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DatacolorSpyder4ELITE Display Calibration System
 
4.6

(based on 108 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (45)
  • Reliable (31)
  • Great picture quality (17)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Reduces eye strain (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Photography (14)
  • Movies (4)
  • Photo editing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (48), Business user (11), Graphics enthusiast (8), Photographer (6), Budget shopper (4)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (22), Mac (21)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (52), Business (42)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You will need this for good work

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

There's...Read complete review

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

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

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

I was wrong.

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

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

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's OK but print designers be careful!

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

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

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5.0

Glad I got it

By Dan

from Taylor, MI

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

      I had a Spyder 3 Pro which always seemed to make my monitors too dark, even with the most recent update. I was reluctant to get the 4, figuring I'd get similar results. When it went on sale to make way for the latest version, I decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did because now my monitors look like what I expect, and printed photos come close to the monitor, like they never did using the Spyder 3.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Very easy to use and accurate!

      By TNT

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

          Very easy to calibrate. Colors are much more accurate.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Worked as described and helped

          By JP

          from Arizona

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

          First, I have a Dell monitor and there are issues described online specifically with the Dell. I really had no issues. I've always thought about calibrating my monitor and now that I have, the only changes that were made were very subtle, but I can see the difference. So I would recommend this product.

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          5.0

          Nice Product

          By NP5

          from Birmingham, AL

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

              It works very well with our setup. Great product.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              4.0

              Great Piece of Gear

              By Kevin Evans

              from Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Reduces Eye Strain
              • Reduces Glare

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                  Great piece of equipment - I use 3 screens - once you get used to the workings its a MUST in the tool bag - took a little time to get used to - If you want the right colour balance you'll have to have one of these.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Works great on PC; not so hot on Mac

                  By Susan

                  from Tampabay, Florida

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Color
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Excellent Ambient Measure

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                      I own a PC with two new ASUS monitors for professional photography. I also have a friend that I do photography with and he has an iMac 27" all in one. I am giving this product a 5 because I bought it for my PC equipment. If it was only for the iMac, I would give it a 2. The iMac had problems loading in the software, wanted to download an update that wasn't there, and then the calibration picture at the end didn't really have any changes, even though it was done on a dual-monitor system that obviously needed calibrating. The rest of my rating here (Pros, etc) are based on my PC experience because that was the purpose of the purchase.

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                      • Business

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                      4.0

                      Works as advertised.

                      By The Photog

                      from San Diego, Ca

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                          Works as advertised. Customer service responds through email quite quickly.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Spyder4 Elite Display Calibration Sysyte

                          By Art

                          from Miami Florida

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Inexpensive
                          • Reliable
                          • Simple
                          • Simple To Set Up And Use

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Reliable Colors
                          • Screen Calibrations

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                          I am a serious advanced amateur photographer who uses professional equipment. For years I have worked with Adobe Photoshop and I have managed to print my images out of two screens who never looked the same regardless of my multiple attempts to calibrate them using the existing software builtin programs.
                          Finally I decided to do what I should have done many years back. After reviewing some of the comments by users like me and also professionals I purchased the Spyder4Elite Display Calibration System.
                          I had no problems installing the software ever though the attached CD sends you immediately to their website for a newer version of the software.
                          As soon as I installed and activated via internet the software I could calibrate all my four screens in just a matter of 20 to 30 minutes. The calibration is just automatic and so is the creation of the new calibration profile stored in my Mac.For the first time all my four screens look very much alike. I can not notice a significant difference with my naked eye regarding the tone or contrast of the colors on the images but the screens look all the same. ( I only use Apple screens on Apple computers)
                          I was reluctant to add more burden to my normal flow of gadgets and images. Not such thing. The software and the Spyder gadgets are as simple as it could be
                          I strongly recommend the use of this device to all those individuals who seriously work with images and those who not only have several computers or several screen but also those who are proud to print the final product of their photographic initiatives

                          J A Fridman MD

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                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Works well

                          By Grant

                          from Dallas, TX

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                              Excellent calibration. I really like the ambient light monitor, and ability to track calibration on multiple screens. Easy to install and offers cal methods suitable for amateur and expert alike.

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                              • Personal

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                              1.0

                              Not what we were hoping for

                              By bk

                              from Lake Worth, FL

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Did Not Work

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                  After using this product our monitor colors and brightness were horrible and were a much worse match for our printer than what we started with. We had planned to calibrate three monitors but stopped after the first. We did this during the week between Christmas and New Years when there was no support whatsoever by the company - they were simply closed. After that we were able to talk with a support person who was knowledgeable and helpful and who walked us through a different setup and that made things better but no better than where we started before buying and using this product. The print still does not match the monitor. We could continue to pursue this with the support person but we no longer believe that we will get what we were looking for. It is unfortunate that opened software can't be returned because in this case we would return it.

