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Need personal recommendations on monitor calibration kit

Bucephalas69 9 279 Wales
13 Feb 2009 2:33AM
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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shutterlag 10 73 Sweden
13 Feb 2009 8:49AM

I got a spyder 3 pro a while back v. happy with it so far.
Nickscape 12 708 9 England
13 Feb 2009 12:43PM
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 12 13.4k 28 Wales
13 Feb 2009 12:45PM
spyder2express works fine for me.
CaptivePixels 10 343 2 Scotland
13 Feb 2009 12:55PM
Another vote for Spyder2 express
mlewis 13 1.5k United Kingdom
13 Feb 2009 1:08PM
X-rite's i1 Display 2 is great.
Bucephalas69 9 279 Wales
13 Feb 2009 3:33PM
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 13 292 11 Netherlands
13 Feb 2009 7:57PM
Looking for one who also helps to calibrate the printer - got lost in the reviews....

mlewis 13 1.5k United Kingdom
13 Feb 2009 10:22PM
HoardAgency 13 62
27 Feb 2009 2:29PM
Another vote for spyder 3 pro
User_Removed 9 694 3 Scotland
27 Feb 2009 4:22PM
i1 Display 2
Bucephalas69 9 279 Wales
27 Feb 2009 4:49PM
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 13 292 11 Netherlands
28 Feb 2009 10:10AM
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 14 5.0k 36 England
28 Feb 2009 10:17AM
For monitor calibration I can recommend the Gretag Macbeth EyeOne Display 2.

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