Fast and simple monitor calibration

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Paul Lindström

Datacolor has released a new version of its monitor calibration colorimeter, SpyderX.

The new SpydeX from Datacolor has a large lens to create a wide aperture for the measurements, and so increase the accuracy by evening out minor differences over the surface of the screen.

SpyderX is the latest colorimeter from Datacolor and features a large lens to improve the measurements from screens. It’s also supposed to be faster and more accurate than previous models, calibrating a monitor in under two minutes.

Two version – Pro and Elite
No image should be altered or retouched on a uncalibrated monitor. And yet we know that even some professional photographers do just that, possibly ruining what was a perfect image to start with. This is despite the fact that there are very reasonably priced devices on the market to do the trick fast and easy. The base version of the Datacolor Spyder X, called Pro, costs only about 180 EU so it should very quickly show a return on investment. The returns come from more accurate previews of the images, and so faster retouch and fewer reprints which are necessary if the results are not as expected. There is also a more advanced version of this package called SpyderX Elite, offering for example softproofing options and other handy features. This is the version we have tested.

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