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How is your lighting? Personally, I sit near a window and so I get changes in lighting all day. For that reason, I have yet to want to get my monitor calibrated by an aftermarket device.
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post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Booty Warrior View Post
True enough. I'll do some more reading on the X-rite models. They do look pretty promising.
x-rite definitel make some nice calibration products if you need alot of advanced features. In my opinion Spyder's products have gone down hill over the years.
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I have used both the i1D2 with X-Rite's software and CEDPro software. I also have the Sypder3 with the CEDPro software.

For an IPS display I think that this is the best you can get, color is amazing and so are shadows!

http://www.integrated-color.com/mm5/...ay+Calibration
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Originally Posted by IEATFISH View Post
How is your lighting? Personally, I sit near a window and so I get changes in lighting all day. For that reason, I have yet to want to get my monitor calibrated by an aftermarket device.
Yeah I'm in a similar position, though so far I haven't done anything quite so color-critical that it's been a problem. Still, I figure if I'm spending this much on a screen I may as well get it as accurate as possible.

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Originally Posted by idahosurge View Post
I have used both the i1D2 with X-Rite's software and CEDPro software. I also have the Sypder3 with the CEDPro software.

For an IPS display I think that this is the best you can get, color is amazing and so are shadows!

http://www.integrated-color.com/mm5/...ay+Calibration
Hmm, is the difference big enough to warrant the extra cost? That's about as much as a LaCie.
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Hmmm, I'm wondering if you could post on craigslist or somewhere and see if someone would be able to loan you one. I may have to try that...
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Hmmm, I'm wondering if you could post on craigslist or somewhere and see if someone would be able to loan you one. I may have to try that...
Hey, that's not a bad idea. I also heard Best Buy's Geek Squad will do calibrations... but the LaCie would probably be cheaper and more accurate
post #17 of 26
On another note, I hear it recommended to recalibrate often, even as much as weekly. IN this way, it would be advantageous to own one.

Does anyone know what the 'future-proofing' of these tools are? How long will they be relevant if I were to buy one?
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post #18 of 26
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Anyone have any experience with HCFR?

It's apparently a freeware program designed and updated by other professional graphic artists. Some people on a photography-enthusiasts board I found swear by it.

Edit: In researching the X-rite I came across this review left on Amazon:

"I'll keep this brief because everyone else has said all there is to say.

I've used this device for over two years on CRT, LCD, and laptops, and it has performed fabulously.

But, and I only learned this a few days ago after pressing customer support at x-rite, this device CANNOT be used to calibrate the new wide-gamut monitors. They tell you that to do so you need their i1Pro starting at $995, or their ColorMunki at $500.

So, let the buyer beware. Do not buy this device if you want to calibrate a wide-gamit monitor. I've read elsewhere that the same problem exists with the Spyder 2 but that the Spyder 3 can be used on wide-gamut monitors. I've never used the Spyder products so I have no comment about them.

Someone said that x-rite is resting on its laurels and so it seems with regard to the i1Display2. They got the product when they merged or bought out Gretag McBeth and they appear to be content continuing to market it as is without being concerned that it is now essentially obsolete. Whether they intend to come out with an i1Display3 to compete with the Spyder3 remains to be seen, or perhaps they don't care about the "low-end" market. In other words if you can't afford their alternative products at either $500 or $995 you can take your business someplace else.

Respectfully submitted."


If that's true, that makes it a no-go for the U2711. I don't even have the monitor yet and it's already a pain
Edited by Booty Warrior - 3/6/11 at 11:39pm
post #19 of 26
I've been using a Spyder 3 Pro with both a wide gamut IPS panel and a standard TN panel for the last couple of years, works great.
Unless you are doing *really* colour critical work, then calibrating once a month is plenty enough.
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I've been using a Spyder 3 Pro with both a wide gamut IPS panel and a standard TN panel for the last couple of years, works great.
Unless you are doing *really* colour critical work, then calibrating once a month is plenty enough.
Yeah, from what I can tell the Spyder3 is the only sub-$300 calibrator that's advertised for wide gamut monitors. If that's true, I suppose that helps narrow things down a bit, hah.
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