Today we are taking a look at the Datacolor Spyder4ELITE display calibrator/colorimeter. Most PC users buy a monitor and never touch the display settings, a small few may tweak the settings to their liking, but even fewer take the time to make sure their display is properly calibrated.
An uncalibrated display means that the colors showing on the monitor are incorrect. While this may not be a huge problem for the majority of users, most people would probably prefer to watch movies and TV shows, look at pictures, and play games using the correct and intended colors and appearance. For professionals that deal in digital art, photography, design, and videography, a well-calibrated display is absolutely necessary to ascertain that the colors being used will show up correct in print or on another computer.
Datacolor makes three display calibration devices: the Spyder4EXPRESS, Spyder4PRO, and Spyder4ELITE. The Spyder4EXPRESS uses a different device than the PRO and ELITE, both of which use identical hardware. The differences between the PRO and ELITE lie in the software, with the ELITE providing the most calibration options. The full chart of differences is below:
The Spyder4ELITE is a small device: 1.5 in.(D) x 3.5 in.(W) x 4 in.(L). It comes with an attached USB cable that has an adjustable counterweight on it, as well as a separate stand.
Also included with the device is a Quick Start Guide and a software CD with the serial number printed on the back of the disc case. This serial is necessary for activating the device’s software. Installing the software is a very straightforward process.
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