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How does a Calibrated monitor look like?

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To all users with hardware calibrated monitors,

I bought a Dell U2311H recently and I was wondering how I should calibrate it. Using someone else's (same revision, A01) ICC profile and my own eye, the best I could get with my monitor is the few Lutcurve screenshots below. If you may, please upload the same Lutcurve screenshots with your calibrated settings, so I can compare between the two.

Here is the link for Lutcurve: http://www.atrise.com/lutcurve/

2nd question is that with the results below, will buying a used Spyder2Express be worth my money? I'm not really willing to spend big bucks on a hardware calibrator at the moment.

Thanks in advance for all the help

I just realized that those color bands really stand out a lot more when compressing that 1080p screenshot down to a much smaller size X.X so for a comparison, please take 1080p screenshots as well (or something as close as possible to that size)



Edited by kpopsaranghae - 5/3/11 at 6:36pm
post #2 of 23
Custom Mode:

R - 98
G - 94
B - 98

Brightness - 30
Contrast - 75

the RGB is slightly differ depending on your panel but those are my settings. G at anything above = noticeable green tint.
post #3 of 23
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Custom Mode:

R - 98
G - 94
B - 98

Brightness - 30
Contrast - 75

the RGB is slightly differ depending on your panel but those are my settings. G at anything above = noticeable green tint.
Can you use lutcurve and get some screenshots? And also can you post your icc profile for me to try out?

That would really help me find my answer

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post #4 of 23
Screenshots don't show what you see in the monitor, you need to take a photo for that. And even then, different cameras will produce different results, so you can't just ask for photos from other people to compare, unless they're using at least similar cameras that are both profiled using a spectrophotometer. And even THEN, since your monitor is uncalibrated you're just going to see an uncalibrated image anyway.

So you have to see it on an actual screen in front of you. And believe me, it makes a big difference.
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The easier way is just to change it manually above the power button...not hard.
Compare it yourself. Still ahve to fix my gamma..it's at ~2.15-18 as opposed to 2.2.
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yep, it makes a difference. And you missed out on the 50usd Sypder3Express sale!!
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The easier way is just to change it manually above the power button...not hard.
Compare it yourself.
Tried that... :/ no matter what changes I make, I can't make those color bands to away.

So would a cheap hardware calibrator like a used Spyder2express do the job?

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Have you change the ICC profile so it uses the Dell as opposed to other monitor ICCs?
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Tried that... :/ no matter what changes I make, I can't make those color bands to away.

So would a cheap hardware calibrator like a used Spyder2express do the job?
The ONLY budget calibrator I can recommend is an i1Display2. Sure $200 sounds like a lot, but as far as calibrators go that's actually extremely cheap. The really accurate ones cost tens of thousands of dollars.
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The ONLY budget calibrator I can recommend is an i1Display2. Sure $200 sounds like a lot, but as far as calibrators go that's actually extremely cheap. The really accurate ones cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Ouch that's a really steep price... almost as much as the monitor itself... don't think I can justify purchasing a calibrator that almost cost as much as my monitor x.x

And there is a dell icc? I will check once I get home.

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