Price: $ 170
If the color on your display does not look right, it may not be your eyes. Many ads have to be adjusted, which is called calibration. The SpyderX Pro from datacolor makes calibration easy!
What we like
- Easy to use
- Specifies the most accurate color the display can
- Works with multiple monitors and PCs
- Provides before and after calibration comparisons
And what we do not do
- Calibrating the operating system or graphics card is usually sufficient for most screens
This is not the right color
Most of us looked at a photo on a monitor and thought, "The color is a bit Something frustrating is when you spend a lot of money on your monitor and expect a near-perfect color rendition.
While manufacturers have a general idea of how their monitors are displayed, your particular monitor may not exactly match the manufacturer's profile. This may be due to manufacturing tolerances or simply because the response of the monitor changes as the display and its internal components age.
But how do you know if your monitor displays the colors in your file correctly? And if not, how can you fix it? I tested a solution – the SpyderX Pro calibration tool from datacolor.
Bridging the Gap
In some cases, the software expects the monitor to display a certain color, and the monitor interprets this color incorrectly and shows something close to it. As a result, the picture is a bit "off". Or the monitor thinks it displays the color, but not because of the factors described above. There is a separation between the color values in the file you are working on and what you see on the screen.
Industry recognized this early on and developed a method for optimizing the display file to better align with the actual image file. This was done under the auspices of the International Color Consortium (ICC) and the results are referred to as ICC profiles. An ICC profile adapts a graphics file to the familiar properties of a peripheral device, eg Your monitor.
For most users, the ICC display profile provided by the monitor manufacturer is sufficient to obtain acceptable images. You may not need a more specialized device to get acceptable colors.
However, if you want the best possible color output for your display, you can create your own display profile. And one of the best (and easiest to use) tools for this is datacolors SpyderX Pro.
Another part of the hardware?
The SpyderX Calibration Tool is available in two models – I tested the cheaper Pro version. But if you really want to get the best out of your display, there's a SpyderX Elite that costs about $ 100 more. The only difference between the two models is the software – the calibration tool is the same for both.
The Elite model is available to photographers and other graphic professionals. The pro model is more of a "prosumer" device for the serious designer or photographer who does not need all the advanced features of the elite. It is available for both Mac and Windows computers.
The calibrator hangs over your monitor and the software displays test colors. The sensor in the calibrator interprets the test colors. The software then calculates the difference between the desired and the displayed color frequency. An ICC profile is created for the conversion so that each of the primary colors (red, blue, green) is displayed correctly. The custom profile will then be installed on your computer and you can start!
Perform a Calibration
After you install and start the software, it's time to position the calibration tool. The small, half-triangular sensor hangs in front of the screen. The Spyder X sensor, with the lens cap removed, becomes the counterweight for the sensor and remains on the screen throughout the calibration process.
The software shows you where to hang the sensor to start the calibration process.
At the beginning, the software displays a flowchart on the left side, where you can see where you are. The steps that perform the calibration are in the middle. On the right you will find an interactive help.
You can perform a new calibration, recalibration, or review to see if you need to calibrate at all. Once you are familiar with it, the entire calibration process takes only about two minutes. Therefore, you are likely to calibrate the monitor each time you use SpyderX Pro.