There’s not a lot to note here, but it does illustrate in passing one of the few limitations we found in the Spyder’s software. At least with lower-end screens, if I fiddle too much with the controls at this stage of the calibration process, the display can end up operating so far from its nominal condition that it can be very hard to establish a good calibration for it. These are the gamma and white point values for the sRGB color standard. When you “calibrate” a monitor, there are really three steps involved, characterization, correction, and profiling. It consistently did a good job calibrating the monitors we tried it with, seemed less prone to getting lost in the weeds with difficult-to-calibrate monitors, and also provides a good capability for matching multiple monitors to a common standard. If all else fails, just google the problem.

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This made the calibration cycle take longer than it might have, were we able to just shift the calibration window an inch or two one way or the other, to avoid the monitor’s menus.

Programs like Adobe Photoshop can use display profiles to compensate for the known quirks of a display device, and insure accurate color rendering. visoin

If you’re not matching specific luminance levels with other displays though, this is the last point at which you’ll actually adjust the luminance. It’s worth noting though, that we found it almost impossible to precisely match CRTs to LCDs with any of the solutions we tried, and the Spyder2PRO ran with the rest of the pack in that respect.

If I’d told the Spyder2PRO software that I was calibrating colorr display with separate contrast, brightness, and backlight adjustments, this step might involve manipulating one or more of those controls as well. There is also an exclusive Coloor Black and White Luminance Adjustment feature for use in precision targeting, providing more consistent calibration results. Rated 5 out of 5 by Mike from This is a must An excellent purchase.


Low-end calibrators have only three sensors red, green, and blueand so are less able to measure and characterize subtle color differences between different LCD panels.

Rated 5 out of 5 by W. The easy-to-use editing tools let you optimize spydeer2pro prints as you see fit, even adjusting for viewing conditions.

If you have a brightly lit room that you can’t can’t manage to make any dimmer, then by all means crank it up. There’s some debate about how frequently you should recalibrate.

ColorVision’s Spyder 2 Pro spgder2pro is the one that we eventually settled on for in-house use here at Imaging Resource. The Grey Balanced Calibration checkbox is really only relevant for calibrating projectors, as some projectors will yield better results if you have this turned off. A side note about display brightness here: Unless we say that a calibrator is just out-and-out unsuitable, we recommend that you base your purchase decisions more on the features you need, what you can discern about ease of use from our write-ups, and on price.

This is because, by their nature, we have no objective, absolute way to evaluate the quality of the calibrations the calibrators generate. None Previous Equivalent Items Owned: We’ll make some references to calibration quality at the end of each review, but suggest that you take these comments with a large grain of salt.

With the above as background, let’s take a look at how you go about performing a monitor calibration with ColorVision’s Spyder2PRO. Limited validation, doesn’t show errors across the color spectrum, just in the colo point. Here’s a comparison table showing all three monitor calibration options:. This means that spyder2prl color calibration of LCDs requires much more detailed measurements of the color spectra of the red, green, and blue pixels. Unlike some other devices we tested though, the Spyder’s suction cups hold well if they’re even moderately clean.


Monitor Calibration with the ColorVision Spyder2PRO

It’s still xolor annoyance that we’d like to see ColorVision fix in future versions of the Spyder’s software though. The entire thing, including prep, only took about 45 minutes. This gave us greater confidence in the accuracy of its calibrations. Tilt your LCD screen so it’s angled back at the top a little bit.

Like a number of other calibrators, the Spyder2 comes with a small counterweight attached to its cable. We hope to bring you a video soon, showing the process so you can see how easy it is.

The Wizard guides you through each step of the way and Help is just a click away if needed. I’d strongly recommend grabbing the cable next to the weight when you’re sliding it, so as to not put excess force on the cable’s attachment to the sensor puck or USB connector.

Some lower-end calibrators can only handle single monitor per computer, the one carrying the menu bar on a Mac, or the one with the Start menu on it in Windows.

The software will now start the calibration process, beginning gision measurement of the black and white points, followed by a series of color swatches across the full range of brightness levels. I’m realizing just how warm I was editing the colors in my photos without calibration. Reading all that, you might come to the conclusion that monitor calibration is a long, involved process.