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Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System

B&H # DAS4EX MFR # S4X100
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Product Highlights
  • Calibrate One Monitor
  • Calibrate to Reference Condition
  • Patented 7-Color Sensor
  • Double-Shielded Filters
  • For Desktop/Laptop, iPad & iPhone
  • Works With Multiple Display Technologies
  • Mac/PC Compatible

Datacolor's Spyder4EXPRESS provides a simple, cost effective way to calibrate a monitor -- it features a patented, full-spectrum 7-color sensor that can accurately characterize a variety of wide-gamut and normal displays. Calibrate your monitor, laptop computer, or even your iPad or iPhone. The fourth-generation sensor employs double-shielded filters for longer life and optimal performance.

Automated Color Calibration
Simple, clear, automated process makes it straightforward to calibrate your displays to a reference condition. View and edit images with confidence on a display calibrated to show true-to-life colors
Full-Spectrum Color Sensor
Patented 7-color sensor improves upon colorimeters that use 3-channel RGB sensors. Each Spyder4EXPRESS unit is individually tuned in the factory to accurately handle a variety of wide-gamut and normal gamut displays with ease
Single Sensor Calibrates All Your Displays
Works with your desktop or laptop, iPad and even iPhone; works with LCD, LED, OLED, CRT and other display technologies
Improved Accuracy & Stability
The fourth generation Spyder4EXPRESS has double-shielded color filters for an even closer match to CIE color standards and improved long-term stability. Average accuracy increased by 26% and consistency between Spyder units has improved 19%
Adapts Display to Surrounding Light
The lighting around you will affect image contrast and appearance. An additional sensor on the Spyder4EXPRESS detects changes to surrounding light and adapts the display luminance accordingly
System Requirements Windows XP 32/64, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, Windows 8
Mac OS X Panther (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7)
Color monitor with at least 1024 x 768 resolution
24-bit video card
Powered USB port
Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System
  • Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Colorimeter
  • Spyder4EXPRESS Software CD
  • Quick Start Guide (in 10 Languages)
  • Free Support
  • 1-Year Warranty
    (2-Year Warranty for Countries of the EU)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    DatacolorSpyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System
     
    4.5

    (based on 111 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (62)
    • Reliable (21)
    • Reduces eye strain (11)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Great picture quality (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Relaxing eyes (7)
      • High glare settings (4)
      • Photo editing (4)
      • Monitor calibration (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (42), Budget shopper (21), Casual user (5), Graphics enthusiast (4), Photographer (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (70), Business (28)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (22), Mac (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Spyder4Express by datacolor

      I've been editing my photos for over a year now, and the accuracy of color has become a very important aspect of the process. I started looking for a monitor color calibrating solution to...Read complete review

      I've been editing my photos for over a year now, and the accuracy of color has become a very important aspect of the process. I started looking for a monitor color calibrating solution to try out. The Spyder4Express by datacolor system went on sale, conveniently priced within my budget, so i bought it.MacBook Pro Mavericks OS X 10.9.2My MacBook Pro is my most important machine; its my main editing machine. So far, I relied on the Apple's own built in monitor calibrating solution, the one where you adjust the sliders until you can't see the apple anymore :). I decided to use the Spyder4Express on my MacBook Pro first, because I wasn't sure how many computers can I calibrate with one license. After all, it's a cheap monitor calibrator! The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I had zero problems installing software and running the calibration process, but it required me to create an account using the code on the software CD that was included in the box. It took about 15 minutes from start to finish. The result? I saw little difference between the before and after. The Apple's own screen calibration tool did a good job calibrating the screen colors. I did not see any difference in the white balance before and after calibration. The datacolor's system did improve the contrast some, and made the colors stand out more, as they seemed kind of subtle before.There is a major downside though; you can calibrate either your external monitor, or the laptops screen, but not both. You have to choose which one is more important to you, but this may be Apple's own limitation. Windows 7 LaptopMy old HP laptop still had the factory default calibration setting on it, and it had a noticeable blue hue to it. It never bothered me because I mainly use it as a Windows Media Center machine. I record live TV broadcast, and I watch free Hulu.Note: Windows Media Center is an excellent free app from Microsoft! I installed the Spyder4Express software on my HP laptop using the CD included in the box. The software found my account that I created half an our before on my MacBook Pro, and the installation process went smooth and quick. The calibration process took only a few minutes, and the result was dramatic. The screen's hue is much warmer now, but all the colors are very distinct. What I mean, is that the contrast is pretty high, the blue is very blue and green is very green, while the overall hue is warm. This looks like a "consumer grade" setup, designed to look pleasing to an average, non-photographer person. To be honest, I think it's OK for watching TV, so I'm actually happy with the result.iPad MiniYes, you can use the Spyder4Express sensor to calibrate your iPad's screen, but in a limited way. Turns out, you have to use their app, called SpyderGallery, to view the color corrected photos! Their app can display color corrected photos on your iPad, in your Flickr gallery, and your Facebook photos. I'm not sure if there is any benefit to the Facebook side, since they compress the photos mercilessly, but I think the Flicker side, and your camera roll can be very useful. You can use the SpayderGallery app to show your work to prospective clients, this is the way most people show their work.Note: You can switch the color correction on and off while viewing a picture, and the corrected version looks a lot better!To calibrate your iPad, you use a computer on the same wireless network running their special software, called SpyderGallery Desktop. The process is quick and easy; you connect the color sensor to the computer and place it on your iPad's screen. The result is significant and pleasing!I think this unit is well worth the money I spent on it, so I'm giving it 5 stars. It's clearly a "consumer grade" product, which is not necessarily bad. The system is leaning towards "please the average guy" setup; high contrast and high saturation. I think serious professionals should look for something better, but it's great for nome use....

