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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) and Lion (10.7)
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)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    DatacolorSpyder4PRO Display Calibration System
     
    4.5

    (based on 324 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (201)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (97)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (93)
    • Reliable (82)
    • Great picture quality (49)
    • Easy to use (39)
    • Small footprint (22)

    Cons

    • Difficult to set up (6)
    • Lacks adjustability (5)
    • Unreliable performance (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photography (27)
    • Photo editing (19)
    • Relaxing eyes (8)
    • At home (7)
    • Monitor calibration (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (95), Business user (28), Photographer (28), Graphics enthusiast (26), Adult (21)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (140), Business (124)
      • 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.

    VS

    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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    3.0

    It works as it says

    By Singh is Kingg

    from sanfrancisco ca

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • You Have To Work In Dark

    Best Uses

    • To Get Real Colors

    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

    iuse this product to calibrate my both monitors. It did good job very close to mirror both. Nice product.

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    • Personal

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    4.0

    Works well

    By Steve

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult To Set Up

      Best Uses

        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

        This product did a good job of calibrating my monitor. I've only 2 complaints.
        1. You have to have the monitor on for 30 minutes before calibrating, this meant I had to change settings on the PC so it wouldn't go to sleep and change settings on the monitor so it wouldn't go to sleep.
        2. The counter-weight on the wire for the sensor (is that the right word?) was too far up on the USB wire so that it sat right on the top of the monitor when I put the sensor in place and it wouldn't stay there, I had to tape it in place.
        Otherwise, I've no complaints, it did a good job.

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        • Personal

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        4.0

        Works Great

        By Marty K

        from Ingleside, IL

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Corrects Brightness
        • Corrects Colors
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Display Calibration
        • Photo Editing
        • Photography

        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

        I used the Spyder 4 Pro is calibrate my 27" iMac and an older 22" ViewSonic display. Installation of the software was straight forward & it determined there was a newer version available and automatically took me to Datacolor's Website. Using the product is easy and upon completion it made a big difference in both the color and brightness. An option allows for a reminder to re-calabrate at a future date. The software also takes into consideration the ambient light.

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        • Personal

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        1.0

        TOO MUCH YELLOW or SAME AS FACTORY SETT.

        By YjPhotography

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

            I have used this calibrator on many different computers and laptops.

            I have done the calibration with the light on and with the light off, outside and inside, in the sun and in the shadow and even in complete darkness. Unfortunately the results were very bad in all of those situations. In the best results, the screen was very yellow after the calibration.
            After all of this, I have contacted the customer service. They told me to turn off the graphic card before the calibration. I did just that, and this resulted in the screen being exactly the same as factory settings after the calibration.

            I do not see a point in having this useless product, and I regret wasting my money on it.

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            • Business

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            4.0

            Nice one

            By Alex the Great

            from PA

            About Me Quality Oriented

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                  Hi all,
                  very nice hardware. Quite straightforward to install it and use it. I am a windows user and I am happy that loads the calibrated profile at the beginning and it is also very easy to switch it off or turn it on back again

                  Alex

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                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  works very well

                  By C-Slice

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                      The included software is very easy to use and the ambient light measurement is invaluable if your room's light conditions change throughout the day.

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      My monitors have never looked better

                      By KtownJohn

                      from Detroit, MI

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Dual Monitor Support
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Reduces Eye Strain

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Managed Environment

                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                        I'm using dual 24" wide gamut monitors and have been relying on a Huey Pro to calibrate my monitors for the past few years and was satisfied overall. Guess I didn't realize what I was missing, because the Spyder4Pro has nailed the calibration in a way that I wouldn't have expected. The monitors response seems much more linear and "wide bandwidth" after calibrating with the Spyder4Pro. An already good match between my monitors and Epson R3880 has also been improved.

                        Wish I'd have purchased this sooner.

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                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Simple but a Huge Photographic Impact

                        By Wild West Gypsy Photography

                        from Washington, Utah

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          In order to get the best color from your photographic prints it is so important to calibrate you equipment. The Spyder4PRO is so simple to use and the results in your art are amazing true in color.

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                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Color Calibration

                          By Anatoliy K

                          from Federal Way, WA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                              Works like it's suppose to, my monitor was showing a bit green so I always gave a bit more magenta and that make the prints look a bit weird. Now everything is perfect.

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                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Simple and Easy!

                              By Baaric

                              from Killeen, TX

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                  Not much to really say in addition to the headline, but it was very straight forward to setup and calibrate my displays. Both my Macbook Air and my PC calibrated just fine, and look great.

