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Both are colorimeters and both are $169. I'd like to buy one of them to calibrate my monitor, but I can't decide which to get. Any feedback you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

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Well, they both have good reputations, so either one should suffice. I'd say the most important "pieces" are your monitor and graphics card -- people occasionally report problems when calibrating, there are various "chunks" at play. A Colormunki or Spyder device could have a problem and that comes up once in a while, but typically something else is at the "root cause". So getting a decent device and software is the beginning of the "journey"!

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If it helps, I just purchased the color munki. I also purchased an IPS screen.
I plan to calibrate by the weekend.
If you have not purchased by then, I will let you know what I think.

May 08, 2012 16:39 as a reply to tonylong's post 38 minutes earlier.

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pbelarge wrote in post #14400673external link
If it helps, I just purchased the color munki. I also purchased an IPS screen.
I plan to calibrate by the weekend.
If you have not purchased by then, I will let you know what I think.

The part in bold can be pretty important to get across to the OP -- if the OP is using an inexpensive/cheap/cons​umer monitor then there are other considerations besides basic calibration!

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I do have a non-IPS screen, but I see no reason why color calibration is any less relevant for my monitor.

May 13, 2012 18:44

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mclaren777 wrote in post #14426465external link
I do have a non-IPS screen, but I see no reason why color calibration is any less relevant for my monitor.

It's not a question of whether calibration can be a help, yes it can whether you have an IPS monitor or not.

May 13, 2012 18:48

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No, I do not have an IPS screen, nor do I plan to buy one any time soon.

May 16, 2012 12:52

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Calibration can obviously help a non-IPS screen BUT you are still left with the fact that you will get significant colour shifts depending on your viewing angle.

You may well still experience dissapointment that your prints don't match the screen for this reason.

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FWIW, I have the Spyder 3 Pro and am using it with my Mac Mini and an NEC LCD 24" Monitor. I have calibrated several times and never a bit of difficulty. Images on my monitor look fantastic: websites, photos, videos all look great. Calibration is pretty easy using their software.

Good luck,

May 17, 2012 09:47 as a reply to Nightstalker's post 8 hours earlier.

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I've had pretty good success with my Spyder 3 Pro as well.

Be prepared for your screen to possibly look much darker than you're used to. A lot of people have the brightness on their monitors way too high.

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Weird. I thought I priced out the colormunki at +$400 some time back. I just recently picked up the i1Display Pro because I thought I was saving money. Looks like I spent MORE. huh.

Anyhow, I'm fairly happy with my purchase. I calibrated my three screens and side-by-side one of the monitors appears warm and the other cool. Strange because the stock settings, it was reverse (cool vs warm, the other way around). The important thing is that my luminosity is way down from how I had it. It's a real eye opener, although, looking at my massive assortment of prints from over the years it seems that I was never really off track in the first place.

It's nice to know when you add a touch of warmth or if I bump my mid-tones up, that adjustment will actually reflect in my prints. Some prints suffered in the mid-tones to shadows area and so I'm hoping having an officially calibrated monitor will help in this area. Otherwise I may have wasted 250 bucks.

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kjhart0133 wrote in post #14445450external link
FWIW, I have the Spyder 3 Pro and am using it with my Mac Mini and an NEC LCD 24" Monitor.

Is it safe to assume that your monitor doesn't have an IPS screen?

May 19, 2012 18:27

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Now that some time has passed, does anybody have experience with either/both of these colorimeters?

Aug 22, 2012 02:41

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I had a spyder 3 express and it worked well for my CRT until it stopped working after about a year. I picked up a spyder 4 and ended up returning it because it gave my CRT a green color cast. Apparently they got rid of the contrast adjustment with the 4 which was somewhat of a disappointment.

I have an ISP now and am using a free program called calibrize which is good enough for me right now.

If I were to invest in a calibration device right now it deffinately wouldn't be a spyder.

Aug 22, 2012 18:11

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doidinho wrote in post #14893680external link
I have an ISP now and am using a free program called calibrize which is good enough for me right now.

Since you have ISP, I can't argue ;)...

Aug 22, 2012 18:56

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