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Simply made my display too warm

      So I bought this believing it might make a difference in color accuracy when printing... wrong. The calibration process simply made my display too warm, and it wasn't simply an issue of...Read complete review

      So I bought this believing it might make a difference in color accuracy when printing... wrong. The calibration process simply made my display too warm, and it wasn't simply an issue of me being used to a "colder" display - I compared actual prints to the soft-proofs I saw on my monitor and it simply wasn't accurate at all. I also tried a piece of white photographic paper with a white canvas on Photoshop and the canvas was once again too warm. I tried calibrating with natural daylight in my room, at night time with the warmish bulbs I have, and even in complete darkness, but they all resulted in the same, too-warm calibration.

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      5.0

      Needed Tool for the Job

      By Doug

      from West Bend, WI

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

          I've been using a Spyder 2 for cal and it lasted longer than expected. But it finally was no longer supported so I had to get a new one. They're less expensive now, easier to install, easier to use, and the profile loads faster. Can't beat that.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          You don't know what you don't know

          By Billy

          from Mississippi

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

          I never knew how far off the color of my MacBook was until I used the Spyder4 Express. Follow the easy directions and you are golden!

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          5.0

          Easy to use

          By Arlener

          from Charlotte,NC

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

          • Confusing Instructions

          Best Uses

            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

            The spyder4 was real easy to use and made a great improvement in my screen to printer printing. The only confusing instruction was to have the room darkened; but the next line instructed you to have the room lit as you normally do when you use the computer. we compromised and had the room dimly lit.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Works as advertised!

            By Bob

            from Idaho

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Price

            Cons

            • One Monitor Only

            Best Uses

            • Cal Mon To Proof Prints

            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

            I used the Spyder4Express to get my primary monitor calibrated. I wanted to have the ability to proof images I was sending out for printing and I knew I had to start with a proper monitor calibration. The Spyder4Express was easy to setup and use. The results were a small, but noticeable, shift in my monitor profile and, using the printer profile I am now able to get very good to excellent proofing of prints I have made. Does what was advertised and the price was right. I recommend this product.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Ensured Color Correct

            By Amy K

            from SW Indiana

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reduces Eye Strain

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • High Glare Settings
            • Relaxing Eyes

            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

            I got this for Christmas this year, so I've not really used it yet. Looking forward to obtaining the correct colors so my photography can benefit.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Easy to use, does the job!

            By Mike in S. Illinois

            from Illinois

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                This was very easy to set up and use. I have tested my output with a lab that I use and the calibration was accurate.

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                • Personal

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                4.0

                Good buy

                By Erin

                from Mn

                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                As a photographer I think this is a great product for making sure your colors are perfect.

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                4.0

                Monitor Calibration

                By Ridgerunner

                from Arkansas

                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                Quick and easy to use. Ten minutes and I was done. Small investment if you are into photography and want a calibrated display.

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                5.0

                I like this a lot.

