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I currently have a dual monitor set up, and I'm looking into buying a monitor colour calibration tool. I've found the spyder4 pro on Amazon for just under £120, and I'm just wondering, are there any cheaper alternatives that I should look at before purchasing this? I'm currently on quite a budget so want to spend as little as possible.
Is it even worth buying something like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KODAK-MONITOR-COLOUR-CALIBRATION-DEVICES-020151281-/27...
But if I do, what sort of software would I need?
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Hi, i personally would avoid the cheaper stuff as you get what you pay for! you can get the spyder 4 pro here for cheaper! plus there is a code for free next day delivery. HTH
If there are no drivers/programme it will not work
If it is old it may not be accurate
Not a bargain if it is useless I'm afraid
Thanks guys, might go for the Spyder4Pro.
Just a point before you go for the Spyder John. I had an older version which I liked using but it would not work when I upgraded my computer earlier this year even though I was using Windows 7 on both systems. It seemed Datacolor were not interested in writing new software so that older versions of the Spyder could work with newer operating systems. You could argue all companies do this to make you upgrade but I was cross enough with Datacolor to decide to go with ColorMunki. I've not got round to getting it yet though!
Quote: Just a point before you go for the Spyder John. I had an older version which I liked using but it would not work when I upgraded my computer earlier this year even though I was using Windows 7 on both systems. It seemed Datacolor were not interested in writing new software so that older versions of the Spyder could work with newer operating systems. You could argue all companies do this to make you upgrade but I was cross enough with Datacolor to decide to go with ColorMunki. I've not got round to getting it yet though!
Thanks for the info . Actually, I did go for a ColorMunki in the end, the cheapest smile version because it supported dual monitors. I know it hasn't got as much features as the Spyder4Pro etc but it does calibrate colours and that's all I'm interested in for now . Waiting for it to be delivered today.
Quote: I had an older version which I liked using but it would not work when I upgraded my computer earlier this year even though I was using Windows 7 on both systems. It seemed Datacolor were not interested in writing new software so that older versions of the Spyder could work with newer operating systems.
You could try a program like basICColor display 5, which worked well with a Spyder3 when I trialled it recently. According to the website blurb it even supports Spyder2, whereas Datacolor tend to drop support for any slightly outmoded calibrator like the proverbial hot potato.
Although basICColor is advanced software with features that many won't use, it's not exorbitantly expensive (about £100 from a shop in Brighton) and can be used to knock out high quality monitor profiles with bog standard calibration settings.
Okay so I received my ColorMunki Smile today, and it has been a complete pain. Firstly, the CD didn't install the proper drivers etc so had to install something else (others have had this issue). Now, I have 2 monitors, both LED's but my main monitor is an IPS as well. My main monitor calibrated really well, an extremely slight difference but at least I know it's accurate.
My other monitor on the other hand just went warm, and the colours between the 2 monitors were just different. I spent 4 hours recalibrating trying to get it all correct but no luck .
So I am returning this to Amazon and buying a Spyder4Pro which I should have purchased at first tomorrow .
Wish I spent a bit more in the first place now!
Thanks all for your advice .
The Color Munki Display would probably have been a better choice; in Dry Creek Photo tests it proves more consistent and accurate than the Spyder. However, that doesn't account for the X-Rite software, which often seems to cause people headaches. Bear in mind the Spyder calibrators don't vary between packages - you're paying for the versatility of the software. So you could theoretically buy the cheapest Spyder package and pair it with a 3rd party program where your hardware would probably be supported for longer - Datacolor seem to employ Adobe-type tactics to get people to upgrade.
Getting two monitors to match perfectly is tricky - you ought to be able to match the white point (which seems a problem with the CM Smile) but the native gamut will obviously vary.
As a past Munki owner, I have to say that although the hardware is top notch, the software fails to be if you encounter a problem.
I've had X-rite software go belly up and then refuse to accept the licence code once re-installed. Emails are ignored at will.
Thanks for your comments.
I have put an order through for a ColorMunki display and I am sending my ColorMunki smile back to Amazon (I wish I just went with the display first). All I've had was problems with the software, an absolute pain. Firstly, after installing, when I plugged in the smile device it couldn't find the files for the driver, then I couldn't even launch the software. The colours between both my monitors are just different. If I drag an image half way between both monitors, one monitor displays a brighter blue for example whilst the other one is much darker. Could just be a luminance issue.
Now, my screen just looks extremely yellow - pure black is just a dark shade of yellow.
I always have said that I will spend more money to have less problems, why didn't I do that with the ColorMunki .
I hope it works okay for you - I've just realised that with the CM Display you're anchored to the X-Rite software, although the hardware itself is identical between the i1 Display Pro & Display packages. I've toyed with the idea of coupling the CM Display with 3rd party software, so that idea is scuppered!
Be careful with the 'dragging comparison' - I'm not experienced in profiling dual displays but I think the colour will display wrongly (using Photoshop, for instance) until you actually let go of the image.
The best way is to duplicate the image and have it sat on either screen. Most people using dual screens can manage with just one as the the main calibrated screen and their second screen as a parking bay for images and tools.
Thanks for the information guys, really appreciate it.
So essentially my main monitor will be correctly calibrated and my second monitor may not be calibrated that accurately? Shall I calibrate both or just my main screen?
If I were you John I'd follow Keith's advice. There's no real need for most people to have identical screens, perfectly calibrated, profiled, and matched - use the better of the two for colour-critical stuff and the other for extra working space.
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