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There seems to be a big focus these days on properly calibrating your... screen. Usually televisions, but I see no reason why it wouldn't apply to monitors as well. Or is it? Is it important to "calibrate" your monitor as you would do a TV? If so, what is the best way to go about it? Or should I even bother?
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You get an i1Display2. That's all there is to it

It's not exactly necessary to calibrate anything unless you do color critical graphics work, but it certainly gives you a better picture.
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I use Digital Video Essentials for my LCD TV and monitors

http://www.videoessentials.com/products_main.php

Even changing a few settings a tad is enough to make a noticeable difference.
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I never saw any reason to calibrate a monitor until I decided to actually buy a calibration unit (Spyder3Pro) and now i'll never go without calibrating my monitors as it gives you a much more accurate color.
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What yall recommended seems a little bit outside my budget. There are calibration discs that also come highly recommended too. What about using something like this?

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post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Bennylava View Post
What yall recommended seems a little bit outside my budget. There are calibration discs that also come highly recommended too. What about using something like this?

Amazon.com: Disney WOW: World of Wonder [Blu-ray]: n/a: Movies & TV
That's really not necessary, there's a ton of free software that lets you do the same. Just google for it.

Or hell, just go to http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/
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post #7 of 17
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Thanks! I was unaware that any of that stuff even existed! I'm a bit of a screen calibration noob, I'm afraid. But I'm trying to learn.
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post #8 of 17
The best thing to do is find your monitor on a review site like prad to get your setting close. Then you can get a Huey Pro for ~$55 to fine tune the colors.
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The best thing to do is find your monitor on a review site like prad to get your setting close. Then you can get a Huey Pro for ~$55 to fine tune the colors.
Actually one of the worst things that you can do as each monitor can dramatically differ from each other - I had 3 of the same exact monitor and they were significantly different on their RGB offsets after calibration to all display the same colors. Just like overclocks should never be copied as each chip is different, its the same with monitors (and most hardware in general)
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I was just suggesting this just to get in the ballpark anyways. The calibration done afterwards should clean up any monitor to monitor discrepancies. The only thing I don't like about the Huey Pro is that it doesn't help you calibrate contrast and brightness, It only corrects colors through icc profiles.
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