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Old April 16, 2012, 09:40 PM
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Colorvision Spyder4 Express Calibration Tools CVS4X100 - Vistek Canada Product Detail

I've always wanted to get my hands on something that would assist in calibrating monitors, but always thought it would cost me $300+ for something I'd pull out of a box a couple of times a year for myself, and maybe a few more if friends / family found out I had one.

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Once you've actually used a calibration probe, there's no going back. I don't even do photo work, but the results for watching video, playing games and even just web browsing are totally worth it, in my opinion. Even if you're using a TN panel. I even calibrated my x120e screen.

Also, if you have an HDTV, there are a few pieces of software out there you can use to calibrate your man-cave center piece. I calibrated my HDTV this way and the results were outstanding. There's nothing like a 6500K grayscale, near-perfect gamma response, and proper color saturation and tint, especially for Blu-ray movies. Plus, I found it extremely enjoyable dialing in the settings, using a test disc to read test patters, viewing the data, dialing the settings in further, etc. until I found the optimal settings. Kind of like overclocking in that sense. With some time and patience, you can get within 90% of the pro-calibrators easy. (Calibrating a monitor is more straightforward than this, generally)

About the Spyder4 specifically, I can't help you. I had a Spyder2, however, that I eventually replaced with an Eye-one Display LT. Some of the Spyder2s had color drift from unit-to-unit and I always thought my grayscale was in the red. When I tried the LT my thoughts were confirmed. Also, the LT is more accurate at low-level luminance readings. That was more important to me for my plasma, however, than my monitor. The LTs were consistent from unit-to-unit, but I'm not sure if they're sold anymore.

I'm sure if you head over to AVSforum you'll find out quick which probe is the best bang-for-your-buck.
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Old April 17, 2012, 04:45 AM
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Yeah I have a Spyder2Express and it's rather disappointing. It did an okay job on my 22" Dell TN LCD a few years back, but it simply doesn't do justice on my U2711.

I don't think Colorvision products get the greatest reviews in general. They're more consumer oriented than professional oriented and it shows. I would say save up and buy a proper one.
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Like the OP I want to pick up a similar product. any recommendations on calibration devices for monitors other than the spyder?
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