Datacolor SpyderX Pro – Monitor Calibration Designed for Serious Photographers and Designers SXP100
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- THE FASTEST SPYDER EVER: Calibrating your monitor to achieve color precision now takes just a minute or two – several times faster than previous models.
- THE MOST ACCURATE SPYDER EVER: Groundbreaking lens-based color engine provides a higher level of color accuracy for multiple monitors. SpyderX Pro features room-light monitoring, automatic profile changing and significantly more precise screen color, shadow detail and white balance.
- .THE EASIEST-TO-USE SPYDER EVER: SpyderX Pro is so intuitive, you don’t have to be a color expert. It features quick and easy single-click calibration and wizard workflow with 12 predefined calibration targets for advanced color accuracy.
- SEE THE DIFFERENCE INSTANTLY: SpyderProof functionality provides before-and-after evaluation of your display and allows you to see the difference using your own images.
- MONITOR TECHNOLOGIES CHANGE AND IMPROVE OVER TIME: SpyderX Pro assures you support for the latest screen types, recent resolutions and gamuts.
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SpyderX Pro Features
Superior Colorimeter Technology
Based on years of research, SpyderX is a completely new, more accurate way of measuring color. Our groundbreaking lens-based color engine technology features higher light sensitivity and more advanced sensors, so you can experience significantly more precise screen color, white balance and shadow detail.
Whether you are looking for a quick calibration or a customized color profile, SpyderX gives you easy-to-use solutions. SpyderX Pro offers One-click Calibration and Step-by-step Assistant modes, along with interactive help every step of the way.
Calibrate All Of Your Monitors
SpyderX allows you to calibrate multiple laptops and desktop monitors and supports the latest display technologies, so you can be confident that your colors are always accurate no matter which of your computers or displays you are working on.
Spyderproof: Before & After
With our SpyderProof feature, you’ll see the difference right before your eyes. Just one click allows you to compare your monitor colors before and after calibration and see the nuances that matter most. Try it with a Datacolor composite image or upload your own favorite photos.
Room Light Monitoring
SpyderX features an integrated ambient light sensor that can measure your room light throughout the day allowing you to adjust your display brightness and contrast to ideal levels. The software can either warn you to recalibrate or do it automatically using custom profiles based on light level. SpyderX Pro features 5 ambient light settings.
Monitor Performance Analysis
It’s important to know how your monitors perform during color-critical work. With the SpyderX Pro basic Display Analysis feature, you can better understand the color, brightness, contrast, gamut, tone response and white point of your monitors.
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Supported Display Technologies & Usb Protocols
- All recent computer display types
- USB 1.1, USB 2.X and USB 3.X
- USB A plug, also compatible with USB A>C adapters for use in USB C ports
- Windows 7 32/64 and above
- Mac OS X 10.10 and above
- Monitor Resolution 1280x768 or greater
- 16-bit video card (24-bit recommended)
- 1GB of available RAM
- 500MB of available hard disk
- Internet connection for software download
|SpyderX Pro Advanced Monitor Calibration||SpyderX Elite Expert Monitor Calibration||Feature Description|
|Single Click & Wizard Calibration Capability||✓||✓||Fast & easy calibration modes|
|Multiple Monitor Support/Ambient Light Monitoring&Profile Switching/Before&After Calibration Review||✓||✓||Supports calibration of multiple displays / Can adjust for room light changes / Shows before & after comparison of display calibration|
|Display Mapping & Analysis Tools||Basic||Advanced||Offers tools to check the quality of your display|
|Calibration Setting Choices||12||Unlimited||Calibration options (combinations of gamma, white point and brightness)|
|Expert Console Calibration||✓||All-in-one calibration control panel|
|Video & Cinema Calibration Targets||✓||Calibration targets for motion work|
|Soft Proof of Print Results||✓||Soft proofing with print output preview|
|Projector Calibration||✓||Calibrates digital projectors|
|Display Matching in Studio||✓||Defines a studio standard for all displays to be matched (StudioMatch)|
|Visual Fine Tuning for Side-by-side Display Match||✓||Precisely tune side-by-side displays|
SpyderX is the best Spyder ever. SpyderX Pro is designed for serious photographers and designers seeking a fast, accurate and easy-to-use monitor calibration solution in order to set up their color management workflow easily. The SpyderX Pro display calibrator offers the first lens-based color engine of any Spyder product. Years of research and development at Datacolor resulted in a display calibration tool with significantly increased precision, color accuracy, and low light capabilities. With SpyderX Pro, photographers can be sure that what they see on screen is the most accurate representation of the shot they took. When they start editing and they know the color on their monitor is accurate, they can confidently control every aspect of their image. SpyderX Pro has extensive color calibration options, as well as options for matching and tuning multiple displays. The SpyderX is the fastest, most accurate, easiest-to-use monitor calibration tool ever created by Datacolor. The SpyderX Pro gives photographers more confidence and advanced control of their creative vision.
