SpyderX Elite – Monitor calibration
Recently I got a new screen calibrator, which probably isn’t the most exciting gear in a photographers arsenal…:-)
It’s necessary though and I ’v been using one for the past 15 years.
So what did I get then ? Well as the title suggest I got the SpyderX Elite from datacolor, this to replace my 4-5-year-old i1display pro.
Now I was a little surprised my self how excited I got when tested it the first time.
Read on to find out why!
Now for those of you who do calibrate your monitors on a regular basis you know, it takes around 5 minutes at least to do it,. That might not sound like a lot of time but it’s long enough to interrupt you in your work. I calibrate my monitors every other week at least. So reducing the time to under 1 minute (for re-calibration) and under 2 minutes for a full single screen calibration is a huge difference in my book.
Not that I felt my old i1Display Pro was that inaccurate but it did struggle with different screens like I could never really get my surface pro 4 13” to look “right” and it was useless for matching multiple screens.
The SpyderX Elite works great on all my monitors, including my surface pro 4 13” so more precise and faster!
One other thing to worth mentioning is that it’s not only the new optical lens sensor that is more precise than the competition but the ambient sensor is also very good. This was a feature I never used on my i1dsiplay pro simply because it was not reliable and its “automatic” compensation just made a mess.
EASE OF USE
SpyderX Elite comes with Datacolors new calibration software, and it’s a huge step up from X-rites in my opinion. You can choose from step by step guide (which is very easy to understand and follow) or go straight to the advanced settings where you get access to all the advanced controls right away.
The Spyder utility which runs in the background also works much better than X-rites iprofiler tray utility that crashed every now and then on my Mac. The utility let you see the current status, and will remind you when it’s time to re-calibrate. But it will also give you a live feed of the ambient lighting, which is pretty neat. You can set it up to give you notifications when the ambient changes and it will give you tips on how to fix it.
Now, this is one of the main reasons (IMHO) to get he SpyderX Elite version. This is by far the best tool to match different monitors connected to either the same computer or different computers.
When I first tested to studio match my Surface pro 4 13” to an external 4k monitor I was blown away by the result.!
It was so easy to do yet the result where the best I’ve even seen!
The guide is excellent and after initial measuring of the brightness of both screens, it recommends a target brightness value for both screens. After that, it calibrates each screen individually and at the end, you go tools to fine tune the monitor you want to match to your main monitor. It’s very easy and is done well under 10 minutes.
Some of these features are exclusive to the Elite version the difference between these two can be seen here. In my opinion Elite version is the way to go if your having more than one screen.
As you probably figured out already I really like the SpyderX Elite. I think it’s as exciting as it can get when it comes to monitoring calibration.
I think it’s a great tool that does what it supposed to very well, in terms of build quality I’d say its as good as you can expect from such a device. The software is very easy to use and I had no issues with it on either windows or mac. In terms of value/price, I think it is very reasonable compared to what it does and how competitive devices are priced.
So for anyone who has more than one screen and wants fast, precise and reliable screen calibration, take a good look at the SpyderX Elite.