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BenQ Debuts their First Colour Critical Monitor for Photography and Graphic Design Professionals


BenQ has launched a new 24” colour critical monitor designed for photographers and graphic design professionals with an eye for detail, that value colour accuracy.

Developed by BenQ specifically for the colour critical photography market, the BenQ PG2401PT monitor comes complete with Palette Master Software, which has been co-developed with X-Rite – the global leader in colour science and technology.

The new monitor has an impressive 1920 x 1200 resolution that reproduces 99% Adobe RGB colour space. The wide colour gamut offers superb image clarity and detail.

Each monitor has been rigorously factory tested for brightness uniformity, Delta-E and Gamma curve to achieve the highest colour reproduction quality and accuracy.

The ergonomic stand can be set to Tilt, Pivot or Swivel mode. The on-screen display can also rotate automatically for landscape or portrait use.

Key features of the new BenQ monitor include:

  • 5 year warranty with zero pixel defect guarantee for the first 6 months
  • Monitor hood included
  • Individual factory-tested colour calibration report included
  • A 10-bit display panel for smooth shading and colour transitions in natural gradations
  • 14-bit 3D Look-Up-Table and processing for improved RGB colour blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable colour and grey tone reproduction
  • The monitor achieves an average Delta E value of 2 and below, ensuring colour accuracy throughout project workflow as well as providing viewers the truest impression of the original image
  • Input terminals include D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini Display Port, USB 3.0 together with a convenient SD card reader
  • Brightness uniformity support that balances brightness and chromaticity for consistent image viewing across the entire display.

The new BenQ Pro colour critical monitor is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence in the UK, Poland, France, Nordics and Spain.

The new BenQ monitor will be launched with a limited time bundle offer. Purchase the BenQ PG2401PT and receive an X-Rite i1Display Pro calibrator (normal RRP £207 incl. VAT) for only £120 incl. VAT. This offer is valid until 28 February 2015 and the bundle is only available through specialist photo resellers.

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Pantone Capsure

This Spring, treat yourself, your office and your clients to a Pantone Capsure device, to accurately measure colours wherever you are and refer them to the closest Pantone match. This post will explain all the features of the Pantone Capsure and explain how this device can benefit and aid you on your colour management journey.


The Pantone Capsure allows you to confidently and accurately capture colour from any surface and match it to the closest official Pantone colour. The Capsure is loaded with over 8,000 colours from 8 different colour guides and the colours you capture can be directly matched to any of these guides for prime accuracy. The Capsure is ideal for all creative industries; allowing creatives to use the Capsure portably to match any surface to a Pantone colour, create colour palettes or descriptive mood boards for any project.

The screen on the Capsure is 1.75 inches and has a variety of settings, along with providing the page number, sRGB, Adobe RGB, Lab, CMYK and HTML values to the corresponding Pantone guide. The Capsure uses camera technology to pick up not only spot colours, but also can extract multiple spot colours from patterns and textures.


The Pantone Capsure comes with Color Manager software. This allows you to import your colours to the software and create colour ways and palettes. Palettes can be fully integrated and exported quickly and efficiently to Photoshop, Illustrator etc. The standard Capsure is updated via USB, giving you the ability to update your libraries, and is also available with Bluetooth.

Using the Pantone Capsure with any of the Pantone Guides will give you the best opportunity to capture any colour and instantly reference it to your guides, giving you accurate colour management and specification on any project you are working on for Fashion, Home and Interiors or Graphics.


Don’t forget, with the brand new set of Pantone Plus graphics colour guides, there is a guide for each member of the creative industry. Take a look at your Pantone Buyers Guide from our last Pantone newsletter, which explains guide by guide which is the most appropriate for you! There is a guide for each member of the creative industry, allowing for any project or design to be executed from start to finish with an accurate and effective workflow.

Order your Pantone Capsure direct from us today. Click here to see the Pantone Capsure and click here for the Pantone Capsure with Bluetooth.

Click here to be taken to the Pantone guides and see where your creativity can take you!



The Color Confidence team

Come and visit us at IPEX!


Following our last blog explaining the launch of the Pantone Plus graphics guides updates, we wanted to alert you of Pantone’s presence at the ExCel center at the IPEX convention this week! Join them there to see the new products and their updates first hand, ask questions and use the opportunity to widen your knowledge of colour management even more.


The Pantone Plus launch brought with it, the brand new reveal of 84 new colours, a new and improved colour order for the guides and brand new covers to liven up your colour specifying. These features will give you and your office an even wider variety of colours to work with to the best of your ability, and the confidence you need to manage your colour accurately.

For your chance to see the brand new products, speak to Pantone Product specialists and ask all the questions you desire about the new range, join us at IPEX 2014, at the Excel Centre in London where we will be this week until Friday. Please visit Ipex’s website for more details

Pantone will be on stand N2-D210 with Just Normlicht. This will also give you the opportunity to see and learn the importance of lighting when it comes to choosing your colours correctly and accurately. Just Normlicht will be showcasing a range of viewing booths and soft proofing booths.

To go to the new Pantone Plus Product range click here for color guides and here for chip books.

For the entire Pantone products click here

REMINDER:  Special offer of free delivery on the new set of Pantone Plus graphics products will finish at the end of the month (31st March). 

Pantone Plus New Product Launch!

To all our creative Color Confidence followers!

Following the announcement of the Pantone Color Of the Year 2014- Radiant Orchid, Pantone have launched an update to the Pantone Plus graphics range of colour guides and chip books. Treat yourself and your office with a brand new up to date set of Pantone Plus Color Guides. This post will clearly identify all the changes and benefits of the update. This will give you the knowledge and confidence you need for accurate and enjoyable colour specification and control throughout your workflow.

Pantone have changed three key elements of their Pantone Plus range: the addition of 84 colours, the order of the guides, and the covers of the guides.




A key benefit of the new guides is the addition of 84 new colours to the range. This increases the number of Pantone spot colours from 1,677 to 1,761 colours. These new 84 colours feature a wider variety of shades and hues in purples and pinks (relevant to Pantone Color Of the Year- Radiant Orchid) and more vibrant blue and green colours. Having the extra 84 Pantone spot colours allows you to broaden your palette even further and work with an up to date set of, fresh and innovative colours. You will be able to create projects to their full potential and give your clients and colleagues the confidence they need to make colour decisions accurately and positively.


Along with the new colours, Pantone have changed the order of the Formula and ColorBridge guides to be presented in an organised chromatic arrangement, with all the colours in the correct order. The page sequence was last revised in 2010 and the subsequent addition of 336 new colours in 2012 and the 84 new colours of 2014 have been chromatically arranged within the new guides. When choosing colours, this logical order will aid you to make decisions based on colour families, and give you a better idea of which colours work together and don’t.


A key visual change in the guides comes with the covers of the guides and chip books. Pantone held a competition and invited Creatives from all over the world to submit their work and selected four pieces of artwork to showcase on the covers. The Pantone Formula Guide and ColorBridge guide display the winning images.

The Formula Guide Coated and Uncoated Guides have a different image, and each image has 7 variations. Your formula guide coated and uncoated will contain one of the seven sections of the winning artwork.


The CMYK GuidesPremium MetallicsMetallics and Pastels and Neons guides all have new covers as well. The Metallic covers are in a metallic paper, similarly Pastels and Neons is Neon blue. The corresponding Chip Books for each of the guides have matching folders.


Pantone Essentials, Portable Guide Studio and Pantone Reference Library will all remain in the same format as previously, but with appropriately updated guides and folders.


Click here to see the whole Pantone Plus graphics range and get your guides to start confident and accurate colour management today.