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Datacolor DC S3P100 Spyder 3 Pro
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- Designed for Photographers
- Accurate, Reliable Consistent color
- Third Generation Spyder Technology
- Intelligent Ambient Light Control
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|Item Dimensions||3.9 x 3.66 x 1.46 inches|
|Item Weight||0.77 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.85 pounds|
Serious photographers and creative pros require a high degree of color accuracy; from capturing images, to digital editing and printing, Spyder3Pro delivers. This third generation colorimeter comes equipped with new state-of-the-art optical design and photo-centric user interface providing accurate, reliable and consistent color. Spyder3Pro gives you more precise control over white point and gamma, new ReCAL option cuts re-calibration time in half and SpyderProof function brings you a new level of color control to help you save time, money and achieve color excellence. Spyder3 increases light sensitivity 400%. It also features the largest screen sample area or aperture in the industry resulting in improved accuracy on LCD screens and a faster calibration time. Two superior attachment methods - large area suction cup or counterweight - can be used interchangeably to suit the needs of any photographer. Included: Datacolor Spyder3 colorimeter, Desktop Cradle, Spyder3Pro Software CD, Screen Cleaning Packets, Quick Start Guide, 2-Year Warranty, Free Online Support. System requirements: Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7, Mac OS X (10.3 or higher), USB, Color monitor resolution 1024x768 or greater, 16-bit video card (24-bit recommended), 128MB of available RAM, 100MB of available hard disk space.
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The Spyder3PRO works. The prints from outside labs and my personal printer look the way they should. I don't know if the Express or Elite versions would have given me the same results but I know this version works.
Now here are a few things to consider...
1. The suction cup included is useless unless you actually have a CRT Monitor. There is nothing included in the package to help you hold up the Spyder to the monitor. The manual mentions some kind of counter weight but no instructions on how to get this done. During the calibration, you will see a bunch of colors with varying brightness display and has an indicator to let you know how much longer you have to hold the Spyder up. You will end up just holding the Spyder to the monitor from 3 - 5 minutes so be prepared.
2. Know the buttons on your monitor because it will ask you to adjust settings while you are holding the Spyder to the monitor. For my monitor (ViewSonic VA2323wm 23-Inch 16:9 1080p Digital LCD Monitor) when you adjust the settings, the display shows right underneath the Spyder. This makes it very difficult to navigate and adjust the settings.
3. After calibration, the Spyder will continue to take ambient readings as long as it's still plugged into your USB port and is sitting on it's little stand. I guess it's useful if you really need to know how bright your ambient light is but it doesn't change your settings if your ambient light changes. It's just informational.
4. You can set the software to remind you to check the calibration of your monitor periodically. Checking the calibration only takes 1 - 2 minutes. And yes you should check the calibration at least once a month.
5. If you are getting your prints from an external print lab, you should definitely download the ICC Profile from that lab. Graphics Software Programs such as Photoshop has the ability to soft proof your photo with the ICC Profile. It's as close as you can get to what will actually print.
The reason why I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is due to the fact you have to hold the Spyder up so long. They should have designed something or included something to hold the Spyder in place. Believe me, holding this against the monitor longer than 2 minutes is not easy.
I hope this review helps.
Calibration with the Spyder3Pro is a little more complex than with Spyder3Express, because the device can measure ambient light, and part way through the procedure, you can manually adjust the brightness of the monitor to your personal taste. Then, it continues taking measurements and finishes with no further intervention. The new color profile is saved, made the default, activated, and reloaded each time Windows starts.
The integrated Intel graphics on the motherboard of this new computer are, well, less than perfect. OK, a lot less, so a video card is on the wishlist. Among the annoyances is that *any* change to video mode, including watching a movie or entering/emerging from power saving, causes the Intel "persistence" module to reload its own default color profile. Sometimes, the Datacolor profile gets reloaded afterwards, sometimes not.
So, I asked Datacolor about this, and again received a prompt, helpful reply: they suggested disabling "igfxpers.exe" (Intel's "Persistence" module). Once that was done, the problem went away, and the computer now uses the color profile created by the Spyder software.
Note: The USB cable 66 inches long, which is too short to reach my monitor. The computer is a Desktop, on the floor, next to my legs, not directly under the monitor. The cable has to run behind and over the top of the monitor so that the counter-weight on the cable keeps the sensor from sliding down, and that adds several inches to the required length. A short USB extension cable (which does not come with the Spyder3Pro) solved the problem. The Spyder2Express had a 96-inch cable.
For people considering the Spyder3Pro or the less-expensive Spyder3Express, I'd suggest paying the extra money for the Pro: it's ability to measure ambient lighting makes a discernable difference in the results. As a bonus, it can calibrate dual monitors.