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Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System

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Product Highlights
  • Calibrate to Reference Condition
  • High Level of Color Control
  • Flexibility in Post-Production
  • Patented 7-Color Sensor
  • Double-Shielded Filters
  • Calibrates Desktop/Laptop, Projectors
  • Calibrates iPad/iPhone Using Free App
  • Works With Multiple Display Technologies
  • Step-up Features for Greater Control
  • Mac/PC Compatible

Datacolor's Spyder4ELITE is a display color calibration tool well-suited for photographers, videographers and video editors who require the highest level of color control in the studio as well as flexibility in post-production.

The Spyder4ELITE 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 projector. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you can even calibrate them after installing the SpyderGALLERY app (which is free for all Spyder4 and Spyder3 users). The fourth-generation sensor employs double-shielded filters for longer life and optimal performance. Additionally, several useful step-up features are available that afford greater control.

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 Spyder4ELITE 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, front projector, television (with paid software upgrade on website); works with LCD, LED, OLED, CRT and other display technologies. You can calibrate multiple displays connected to your computer
Calibrate iPad/iPhone Using Free App
The SpyderGALLERY app can be downloaded to your iPad or iPhone from the iOS App Store. It's an easy to use calibration utility for Mac and Windows, and even includes integration with Facebook and Flickr services. Once downloaded, you can enjoy color corrected viewing from your standard photo library albums and confidence in knowing your display is accurate for all photos
Improved Accuracy & Stability
The fourth generation Spyder4ELITE 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 Spyder4ELITE detects changes to surrounding light and adapts the display luminance accordingly
Additional Features
  • StudioMatch enables visual fine-tuning of studio displays to match the way you see color
  • Built-in presets for video standards like Cineon, NTSC and PAL
  • Color analysis of your display quality by plotting uniformity, color gamut, and change over time, tone response and allowing comparison with other displays
  • Calibrate to professional workflow targets with L-Star tone response curve
  • Unlimited choices for gamma, white point, white luminance and black luminance
  • Iterative gray balance algorithm for the most accurate grays
  • Front projector calibration for color accurate presentations
System Requirements Windows XP 32/64, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, Windows 8 32/64
MacOS X Tiger (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), and Mountain Lion (10.8)
Color monitor with at least 1024 x 768 resolution (1024 x 600 netbook option) or front-projector TV
24-bit video card
Powered USB port

For calibration of an iPad or iPhone, the SpyderGALLERY app must be installed to your device. Calibrated images can only be viewed within this app.
Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System
  • Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Colorimeter
  • Desktop Cradle/Tripod Mount
  • Spyder4ELITE Software CD
  • Quick Start Guide (in 10 Languages)
  • Free Support
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
    (Limited 2-Year Warranty for Countries of the EU)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    DatacolorSpyder4ELITE Display Calibration System
     
    4.7

    (based on 88 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (63)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (33)
    • Reliable (30)
    • Great picture quality (17)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Small footprint (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (13)
      • Movies (4)
      • Photo editing (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (31), Business user (11), Graphics enthusiast (8), Photographer (6), Adult (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (41), Business (35)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (22), Mac (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      You will need this for good work

      You might not think you need color calibration at first, but the more you expect from yourself and your work, the more you are on your way to getting one.

      There's...Read complete review

      You might not think you need color calibration at first, but the more you expect from yourself and your work, the more you are on your way to getting one.

      There's really no way around needing to work on accurate colors. I know that now after working on inaccurate colors for years and just using multiple displays to gauge whether my photo is "good enough".

      I have great monitors. One being the Wacom Cintiq 21UX. I thought that because the monitor used an IPS panel, that I didn't need to worry about calibrating it.

      I was wrong.

      After calibrating my monitor with this, the difference was like night and day. You can never go back to working in an uncalibrated environment.

      Go with the Spyder4Elite or Spyder4Pro if you work in varying lighting conditions and multiple monitors.

      The Elite versions have many more industry standard reference profiles that a high level professional that works with a large team will need, but not necessarily appropriate for a journeyman level professional or hobbyist that is working alone.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      It's OK but print designers be careful!

      We purchased this after it was recommended by one of our graphic designers. We were having problems because every time she sent mean image (from her MAC) to approve (on my PC),...Read complete review

      We purchased this after it was recommended by one of our graphic designers. We were having problems because every time she sent mean image (from her MAC) to approve (on my PC), if the image had blue in it, the blue looked purple on my screen. We purchased this model for that reason and because my computer has 2 displays. Long story short, it helps tremendously however on the computers that have multiple monitors such as mine, the changes made by the software don't always turn on when you come out of standby mode and if you don't watch out, you won't notice.

