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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)
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    DatacolorSpyder4PRO Display Calibration System
     
    4.5

    (based on 334 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (207)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (100)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (100)
    • 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 (9)
    • Monitor calibration (8)
    • At home (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (102), Business user (28), Photographer (28), Graphics enthusiast (26), Adult (21)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (144), Business (128)
      • 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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    4.0

    Spyder 4 Pro

    By Relwok

    from Minneapolis, MN

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    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.

        • Primary use:
        • 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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        Verified Buyer

        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.

            • Primary use:
            • 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.

                  • Primary use:
                  • 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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                    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

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                            5.0

                            It works just like I hoped it would!!!

                            By lry529

                            from Dallas, TX

                            About Me Quality Oriented

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High Glare Settings

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                              I use it calibrate my monitor. As a professional photographer I can't worry about whether or not the color is correct.

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                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Function and Portability

                              By Bill

                              from La Verne, CA

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                              Pros

                              • East To Install
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Positive Results

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Monitor Calibration

                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                Used to calibrate my laptop monitor to the printer output.

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                                • Personal

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                                3.0

                                It works as it says

                                By Singh is Kingg

                                from sanfrancisco ca

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                                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

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                                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

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                                    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

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                                          Cons

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                                              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

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                                              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

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                                                    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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