Quick question: did you let your monitor warm up before you did the calibration? I have Spyder3 Express and never really had problems. Even my instant prints at Walmart (yes okay, not professional lab and its Kodak crap paper blabla) are okay for colors. Colors of your screen might look off because you are used to the wrong hue/tint. Once calibrated, THAT is the color hue/tint it should be... unless of course the Spyder itself is defective and not reading the colors properly when you calibrate the screen?