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      5.0

      Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System

      By Budeb

      from Ontario, Canada

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

          Excellent product. I saw immediate resultes after calibrating my monitor and printing a photo. Definitely worth the peace of mind that I am editing with a properly calibrated screen.
          So happy . . . I recommend this to anyone who is a photographer. The installation was simple and straight forward.
          I also loved the speed at which B&H shipped this to Ontario, Canada and with the customs clearance they offer at check out it makes dealing with B&H a breeze. Customer service is always helpful, if I need them. Don't hesitate to purchase one of these.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Nice Upgrade

          By LetThereBeLight

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Calibration

            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

            Easy to use and the results are excellent. Overall I have used Spyder Calibration for the last few years and have been happy with my last Spyder 3. Recently however I have been having a difficult time getting my color right and ordered a new Spyder 4 Elite. My calibration from my Spyder3 was way off! glad I upgraded and now my prints are exactly as I see them.

            Also I like the feature that it helps with monitor brightness... This feature was not on the Spyder3 and I appreciate this so I can get my prints as accurate as possible.

            I am using this with a 15" MacBook Pro Retina display and the results are near the displays configuration out of box but brings in just a touch more warmth to become accurate.

            Knowing my Spyder3 was so off I am concerned about the longevity of this device but for now all is as expected.

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            • Business

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            5.0

            DataColor me Happy

            By Greg

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Wonderful Results

            Cons

            • None I've Noticed

            Best Uses

            • Any Monitor

            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

            Easy to use software, good directions and wonderful results. Well woth the money spent.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Image Color

            By Cortnie

            from Tennessee

            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

            I waited a long time before investing in a calibrator. I read many reviews and recommendations before making my choice. The Spyder4ELITE has worked great. It was easy to install and use on several different monitors and pc's.

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            5.0

            true colors...

            By @greengo

            from Cyprus

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Dual Monitor Setup
            • Easy To Set Up
            • True To Life Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Color Printing
              • Dual Monitor Setup
              • Lightroom
              • Photoshop

              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

              easy setup, nice design, allows dual monitor setup, a must have for Photoshop for true color reproduction and printing

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Highly recommend this product

              By Dear Florence

              from Northern New York

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Well Made

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photo Color Correctness
                • Photo Processing Aid

                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                I was very frustrated with not being able to print photos that looked like what I saw on my monitor. After receiving the Spyder4ELITE I was amazed.
                It was easy to set up and once it is set up the Spyder does all the work. I couldn't believe the before and after difference in my monitor's appearance. Now my photos look as they should. I now have confidence that what I see on my monitor will be what I see in the printed photo.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great product

                By emilianozm

                from Mexico city

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Results

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                    I found Spyder4ELITE to be a great product! Highly recommendable! I installed in two computers, and used also in my iPad and iPhone. Great results by the way.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    acurracy

                    By pmac

                    from new york, NY

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Printing

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                      great tool for monitor calibration,

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Wish I had bought it sooner!

                      By Sandra

                      from Reno, NV

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Calibration

                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                        I bought a MAC 27" desktop last year and Lightroom 5. I edited my vacation photos and sent them off to make a photo book. My $2600 MAC's calibration was off. The Spyder corrected it and was easy to use and understand.

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                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        Inexpensive, useful; the app, however...

                        By Michael

                        from Philadelphia, PA

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Improves Color Accuracy
                        • Reduces Eye Strain

                        Cons

                        • Monitoring App Is Buggy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                          I purchased this for multiple applications, namely for providing color accuracy with desktop and projection displays. It certainly fulfills this requirement with aplomb, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to calibrate their display for better photo/video editing.

                          My biggest qualm is the included application. The software for calibrating the display is alright, as soon as you get it running. However, the latest version is not on the CD (not entirely shocking), and downloading & updating to the latest version from Datacolor's website is a bit slow & cumbersome, to put it kindly. In Mac OS X, the quick menu application, which runs so the calibration device takes readings, tends to quit after a week - assuming you leave your computer on that long (I'm using this on a MacBook Pro, so my computer rarely turns off and just goes to sleep when I close the lid).

                          If Datacolor would just spend some quality time on developing their Mac OS application, this package would get a 5 star rating.

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                          • Personal

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                          4.0

                          Helpful Tool

                          By Gigi

                          from Becida, MN

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Ensures Privacy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                              I do a lot of calibration because I am a photographer. Before when I did not know yet about monitor calibration, I was confused because the photo I have in my computer has different color when it send to the internet. Then it came into my study that monitor calibration is really essential for a photographer so I did bought this calibration and once in two week I do calibrate my monitor. It is really 95 percent helping into to the color control of my photos.

