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Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System

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Product Highlights
  • For Photographers/Creative Professionals
  • Match Prints to Their Displays
  • Patented 7-Color Sensor
  • Double-Shielded Filters
  • Use With Desktop/Laptop, iPad/iPhone
  • Works With Multiple Display Technologies
  • Adapts to Ambient Light Conditions
  • Mac/PC Compatible

Datacolor's Spyder4PRO is a display color calibration tool well-suited for photographers and creative professionals who need to match prints to their displays. It includes the ability to adapt to ambient light conditions.

The Spyder4PRO features a full-spectrum 7-color sensor that can accurately characterize a variety of wide-gamut and normal displays. Calibrate your monitor, laptop computer, or even an iPad or iPhone. The fourth-generation sensor employs double-shielded filters for longer life and optimal performance.

Please note! A dedicated video card is required for each display.

Automated Color & Brightness Calibration
Simple, clear, automated process makes it straightforward to calibrate your displays to a reference condition. You can view and edit images with confidence on a display calibrated to show true-to-life colors and luminance adjusted for precise shadow/highlight detail
Full-Spectrum Color Sensor
Patented 7-color sensor improves upon colorimeters that use 3-channel RGB sensors. Each Spyder4PRO 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, multiple monitors, television (with paid software upgrade on website), iPad and iPhone; works with LCD, LED, OLED, CRT and other display technologies. You can calibrate up to four monitors on a single video card.
Improved Accuracy & Stability
The fourth generation Spyder4PRO 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%
Fast Re-Calibration Assistant
The "ReCAL" feature makes it quick and easy to recalibrate your display to compensate for changes that occur over time
Adapts Display to Surrounding Light
The lighting around you will affect image contrast and appearance. An additional sensor on the Spyder4PRO 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
Mac OS X Panther (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), and Mavericks (10.8 and 10.9)
Color monitor with at least 1024 x 768 resolution
24-bit video card
Powered USB port
Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System
  • Datacolor Spyder4PRO Colorimeter
  • Desktop Cradle/Tripod Mount
  • Spyder4PRO Software CD
  • Quick Start Guide (in 10 Languages)
  • Free Support
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
    (Limited 2-Year Warranty for Countries of the EU)
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    DatacolorSpyder4PRO Display Calibration System
     
    4.5

    (based on 346 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (214)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (105)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (108)
    • Reliable (82)
    • Great picture quality (49)
    • Easy to use (40)
    • Small footprint (22)

    Cons

    • Difficult to set up (7)
    • Lacks adjustability (5)
    • Unreliable performance (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photography (27)
    • Photo editing (19)
    • Relaxing eyes (9)
    • Monitor calibration (8)
    • At home (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (111), Business user (28), Photographer (28), Graphics enthusiast (26), Adult (21)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (150), Business (132)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (99), Mac (64)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Does the job

    This is my first time using a color calibration tool so I can't give a scientific review or a comparison, but only generalities.

    In terms of ease-of-use of the Spyder4...Read complete review

    This is my first time using a color calibration tool so I can't give a scientific review or a comparison, but only generalities.

    In terms of ease-of-use of the Spyder4 Pro, I'd say there's a slight learning curve when you first do it if you have never used a calibrator before. But it is straight forward. Install software and go through registration process. Then, run software and just read what's on the screen and follow the prompts. Plug the calibrator into the USB, hang from monitor (it has a counterweight to keep it in place). Pretty easy. It takes care of applying the calibration settings to Windows.

    I was surprised how far I had to turn down brightness on my HP ZR24w monitor - down to 7 out of 100 on the brightness setting. The monitor's out of the box color was off too (it is a year old). At the end of the configuration process, the software has some example photos and you can toggle to see what it looks like before and after the calibration. Big difference for me!

    The end result of the calibration is worth it. When I print to my Canon Pro9000 Mark II printer, I am pleasantly surprised as to how closely what I see on the screen matches the print. Prior to calibration, it was a guessing game and a lot of wasted paper.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works Great - but a couple of complaints

    I've had this model a few weeks and it's done a GREAT job of calibrating my monitors and has really enhanced my ability to anticipate just what to expect from my printed output. Read complete review

    I've had this model a few weeks and it's done a GREAT job of calibrating my monitors and has really enhanced my ability to anticipate just what to expect from my printed output.

