Originally Posted by amzoun95
I have their Spyder 3 Studio and I'm pretty sure that there would be a plus to upgrading. I don't know about the SpyderPrint 3.
That said, I've seen so many comments on boards stating that the Datacolor products are inferior to XRite. I read one review that compared the Spyder and XRite to an expensive device and they concluded that Datacolor was the way to go. I don't remember what the specific products were that were compared or of what generation. It seems to me that the people at Datacolor are able to read the same articles and design a product that is competitive with the XRite. So, it never made sense to me that there would be a big difference in the accuracy of either device.
The reason people rag on the Spyder5 is because it can't measure very low. Which means on VA-panels/ OLED or IPS/TN calibrated to Low brightness (home use), Spyder provides very inaccurate detection near black, causing dead zones. Basically black artifacts on dark tones.
The reason why Xrite was so much better and Read LOWER , is because it has a big'o lens on the front to focus the light down into the sensor pod.
This new Datacolor seems to have a lens as well, though it's smaller than the lens on the X-rite.
Size of lens shouldn't matter much though, This will for certain provide more than enough accuracy on consumer panels.
Another thing for anyone interested in getting these calibrators , is to keep in mind that NEITHER this new Spyder, Nor the X-rite Display Pro will give you Real Accuracy. It will look better than uncalibrated, but that's about it.
The reason is, Accurate calibrations require both a Spectrometer AND a Colorimeter. the Spyder and x-rite display pro are both colorimeters.
A GOOD accurate spectrometer is used for ~$2000 and new $3000 bottom end.
Photography is expensive. Oh, the i1dp spectrometer is ****. don't buy it.