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Don't even bother calling your professional photographer and graphic artist friends, like I did, to see if they work on calibrated monitors. Just because they don't won't quiet that voice in your head.
The least expensive version of datacolor's colorimeter monitor calibration devices, the Spyder5EXPRESS, has the same sensor as it's two more expensive models and produces the same profiles. It's limitations allow it to work only with a 6500K color temperature and 2.2 gamma, which are the most commonly used settings anyway. A little research online will reveal there is no need to spend an additional $100 for the ability to measure ambient light.
You must go online to register the device and download datacolor's measuring software. Sadly the software provides poor results, as evidenced by the negative reviews you may read. There is nothing wrong with the calibration device, only the results when used with datacolor's software. As recommended by others, download the free DisplayCAL software online for accurate, satisfying results.
Save yourself many hours of research and worry...Buy the Spyder5EXPRESS and use it with DisplayCAL's free software. Even if the results are subtle, you'll know they are correct.
Anyway I ended up researching my issue and found a lot of useful info as well as a lot of confusing info. I came back to Amazon site to read read reviews that had been posted by owners of the Spyder5 Express. I noticed that several reviews complained that the datacolor software was just ok but there was a lot better software available. The popular Software was DisplayCal and Argyll which work together. DisplayCal is the GUI while Argyll is the software that does all the work.
I figured what do I have to lose and I tried it. It was amazing and the laptop that was very poor, popped back to life again after running the calibration procedure. The calibration procedure takes about two hours but is well worth the time since all of my screens now look even better since I did recalibrate them as well with this new software. I was totally impressed how it brought the problem laptop back to life. In my opinion, the Spyder5 Express works good using the recommended software but works fantastic using DisplayCal and Argyll software. DisplayCal and Argyll are free by the way!! The site does ask for donations and I for one will certainly make a donation because of the fantastic product they have. I am extremely happy with my computer screens now. Now what I see on my screen is what I should see when I get my photos professionally printed.
I returned the Spyder 5 Express, received the Spyder 4 Express, setup up Argyll + dispcalGUI (Datacolor software went straight into the trash), and a calibrated, and THERE WAS A CLEAR DIFFERENCE!! Calibrating your monitor does matter, using a calibration device matters, but MOST IMPORTANTLY the calibration software matters, and the Argyll + dispcalGUI is FAR SUPERIOR to the OEM Datacolor software provided for the Spyder 4 Express and Spyder 5 Express. I'm excited to see how much my prints might improve since I already thought they were great using the steps in my original review. Here's how to setup and calibrate using Argyll + dispcalGUI.
1) Do not install OEM software
2) Download Argyll (http://www.argyllcms.com/) and dispcalGUI standalone version (http://dispcalgui.hoech.net/#download)
3) Set C:/ path for Argyll folder
4) Install Sypder4 usb driver (http://www.argyllcms.com/doc/Installing_MSWindows.html#WIN8)
5) Run dispcalGUI then Menu > File > Locate Argyll CMS executables > point to c:/Argyll/bin
6) Menu > Options > enable Show advanced calibration options
7) Configure Advance options like this (http://www.modelmayhem.com/forums/post/870355/1#post17806610)
8) Run measurement tests and adjustment settings
9) Run calibration (in High speed since Medium speed took 1.5 hrs) then save and apply profile
*** ORIGINAL REVIEW 4/16/2015***
I have never calibrated my laptop's monitor in the approximately 2 years I've had it. My commercial prints were coming out too dark, so I purchased this product. The improvement it provided was negligible, much to my surprise and disappointment. The process of getting photos printed with accurate colors involves more than just calibrating your monitor. This is what I have learned:
1) Reduce the brightness of your monitor to approximately 50% then use "Calibrate color" (just search for it), the built-in Windows utility.