    This would have given it 5 stars, except for 2 complaints I have with the product. The first is that it ONLY wants to work when plugged directly into an onboard USB port. I have a couple of excellent hubs, but it won't hold a connection with them. Unfortunately, computers don't come with unlimited onboard ports, and I hate to use one up like this. Of course, that's only important if using the ambient light sensor - which I discuss below.

    The ambient light sensor will ONLY work in a very dark room. This function was one of the reasons I'd upgraded from my old Spyder2 (and, of course, functionality with the newer OS - but I had several options from which to choose and I chose this model)

    I know that I'm "supposed to" do all my graphics work in a completely darkened room, and maintain the same ambient lighting conditions all the time, but I live and work in the real world - one in which the light changes, and I do like to see out my windows during the day. At these times, the sensor tells me to go back to "very dark" or re-calibrate the monitor. Even just now - in a completely dark room at night, the ambient sensor is claiming that my room is "moderately low" (it's VERY low). So, essentially, unless you're working in completely controlled conditions, the ambient light sensor is not helpful. The advertising led me to understand that the monitor would be adjusted according to the ambient light - this seems inaccurate. If this continues, at least I'll get my USB port back - but I really wanted this function to work.

    So - 5 stars becomes 3...

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    5.0

    Made a world of difference!

    By SueS

    from Bayonne, NJ

    About Me Quality Oriented

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    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

        I'm very glad I made this purchase. I only wish I had found it sooner. After calibrating my monitors and then cleaning up a photo -- I had prints made from a shop so I could to a compare to the actual view on my screen. It was 100% spot on.

        B&H delivered in 1 day. The only issue I had was the serial number for the software said it was already in use. Which i'm not sure why they would even have license key for it, since it only works with their product.

        I contacted Datacolor and they issued a new key and everything worked great.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Great tool for the price

        By Jim K

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Ambient Change Recal
        • Ambient Requires Recal

        Best Uses

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

          I own 2 of these, one for my laptop and one for my desktop. Works great, easy to use software.

          Only downside is if your ambient light changes dramatically it will want you to recalibrate but that is understandable but also something not always possible when on location and on a deadline with a laptop.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System

          By joey

          from minnetonka,mn

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Before After Comparison
          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

          • Hard To Find Monitor Info
          • No Eye Strain Reduction
          • No Glare Reduction

          Best Uses

          • Getting Accurate Color

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

          I recently purchased the Spyder4pro calibration system because I use adobe photoshop quite a bit. My monitors that I am using are a vizio that's about 4 years old and my Toshiba lap top were not even close to the print output I was getting. The spyderpro software is easy to use. The only problem I encountered was when it asked for the type of gamut and backlighting on the monitors. I was never able to find that info on the vizio most likely because of its age. The Toshiba laptop was easier to obtain that info for. After the calibration is done it gives you a before and after comparison and in my case there was quite a difference on both monitors. After comparing the printed output to the monitor its a lot closer. I am almost sure that my vizio is not a wide gamut display so some of the printed colors couldn't be seen on it anyway.

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          • Personal

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          4.0

          Spyder4Pro

          By Kim P

          from Vancouver, BC

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

              This really helped me. Didn't know my screen was so far out.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Invaluable tool

              By John

              from Richland, WA

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                  Easy to set up and use.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Calibrate or die.

                  By Justine Bursoni

                  from Chicago, Illinois

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                      If your screen isn't calibrated and you're a photographer, you're doing something wrong. This is a quick and easy system to get things straightened out and properly calibrated. Super affordable, too.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      4.0

                      Getting It Right

                      By Clint

                      from Goldendale, WA

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Set Up

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          This product is for calibrating your monitor so that your prints and what you see on the screen match.

                          Once I got it going, it worked like it was suppose to.

                          First time users can have problems getting the software to work. Once I contacted the help line, they made it possible for me to use the product.

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                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Easy to Use

                          By Joe

                          from Mount Jackson, VA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Even New Monitor
                          • It Is Accurate

                          Cons

                          • Poor Written Instruction

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Accuracy
                          • Monitor Color Correction

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          I've used this unit to calibrate my monitor for photo editing. Though the written instructions leave some to be desired, it is quite easy to use. The important thing is to use the icon that the software adds to your screen to begin the calibration process. The written directions lead one to believe that all you need to do is plug the device into the USB port and it will work, and it will lead you to believe it is. But you must use the icon for it to function properly.

