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DETAILED REVIEW; the performance of a i1Display Pro, at a bargain price
on February 10, 2014
in case you're wondering, this really is a i1Display Pro meter in disguise. lets lay all the cards out on the table. it's exactly the same hardware as i1Display Pro. only difference is the firmware that's inside has a slower measuring time (to match the lower pricing), and the profiling software that comes with, is watered down. but if you're intended to use this with a 3rd party Calibration software, there really is no reason NOT to get the colormunki instead of the i1Display Pro, since all you need is the hardware, which is exactly the same. the measuring time isn't that much slower than the i1Display Pro. in fact, i was shocked how fast the readings took. i came from Spyder 2, Spyder 3, which took 5 times longer than what this thing takes for each luminance reading.
it's fast, and "supposedly" accurate in measuring low luminance. Since i have no way of comparing it with a $28,000 CS-2000 Spectro meter; again, i did my research before purchase. and most tend to agree in its dark accuracy. in fact, i was able to get a reading of 0.013 cd/m2 (that's 0.0037 fL) out of my Samsung 60ES8000 in micro dimming mode in 0% IRE gray scale full field test, which dims the backlight to the minimum in dark areas. i don't know if it can read any lower than that. if i turn the backlight completely off, it wasn't able to take the reading. so i am not sure if it has any room between completely off vs what i got. maybe someone with a high end plasma can chime in and comment.
the meter is pretty consistent across the board. the resulting delta E is very consistent. you might get a bigger variation due to screen uniformity rather than meter reading. i used it on one high end Samsung HDTV 60ES8000 (the highest consumer model in 2012), one 27" Apple Cinema Display monitor, and a macbook pro. for both the 27" monitor, and the laptop i used the included Xrite profiling software, which is easy to use and quick. the whole process took 5 mins.
Speed. the measuring speed is fast. i believe the 0% IRE black took about 6 seconds max, while the rest of the 10~100% IRE gray scale took anywhere between less than 1 second to 2 second each. so it's surprisingly fast. due to this, i was able to do real-time calibration with ease by taking real-time readings in HCFR and adjust the white balance and CMS accordingly to get to the reference target point on the CIE chart for my Samsung HDTV.
the meter is supported by quite a few 3rd party calibration softwares such as HCFR, and it needs no additional HCFR meter driver. it works right out of the box with HCFR with the provided Xrite driver. make sure you disable Xrite system tray icon, otherwise HCFR won't recognize the meter.
Display type supported. the Colormunki Display supports most of the display technology out there, CRT, CCFL LCD, White LED, RGB LED, wide gamma, and projectors. this is very important. i came from Spyder 3, which supposedly supports White LED, but the result was poor.
the supplied Xrite profiling software does not include a ICC profile manager that allows you to instantly load, and change different profiles like Datacolor does. so you'll have to go into windows "color management" yourself and do it from there. make sure that you go into Advanced panel, and "change system default", load up the profile of your choice, "set to default" AND click on "advance", and MAKE SURE you enable "Use Windows Display Calibration". this last step will tell windows to use your choice of profile and load it up in the LUT everytime you enter windows. without this last step, your profile won't load.
i see some negative reviews on this product from users who got very brown/yellow looking results. let me just say this. if your equipment (monitor/TV) is already subpar. a colormeter won't be able to change that. as most laptops come in cheap TN panels with very poor color representation, my Macbook Pro (cheap TN panel) also came out brown and yellow, and there's nothing you can do. a colormeter is suppose to improve your panel to get it to near perfect, but if the panel is already bad to begin with, which most laptop panels are. you're not going to get the result of a perfect color by using a cheap subpar panel. my HDTV (S-PVA panel) came out great after the calibration, and so did my 27" Cinema Display (S-IPS, which was already quite accurate right out of the factory, that produced a pre-calibrated reading of less than 3 delta E already. after the calibration, i was able to get the delta E down to 0.38. so bare this in mind when shopping. my advice is, if you're going to be using this on a cheap TN panel, don't get your hopes up too high, you might be better off saving the money for a better panel instead of putting your money in a Colormeter.
if budget is of concern, get the Xrite Colormunki Display. if not, get the i1Display Pro, which has a even wider range of 3rd party software support, and a more advanced factory profiling software. but i would definitely NOT go any lower than this Colormunki Display, and stay away from most of the Spyder from DataColor. you'll save a few bucks, but the result will be lesser than what the colormunki/i1Display Pro can produce.