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I have recently gotten pretty deep into photography and realize that even though I like how my 2711 looks in Adobe RGB I need to be using sRGB.

The preset sRGB looks sooooo blue, so I am looking to get a hardware calibration tool.

Is the Spyder 3 Pro still the best one? What about the Elite? or any other brands?

Thanks

Also is it true the Chrome is still not color managed? My Flickr pics look way different in firefox....
Edited by tats - 10/12/11 at 6:47pm
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I have heard the i1 Display Pro is one of the best, or the i1 Display 2. I am trying to find out which I should get for my 2 U2312HM's though as well, but im leaning towards the i1
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Nice, I'll check that one out.
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If you really want the best calibration software get this.
http://www.integrated-color.com/mm5/...ay+Calibration

I have used the i1D2 with the iMatch software and with the ColorEyes Display Pro software. I now use the ColorEyes Display Pro software with the Spyder3. The Spyder3 is better with an IPS display than the i1D2.
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So far I'm pretty happy with the results of the I1Profiler software with the IDisplay Pro. I've used it to profile a really really really green heavy but bright mode on my Epson beamer, profile my new S27A950D, my old NEC and also tried a laptop.
The laptop kind of failed overall because the backlight is way too dark. On the projector I needed some bright mode because the bulb is already ~2600hrs old. On the normal dark cinema color filter the image was too dark and the software refused to continue. Still the result on the projector amazes me the most, I wouldn't have guessed that it could still do that well.

The one thing that keeps bothering me is the difference between my old NEC with its AMVA panel and the Samsung with a really bright TN panel. On the samsung the white point looks a tiny bit tinted towards red/brown compared to the NEC, otherwise things seem pretty identical.

I don't like the automatic brightness and contrast control of the software but that can thankfully be disabled or the tool can give you manual instructions what to do while measuring.

Some people said the I1Display 2 has strong unit to unit variation and I have honestly no idea if that is still true and also applies to the Pro. That all being said, I'm not too much into photography but rather decided that when spending several thousand € on displays and beamers I might as well get some profiling solution to get the most out of them
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I have recently gotten pretty deep into photography and realize that even though I like how my 2711 looks in Adobe RGB I need to be using sRGB.

The preset sRGB looks sooooo blue, so I am looking to get a hardware calibration tool.

Is the Spyder 3 Pro still the best one? What about the Elite? or any other brands?

Thanks

Also is it true the Chrome is still not color managed? My Flickr pics look way different in firefox....
Spyder3 Pro is fine for both standard and wide gamut screens. Units manufactured after February 2009 using synthetic red/green/blue color filters are pretty good, and the Datacolor software is not bad either.

The new I1 Display Pro or I1D3 is great but software support is very limited. I have one to use with my NEC SpectraView II package (specific for NEC screens) but I can't use it with anything else, and the included software is not very good.

The I1D2 used to be considered great, but the unit-to-unit variance now seems high and I would avoid it.

The above suggestion of ColorEyes and the Spyder3 by idahosurge is actually a very good idea. ColorEyes is one of the best consumer level packages out there, and is much better than either included package with the Spyder3 or I1 Display Pro.

I'd probably go with that.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, looks like Coloreyes and Syper Pro is the way to go.
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