The Spyder4ELITE is made very simple to use. Once the software is installed on the computer, the user can follow the wizard to calibrate the display. Three options are provided: Step-by-step Assistant which walks the user through the calibration process, Studio Match which matches all of the PC’s displays as closely as possible, and Expert Console which gives the user all the controls on a single screen.
For the purpose of this review, we will go through the Step-by-step Assistant. Also, for users whose monitors have color slider options, we recommend going to File->Preferences->Advanced Settings and checking the box where it says “Show RGB Sliders option in Identify Controls screen”. We also opted to select the “Advanced” option for the User Interface, allowing us to take full advantage of the Spyder4ELITE’s features. This means that the following steps will be slightly different for us than if we had chosen the “Basic” or “Classic” options for User Interface.
The Spyder4ELITE software then gives the user the option to do a recalibration, check the accuracy of the current calibration, or do a full calibration of the display. The user also has the option to choose their preferred Gamma, White Point, and Brightness.
Next, the software will take an ambient light measurement and make the appropriate White Point and Brightness recommendations based on that. The software will then show the user where on the monitor the Spyder should be placed. Despite having the counterweight, we recommend tilting the monitor someone so the Spyder is resting fully on the monitor. If there is any separation between the display and the Spyder, the calibration results will be negatively affected.
At this point, the calibration will begin, and the program will instruct the user on when and how to appropriately adjust the settings on the monitor’s OSD (on-screen display) throughout the process. Once it completes, the user is given the option to save the calibration profile to the computer, and add a reminder to do future calibrations.
At this point, the software goes into SpyderProof, allowing the user to switch between the calibrated and uncalibrated views to see the difference in color.
The user can also click on SpyderTune to further tweak the calibration settings.
The calibrated results can now be compared against the sRGB, NTSC, and AdobeRGB color gamuts. For further testing, the user can click on “Advanced Analysis” and choose from a variety of tests.
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