Datacolor DC S3X100 Spyder 3 Express
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- Gives accurate monitor color calibration
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|Package Height||2.2 x 6.1 x 8.4 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.85 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
When the calibration is completed the program gives you a screen that allows you to switch back and forth between the before calibration view and the after calibration view. This is a great feature that allows you to see the difference before you store the calibration settings.
The product meets all expectations and is a great value for the price.
Re: Amazon service - I needed this tool ASAP and paid the extra for next day delivery. I ordered it on a Friday at 11am and it was on my doorstep at 10am on Saturday.
You'd think that something so important would somehow be mentioned SOMEWHERE in the instructions. But alas, if you check the online forums for Spyder color cast, you'll find other people having similar problems. There's also nothing about this in their FAQs or knowledge base on their website.
One other thing that turns out to be a bigger problem than it seems. Once you take the product out of the package and use it, you can't put it back in to store it. Okay, you COULD but trust me, you won't want to because it's such a hassle. So you have to find some way to store this thing where it's protected from damage when you're not using it. And considering that this is a product that's meant to be stored more than used, that's a major oversight on the part of the company.
although the express version doesnt have built in support for dual monitor. you can just run the calibration on each screen separately and then use the windows builtin color management to assign the created profiles to each monitor separetely.
After trying for a few days to find a way around this using color profiles for the individual monitors, I eventually gave up and have sent this item back to Amazon. While I understand that some of the more "advanced" features are only available on the "Pro" and "Elite" versions of the Spyder 3, I find it ridiculous that dual monitor calibration wasn't included on the Express version for the price you pay for this product.
So if you only have one monitor or plan to use one monitor and only need basic features: this might be the product for you!
But if you have two or more monitors you want to calibrate on your system: avoid this product and look elsewhere!
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I uninstalled the drivers and re-plugged the device with the same result. The system reports a problem, says it can't initialize the drivers and gives an error number of 37, a standard Windows message.
Completely uninstalling with deep removal software and re-installation yielded the same results.
I even downloaded the latest software/drivers from Datacolor and re-installed after a complete uninstallation -- still not working.
I've been in the computer industry for 35 years as a software engineer, systems analyst, MSFT beta tester, design engineer and computer scientist. I only spent 2-3 hours fiddling with this package but I don't think it deserves more effort.
It's a poor design. Rather than generate a standard color configuration file readable by other software, it generates it's own file, and requires that you run a program in the background all the time. It leaves yet another icon in your systray, and if you stop the background program, your calibration isn't honored and the correction disappears.
Even though the background program is small and does't use many CPU cycles, it's another layer of complication added to your computer, which may already have more than enough complications.
I didn't test this but the program requires strict registration using a product key, so there may be no way you can use it to correct all your computers by moving the device from one to another. You might need to buy a Spyder for each of your computers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this in 2011 and recently started using it again after a break from photography.
This calibrator does an amazing job at adjusting the monitor to almost... Read more
This tool and its software are very easy to use and give good results. I do wish the software had more features, but it does its job. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by deepsoul13
Had the spider 2 which was supposed to work with win 7 but no such luck- even with the updated driver. This works just fine.Published on March 8, 2013 by W. Kurth
Really nice for the money. I am NOT a professional photographer just shoot for my pleasure and for the sake of memories for my children and grandchildren. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by NE Georgia
As a Photographer is paramount to know our equipment is faithful and our workflow is consistent. I did research and read plenty of reviews and decided on the Spyder 3 Express and... Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Tomas Mendoza
Been doing lots of printing lately. So I felt it was wise to have a calibrated monitor. This S3Express was the ticket. It's easy to set up. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Rider
I performed the calibration on my Dell 2405fpw 24 inch monitor, as well as my HP Pavillion dm4 notebooks, and both resulted in noticeable differences. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Electronics and Gadgets Enthusiast
The spyder is easy to use, but I expected a much bigger difference in the outcome. The difference was pretty subtle. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Bradley S. Spencer