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                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Brian

                          from Florida

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          I bought this a few weeks ago and it does exactly what it's meant for. I'm pleased with my purchase.

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                          4.0

                          Great for multiple monitors

                          By Tracsoft

                          from Alabama

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          I use this for matching my dual 24 inch monitors for use with Photoshop makes it a lot better

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                          4.0

                          Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System

                          By NM

                          from Nova Scotia Canada

                          About Me Value Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                              It was a little difficult to install but very easy to use :) I am very pleased

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                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Easy to use, improves results

                              By 5StringBuzz

                              from Columbus, OH

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Improves Consistency

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Calibration For Photos

                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                I use the Spyder4PRO to calibrate my iMac 27 on a monthly basis. I do a lot of photo processing, so color accuracy is critical. I was surprised that my display was out of calibration as much as it was, as I had "calibrated" it visually using Apple's tools. The Spyder software and device are easy to use, and the process was pretty quick on my system. My one complaint is that I had to stay on hand to do a few screen clicks to keep the process going, while it would have been more convenient to just start the process and walk away until it finished.

                                One other nice feature is that the software can keep track of different calibrations, and it gives you a reminder to recalibrate at whatever time interval you choose (I do monthly).

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                                • Business

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                                4.0

                                Spyder 4 Pro

                                By Relwok

                                from Minneapolis, MN

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                    I am a semi-pro photographer. I use the Spyder to calibrate my Macbook Pro connected to my Dell 27" IPS monitor.
                                    Does a good job and appreciate knowing my monitor is correct.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Does the job!

                                    By Kyra

                                    from Michigan

                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                    The directions were easy to follow and only took a few minutes once I downloaded the updated software online.

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                                    5.0

                                    color perfect

                                    By akgermain

                                    from AK

                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                    Nice to know what I see on my computer screen is what I'll see on my print.

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                                    4.0

                                    Value for money, with one exception

                                    By Color calibrated person

                                    from Malaysia

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                        It does what it's made for: monitor calibration. And it does it well. The only issue I have is that the cable between the counter-balance and the calibration unit is too short. I had to hold the calibrator in place the whole time it was calibrating because the balance wouldn't fit onto the top of the monitor.

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                                        • Personal

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                                        4.0

                                        Good monitor calibration for the money

                                        By Ken

                                        from Vermont

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                                          Cons

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                                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                              They could use some work on their software for installing (got stuck in a few dead ends on installing the software)but on first blush I calibrated both monitors using Windows ver 8.1 and had no trouble. It does take a while so be prepared for investing some time to calibrate two monitors. My eyes did detect a slight green color cast on both the Samsung and Dell monitors. Might be just me; will see how the prints turn out.

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                                              • Business

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                                              5.0

                                              Great tool!

                                              By Bob

                                              from Mexico

                                              About Me Quality Oriented

                                              Verified Reviewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Set Up
                                              • Reduces Eye Strain

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Relaxing Eyes

                                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                I work on an iMac 21" and I concern about quality on my photos, I wanted to be sure about the color output of the monitor of the iMac and I decided to get this product, it corrected a slightly yellowish tone that I had; I also have a PC and I will calibrate the monitor for a smoothly work.

                                                Have in mind that when you make retouching work you need a proper ambient to work, so you can avoid some reflexions on your monitor.

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                                                • Business

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                                                3.0

                                                Might be OK

                                                By Mista Wiggs

                                                from Blaine, MN

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                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Set Up

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                    After calibrating my monitor, I really didn't notice any difference. Maybe because my monitor came calibrated from the factory or maybe it just didn't do anything.

                                                    It might make a difference on a monitor with lots of controls. My monitor is limited to what I can adjust.

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                                                    • Personal

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Rest assured

                                                    By Lightchaser

                                                    from Cedar City, Utah

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                        I have been having problems with clients printing my pictures and the color not being right, I have the old original spyder but I the technology has just advanced so much, anyway things are perfect now.

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                                                        • Business

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