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    13 Feb 2009 - 2:33 AM

    Hi all,
    I need to invest in a monitor calibration device.
    Not really interested in printer calibration but need to hear your reccomendations/experiences please.



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    13 Feb 2009 - 8:49 AM


    I got a spyder 3 pro a while back v. happy with it so far.

    Nickscape  8695 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Feb 2009 - 12:43 PM

    Ive got the Huey pro model, works brilliantly and constantly adjusts to suit room currnet lighting, i remember there was a problem with a batch of them a while ago but if you get a new one it will be fine

    Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Feb 2009 - 12:45 PM

    spyder2express works fine for me.

    13 Feb 2009 - 12:55 PM

    Another vote for Spyder2 express

    mlewis  91476 forum posts United Kingdom
    13 Feb 2009 - 1:08 PM

    X-rite's i1 Display 2 is great.

    13 Feb 2009 - 3:33 PM

    Just as i thought. Everyone is happy with what they have.

    Nick, your Huey Pro, I need to run it on my laptop and Pc so is that possible considering you have a gadget attached for measuring the ambient light?

    webjam  10292 forum posts Netherlands11 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Feb 2009 - 7:57 PM

    Looking for one who also helps to calibrate the printer - got lost in the reviews....


    mlewis  91476 forum posts United Kingdom
    13 Feb 2009 - 10:22 PM


    rediproof  1062 forum posts
    27 Feb 2009 - 2:29 PM

    Another vote for spyder 3 pro

    27 Feb 2009 - 4:22 PM

    i1 Display 2

    27 Feb 2009 - 4:49 PM

    As i suspected, a lot of people like what they have and every magazine review i've seen has different winners. This months Digital SLR Photography magazine has a review of 8 popular devices and Spyder 3 claims the "Best Buy" award. However, I never buy on the strength of these reviews as the results can be affected by how much advertising revenue a particular product gets in their mag. Hardly an unbiased review in my opinion.
    They can't even get the product spec correct on the i2.

    I did find some objective American site who rated the i2 highly and suggested that the Spyder3 is not as good as it's previous incarnations.
    I rang two printing labs i use and both recommended i2 so that's what i've opted for.
    It doesn't support dual monitors and can be a little tricked to calibrate one the first try but it's actually dead easy to use.
    Colour on my monitor to lab prints are now spot on and it would seam i made the right choice.
    Here's a guide for anyone who plans to get one.

    Thanks for your comments.

    webjam  10292 forum posts Netherlands11 Constructive Critique Points
    28 Feb 2009 - 10:10 AM

    Thanks for the link - loads to read before decicing which piece of hardware works best.
    Still wondering though how my own printer will handle the prints. How do I adjust that?
    And of course - how does the print service will handle the prints? I always understood that I need to know which colourprofile the lab is using...?

    Still a bit confused...

    justin c
    justin c  104519 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
    28 Feb 2009 - 10:17 AM

    For monitor calibration I can recommend the Gretag Macbeth EyeOne Display 2.

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