2) Download & Install your commercial printer's ICC profile. Sometimes it might be available on their website but you'll probably have to call them and ask what brand & model their photo lab machine is then use Google to find the appropriate ICC profile file (local stores of the same chain seem to have the same models, ex: Walmarts close to where I live all use Fuji Frontier DL 600's)
3) Soft proof your photos in Photoshop using that ICC profile (View > Proof Setup > Custom).
4) Save your photos in the sRGB color space (check with your printer to confirm this).
5) Lastly, but not as important as the previous steps, you can try to print a hard proof on your home printer that will attempt to simulate the final product from your commercial printer, (File > Print > Color Management: Photoshop manages colors; Printer profile = your home printer > Change Normal Printing to Hard Proofing: Proof Setup = appropriate ICC profile)
If you'd still like to get a calibration device then I'd say go for the Spyder 4 since it's less than half the price and the results probably won't be much different. I'm returning this. Argyll + dispcalGUI is widely said to better than any OEM software, but it currently only supports the Spyder 4, so I can't tell if just changing software would give me better calibration results. If it's superior hardware that you desire then get a calibrator from X-Rite which are said to be more accurate, longer-lasting, and have native support from Argyll + dispcalGUI. After following the steps above my prints came out perfectly at Walmart.
Save files for viewing on the web as sRGB which is ideal for most monitors. Others can even download your photo and get prints that are fairly close in color accuracy as well. Hope this helps!
*** Resources ***
Setup Argyll + dispcalGUI
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I would STRONGLY recommend going for the "Express" version, as all of the versions are actually the same hardware, just with different software features.
But I tried using the default software, and then tried the open source "DisplayCAL" afterward and displayCAL provided noticeably better results.
Save some cash and get better results by getting the express version and using displaycal
Ob Express, Pro oder Elite, es ist immer das gleiche Sensor dabei nur die Software ändert sich wohl! Ich kann jedem empfehlen sich das Geld zu sparen, die Express Version kaufen und mit DisplayCAL (OpenSource, kostenlos) zu kalibrieren!
En clair, ces trois produits utilisent le même appareil, il n'y a que le logiciel qui change.
Et ça tombe plutôt bien, car le principale problème de la gamme Spyder est justement lié au logiciel proposé par le fabricant. Car si celui-ci est rapide et relativement facile à utiliser, il est également d'une précision et d'une utilité plus que discutables.
Personnellement, j'utilise cette Spyder 5 avec le logiciel gratuit DisplayCAL (facile à trouver et il est en français), qui est considéré aujourd'hui comme l'un des meilleurs pour l'étalonnage des moniteurs. Son utilisation n'est pas totalement intuitive, mais vous trouverez beaucoup d'explications sur le Net qui vous permettront de vous en sortir. Un étalonnage avec DisplayCAL prend en principe entre une et trois heures (oui, c'est assez long), mais le résultat est généralement irréprochable.
Attention: pour employer la Spyder 5 avec DisplayCAL, il vous faudra télécharger un pilote "Argyll" afin qu'elle soit reconnue par le logiciel. Pas de panique, le fichier d'installation le fait en principe automatiquement.
Jusqu'à aujourd'hui, j'utilisais une sonde Spyder 3 pour calibrer mes trois moniteurs (2 PC, 1 Mac), et j'ai toujours été assez satisfait du résultat obtenu... même s'il fallait parfois recommencer plusieurs fois l'étalonnage pour avoir quelque chose de correct.
Avec la Spyder 5 - plus sensible et qui intègre un capteur de luminosité ambiante - les résultats sont nettement plus homogènes, quelle que soit la plateforme.
Ce n'est peut-être pas une sonde colorimétrique professionnelle haut de gamme, mais elle a de quoi satisfaire les photographes exigeants et les artisans de la vidéo (dont je fais partie).
Matériel tout à fait recommandé... associé à DisplayCAL.
La serie Spyder 5 è composta da tre modelli: Express (fascia bassa), Pro (fascia media) ed Elite (fascia alta).
La cosa interessante è che tutti e tre hanno lo stesso sensore! Quindi sono equivalenti in quanto a precisione.
Dove sta la differenza? Nel software. Esso infatti "castra" la fascia bassa e media per renderle meno prestanti (tempi di calibrazione) e con meno opzioni.
Ma c'è una soluzione!
Esiste un software open-source in grado di funzionare correttamente con questo colorimetro e offrire un'infinità (letteralmente) di impostazioni, trasformando quindi il sensore di fascia bassa in uno equivalente a quello di fascia alta.
Il nome del software è DisplayCAL. In realtà questo software funziona come interfaccia grafica per Argyll CMS, che viene scaricato insieme a DisplayCAL dalla pagina di quest ultimo.
