X-Rite Eye-One Display LT
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- Software for achieving accurate onscreen color just like the pros
- Calibrates monitor and adjusts color onscreen so images remain true
- Includes compact emission-only colorimeter with sleek lightweight design
- Attaches to LCD and CRT monitors with built-in counterweight and suction cups
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Compatible with all Windows and Macintosh operating systems except MAC OS10.7 Lion (Lion Compatibility coming 9/2011)
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Why do photographs sometimes not appear onscreen with the vibrancy of how the scene was shot? Why does color vary from monitor to monitor? The fact is, all monitors (yes, both new and old) display color differently. But with EyeOne Display LT, you can achieve accurate onscreen color just like the pros without having to become a pro. EyeOne Display LT calibrates your monitor and adjusts the color onscreen, so your images remain true. Now you dont have to make excuses for poor color; your work can speak for itself.
Digital designs demand accurate on-screen colors. Even the most advanced monitors require adjustment for different lighting conditions and environments to maximize their performance. Calibrating your display lets you control what you see on your monitor and ensures colors are accurate and consistent day-to-day, image-to-image, or on multiple systems for print, Web or video output.
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With that said, the tool worked quickly and easily on my HP LP2475W, MacBook Pro, and Dell D620. The picture quality was dramatically improved. The best picture on the MacBook Pro did come after upgrading to the Display 2 so that I could use the native color temperature of the MBP. It also allows calibration of brightness.
In my opinion, it was worth it. Some of my older pictures look better than ever and now I know that what I'm seeing on the screen is what it's supposed to look like.
Make sure the surface of your monitor is *really* clean. By really, I mean with a proper screen cleaner, not just a rub down with a tissue. There may be film and or dust buildup on the surface that you cannot see but will affect the quality of light. (especially if it is an older monitor). The first few times I calibrated it didn't seem to make a better improvement. Although it did change, it seemed a little off by my eyes. (This was based on some reference images that I know to look good through work.) I cleaned the surface of the monitor really well and after that, it seemed to make a much better improvement. I did this several times.
Another tip, make sure you reset your monitors OSD settings, and clear any Adobe Gamma settings applied to your video card prior to calibrating. These things will also affect the calibration process. (They mention that in the instructions. Don't ignore it.)
I consider myself to have a pretty good eye for color but I'm only human and need a tool like this to keep me in line. Glad I did.
The Eye-One display LT can be used to calibrate CRT and LCD monitors. Inside the box there is the calibration "dongle" (looks a bit like a mouse), counterweight (clips onto the USB cord), ambient light cover, CD with software, and a brief, multi-lingual "getting started" guide.
The getting started guide is pretty much useless because it has errors and doesn't provide enough detail: it tells you to connect the dongle and then install the software, for example. Clearly, this has led enough astray that the manufacturers have added a luminous pink sticker on the internal packaging saying "Install software before connecting!" Missing is a key piece of information: which of the six programs on the CD to install -- and it isn't obvious (you actually want Eye-One Match -- the "calibration" program doesn't do what you'd think)
I highly recommend watching the training video on the CD as it gives you a much better set of instructions and it's far clearer what to do. The software does actually work quite well, but you have to know what you're doing -- you won't be able to figure it out completely unless you've seen the video.
Getting the dongle to lie flat on my LCD screen was a real challenge, because the thick plastic coated USB cord won't bend around the sharp top edge of my screen; it tends to lift it off. In the end I used the counterweight (supplied) to hang the cord down flat. And thus, after two false starts, on my third calibration attempt I got a good result.
So, now that I am fully trained, the device works as advertised and I have a properly calibrated monitor. Prior to calibration, the screen was over-bright with highlights blown out and with way too much contrast. Now it matches color-managed prints I've made.
First, the good part. I have a hopelessly old monitor whose color was completely off and all my prints were coming out greenish. This unit didn't make the monitor good-as-new, but it did bring about a noticeable improvement that I had been unable to produce by tinkering with the controls and Adobe Gamma for hours.
Now the bad part: There is a quick start guide that is, basically, useless. There is no manual or help menu or any sort of guidance provided either in or on the box or in the software cd. If you visit the manufacturer's site, and search for "manual" or "user guide" or any term for that matter, you get "no results".
There are times, during the calibration (especially the manual one), that the process seems to stall, nothing seems to be happening for long periods. There is no guidance as to what you're supposed to be doing and no way of knowing if something is wrong and you should press the "stop" button or not. (The stop button is the only control on the screen other than a scale with green shading that never seems to change).
Once you have completed the process and saved your profile, there is no guidance as to whether you're supposed to leave the unit plugged in w/the ambient top on (for continuous calibration?) or if you can unplug it and put it away until next time. (This is a lid that has the double purpose of protecting the unit and filtering ambient light during the calibration process). There is no way to find an answer to this stupid question on the website.
When you start the program there is a button to click on for updates. By all means, get the update as it is more efficient (but equally uninstructive) than the cd contents. However, it takes rebooting and a couple of tries before the upgrade installs.
I was fortunate that, during an analysis early in the process, my monitor passed the test as one of those that can be calibrated "automatically" (w/o my having to fiddle with contrast and brightness controls on my monitor). Not all monitors qualify. The first time I tried, I didn't know this and the non-automated process is very prone to stalling and leaving you with a blank screen and an equally blank stare.
During my first attempt to calibrate manually (before I realized that I qualified for automatic) the process seemed to stall, windows flashed a message about a corrupted file, then another message that windows was shutting down the program due to a conflict with the system, then a blue screen memory dump, then a diagnostic re-boot. All in all, not a pleasant experience.
Still, I tried again and it worked (or I guessed right) I got what I paid for. This is probably not the best calibrator out there, but it was the best I could afford right now and it did as well as I had hoped within the limitations of an old monitor.
UPDATE, January 2010: First, the good news: there are now updated drivers that make this software compatible with W7. You can download them here. I'm entering the link because I couldn't find it in the X-rite site, and the page I've been checking since October 2009 says they are still working on the new driver. This link was provided by customer service via e-mail: [...]
Now the not so good: Since my new monitor was not among the select monitors that is eligible for the automated system I used above, I had to go through the manual calibration which tested my patience to no small extent. The first screen RGB something, had me stalled there for well over two hours, almost three, before I pressed stop. It was doing something, but I don't know what because a slider would move forward another would move backwards and the total amount in the bottom also went back and forth, never showing more than a 10% improvement over the beginning number. I pressed the stop button since we were getting nowhere slowly. The second screen (white balance, I think)--same thing. I stopped this one after one hour. (This incarnation of the software does have visual progress references and stop buttons, at least). I proceeded to the final part called measuring, in which color blocks keep appearing under the probe. That part completed within a few minutes. A profile (based on two aborted processes and one completed one) was created and saved. The monitor looks pretty good, the colors seem fine (but they weren't too bad before on this monitor).
I really can't recommend this system with a clear conscience. There has to be something better out there.