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ColorVision Spyder2 Suite Win/Mac

by ColorVision
Windows XP, Mac OS X
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews) 6 answered questions

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Product Features

  • The "Standard" in Monitor Calibration
  • Rated Best Calibration by MacWorld April 2005
  • Calibrates any monitor (Laptop, CRT, LCD)
  • The leader in monitor calibration solutions

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: Personal Computers
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.4 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000ES6K34
  • Item model number: S2100
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 4, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,379 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

For more advanced users, Spyder2 Suite calibrates your monitor and allows you to profile your printer (software based)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Colorimeter March 11, 2007
By BobP
Edition:Express|Verified Purchase
Pros: Good, well contructed, colorimeter for the novice, easy to use software walks you through every step. I notice a definite improvement in my new 22" WS LCD's picture. I had tried Adobe Gamma and Quick Gamma, but these programs rely on your eyes for making brightness and contrast corrections, and setting gamma. My eyes are not as sharp as they were 20 years ago.

Cons: The new updated software, version 2.3, has been out since June, 2006 but Colorvision is still shipping with the older version. Go to their website [...]), download 2.3 (110.3 MB), install it, and use the keycode on your 2.2 version to run it. The 2.3 version changes the target white point for LCDs to 6500K instead of Native. I personally prefer 6500k anyway. Gamma 2.2 and 6500K are the only choices with the Express. If you want more choices you will have to purchase the more expensive Pro version.
After calibration and exiting the software I got a "Can not find color profile" error message. Rebooting solved this.
With the counter-weight adjusted, I still had to tilt my LCD monitor back 15 - 20 degrees before I could get the Spyder to lay completely flat on the screen.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spyder2 Suite (including PrintFIX PLUS) September 2, 2006
Sypder2, the monitor calibration product, is excellent. My monitor never looked this good! Documentation is a bit terse, however. Additionally, you have to know how to do a few things such as (1) disable a program from starting when you boot up and (2) manually adjust your monitor for brightness, contrast, and color temperature and reset it to the factory defaults. Of these, the most important is probably knowing how to disable Adobe Gamma on startup (if enabled), and this is not explained adequately. Some patience and possibly a call to tech support may be required.

PrintFIX PLUS (the printer profiling tool) is less intuitive and more difficult to use. There is no printed documentation, and the Help files are a bit terse. You start by picking a printer/paper combination (any one will probably do, but pick a matte profile if you want to make matte prints). You probably won't find your printer/paper combination in the list, but it really does not matter. These profiles can be used as starting points for profiling of any color printer. You disable the ICM profiling included with your print driver (in the print dialog box for your printer), then make a test print. You compare your test print with an image of the print on your monitor and then make adjustments for brightness, saturation, contrast, color, and viewing conditions.

It's an iterative process to be sure, and some patience is required. The printer profile that I created was much more accurate than any of the ICM profiles provided by HP. It made a HUGE difference in print quality.

I use the ICM profiles from Spyder2 and PrintFIX PLUS in conjunction with Photoshop Elements 4.0 and do all of my critical color printing from within that application.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So That's What it Should Look Like November 10, 2006
I am always editing photos and then getting back the prints and wondering where I went wrong. I tried using manual color calibration tools which did make a big difference, but my color was still not quite right. This was so easy and accurate I regret not doing it sooner. All you have to do is install the software, disable any color altering settings you currently have in use, plug it in and let it go. It takes a few minutes going through various colors and then it is done, just like that. I have done this on both my desktop LCD and notebook LCD and they both look great. The colors just seem to have more contrast and detail. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to get accurate color representation out of their monitors but don't want to spend a lot of time doing it.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy as can be September 19, 2006
By Ricardo
Just load the software and plug it in. Follow the instruction on screen and that's it.

Couldn't be easier and the results are great. My prints now look like what I see on the monitor. Photo paper and ink are expensive. This item has already saved me more in paper and ink than it cost to buy.
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good monitor calibration July 18, 2006
I've had no issues with the monitor calibration. Works great.

The "suite" version differentiates itself from regular Spyder 2 by the printer calibration. It is not worth the $20 difference. The printer calibration is TERRIBLE!!!

The printer calibration included no printed documentation. The installer crashes on WinXP. The program itself crashes VERY often -- and required reboots in between crashes (warning of some obtuse 'unable to open file' message).

After spending about an hour re-booting and re-running PrintFix, all it allows is to select from a pre-defined list of printers, and then has slider bars for things like "Brightness" and "cyan<->magenta", etc. There's no way to calibrate the results other than eyeballing the printouts! That's not calibration, that's eyeballing! They don't even offer a service (or a discount for that service) of say, mailing in a few test-sheets to a lab to do the analysis (since the included sensor is unable to analyze the paper).

The final result? Prints that look identical to how I started. All I did was waste a few hours rebooting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still going strong.
It's a bit dated now, but it's an excellent product and still works fine after many years of service. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe P.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
kind of useless, I don't see much value in it
Published 1 month ago by Spotify Aloha
5.0 out of 5 stars I have been using this for about three years now ...
I have been using this for about three years now. It makes a marked difference in my photographs on the screen.
Published 1 month ago by Charles H. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect for my class.
Published 2 months ago by MINDY FLYNN
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, for the price it's a steal...
No serious issues, I just had to download a newer version of the software on the internet and it was free. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ruben
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great and if you search the Internet
Works great and if you search the Internet, you can find instructions on how to set up a profile for multiple monitors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ben
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I hate it for its lack of support.
Published 4 months ago by Felipe Vaiano
4.0 out of 5 stars screen & print colors match
I really like the instruction and how easy this device is to collaborate my computer screen.
Published 4 months ago by Lilac days
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product, just what I was looking for, nothing to say more than the purchase was expected. All right.
Published 6 months ago by Luis A. Urizar S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still working and does the job easy peasy
what more could you ask for? Solid built, cord hasn't failed like alot of similar types of cables (especially on Wacoms which short out within 1-2 years for me) and I'm running on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. E. Saetta
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