television special on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ET, with a second showing at 10 p.m. ET. CBS Sports Network's John Schriffen and Patrick Murphy, who was nominated in September by President Barack Obama to serve as Under Secretary of the U.S. Army and is also  a contributor on MSNBC, will co-host the show.

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Event updates are available via the Triumph Games Facebook page, Twitter @TriumphGames15 or #TriumphGames, Instagram @TriumphGames and online at www.2015triumphgames.com.

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Five Ways a Professional Gaming Monitor Gives you a Winning Advantage

Posted by Ronald Kim on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

 

When it comes to gaming equipment, everyone knows it's vital to have a high performance computer, but the impact of a monitor is sometimes overlooked. Here are five ways a professional gaming monitor gives you a winning advantage.

 

1.  144 HZ Refresh Rate

The refresh rate of a monitor determines how many frames per second your monitor can display. If the monitor is 144 HZ refresh rate—like the BenQ XL series—you will be able to use and see 144 frames per second, which will provide you with smoother gameplay and dramatically reduced motion blur. These features allow mouse tracking, aiming, and flick shots to be that much easier since you have more frames to work with.

 

2.  1 MS (GTG) Response Time (0.001 seconds)

Response time is often referred to as "input lag." This is how long it takes for an action from your mouse/keyboard/controller to display on the monitor. The lower the number, the faster the monitor can display your actions. It’s vital to have a monitor that can keep up with your actions because every millisecond counts.


3.  Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light Technology

Let's be real, who only plays video games for an hour? Flicker-free technology eliminates flickering at all brightness levels—effectively reducing eye strain. Low Blue Light Technology filters up to 70 percent of the blue light spectrum, which has been shown to be the main cause of eyestrain, headaches, and sleeping disorders. With Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light Technology, gamers can protect their eyes and enjoy longer gaming sessions.


4.  Black eQualizer Color Engine Technology

I'd say one of the most annoying things is dying to a scumbag camper sitting in the darkest corner of the map. Black eQualizer effectively increases the brightness of all the dark areas without overexposing the light areas. Campers are no longer safe.


5.  Adjustable Viewing Angles

An adjustable monitor stand and the ability to tilt and swivel it allows you to align your eyes exactly how you want to the monitor. We recommend aligning your eyes horizontally and vertically with the mid-point of the monitor (generally where crosshair is placed).

 



 

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