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DatacolorSpyder4PRO Display Calibration System
 
4.5

(based on 397 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (245)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (119)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (144)
  • Reliable (82)
  • Great picture quality (49)
  • Easy to use (41)
  • Reduces eye strain (22)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (11)
  • Lacks adjustability (5)
  • Unreliable performance (3)

Best Uses

  • Photography (28)
  • Photo editing (20)
  • Relaxing eyes (11)
  • Monitor calibration (8)
  • At home (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (151), Business user (28), Photographer (28), Graphics enthusiast (26), Adult (21)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (176), Business (149)
    • 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

Works Great

By matthewmpp

from Mesa, AZ.

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Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Color Correction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

      I used this to calibrate 2 monitors on my Windows7 desktop computer and my laptop. I could not uninstall the old version (Spyder3 Elite) that I had on my desktop, but Spyder4 Pro installed without any problems. The software was easy to use and it had good directions.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Works like a charm!

      By sarniabob

      from Petoskey, Michigan

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      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

          Easy to use. Directions for set up and use are straight forward.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Works

          By Alexander

          from San Francisco, CA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

              Used this to calibrate my 2011 iMac and a Panasonic LCD that I use as a 2nd monitor. Works well, easy to use. Should have bought this years ago.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              4.0

              Easy to use and works well

              By BK

              from Osteen, Florida

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              Pros

              • Easy To Install With No I
              • Fast Shipping

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                  The unit was shipped very quickly. It was very easy to install and calibrate my monitor. I noticed a difference right away.

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                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  A must for post processing

                  By RTP

                  from Algonquin, IL

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                      Easy to set up and use, I use it to calibrate my laptop and desktop monitors.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Great, does exactly what it should

                      By Nurit

                      from Miami Beach. FL

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                          What can I say, you cannot think of becoming a photographer and process your photos without getting your monitor calibrated properly at first, must have, must have, must have!

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                          4.0

                          Best I've ever used for two monitors

                          By Jim in NJ

                          from Hardwick, NJ

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Excellent Calibration

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Multiple Monitor Balance

                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                            I use this device to calibrate two dissimilar monitors: one is an older 24" iMac non-LED monitor and the other is a newer 24" LED monitor. Using Apple's Displays Color adjustment (and older devices like the Huey) has been impossible and never produces results which are even close. The Spyder does an admirable job in bringing them MUCH closer to each other, and while the calibrations are not identical, they are 'close enough for government work". My only complaint is that I'd like to have an option to calibrate at a 5800K color temperature base, as I am a print designer and don't much appreciate the colder 6500K which the Spyder calibrates to (it's great for website work, though!). Overall, I'd give this five stars if it allowed me the 5800K option.

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                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Simple and effective

                            By CharlieW

                            from Alabama

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Reduces Eye Strain

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Color Accuracy

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                              I use this to calibrate the monitor on the computer I use for photo processing. I had several instances of photos comiing back from the processor with an odd look to some of the reds and greens. Calibrating my monotor before editing has corrected this.

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                              • Personal

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                              4.0

                              As advertised

                              By Curtis

                              from Annapolis MD

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                  Upgraded from teh Spyder 2. They have progressed well since then. It didn't work quite right the first time. I reloaded the driver and I had an effortless claibration in a few minutes. Output for the Epson 2000 was really close. I'm happy with this purchase.

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                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Spyder4PRo Monitor Calibration

                                  By Lt Colonel

                                  from Raleigh, NC

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                                  Pros

                                  • Adds True Colors
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Post Processing Accurate

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Pc Monitors

                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                    I was amazed at how much difference the calibration made on my monitor. The Spyder4Pro is easy to install, setup and calibrate. Well done.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Perfect

                                    By JM

                                    from Maine

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                        Just what I needed. Easy to use and works as advertised, it's an essential piece of gear.

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                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        A must have

                                        By giu

                                        from Boston

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                            Very easy to use. It is essential to have your monitor calibrated. No more printing guess work!

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                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            GET YOUR COLORS RIGHT!!!