Il settaggio iniziale non è intuitivo (vanno installati dei driver alternativi e per farlo bisogna disabilitare il controllo della firma driver nel caso di Windows 10), però tutti i passaggi sono chiaramente spiegati sulla home page di DisplayCAL.
Quindi se siete interessati ad avere un colorimetro per regolare i vostri monitor (e proiettori), il prodotto Spyder 5 Express in combinazione al software DisplayCAL + Argyll CMS vi offrirà una qualità ottima e tutte le impostazioni che possiate desiderare.
Se invece siete professionisti (ambito lavorativo o grandi appassionati) e necessitate della massima precisione vi consiglio il prodotto X-rite i1 Display Pro. La differenza qualitativa è minima ma se vi serve più precisione possibile, la differenza di prezzo non è troppo grande.
RIASSUNTO: Se volete spendere poco prendete Spyder 5 Express e scaricate il software DisplayCAL + Argyll CMS per avere le stesse capacità dei modelli superiori.
Se vi serve qualcosa di ancor più preciso (uso professionale) allora puntate al X-rite i1 Display Pro.
EDIT 05/02/2016: Il programma dispcalGUI ora si chiama DisplayCAL, corretto nella recensione.
The difference between the before/after images sometimes has you questioning as to whether the changes made are beneficial, with one being a cooler image, and the other being a warmer image. But this is because your eyes will only spot the difference between the colours, and I have absolute faith in the colorimeter after seeing a print come out almost identical to the one on the screen, whereas before I would find images would come out too warm, too dark, or too lacking in contrast or saturation.
Being able to synchronize different monitors has been a really big positive point of this tool as well, meaning something I produce on my laptop will look almost identical when I drop it on my PC. As for users who have dual, or triple-monitor setups, this will be found useful for getting the colours and brightness to match exactly. The only exception I have found so far is in situations where the monitors use different technologies (i.e. IPS vs LCD), but even then the Spyder5 Elite will take you as close to matching as physically possible.
If you're serious about colourwork, or need different monitors to match up, then this is absolutely a necessary piece of equipment you should have sitting on your desk.
So what is it like..... The puck itself is very solid and I like how the sensor cap acts as a counter weight. Construction wise I can't fault it at all. As a calibration tool it's brilliant. After using this on 3 different monitor I can say with all honesty this is a brilliant calibration puck, It does exactly what its supposed to and I recommend this to anyone looking.
Buy the basic model only as they are all the same. its the extra bits in software your paying for.. More on this aspect further on....
I loaded the software which you have to download from the website and enter serial number which is inside the box.
Once downloaded you click install and away you go. pretty simple really.
Then it stays simple.. I use a BenQ PD2700Q monitor in Srgb mode powered by a Quadro P400 10bit card.
So I set up for calibration, Did room ambient light test and then hung it on the monitor. You will need to tilt monitor back as far as you can go to get the puck to lay flat on the screen. So after a bit of settings changes ie Colour temp. I hit calibrate. Screen flashes a while then does a few tests of colour swatches then told me to reduce my Brightness to match a figure on a bar that pops up on screen. So I dropped to 28% brightness and to all intense and purposes and 20 minutes later that was it. Calibrated.
Now I have the Pro version of the software and to be honest I was not impressed. I wonder what the basic software is like.
So maybe I won the monitor lottery and my BenQ was almost perfect with factory calibration. maybe, but I had this feeling so I went online and did a search for calibrate my monitor etc.
Pretty much every search I looked at said the same, Software is adequate but not ideal, Puck is brilliant. Which matches what reviews on Amazon say. So I downloaded Display Cal as this is recommended both on Amazon reviews and the internet reviews as The calibration software to use.
So I did and what a difference its made. My gamma level was changed to 2 from 2.2
It then proceeded to run a huge amount of tests of colour swatches. Recalibrated profile on the fly as it made more tests and improved whatever it was improving. ( Im not a techie ) So after 57 minutes.. You read right 57 minutes of calibration I was done. The difference is huge and I'm looking at a screen that feels reborn.
Screen shots are from display cal
My monitor displays 105% of Srgb 80% of Adobe as factory spec.
In conclusion. Buy the basic Spyder 5 it is brilliant, Get Display Cal and use that, Also give them 20 euros donation its worth every cent.
Addition: I have removed a further star based on Datacolor's response which I find to be pretty aloof.
