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DatacolorSpyder4PRO Display Calibration System
 
4.5

(based on 449 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (277)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (134)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (178)
  • Reliable (82)
  • Great picture quality (49)
  • Easy to use (41)
  • Reduces eye strain (25)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (14)
  • Lacks adjustability (5)
  • Unreliable performance (3)

Best Uses

  • Photography (28)
  • Photo editing (21)
  • Relaxing eyes (12)
  • Monitor calibration (10)
  • At home (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (184), Business user (28), Photographer (28), Graphics enthusiast (26), Adult (21)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (200), Business (165)
    • 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

Love it, Reliable

By Bili

from Red Bank, NJ

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Pros

  • Easy To Set Up

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

      I needed this to calibrate my screens, and prints are consistently matching my screen colors. Great buy.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      4.0

      Why didn't I get this earlier?

      By japo_jon

      from Los Angeles, CA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

          Easy to use and makes editing and printing a lot easier.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          It's the best Spyder in my office.

          By Aaron S.

          from Hummelstown PA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

              Very useful tool to own. I was very glad to see the quality of my pictures improve after calibrating my monitors. It's pretty amazing to see the differences once it's calibrated correctly.

              The setup was easy. The callibration takes a little bit of time, but it's worth it.

              It's worth noting that I use two monitors side by side and the software was very, dare I say, idiot proof, when calibrating both monitors separately.

              I wish I would have bought this years ago.

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              • Business

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              5.0

              The best calibration Iproduct I have ever used

              By Tony

              from Onancock, Virginia

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              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                  This is a great product. It is easy to use and my printed photographs are are exactly the same as what I see on my monitor

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  KNOW your colors are perfect

                  By Johnny D

                  from Cincinnati, OH

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Commercial Photograph
                    • Wedding Photography

                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                    well worth the investment. Its wonderful knowing your colors are right where they should be. EVERY screen as some tint to it, and it is nerve racking editing thousands of photos with the thought in the back of my mind "Is the color RIGHT?" I used my computers own calibration setup and got pretty close, but If Im taking photos for a living, I better be right on.

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                    • Business

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                    4.0

                    Appears to work as claimed

                    By Gordier

                    from Austin, TX

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                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                    Noticeable improvement in display calibration. Wish unit had suction cups so you don't have to hold it against display for 10 minutes....

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great product!

                    By Stefany

                    from CT

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Callibration

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                      I bought this product at the recommendation of the instructor of a photoshop class I am taking at a local college. What a difference in the colors in my monitor, much richer and more vibrant. Editing my photos are so much easier and the results when printing the photos is outstanding!

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      What's not to like

                      By Old Hippy

                      from Kentucky Mountains

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                      Follow the instructions, which are very clear. Let this little gadget do its stuff. And it calibrates your photo editing monitor perfectly. What's it to like. Ed

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                      5.0

                      Essential for color accuracy

                      By ClassicSax

                      from Buffalo, NY

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          This is a device that allow perfect calibration of your monitor. If a monitor is not well calibrated, the print pictures could have a very different outlook that the picture on the screen.
                          Once the initial calibration is tone, the system will ask you to recalibrate every 2 weeks - It takes approximately 5 min fo recalibrate. The initial calibration might take 15 min or so.

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                          • Personal

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                          4.0

                          different results

                          By 3 Cord Photography

                          from Sioux Falls

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          I work with color correction as a full time job, and picked this up for my wife's photography business. Calibration was fairly easy, but with 2 different monitor models, they didn't calibrate to the same color. After getting one right, and the next one close, I had to dial it in by eye. All in all it worked out. Would by again

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                          5.0

                          Easy Setup

                          By ADC

                          from San Antonio

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          This system is easy to setup and calibrates your monitor within minutes.

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                          5.0

                          Great value!

                          By Robmac

                          from Tasmania, Australia

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          Can't afford the new Spider 5 but pleased to see this at a reduced price - excellent value. It does all I need. Thanks.

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                          2.0

                          No better than my mac's own display calibration wizard

                          By Hosé

                          from PA

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                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          I'm a graphic designer for 30+ years. I wanted to calibrate my monitor (Apple Thunderbolt Display) to represent what I see when images/files are printed. I've always been close but wanted to see if a professional calibration device would make it dead on like the company and other professionals recommend. I wanted to be able to fine tune each aspect of a monitors settings individually and not through a wizard… I wanted to adjust each parameter and view changes as I make them. The way this works is you don't really know what all the settings do together until the end preview, if you see something not right you have to start over, you just can't go in to a color channel or gamma settings and tweak and view changes as there made….. this seems very stupid to me for such a seemingly sophisticated device. In the end I went back to my mac's internal display calibration settings and was able to get closer than the Spyder4Pro was giving me. With that said, know that most people don't know about monitor calibration and don't care until something or someone shows them that their monitor's color is all wrong… So when these people get a device like the Spyder4Pro and walk through the wizard it will and does usually result in more pleasing and accurate color than what they started with, so their happy and think it's great, only problem is it may or may not represent the true colors of the image, especially when printed…… My experience has shown me you just can't and won't match an rgb backlit monior image to a full color print of the same image. You can only try to get used to knowing how the rgb image will translate when you go to print. It also depends what you're printing on… coated paper, uncoated paper, newsprint… all sorts of factors. Good luck to all those still seeking WYSIWYG color.PS. B&H accepted return and refunded promptly. They get 5 stars.

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                          • Business

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                          4.0

                          Overall Good Buy

                          By Kris

                          from Franklin, TN

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                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Inexpensive

                          Cons

                          • Multiple User Promps
                          • Slow Calibration

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                            I have a few very old monitors that I'm always concerned about color so we grabbed one of these 4Pros to live on that machine. It's slow but gives a good overall color correction. I also like the reporting that it gives in regards to the amount of a particular color space that monitor can handle.

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                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System

                            By jjalvare

                            from Texas

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Reduces Glare

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Improved Photo Editing

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                              This is an inexpensive way to calibrate your monitor. Works great and I'm able to produce better photos as a result of the system.

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                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Great product

                              By Ravenrking

                              from Athens, GA

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Color Correction

                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                Use it to keep my laptop and monitor closely calibrated.

                                It does a great job calibrating the monitors.

                                I wish that it could match the monitors or mirror them so that there would be even less discrepency in color.

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                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                One level higher again

                                By PeteRod24

                                from Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Relaxing Eyes

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                  I thought that our pictures were beautiful. Some were even formidable. After having revisited some of the pics with the installation of the SpyderPro4... they now have a taste of heaven.

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                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again and again.

                                  By A.B

                                  from UAE,Abu Dhabi

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                  used for Colors detection
                                  small and accurate
                                  its good so far

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                                  4.0

                                  Instant Difference

                                  By Jon

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Color
                                  • Color Correction
                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                      After so much wasted paper and time, I decided it was time to break down and purchase a calibration system. After all the reviews, I decided to go with this one and found it an essential new tool. Prints are coming pretty darn close to what I see on screen, so it saves time and paper which = money, money, money.

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                                      • Business

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                                      5.0

                                      Very good value price/quality

                                      By Isabella

                                      from Healdsburg, CA

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                          Easy to use, great performance

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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