                                            By Big Earn

                                            from SoCal

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                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Gets The Colors Right

                                            Cons

                                            • Absolutely None

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Monitorlaptop Color Fix

                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                            I decided to purchase the Spyder4pro display calibration system because I noticed a color/tone difference between my laptop, desktop and cellphone, not to mention between my monitor and prints.
                                            First, use the CD and follow the step by step instructions. Then secondly, it'll instruct you to plug the Spyder into the USB port.
                                            In the instructions, it'll state to set your monitor back to default. Be familiar with your monitor type (LED, LCD, etc.). You can search your model and specs using your favorite search sites.
                                            I did a quick study on my monitors and entered the info into the on screen menu. Know terms such as Gamut for your monitor. If you don't know or can't find the info, just click "Don't Know". The program even has helpful guides and definitions, etc.
                                            The Spyder hangs over the top of the monitor and is counter weighted with an attached weight to the main wire. I can't seem to adjust the weight toward the USB connection just an inch or so, because the weight sits right on top of my monitor or the entire thing falls to the front of the monitor. No biggie. Just did my best to try and balance the weight. The program will walk you through everything. If you don't know a term, just minimize and do an internet search.
                                            WOW! My monitors were way off. One was too blue, so when I corrected the pic on screen, it was actually messing up the pic. Now I know why my "corrected" pics were always different from my monitor.
                                            I compared an old pic to my now corrected monitor. A lot, I mean a lot closer than when not corrected.
                                            The corrected monitor may seem to have a lot more contrast at first, but I got use to it within a short period of time and noticed that the contrast is actually correct.
                                            Printing is different. I believe there are directions for printing if you print your own pics. I don't print my own, so I skipped that part.
                                            I don't know how to make it work for a cellphone, but worked on my laptop, monitor, and I believe there is some option to purchase for TVs.
                                            Pretty much a must have item if you post process your pics, which you should be doing anyways. Fun, easy, should have had this a long long time ago!!

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                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            Spyder4Pro

                                            By John

                                            from NYC

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                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Reduces Eye Strain

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                Long time user. Excellent results, easy to use.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Business

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                                                5.0

                                                Should have purchased this long ago

                                                By JohnnyPhotog

                                                from Arizona

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                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Set Up
                                                • Easy To Use

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Photography

                                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                  For too many years I was frustrated with the way my prints turned out. Finally getting the Spyder4PRO opened up my eyes and now I don't waste photo paper. It was amazing to see how a calibrated monitor makes all the difference. Highly recommended.

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                                                  • Personal

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                                                  3.0

                                                  Sticky Spider (Update review)

                                                  By Rod

                                                  from Deerfield, Florida

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                                  • Works Consistently Well

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Rubber Parts Got Sticky

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Consistent Output Prints

                                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                  I've been using the SpyderPro4 for a couple of years, and it still does a pretty consistent job. The only thing I've noticed is that, for unknown reason, the rubber parts (top and bottom) started getting sticky which is kind of unpleasant when handling the device.
                                                  I never used any cleaning product that might have caused such deterioration to the rubber or exposed to heat/sun, etc. The sticky issue remains a mystery...

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                                                  • Business

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Easy to use

                                                  By Rose of Louisiana

                                                  from Louisiana

                                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                  I give a disc with edited images to my clients & want them to see it color correct. This tool does make a difference. Just follow the instructions and it's just that easy.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  A great product

                                                  By Jack

                                                  from Eau Claire, WI

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                      Directions are clear and the results are fantastic.

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                                                      • Personal

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Spyder4 Pro review

                                                      By SaddlebumCO

                                                      from Denver CO

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                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Set Up

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                          The Spyder4 Pro is much improved over the original Spyder. The corrections it makes to your monitor is very impressive. This removes the issue with the print looking nothing like what you see on the monitor. I use a Canon I9900 to print my photos and the Spyder 4 Pro helps to get the correct print settings.

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                                                          • Personal

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                                                          1.0

                                                          Unhappy with It

                                                          By Curmudgeon

                                                          from Austin, TX

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                                                          Pros

                                                            Cons

                                                            • Difficult To Set Up

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Boat Anchor

                                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System:

                                                            For years I got by with a competitive product, but figured I'd update.

                                                            First of all, forget about returning it if you don't like it. You'll have to use something sharp to get into the packaging and no matter what, you're going to destroy the packaging. You own it.

                                                            Second, the software is *not* intuitive. If your idea of a good time is fiddling about on the computer, this is your product. Personally, I like photography, not programming. It is, most emphatically, NOT plug-and-play. Expect to dedicate never-to-be-regained hours of your life to making this thing work.

                                                            After you manage to figure it out, the software is buggy and slow. All my hardware is a couple years old, but all my drivers are up-to-date. This is the only accessory that gives me trouble.

                                                            I realize it may just be me. I see few other icky reviews. That's why I bought it. But I'm spoiled. Nowadays, I expect that something that's supposed to interact with my computer should plug in and adjust itself.

                                                            Does it work? Yes. Is it easy? No.

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                                                            • Business

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