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Top Customer Reviews
I found a work-around by disabling the second monitor; i.e. Control Panel -> Display -> Advanced -> Adapter -> Properties -> Device Usage: Disable.
I then calibrated the first monitor; when finished, I renamed the resulting ICM file,
and set the monitor's default color profile to "Monitor1"; i.e. Control Panel -> Display -> Advanced -> Color Management Color profile Add.. and "Set As Default".
I then enabled the second monitor, re-booted windows, disabled the first monitor, and repeated the above calibration sequence for the second monitor. Then I re-enabled the first monitor, re-booted, and verified that the two monitors were properly calibrated by comparing identical images. It works !
The software even gives you a series of example photos in a grid with a button so you can flick back and forth between how things were, and how things look with the new calibration. Depending on how incorrect your settings were, you will be anything from impressed to knocked out of your chair.
Once finished the software saves the color profile into the standard location for your OS. Depending on how you have things set up, you likely don't have to do anything else (other than take the puck off the screen).
If you're getting into digital photography, or have been for a while, devices like this are essential to making sure the colors you see on the screen are as accurate and consistent as possible. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
-Although the Express does not natively support multiple monitors, I was able to work around this (as another reviewer has mentioned). If you calibrate with multiple monitors plugged in, the calibration only affects the primary monitor. However, if you first unplug your primary monitor and start Windows with only your secondary monitor plugged in, you can calibrate your secondary monitor. Then restart Windows with both monitors and recalibrate again, this new calibration (and all future ones) will only affect your primary new monitor, leaving the first calibration done to your secondary monitor intact. Since I only edit photos with my primary monitor, I really won't ever need to recalibrate my secondary ever again.
-I didn't think the integrated light sensor, which the software uses to adjust your calibration in real time, was necessary or likely to be very accurate.
-Unless you have a fantastic monitor, it probably isn't worth going nuts with expensive calibration equipment.
The software guides you through the calibration process in a logical manner. It recommends that you reset your monitor to factory defaults. However, I found through additional reading online that most factory monitor settings are way too bright. The brightness control on your LCD affects its backlight intensity, which the Spyder software can not change on its own. Therefore, you should adjust your monitor's luminance to an appropriate setting (most recommend 120 cd/m^2) before proceeding with the calibration.Read more ›
You have to get used to your screen looking "right"...as opposed to being too bright, and/or ever saturated.
When I print now, my prints match my screen 99% (1% variation due to my screen being back-lit...like ALL screens), but you have to calibrate your monitor the RIGHT way...or you will get a Blue-ish or Green-ish tint in your whites, and it WILL frustrate the HECK out of you!!!
Before you calibrate, make SURE you warm your monitor up for at least 30-mins, then reset everything!!!
After resetting your monitor, adjust your RGB to your liking/needs.
My monitor is a Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WA.
My current settings are...which I set BEFORE calibrating (after first resetting) is:
Brightness = 0
Contrast = 90
RGB-Graphics-Custom (with Dynamic Contrast OFF)
This settings are perfect for photo editing, and what I see on-screen and online matches what I print from a Professional Photo Lab (I am a Photographer =)
At first, your monitor WILL seem dull and lifeless, but after a day or two, you'll be perfectly fine with it, and factory set screens will look WAY OFF to you all of a sudden!!
Before Calibrating, after resetting, SET YOUR RGB FIRST, then set your Brightness and Contrast.
I calibrated (and work) in total darkness. If that's how you work and edit, do so, or adjust according to your ambient environment.
** These settings work best for me...I work and view my screen in the dark....it may or may not work for you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Device is easy to install and use. Provides periodic notification to recalibrate and is easily achieved without complicated process. Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by lynnie
I got this version because I didn't have a lot of money, and it had a very good rating even though there are newer versions. But, let me tell you, I LOVE IT! Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by amlpn82
I'm calibrate my laptop and computer, is a great product really you can see a better color screen and more accuracy.Published on January 13, 2013 by Pedrin
I needed this for my photography class and I can honestly say, it does wonders to my screen. It calibrates all my monitors so well. Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Rhodé Amira Aamoumour
Upgraded from Spyder 2 since it was not compatible with Windows XP. Spyder 3 is compatible with both Windows 7 and XP computers. Easy to use and somewhat inexpensive.Published on January 4, 2012 by Mike
I had no idea how grossly mis-calibrated my monitor was. 15 minutes with this fantastic device has changed my mind. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Jordanfisher84