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Hi,

Just got a Acer Predator x34 and am interested in color calibration. I was able to download the icc profile from TFT central which looks OK but interested in better if possible. Should I calibrate display if I'm not going to be doing professional work? I will be doing video editing though.

I know best and cheapest don't go together. I did seem to find the Spyder 5 express which I can get for $119 from Provantage.

Thanks for advice and opinions. I'm a noob at this so don't be to harsh.biggrin.gif
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I wondered the same thing a few weeks ago after getting a new monitor over the holidays. I was not content with the color. Tried windows default, ICC, also from factory specs, TFTcentral and my own hand at settings. Did my homework and went with the spyder 5 express. Ran it with Dispcal Gui software. Results were great! There is a good article over at AVS fourms comparing the spyder 5 series, Color munki, and the 1prorite using Dispcal. Found this to be the least expensive and never used datacolor software or registration. Hope that helps. RKDxpress
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I wondered the same thing a few weeks ago after getting a new monitor over the holidays. I was not content with the color. Tried windows default, ICC, also from factory specs, TFTcentral and my own hand at settings. Did my homework and went with the spyder 5 express. Ran it with Dispcal Gui software. Results were great! There is a good article over at AVS fourms comparing the spyder 5 series, Color munki, and the 1prorite using Dispcal. Found this to be the least expensive and never used datacolor software or registration. Hope that helps. RKDxpress

Hi,

Yes that is what I think I'll go with.

As I have used it today and as the monitor has warmed up the colors seem to have gotten better. Not sure why. I have come to realize from playing a few games that my old monitor had been dimming quite a bit. Colors are more vibrant and alive with the x34. I was using an old Viewsonic 1080p LED monitor and this is a brand new IPS 3440x1440p. I remember the same thing with upgrading to the 1080p back then. But I'll still calibrate just to make sure I'm getting the best experience.

Thanks.
post #4 of 4
Not sure why no one has chimed in here yet about the inferiority of sypder's colorimeters compared to colormunki. If its not too late and you're looking for the best possible option on a budget then get a colormunki display instead. Better calibration results as well as more consistency in calibrations with it vs the spyders that have filters that fade with time and provide inaccurate calibrations.
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