After acquiring Pantone in 2007, who had themselves acquired GretagMacbeth in 2006, X-rite have placed themselves high in the leaders of colour technology.
X-rite eye-one display 2 Specification
- Device Type: Three channel colorimetric sensor
- Interface: USB data and power supply
- Data format: Luminance (cd/m2), chromaticity co-ord. x, y (CIE 1931)
- Refresh rate: Monitor frequencies: 40Hz to 150Hz
- Size: 84 x 64 x 35mm
- Weight: Measurement device 131g, counter weight 33g
- Measurement range: Luminance: Black point: 0.02cd/m2
- White point: 3,000cd/m2
- Illuminance: Suitable for use in Graphic Display Proofing per ISO/CD 12646 Standard
- Accuracy: With respect to Eye-One Pro on reference monitor (white 6500K),
chromaticity coord. x,y +/-0.004
- Short-term repeatability: Luminance 0.3% at Y=75 cd/m2 (white 6500K)
Chromaticity coord. x,y <+/-0.001 at Y=75 cd/m2 (white 6500K)
- Power conditions: Powered by USB
X-rite eye-one display 2 Getting started
After loading the installation CD that is included in the box, a window automatically pops up and the installation wizard will begin. Four options are available on the pop up box entitled Match, Share, Diagnostics and Colour point. There are also three buttons down the right side to Register, look at training modules and Colour knowledge. These three buttons take you to a web page with information on the topic.
Clicking on each button at the top will install separate software. This is, quite frankly, tedious as I want to just install and be ready. Other applications that have optional installation programs ask if you wish to do a manual installation process. This is something more familiar to users and is a lot more convenient.
The diagnostics installation will add an icon to your desktop and launching this will perform an emissions test which takes just a few minutes.
X-rite eye-one display 2 Using the program
For some reason, the program doesn't automatically load a desktop icon for Match, which is the monitor calibration system on the CD. It took me listening to the tutorial to find this out. Of course, if their was an instruction manual, I could've found this out easier and quicker, but it seems to be absent. A quick guide is all that is provided with the equipment despite this being cast as a Professional calibration system. It would be my opinion that if a Professional gets stuck, they won't have the time to be watching a tutorial.
Loading the Match screen brings up a window with several icons allowing for calibration of a screen, projector, scanner, printer or camera. Highlighting the item and clicking the arrow in the bottom right corner will allow you to advance to the next stage. As I am calibrating my screen, I get to choose what type of screen and after selecting the type of screen, the calibration can begin by placing the module on the screen. It's important to note at this point that only in the tutorial does it mention that if you're calibrating a CRT monitor, you need to fix the module to the screen using the suction cups and if it's an LCD screen, the counterweight should be used and the module shouldn't be fixed to the screen. The module should be placed as near the centre of the screen as possible to ensure the best results.
The program will then locate the position of the module on the screen and begin the calibration.
After about 4 minutes, the calibration will beep quietly and go to the results page. The Summary will be the first page you see the Colour temperature and Gamma results with the Luminance results in a neighbouring pane.
The ICC profile can be saved at this point and clicking on Before & After will show how the screen was set up before the calibration.
Notably, the right side of the window has Help available. Clicking on the numbers will explain what the different part of the window means.
Once the profile has been saved, the action is finished and the window reverts back to the original page to start again.
Some of the more fluent users may wish to choose the Advanced option for calibration. This will allow you to choose the settings you want to use. A previous profile can be loaded in or you can choose your own settings. The ambient light will be measured on this setting if you tick the box followed by an Ambient light check for Temperature and luminance.
The advanced calibration will go through an extensive calibration of the Contrast which literally takes until your patience runs out. This is until you close it down in frustration and read the previously mentioned help pane down the right of the window. This will explain that the contrast has to be manually adjusted and the slider in the top right of the screen will move to the centre. The calibration will then be performed.
X-rite eye-one display 2 Verdict
The system is not clearly explained, but once it's been worked out, it works smoothly and effectively.
The system can't work on multiple screens so if you have a dual or triple screen set up, you'll have to decide which is your primary screen to work from that has been calibrated. It's a shame about this as other calibration units like the Huey Pro supports multiple screen use.
X-rite eye-one display 2 Plus points
Doesn't take too long
Advanced or Easy modes
X-rite eye-one display 2 Minus points
No detailed manual
Installation can be difficult
EASE OF USE
X-rite eye-one display 2 calibration system costs around £125 and is available from authorised dealers found on the X-rite website here.