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BenQ Unveils Self-Calibrating, Certified, Professional Color Management Monitor for Cloud-Based Color Accuracy

New PG2401PT Merges Cloud-Based Collaboration With Superior Color Matching for Design, Proof, and Print Applications at Only $999; Debuts at PRINT 13

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Sept. 4, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new PG Series PG2401PT certified color management monitor. Made specifically for creative professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, color re-touchers, and printers requiring accurate and consistent on-screen color matching, the new device provides reliable, printing-certified soft proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price of $999. To increase collaboration and simplicity within the creative process, the new display supports today’s cloud-based color proofing systems and comes equipped with self-calibrating and one-click proofing capabilities. The result is print-like color integrity during the entire workflow: from design to print, and over the cloud.

Maintaining color consistently from screen to print is imperative for creative professionals — whether it’s designing new packaging or creating glossy magazine covers. To facilitate the process, today’s cloud-based color proofing systems provide a centralized color communication workflow, which ensures complete integrity between printed products and their original design. When combined with the ability to produce color-accurate proofs from anywhere via the cloud, print environments can increase the efficiency of their operations by minimizing color revisions, reducing approval times, and delivering accurate brand colors each and every time.

“When selecting monitors, our customers look for a solid combination of innovative options and high-quality performance,” said Dan Caldwell, President of Remote Director LLC. “Consequently, we are pleased to add BenQ’s PG2401PT to our roster of supported displays for precise color viewing within Remote Director. Using our application’s open architecture, existing clients can easily add BenQ monitors to their expanding usage needs, while new customers may opt for BenQ color management monitors for totally new system installations.”

To facilitate collaboration between professionals, the self-calibrating PG2401PT monitor covers 100 percent CMYK, 99 percent of the Adobe(R) RBb color space, and is designed to take advantage of today’s most popular cloud-based color proofing services, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud(TM) and PantoneLIVE(TM). To further ensure that on-screen colors visually match off-the-press colors for accurate reproduction, the PG2401PT is FograCert Softproof Monitor certified, as well as SWOP & GRACoL certified by the IDEAlliance(R). Furthermore, the monitor comes with a detailed verification report to validate its performance in terms of brightness uniformity, Delta E, and gamma curve. The end result is accurate, predictable color quality, giving print shops and other visual artists access to a high-end monitor packed with feature-rich and collaborative capabilities — all at an exceptional price.

“Thanks to technologies such as matchmycolor’s Colibri(R) and PantoneLIVE, spectral color specification and communication is moving rapidly to the cloud. In turn, color proofing systems including Remote Director and GMG Open Color are using spectral color data to produce color-accurate proofs,” said John Sweeney, Director of Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Designers can now automatically populate their spot color palettes with spectral data and deliver PDFX/4 files with spectral tags. When coupled with the accuracy of the PG2401PT, professionals gain the advantage of reduced cycle times and get brand colors right — the first time, every time.”

“Our new PG2401PT monitor was engineered with a simple goal in mind: provide professionals with exact color representation from design to print,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “With the rapid growth of cloud-based services and color proofing systems, the PG2401PT accommodates the need for a color precision monitor that adheres to today’s broader color ecosystem. When combined with its affordable $999 price point, today’s photo, design, and printing communities gain an incredibly efficient solution that is certified on the highest precision platforms.”

With full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution, 12M:1 ultra-high dynamic contrast ratio, and a brightness uniformity function, the PG2401PT allows users to experience bright, sharp, and consistent images across their entire display. To further guarantee consistent colors, the monitor comes equipped with a new hardware calibration function, enabling users to adjust the14-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT) directly to keep images in line with original designs without affecting graphic settings. In addition, a 10-bit panel feature creates more than one billion colors — 64 times the amount of color available on an 8-bit panel — ensuring silky smooth gradations.

To enable total interoperability, the PG2401PT provides dynamic connectivity options via input ports, which allow users to switch easily between different connected devices. This allows professionals to connect their PG monitor directly to a PC via DVI-D, HDMI(R), or DisplayPort, while Mac(R) users can utilize a Mini DisplayPort to connect with the displays. A USB3.0 port/card reader is also available to facilitate fast file transfers. To further simplify operation and increase comfort, the monitors are ergonomically designed with a wide adjustable stand, and an on-screen display allows automatic rotation to either portrait or landscape mode. To ensure smooth proofing, the monitor comes equipped with a shading hood that eliminates distracting glare effects.

The PG2401PT debuts at PRINT 13 on Sept. 8-12 in Chicago, Ill. Visitors to the trade event can see the monitor in action at the IDEAlliance Workflow Pavilion booth 4877. The PG2401PT will also be on display at partner booths including GTI Graphic Technology, Inc. (4437), Just Normlicht Inc. (4631), Color-Logic, Inc. (5049), and CGS ORIS (2644).

Available now at a special introductory price of $999, BenQ’s PG2401PT monitor includes a free hood and is offered with the X-Rite(R) i1Display Pro calibrator through Dec. 31, 2013.

More information on BenQ’s full line of products can be found at www.BenQ.us.

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Integrated Media Workflow Lab at PRINT 13
At PRINT 13 in booth 4877 and hosted by IDEAlliance, the Integrated Media Workflow Lab will define and demonstrate the opportunities and best practices of building an optimized, centralized workflow that supports multichannel media production and distribution. Using content and asset management as the bridge of an integrated media workflow, the IMW Lab will showcase beginningtoend production workflow best practices through six identifying stations: Create & Capture, Ingest & Manage, Edit & Produce, Transform & Publish, Fulfill & Distribute, and Report & Engage. Attendees of PRINT 13 will be included in a guided integrated workflow tour through a series of stations that flow from start to finish in an interactive format. Details.

About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.” With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world’s consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 16+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/130904.zip
Photo Link: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/PG2401PT.zip

*EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’re attending PRINT 13 and would like to schedule a briefing with BenQ, please contact Peter Schuyler at peter@ingearpr.com.

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