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The Datacolor Spyder4Elite was released in January alongside the Spyder4Express and Spyder4Pro. The Express version offers basic functionality, with the Pro version giving more control and the Elite version offering professional capability. It is designed to make it easy to calibrate your monitor so you can view and edit images with confidence. The Spyder4Elite is available now for around £160.00.
- Automated colour & brightness calibration
- Full-spectrum colour sensor
- Single sensor calibrates all your displays
- Improved accuracy and stability
- Fast re-calibration assistant
- Adapts display to surrounding light
- Spyder4Elite software options for greater control
The use the Spyder4Elite you need to install the software, there is a disc but this immediately said the software on the disc was out of date and directed me to download the new version from the Datacolor website. The installation is straight forward, you need an activation code from the CD sleeve and when installed there are step-by-step instructions on using the unit.
Initially there is a checklist to ensure you are prepared to go, i.e. your monitor has fully warmed up, device plugged in, displays settings reset. Then you simply follow the rest of the on screen instructions until it is ready to perform the calibration. The program takes a few minutes while it emits different colours to the device. These are read and measured by the device and you are presented with the calibrated view of monitor. There is a button so you can toggle between calibrated and uncalibrated, showing the difference that has been made. Now you can save your new display profile.
You can use the Spyder4Elite on an iPhone or iPad. You have to download the SpyderGallery app and an extra piece of software for your computer. Both your computer and Spyder4Elite unit need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. Once calibrated, you can view your images through the app. If you aren't in the app you can't see the calibrated screen.
|The Datacolor Spyder4Elite is easy to use and gives impressive results.|
Datacolor Spyder4Elite ProsEasy to use
Supports a range of displays
Datacolor Spyder4Elite ConsQuite expensive
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