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DatacolorSpyder4ELITE Display Calibration System
 
4.6

(based on 95 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

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    (2)

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    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (36)
  • Reliable (30)
  • Great picture quality (17)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Small footprint (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography (14)
    • Movies (4)
    • Photo editing (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (36), Business user (11), Graphics enthusiast (8), Photographer (6), Budget shopper (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (45), Business (37)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (22), Mac (21)

    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

    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

    About Me Quality Oriented

    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.

    • Primary use:
    • 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

    About Me Value Oriented

    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.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Amazing Difference

      By Old Footer

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Quality Oriented

      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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        • Personal

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        1.0

        So far wothless in my opinion

        By vekii

        from Hutchinson, MN

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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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              • Personal

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              5.0

              Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System

              By Budeb

              from Ontario, Canada

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                  Excellent product. I saw immediate resultes after calibrating my monitor and printing a photo. Definitely worth the peace of mind that I am editing with a properly calibrated screen.
                  So happy . . . I recommend this to anyone who is a photographer. The installation was simple and straight forward.
                  I also loved the speed at which B&H shipped this to Ontario, Canada and with the customs clearance they offer at check out it makes dealing with B&H a breeze. Customer service is always helpful, if I need them. Don't hesitate to purchase one of these.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Nice Upgrade

                  By LetThereBeLight

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Calibration

                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                    Easy to use and the results are excellent. Overall I have used Spyder Calibration for the last few years and have been happy with my last Spyder 3. Recently however I have been having a difficult time getting my color right and ordered a new Spyder 4 Elite. My calibration from my Spyder3 was way off! glad I upgraded and now my prints are exactly as I see them.

                    Also I like the feature that it helps with monitor brightness... This feature was not on the Spyder3 and I appreciate this so I can get my prints as accurate as possible.

                    I am using this with a 15" MacBook Pro Retina display and the results are near the displays configuration out of box but brings in just a touch more warmth to become accurate.

                    Knowing my Spyder3 was so off I am concerned about the longevity of this device but for now all is as expected.

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                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    DataColor me Happy

                    By Greg

                    from St. Louis, MO

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Wonderful Results

                    Cons

                    • None I've Noticed

                    Best Uses

                    • Any Monitor

                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                    Easy to use software, good directions and wonderful results. Well woth the money spent.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Image Color

                    By Cortnie

                    from Tennessee

                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                    I waited a long time before investing in a calibrator. I read many reviews and recommendations before making my choice. The Spyder4ELITE has worked great. It was easy to install and use on several different monitors and pc's.

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                    5.0

                    true colors...

                    By @greengo

                    from Cyprus

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Dual Monitor Setup
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • True To Life Color

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Printing
                      • Dual Monitor Setup
                      • Lightroom
                      • Photoshop

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                      easy setup, nice design, allows dual monitor setup, a must have for Photoshop for true color reproduction and printing

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Highly recommend this product

                      By Dear Florence

                      from Northern New York

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Well Made

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photo Color Correctness
                        • Photo Processing Aid

                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                        I was very frustrated with not being able to print photos that looked like what I saw on my monitor. After receiving the Spyder4ELITE I was amazed.
                        It was easy to set up and once it is set up the Spyder does all the work. I couldn't believe the before and after difference in my monitor's appearance. Now my photos look as they should. I now have confidence that what I see on my monitor will be what I see in the printed photo.

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                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By emilianozm

                        from Mexico city

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Great Results

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                            I found Spyder4ELITE to be a great product! Highly recommendable! I installed in two computers, and used also in my iPad and iPhone. Great results by the way.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            acurracy

                            By pmac

                            from new york, NY

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Printing

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                              great tool for monitor calibration,

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Wish I had bought it sooner!

                              By Sandra

                              from Reno, NV

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Calibration

                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                I bought a MAC 27" desktop last year and Lightroom 5. I edited my vacation photos and sent them off to make a photo book. My $2600 MAC's calibration was off. The Spyder corrected it and was easy to use and understand.

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                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                Inexpensive, useful; the app, however...

                                By Michael

                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Improves Color Accuracy
                                • Reduces Eye Strain

                                Cons

                                • Monitoring App Is Buggy

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                  I purchased this for multiple applications, namely for providing color accuracy with desktop and projection displays. It certainly fulfills this requirement with aplomb, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to calibrate their display for better photo/video editing.

                                  My biggest qualm is the included application. The software for calibrating the display is alright, as soon as you get it running. However, the latest version is not on the CD (not entirely shocking), and downloading & updating to the latest version from Datacolor's website is a bit slow & cumbersome, to put it kindly. In Mac OS X, the quick menu application, which runs so the calibration device takes readings, tends to quit after a week - assuming you leave your computer on that long (I'm using this on a MacBook Pro, so my computer rarely turns off and just goes to sleep when I close the lid).

                                  If Datacolor would just spend some quality time on developing their Mac OS application, this package would get a 5 star rating.

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                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  Helpful Tool

                                  By Gigi

                                  from Becida, MN

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Ensures Privacy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                      I do a lot of calibration because I am a photographer. Before when I did not know yet about monitor calibration, I was confused because the photo I have in my computer has different color when it send to the internet. Then it came into my study that monitor calibration is really essential for a photographer so I did bought this calibration and once in two week I do calibrate my monitor. It is really 95 percent helping into to the color control of my photos.

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                                      • Business

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                                      4.0

                                      Uncertain Results

                                      By Bud

                                      from Joshua Tree, Ca

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                          The device made a significant difference in monitor settings but the print still does not match monitor image, though closer than it was before. Not sure where the problem lies, perhaps the cheap TN monitor or some set-up along the work flow. So, for that question mark only I'm giving it only four stars.

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                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Works exactly how I wanted it to!

                                          By maximus-extreme-ocz-revo3

                                          from Gahanna Ohio

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Reduces Eye Strain

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Multi Monitor Matching

                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                            I used this to calibrate the 4 AOC 2367 monitors I have connected to my GeForce 760. Previously there were subtle differences in the color and brightness of each, now they are perfectly uniform. A nice feature that's not really documented is the tools menu on top of the Sypder4Elite utility, you can open the Colorimeter and check any color any time without going thru the lengthy process of calibration. This allows for quick hue or brightness tweaks and such.

                                            Great tool!

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