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The company I work for, we customize laptops. One of the customizations is we run the Spyder3Elite. I took it home and ran it on my computer. After running it my monitors are much dimmer and the vibrancy is not there. Anyone have any experience setting this up and can tell me what I am doing wrong?
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Most non-professional monitors seem to have calibrations to make colors "pop". When you try to calibrate it to accurate standards it'll look duller.

Is this on the BenQ? I have the XL4210T and it was oversaturated and bright from factory. I believe they do it for FPS games.

I only bother calibrating my work monitor. For gaming, I prefer the BenQ profiles or I eyeball calibrate till it looks good to me.

Calibrated settings doesn't mean it's the prettiest setting.

Good luck!
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I don't think anyone will agree with you that the BenQ comes precalibrated what so ever for anything.
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I don't think anyone will agree with you that the BenQ comes precalibrated what so ever for anything.

Guess I worded that wrong. I consider factory default settings, factory calibration. Might not be the best calibration settings but somebody did put in different presets.

http://wecravegamestoo.com/forums/gadgetry-electronics-discussion/10706-benq-xl2420t-120hz-3d-monitor-review.html

Link shows the settings for all the default modes.

Here's a few links that might help you.

http://www.prad.de/en/monitore/review/2012/review-benq-xl2420t-part5.html

Or you could just try TFT's profile for your monitor.

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/benq_xl2420t.htm

If worried about your calibrations being off why not try to find a calibrated printer. Compare the hardcopies to your profiles and see which one is closer.

Were you using the FPS profile or another one of the defaults? If you were on the FPS preset it sounds normal.

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The company I work for, we customize laptops. One of the customizations is we run the Spyder3Elite. I took it home and ran it on my computer. After running it my monitors are much dimmer and the vibrancy is not there. Anyone have any experience setting this up and can tell me what I am doing wrong?

Did you reset your monitor to factory default settings before you calibrated?

Are you sure the new LUT table is loading when you boot?

Like someone else said, a properly calibrated monitor will not look as bright as a monitor delivered from the factory. Manufactures usually overdrive the settings to make everything look brighter.

A properly calibrated monitor takes some getting use to, but once you are use to it you will never go back. I would look at pictures with shadows and other detail to see if you can actually notice a difference, hopefully one for the better.

Here is a site with test patterns that you can look at.
http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/
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I want the color accuracy without loosing the brightness. Not possible?
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What settings did you calibrate to? Brightness level and color temperature?

The generally recommended settings from spyder are:

Critical photo editing and pitch black room: 90 cd/m2, 5000k

Moderately dark room: 120 cd/m2 and 5800k

Moderately bright room: 150-180 cd/m2 and 6500k

Office, bright lighting: 200 cd/m2 and 6500k

You could try the last settings if you like having it bright. The spyder has a ambient light sensor so if you're in a dark room it might be suggesting one of the lower ones. You can get around it by just manually picking the brightness you want or shine a flashlight in it until it says you are in a bright room.
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I just hit recommended and continued. It came out so dull.
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I just hit recommended and continued. It came out so dull.

It's because you're used to the "incorrect" way of viewing it. I'm not saying its bad to view it that way, it's your monitor and you can view it as you damn well please, but calibrated monitors don't have the brightness jacked up. This isn't just for computer monitors, but TV manufacturers will jack up the colors and brightness so that their TVs stand out in stores.

For the calibration options, turn off the ambient light sensor, then choose 2.2 gamma, 6500k temperature, and set the monitor to a brightness level you like. If your monitor has a color temperature setting, choose 6500k or medium. Then run the calibration.
Edited by kabes - 2/17/13 at 11:02am
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Someone on OCN actually calibrates their monitor and this is the result? I'm not surprised. Calibrated colors are most definitely not as "vibrant" (saturated) as most factory presets. The best way to describe them is "neutral", not too dull or saturated.

If you want to turn up the brightness then just calibrate it for a higher luminance. I calibrate my monitors for 100cd/m^2 and it's perfect in moderate to dark lighting conditions, for me anyway. THe Spyder3Elite should at least have options for 80cd/m, 120cd/m and 180cd/m. I recommend 120cd/m. Also, unless you're a content creator that works professionally, I suggest calibrating for 5800k. 6500k actually is slightly skewed to be "cool" compared to what one might call "natural white". It's meant to be used in office environments that typically use slightly blue fluorescent lights. I actually used to use 6500k for a while but since I stopped using my fluorescent light as much as I used to I've switched to 5800k, which looks more natural under daylight and in the dark.
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