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                              • Business

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                              4.0

                              Uncertain Results

                              By Bud

                              from Joshua Tree, Ca

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                  The device made a significant difference in monitor settings but the print still does not match monitor image, though closer than it was before. Not sure where the problem lies, perhaps the cheap TN monitor or some set-up along the work flow. So, for that question mark only I'm giving it only four stars.

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                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Works exactly how I wanted it to!

                                  By maximus-extreme-ocz-revo3

                                  from Gahanna Ohio

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Reduces Eye Strain

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Multi Monitor Matching

                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                    I used this to calibrate the 4 AOC 2367 monitors I have connected to my GeForce 760. Previously there were subtle differences in the color and brightness of each, now they are perfectly uniform. A nice feature that's not really documented is the tools menu on top of the Sypder4Elite utility, you can open the Colorimeter and check any color any time without going thru the lengthy process of calibration. This allows for quick hue or brightness tweaks and such.

                                    Great tool!

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                                    5.0

                                    Just Right

                                    By Self-Editor

                                    from Chicago, IL

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                        There isn't much to say. I was able to install and run through calibration using the wizard with ease. I have used it twice - intentionally in two different locations in my house where I do my editing. Both were nearly identical, which is the point. Although I can't compare to the other well-known (i1 Display by X-Rite), I can say I love this tool.

                                        I did some test prints using Bay Photo Labs (uncorrected), and they were all beautiful. Keep in mind, that no matter where you print, differences in paper type need to be taken into account. More matte or lustre prints have lower brightness, contrast and saturation than the glossier papers. Make slight adjustments as necessary. You will just have to learn those.

                                        I will say that I compared these calibrations to my built-in MacBook Pro calibrations I have done previously, and quite different. I didn't realize how different my previous ones to each other, and different from this tool. My pics were way too cool on screen, so I was over-compensating.

                                        Great product.

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                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Product

                                        By Stanley A.

                                        from Easthampton, MA

                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Affordable
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Worked As Advertised

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Calibrating Monitors

                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                          I have been looking for an affordable calibration tool to calibrate my Apple Cinema display and the display on my laptop and this product fit the bill perfectly. I had read about this product in a Photoshop book and decided to give it a try. It was easy to set up and did a great job calibrating my two monitors. I would not hesitate to purchase this product again and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quality calibration tool.

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                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Great piece of gear, huge difference!

                                          By Matt

                                          from Long Prairie, MN

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                Great job at calibrating the screen! I never knew there would be such a big difference, really helped my photos

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                                                • Business

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                                                4.0

                                                Solid hardware works well in pro studio

                                                By Airman

                                                from USA

                                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Dual Monitor Capability
                                                • Easy To Set Up
                                                • Mac And Pc

                                                Cons

                                                • Price

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                  Use it for video, compositing 3D to Live action and photography production. We have a DaVinci color station, Smoke and After Effects compositors and 3 photographers processing for 2 magazine publications and needed a new calibration software for the studio. This worked well for dual monitor setups and was quick. Color across all the different monitor manufacturers was accurate and has helped maintain color while reviewing at different stations We had the older Spyder setup but this one is more robust.

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                                                  • Business

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Couldn't ask for a better tool

                                                  By Reuben

                                                  from Colts Neck, NJ

                                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Pricey When Not On Sale
                                                  • Sometms Hard To Position

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Any Video Monitor Cal

                                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                  So far I've calibrated four monitors...iMac 27", McBookAir, and two 23" monitors on my Windows 7 system. Incredible how consistent the color is across them (with the exception of an Acer 23" that is on it's last legs)... I'll purchase the TV Monitor adaptor/software so I can do all my HD TV Monitors in the immediate future.

                                                  Easy to use, Very complete (could have gotten by with a less complete solution) but being an engineer drives my technology junkie drive..

                                                  Definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to come as close to true colors as possible.

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                                                  • Personal

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Works as advertised.

                                                  By william

                                                  from boston ma

                                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Multiple Monitor Setups
                                                    • Photography

                                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                    My goal was to make my two monitors (both the same brand and model, but different size and age) look the same for photo editing. The calibration wizard worked well and they now look pretty good for photos, much better than before. Looking at individual colors on a sample palette, some dont match up well, but that may be a limitation of the monitors rather than the calibration.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Simple to use

                                                    By Steven Gotz

                                                    from San Lorenzo, CA

                                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                        I was curious how it would work, but once I figured out how to adjust the counterweight, and that I needed to tilt my monitors back a bit, the software did the rest. Well, almost. I had to make sure my monitors were set for their default first. Fair enough.

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                                                        • Personal

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