Diese ist immer gleich, nur die Software unterscheidet sich.
Der Spyder X ist soweit ordentlich verarbeitet
Damit kommen wir zum ersten Punkt, der Code für die Software klebt als schlecht gedruckter Sticker schief unten in der Verpackung.
Die Art und Weise wie die Lizenz geliefert wird und dann das diese noch mit E-Mail Adresse aktiviert werden muss. Ehrlich das ist so lustlos wie die gesamte Software.
Wie wäre es wenn ihr die Software an die Seriennummer der Hardware koppelt.
Und dann die Möglichkeit eine Upgrade . (Wenn die Software gut wäre)
Der Spyder X ist ordentlich verarbeitet das Gehäuse macht einen guten Eindruck.
Das Kabel macht weniger was her. Das Kabel wirkt einfach nur billig. Und zwischen Deckel und Sensor wird es vermutlich irgendwann einfach brechen. Die Ferritperle am Stecker lässt ja auch vermuten, dass man hier wenig Vertrauen in die Schirmung von Kabel hat.
Bei meinem Exemplar kann noch hinzu das auf der Innenseite der Linse irgendwelche Reste von der Fertigung lagen. Es sind zum Glück nur 5 Schrauben und etwas Druckluft nötig um das zu beheben. Nebenbei kann man dann ja auch seine Neugierde befriedigen.
Sollte ja trotzdem so nicht sein. Der Messing Gewindeeinsatz für das Stativ kann über das Kabel auch nicht so richtig hinwegtrösten.
Laut Internetseite von Datacolor hat man dort ganze 3 Jahre über konzentriert eine komplett neue Farbsensor-Technologie zu entwickelt.
Der Spyder 4 war ein 7-Band-Colorimeter, der zu Spyder X verwendet einen 6 Kanal Sensor plus NIR. Wobei NIR wohl für Nahinfrarot stehen dürfte. Ich wage nicht zu spekulieren wie dies beim Farbabgleich von Displays behilflich ist.
(AS7264N ist nicht nur dafür konzipiert)
Vielleicht hilft es auch dabei die Keimfähigkeit von Kartoffeln zu bestimmen. Geneueres findet man sicher im Datenblatt von AS7264N (ams.com). Dieser ist per I²C (oder SMBus) an einen Silicon Labs C8051F020 Mikrocontroller angebunden. Dieser wind dann über eine Serail zu USB Brücke mit dem PC kommunizieren. Das ganze erinnert gewaltig an das Demo Kit von AS7264, letztendlich macht es ja auch genau dies. Zusätzlich ist hier eben eine Optik sowie ein Helligkeitssensor an der Oberseite integriert. Insgesammt macht die Hardware einen sehr ordentlichen Eindruck.
Kommen wir zu Software. Diese überzeugt einfach nicht, sie ist zwar schnell aber die Ergebnisse sind einfach nicht so gut wie von der kostenlosen OpenSource Lösung DisplayCAL. Man kann hier den Bewertungen von „MP“ und „Luke“ nur voll und ganz zustimmen und beiden ein „Nützlich“ geben.
Ich habe die Software von Datacolor wieder runtergeschmissen.
Fazit : Also besser nicht die „Elite“ Version.
I'm 35, pretty tech savvy, not a stranger to a bit of trouble shooting etc. I'm a full time photographer that has been using Apple iMacs and Macbooks for years. Both have well calibrated screens out of the box and represent the colour profiles I use nicely, but I often check images and video projects on the properly calibrated broadcast monitors at my companies editing suite and then on other screens in my office and home before delivering to clients just to be sure. I'm a pretty darn thorough.
So anyway, I wanted this unit to be something I could use at home to keep my LG pc monitors in check. What a waste of time and money.
I have set this this Datacolor Spyder5PRO up over 40 times now, on my machines, my wife's machine, my PC, my iMac, my work PC, my MacBook Pro. Etc etc etc. EVERY SINGLE TIME the 'custom profile' it kicks out for me to use is garbage. The colours are so off it's just a joke.
At first I thought it was my eyes, but then I asked another few Protogs and they thought it looked awful too. I referenced different monitors. I changed the light and colour temp in the room. Blah blah blah. Nothing worked. I've already given it too much of my time.
Very disappointed because the next tier of calibration device above this seem to be much, much more expensive. Weep.
