Here’s a quick overview of the similarities between the CE and CG:
Both have 10-bit LUT memory for higher bit-depth
Both have at least 14-bit processing for better greyscale
Both have a patented backlight sensor
Both have a 5-Year Warranty
Both are factory measured for Gamma and Greyscale
Both have Brightness Stabilization for quick warm-up time & consistency and brightness stability over time
Both include Eizo ColorNavigator calibration/profiling software
Here’s a less-than-quick overview of the more relevant practical differences (other than mere technical specifications) between the CE and CG:
The CG has an IPS panel, CE has a PVA panel. IPS is better.
The CG comes with the FULL version of Color Navigator, CE has limited version. This will change though and full version will soon work on both.
The CG is the higher tier product (panel & components) and considered commercial/industrial level and therefore better product than CE. This impacts longevity, including in-gamut viewing period and stability over time. Newly out of the box, both CE and CG compare closely though.
Also, we’re reluctant to qualify the CE models as ‘Color Critical’ viewing, whereas the CG certainly qualifies. Although this is a subjective matter to some degree, the CG series compares well against Trinitrons/Artisans and Diamond Pro CRT’s of yesteryear (which were regarded as the top CRT commercial monitors).
The CE is a Wide Screen and has different perspective that a CG (not bad or good… just different). The CG series conforms to a 4:3 aspect ratio (horizontal/vertical relationship), which also was a feature of the best CRTs used in color evaluation. The CE will slightly ‘stretch’ your image. But the extra real estate on a CE-240 screen has value in itself.
The CE series has better contrast and speed refresh specifications than the CG. In an Photoshop image editing studio with lower (darker) viewing conditions, this is not much of a benefit, if any, but it does help with the more demanding other secondary functions of DVD, video, gaming playback and viewing. However, there is some benefit to the the CE’s greater contrast in lighter environments.
I would put the CG-211 up against any monitor in the world right now and know with confidence that it is the current standard to beat (detail, tonal balance and smooth gradations, dynamic range, etc.)
The CG-210 and CG-211 models include monitor hood and rotate vertically (re-orientes the pixels in vertical perspective). This is a feature the CE’s don’t have.
The CG-211, CG-221 and CG-221 models have the ‘Uniformity Regulator’ technology which measures screen differences (uniformity), then reduces and balances these differences. No other model has this yet. However, Eizo is planning to incorporate this into upcoming models CG and CE apparently. The CG-221 is the model that closely emulates Adobe 1998 color space at around $5000. There are some instances where it is justified, but for most photographers, it’s overkill and likely to be underutilized.
There’s probably more that I’m missing and certainly more specification differences than mentioned here… so feel free to call me or take a discussion off-line.