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.
I used Color HCFR with this meter. It worked flawlessly. More importantly, the results were very good. I now have a much more accurate grayscale and was able to check and tweak my settings and check luminance, RGB, color temperature etc. from 0 IRE amplitudes to 100. These are more a function of the software. However, you need an accurate meter to report it to the software. You need not spend more money on the Eye One display pro if you're going to calib a TV. They are the same meters. Except that the latter contains s/w for computer displays. If you know what you're doing and spend time researching what to do, it is not difficult to do at all. And well worth the money. Especially if you have a good set that has room for improvement. Obviously if you have a Haier or something like that, it won't make sense to buy it.