                By Harit

                from Minnesota

                About Me Value Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Reduces Eye Strain
                • Reduces Glare

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                    My monitor, since upgrading to Mavericks, was all over the place and I work with a lot of pictures. This has really helped me see the images the way they should look.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Exactly what I expected . . .

                    By Cruise Star

                    from Hayden, Idaho

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                        Couldn't have been any easier to set up, and so far, I haven't found a thing I didn't like.

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                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        Just as promised- simple and effective

                        By Dwayne

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Value Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Reduces Eye Strain

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • High Glare Settings

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                          Easy to use right out of the box, five minutes to have up and running and flawless to operate. Now when I edit in Lightroom at home and bring output to office, results are indistinguishable. Love it!

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                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic monitor calibration tool

                          By sports shooter

                          from Billings, MT

                          About Me Quality Oriented

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                              We're a professional photography studio. We've used the Datacolor Spyder Calibration systems before and found that this one to be as great as the ones that we've used in the past. It's affordable, very fast and easy to use when we're calibrating our monitors for our professional photo lab's standards. We highly recommend this product.

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                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Makes a time-consuming task easy!

                              By Rolland S

                              from Loveland, CO

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                                  As a graphic designer & photographer, the quality of my work depends on accurate calibration of my two-display setup. The main display is an ASUS 23" LED and I thought I had it tuned-in pretty close. I was getting good quality prints from my Canon iP 4500 printer until I purchased the Spyder system. I was amazed at how easy this system works by simply following the instructions. Coupled with LightRoom 5 and Elements 12, I'm wasting less paper and doing very little "tweaking". For anyone serious about print quality that matches (as closely as possible) what you see on your display, this system is an invaluable tool. It's money well-spent.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Product

                                  By its_juniper

                                  from SF Bay Area

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                                      Did it job & now my colors look accurate!

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                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      Excelente

                                      By jaduque

                                      from Miami and Colombia

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                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                                            Muy buen producto. Gracias por la entrega oportuna y calidad! de Execelente calidad.

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                                            • Business

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                                            4.0

                                            Works, albeit ........

                                            By Roderick

                                            from San Diego, CA.

                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                                                I bought the Spyder4EXPRESS due to budget. It does everything that the manufacturers claim but there was no way to 'attach' the Spyder on my monitor. I wound up blue tapping it to hold it in place. I think there should have been some sort of clip included.
                                                The software installed easily but at the end it 'hung' and I had to restart it to make it work.

                                                BTW, the printed picture matched the screen picture perfectly.

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                                                4.0

                                                works good

                                                By Mr. Bird

                                                from west milford, nj

                                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                                                I used this on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro. It is easy to use, found the download online very easily since my laptop doesn't have a cd drive. Followed the instructions and had a calibrated display in less than 10 minutes.

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                                                4.0

                                                Monitor calibration

                                                By Pete

                                                from Hampton, CT

                                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Set Up

                                                Cons

                                                • No Glare Reduction

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Relaxing Eyes

                                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                                                This can become a lengthy article if one chooses to take the time to carefully explain the differences between a calibrated monitor on one that hasn't been calibrated. I'll try being right to the point, from my years of working with calibrated monitor. If you use an uncalibrated monitor, your photos may look reasonably good to you, and perhaps to others, too. But the untrained eye can not always tell how good an images is until you've tried making photographic print.

                                                Once you've calibrated the monitor (I use Spyder4 Express) and look at the before and after calibration results, you will see a significant change. Once the calibration has been done, the new monitor profile will automatically place itself into your photo edition program, such as Adobe Photoshop. After calibration, working on images becomes less of a chore, and the accuracy of your colors and other setting will improve significantly.

                                                After using calibrated monitors for the past 12 or more years, I would never work with a monitor that hasn't been calibrated. The cost of the Spyder4 Express unit is definitely worth the price.

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                                                • Personal

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                                                4.0

                                                Easy to Use

                                                By a.tonagel

                                                from Indiana

                                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Set Up

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                                                    I was nervous about calibrating my monitor but this made it super easy! Very happy with it!

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                                                    • Business

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Was not aware how the colors were off .

                                                    By Geo

                                                    from San Diego, CA

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4EXPRESS Display Calibration System:

                                                        Made all the difference. My monitor was running a little blue and I didn't really notice untill after the calibration. Only issue is that it has a blue light that stays on once activated and stays on whe the computer is turned off, I edit in my room and its so bright at night it couldn't sleep. I had to disconnect it.

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