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SPYDER3EXPRESS


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  • Have fun with your images confident that you are seeing true colors using tools on which the professionals rely
  • Easy Software Wizard: You don't have to be a color expert to calibrate your display
  • Unique Before & After Viewing Feature: Compare your display before and after calibration
  • Reliable & Consistent Color: A result of years of research and development provides sophisticated software
  • State of the Art Optical Science: Patented optics make your colors match accurately and simply outstanding reliability
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002OCF57K
  • Item model number: S3X100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 10, 2009

Product Description

Datacolor Spyder3ExpressDatacolor Spyder3Express Colorimeter, Software CD, Quick Start Guide, Screen Cleaning Cloth

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Customer Reviews

Quick easy to follow instructions.
jschem
It calibrates all my monitors so well.
TMP
Great tool for printing photographs.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Stav on May 28, 2010
Overall, I am quite pleased with the Spyder3Express. However, when I tried to calibrate one monitor on my two-adapter/two-monitor Windows XP system, the calibration program hanged, with a gray screen displayed.

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,

C:\Windows\system32\spool\drivers\color\Spyder3Express.icm

to

Monitor1.icm.

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 !
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By sh00bie on March 5, 2010
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Getting correct color across my screens was always a pain. With the Spyder3Express, it was simple to sort everything out. The software installed quickly (there was one update available that I went ahead and downloaded). Once the software's installed, you just run it and it tells you exactly what to do. All you need to do is set your screen(s) to the default settings, stick the "puck" to the screen where it tells you to, and then sit back and watch. The software displays a series of color panes where the device is stuck, and the device then reads what the screen is displaying. After about 2 minutes you're all done!

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.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matt on August 21, 2010
I am an advanced amateur digital photographer, and I found that this product was perfect for me. I weighed the feature differences between the Express/Pro/Elite version and decided the Express was good enough for me. Here's why:

-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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed Roberson on April 14, 2010
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It works really good, and like it's supposed to, BUT it takes getting used to.

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)

R= 85
G= 80
B= 70

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.
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