Ho letto del software compatibile con questa sonda, mi sono documentato su questo, il DisplayCAL è molto lento nella messa a punto ma preciso e performante, però io mi sono affidato al software in dotazione alla PRO, l'ho trovato ottimo e ideale per il mio utilizzo.
Nella confezione non c'è il software datacolor ma un link per scaricarlo e il relativo seriale per la registrazione e l'attivazione. La procedura è molto semplice, il wizard per una calibrazione ti guida attraverso semplici passi, trovate anche un link con un ottimo e utile tutorial video. Prima dell'avvio della procedura occorre riportare tutte le regolazioni del monitor alle condizioni di fabbrica.
Spero che la mia recensione vi sia stata utile.
After wasting hours trying and re-trying their unsuccessful remedies, I gave up and sent it back for a refund.
Given how many positive reviews there are, I believe this is probably a good piece of kit. BUT it clearly has problem with Windows 10 that they do not know how to fix.
Update: another member of their customer support team contacted me with yet another supposed fix, which doubtlessly would not have worked. I explained that I had given up and sent the device back for a refund. A received a rather defensive and unnecessary reply stating again that the problem was with microsoft, and that "99%" of users who experienced this problem were able to get the device to function using one of their workarounds. The message finished by saying there were still two possible solutions:
a) "revert to the previous Windows 10 Build or
b) wait until Microsoft releases a fix".
Not sure if these were intended to be serious suggestions, or just an attempt to have the last word. Whichever, I have reduced my rating to one star as a result.
After use, however, I am unconvinced by this product. There is no software or instructions provided out of the box. The web page given for software downloads is a dead-end. A Google check took me to the correct site from which I could download the software. Not a great start.
Initially, only the Profile Chooser appears. Clicking on this creates an error message (avoid this). Eventually the actual SpyderX Pro programme starts. This takes you through the whole process.
First time through, the programme stops, requiring me to physically alter the brightness on my monitor. These are not the 'old days' with easy to use monitor controls. I had to download instructions for the small fiddly controls located behind my monitor. I thought this was meant to be automatic? I thought one more chance or it is going back. I ran the programme start to finish (with no physical intervention of monitor controls on my part) without a hitch this time. Monitor image before/after; definitely warmer tones.
I then tried on my laptop. The programme already knew my licence number so it was a bit easier. To my eyes, the same shift in colours as my main monitor. Maybe that was right. Well, I'm not sure. White is now definitely yellow. Can I be reassured by any of the 'improvements?' I do not think I can. Knowing what I know now, I would not have bought the product. Yet if I had not bought it, I would still have wondered how accurate my monitor colours were. Other users have suggested DisplayCal as an alternative software. I may try this later.
Overall then not the display panacea I was hoping for.
The device arrived promptly and I duly installed the accompanying software. However the installation proved incomplete as the "Utility" element of the software initially failed to install and when I contacted DataColor's Technical Support team, the advice that I received in the first instance was not very helpful.
Ultimately and after two further rounds of correspondence with Technical Support, I was able to achieve a full installation and the device now seems to be working as it should.
In all honesty however, I'm not totally convinced that the SpyderX offers the promised significant improvements over my original Spyder4 Elite! However as a member of a local camera club, who regularly participates in print and DPI competitions, time will tell whether my not inconsiderable investment in the "X" proves to be money well spent.
My current uncertainty is the main reason for not awarding the full five stars.
Addendum after 6 Months' use.
Having now used the SpyderX Pro for almost 6 months, I can confirm that it seems to have delivered on its promise so far. It's easy to use and certainly much quicker in performing re-calibrations each month. One thing I have yet to try however, is run it in conjunction with the open source "DisplayCAL" software, which several other reviewers of the SpyderX Pro have recommended, instead of the proprietary software supplied by DataColor. It would be interesting to see how this software compares.
This Spyder5 is excellent, I particularly found the room light meter on it's top handy. While aiming for sRGB which is not 100% possible with this TN monitor I got it to 98% compliance and 0.01 from 2.20 gamma and spot on 120cd brightness. There's also less banding through greyscale. I used the advanced settings and extended grey tuning function. It did take quite a lot of experimentation and tweaking to get the end result. You can of course use quick calibration, I did try that first and while very good compared to the standard monitor setup it it's not quite good enough with higher brightness and lower gamma results. It is worth spending the time using this package to it's full extent to get a proper result you are happy with.
I'm not too bothered about that last 2% as I rarely edit photos and predominantly game anyhow. Colour calibration helps me with editing game textures in Photoshop and making sure they don't look rubbish for everyone else.