ColorEdge CG or CS?
EIZO’s ColorEdge monitors come in two ranges. For the creative in everyone, the range is called the ColorEdge CS while for the creative professional the range is known as the ColorEdge CG. From the outside looking in you might, on first impression, think that the two ranges are very similar in most aspects so let’s delve a little deeper into what the differences are and pinpoint what range is suitable for you.
Both of the ranges do have certain features that are the same and this makes ColorEdge monitors ideal for anyone who needs their monitor to show the maximum possible size of the colour spectrum at a consistent quality level. This includes a 10-bit simultaneous colour display, 1D LUTs, support for hardware calibration, brightness and colour uniformity correction with DUE technology and gamma curves which has been individually adjusted.
The plus side of monitors from the CS range are that they are more cost effective while still containing the general benefits of the ColorEdge range such as each monitor being adjusted at the factory to provide optimum and consistent levels of colour, brightness and uniformity using the features mentioned above.
However, that is where the similarities end because, in simple, terms the CS range is great for entry level use. These monitors are aimed at students, artists, designers and amateur photographers, whereas the CG range is for very top-end, colour accurate work, such as professional photographers, broadcasters and movie or video makers.
The differences and perceived benefits of using a CG monitor over a CS one then is apparent if you are in a field in the creative industry that requires you to have a high-end colour accurate monitor. For instance, the CG range has a greater contrast ratio and a retardation film, providing a more even black level across the screen and reducing the effect of light leakage. Then we get onto the sensors with the CGs having a self-calibration sensor allowing the monitor to be calibrated without the need of an external device, whereas the CS monitors can be calibrated, but only using an external device such as a Spyder or iOne Display.
Within the CG range itself there are tiers designed specifically to help you with the work that you are using it for. An example of this is that the higher end CG’s have a 3D-LUT that allows for further improved colour mixing which is a key factor in producing more neutral grey tones, ideal for production. Then there is the ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3145 with its 1000 nits HDR, achieving a true visual experience without Auto Brightness Limiter (ABL) that is equipped in other HDR OLED monitors and limits the monitors’ ability to display lighter scenes with tones or the ‘halo’ effect to ensure you always see accurate colours and brightness in every pixel. Both of these examples demonstrate that if you are involved in post-production the CG range is the perfect range for you because of its sensors, retardation film and 3D-LUT, all contributing to producing a colour accurate monitor.
Whether you get your hands on a CS range monitor or a CG range monitor both ranges are perfect for professionals who are living, breathing colour.