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                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  My monitors are all the same color

                                  By Bruce

                                  from Reno, NV

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                      I use multiple monitors at work and when they were drastically different colors it drove me nuts. I'm not talking about photo or video applications, just day to day office work. It worked great for that low end application; within minutes they were all close enough that blue on one of the three screens actually looked blue on the other two. I've calibrated dual screens for photoshop work and they did a great job on those two.

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                                      • Business

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      What the Doctor Ordered

                                      By Matt

                                      from Nixa mo

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Improves Print

                                      Cons

                                      • None

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Improve Color And Toning

                                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                      Made calibration so easy. I should have bought this a long time ago.

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                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      The "eyes" have it

                                      By Cal Native

                                      from Long Beach, CA

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Reduces Eye Strain

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                          Great way to make sure your photos and prints will match.
                                          Takes the guess work out of "eye" calibration.

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                                          • Personal

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Awesome

                                          By Cujo117

                                          from Pittsburgh, PA

                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                          I bought this as a present for a friend, and the way the monitor changed after being re calibrated was unbelievable. Definitely a must need if you're into heavy post production!

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                                          5.0

                                          MUST HAVE FOR PROFESSIONALS

                                          By smartmouthnyc

                                          from new york, ny

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                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • True Colors
                                          • Use On Multiple Displays

                                          Cons

                                          • Difficult To Set Up

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Photography
                                          • Post Production

                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                          This is an absolute must for anyone who needs to see true colors in an image. I'm a videographer/photographer/editor and I wouldn't use a system that wasn't spyder calibrated. Unaffordable inconsistencies emerge in printing and uploading videos/images that were color corrected on an uncalibrated monitor. This product is essential.Down sides: the setup process is inconvenient. Unless I'm missing something, I realized I have to hold the unit still on the designated spot on my monitor for the entire time it calibrates. In that 5 minutes or so, plenty of things can go wrong and make you have to restart. Also, installing a new Mac OS will get rid of your previous calibration, and you'll have to do it again. Still a great product, though.

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                                          • Business

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                                          5.0

                                          Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System

                                          By James

                                          from Thousand Oaks, CA

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up

                                          Cons

                                          • None

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Quick Monitor Color Calib

                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                          I used the Spyder4ELITE on a Dell U2410 monitor connected to a Dell Precision T7500 Work Station. 24 GB RAM Xenon W5580 CPU @ 3.2 GHz Windows XP Professional x64 Service Pack 2The enclosed instructions were easy to follow and the whole process was approximately 20 minutes.Resulting color improved over monitor factory supplied sRGB.

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                                          • Personal

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                                          1.0

                                          Incredibly Inaccurate

                                          By jackthe7th

                                          from Los Angeles CA

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Pros

                                          • None

                                          Cons

                                          • Difficult To Set Up
                                          • Not Accurate
                                          • Poor Mult Screen Support

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Paper Weight

                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                          I have a triple monitor setup and tried every possible way to setup calibration. I tried the multi monitor sync and configuring them independently. The 3 monitors are so different that I might as well have done it by myself. I ran it 6 times for each monitor and every single time it came out with a different result. Monitors were always either too blue or too green, and never looked correct for all 3. What was even worse is that brightness across all 3 monitors was different as well. It seems it's unable to properly read brightness levels. Complete waste of $

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                                          • Business

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Monitor Color Calibration Tool

                                          By Steve

                                          from NW Chicago

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                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • High Glare Settings
                                            • Relaxing Eyes

                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                            A very effective and easy to use system. I have two LCD monitors and it took less then 5 minutes to calibrate both of them. The calibrations really improved the color quality of the displays. I'm really pleased with this purchase.

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                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            Amazing Difference

                                            By Old Footer

                                            from Houston, TX

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                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistency Of Monitors
                                            • Easy To Set Up

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Color Consistency Wprint

                                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                              I have been using this for a few months now and calibrating two monitors every two weeks. Before purchasing this device I would not have realized how much of a shift in colors can occur in such a short period of time. The software allows you to see the before and after calibration screen views.....what a difference!

                                              I calibrate two monitors at the same time every two weeks and am very glad I do. They are placed side by side and the colors are identical. I use my workstation for Lightroom and Photoshop editing. the printed photos truly come close to matching what is on the screen......wasn't like that before.

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                                              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              1.0

                                              So far wothless in my opinion

                                              By vekii

                                              from Hutchinson, MN

                                              About Me Quality Oriented

                                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                              I purchased this product to try to get my monitors to match my photos. I calibrated my three monitors - and yes I use three monitors all the time. When I was done they all looked different. So I Tried the Studio Match. The first two ended up similar but my main screen was darker. But when I tried to match the third monitor the program froze with an error message. I tried to Studio Match from the beginning and the same thing happened. I e-mailed the company and they told me to use Studio Match to match them. Apparently they didn't read the original letter. I responded to them, and have never heard back. I tried again tonight and will let you know I hear back. So far I wouldn't even sell this on [@].

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