                                  I would wish when they're on the brightness screen they would have been a little more clear about what I was adjusting.

                                  Other than that no complaints.

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                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  I'm not a pro, but it works

                                  By Jason

                                  from Chicago, IL

                                  About Me Value Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Improved Color Accuracy

                                  Cons

                                  • No Realtime Adjustments

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Makes Color Better

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                  For what it's worth it does a great job at calibrating the screen. Noticed a large improvement in shadow quality. Would be nice if there was a way to manually tune the monitor itself, but I couldn't figure out how to get the settings on the monitor to balance the color temperature targets besides using the temperature control. Works though I would like to have a more permanent setting on the monitor so I don't have to re-calibrate every time I move to a new system.

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                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Calibration Device

                                  By Amberl

                                  from Audubon, MN

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                      This is my first experience calibrating my monitors, it worked great and was easy to use. I am very happy with the quality of color.

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                                      • Business

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                                      5.0

                                      Good Calibration Source

                                      By rgharrison

                                      from LA, CA

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

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                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate
                                      • Easy To Set Up

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                          I've been putting off adding this to my kit always making the assumption that the variations are so minuscule as to irrelevant. But I found I was consistently getting inconsistencies in my print output and that was expensive to correct. A lot more expensive than investing in a calibration tool and one with an excellent reputation.

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                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Effective & Easy

                                          By Fred L.

                                          from Savannah, GA

                                          About Me Value Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Monitors Ambient Light

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Changing Ambient Environs

                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                            I work in an environment with changing ambient light conditions. This has caused me problems when post processing and exporting for printing. The installation of the Spyder 4PRO monitors the ambient light and notifies me when my calibration needs to be redone. After using the calibration devise I have now learned how to quickly add or reduce brightness of my monitor. My prints are now consistent from batch to batch and look like what I saw on the monitor.
                                            Calibrating the monitor could not be easier on my 27" iMac. I went to the website and downloaded the latest software. After installation I followed the simple directions and in a few minutes it was done. Upon comparing the old calibration with the Spyder 4 PRO there were slight color differences but the real plus for me was the monitoring of ambient light. This was a huge improvement in getting consistent results.
                                            All in all this was a good investment.

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                                            • Business

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                                            5.0

                                            Works as expected.

                                            By Brian

                                            from Charlotte, NC

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                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                Calibrated my IPS display quickly. The whole process may have taken 25 minutes. Software is a bit clunky but it did the job. Don't bother with the disc which comes with the package as they quite often update thier software. I would download it from their site instead. I intially had issues installing the software. Found Kapersky A/V was blocking the installation. After I disabled the A/V for the install I had no issues. If you are having issues installing the software ensure your A/V is disabled.

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                                                4.0

                                                Great calibration system for the price

                                                By BWells

                                                from Los Angeles, CA

                                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Set Up

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                    If you are looking for a general color calibration for cheap, this will get you there with ease. As an editor, I wish I had some more control that you would get with some of the higher end calibration systems out there. You get what you pay for and therefore you can't beat it for the price.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Easy to install

                                                    By lulu

                                                    from Punta Gorda, Florida

                                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                        Thank you to everyone who wrote reviews about this product. I was thinking of this one or the less expensive. The reviews for this product were much more enthusiastic. People just kind of liked the other product. I haven't much chance to really use this yet. Which is why I am singing the praises of the review process.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Great for Photographers

                                                        By Debbie P

                                                        from Midlothian, VA

                                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Set Up

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                            I want to make sure my photographs are the best colors I can get so I calibrate my monitors. I was very pleased that my Mac Pro was near perfect. This device is simple to use and offers some advance tests as well. Now once a month, I get a message to run the calibration again. Very happy customer.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Spyder pro Calibration System

                                                            By VinnyJoe

                                                            from Kansas City, Mo

                                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                                            • Simple To Use

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • All Lcd Monitors
                                                              • High Glare Settings

                                                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                              I use the Spyder4 pro to calibrate my I-Mac computer. I am a serious photographer and before calibration my printed images images were always darker than on the monitor. This caused me time and money (paper and ink).

                                                              Now my images when printed for sale or posted on websites are true representations of the final image displayed on my I-Mac.

                                                              Every serious photographer needs to calibrate their monitor since LCD monitors are notoriously too bright.

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                                                              5.0

                                                              Spyder4PRO

                                                              By Photofun

                                                              from Lewisville, TX

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                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Easy To Set Up

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                                  I have used Spyder PRO through several product generations. It is easy to set up and delivers what it promises. If you are serious about matching colors between monitor and print, this is an excellent solution.

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