The Spyder5 Express is a simple, affordable solution for calibrating a monitor.
Quick. Simple. Colour Accuracy.
Spyder5EXPRESS monitor calibration will quickly color correct all of your computer monitors.
True Colour in a Flash
Spyder5EXPRESS calibrates all your laptop and desktop monitors to an industry colour reference standard so you see accurate colours. Your image editing will be easier and faster, you’ll spend less time in the “print-edit-print” cycle, and you’ll waste less ink and paper.
Next generation Spyder technology comes with a colorimeter that is compact, portable and protected. We’ve redesigned Spyder’s patented 7-detector optical engine to deliver up to a 55% improvement in tonal response, resulting in more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradient.
Fast & Easy
Spyder5EXPRESS software is extremely easy to use, with a simple step-by-step wizard that guides you through the initial 5 minute calibration process, for all of your desktop and laptop monitors. Then perform a fast monthly recalibration in half the time to keep colours consistent.
See Your “Before and After” Calibration Results with SpyderProof
Seeing a photo in “Before and After” mode allows you to see your calibration results. The Datacolor standard composite photos highlight changes in color, skin tones, shadow and highlight details, giving you confidence that your monitors achieve precise colour accuracy.
Display Technology Support
LCD (CCFL Backlight)
LCD (LED Backlight)
Multiple Display Support?
Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.
We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.
To get more information about a particular specification, use the arrow to get a 'Specxplanation'.
Calibrators come in two main types:
Colorimeters - can only read light emitting devices, like monitors. They are generally the best (and most affordable) option for calibration monitors. Essentially these are like simple digital cameras with a sensor and some filters in front of the sensor to separate the different colours of light.
Spectrophotometers - These measure the actual spectral wavelengths of light. They have their own light source so can handle both light emitting devices like monitors and reflective materials like paper. They're very good at print but not as good as colorimeters for monitors generally, as they have some difficulty reading deep shadows on monitors.
A third type 'Spectrocolorimeter' - is something Datacolor came up with in their print calibrators. We at Image Science are not huge fans.
Display Technology Support?
LCD (CCFL Backlight)
LCD (LED Backlight)
Calibrators have filters in them and depending on the characteristics of the displays they are measuring, they may or may not support that type of display.
The display types are:
CRT - Cathode Ray Tube - these are the older type of screens, the large thick monitors of yore with thick glass over the screen. Almost all of these are retired now.
LCD - Liquid Crystal Displays - the modern flatscreen monitor. Available with two different types of backlighting technology - fluorescent and LED.
OLED - An emerging technology, Organic Light Emitting Diode. Not many monitors are OLED yet, although we are now seeing laptops with them coming through. It's expected these will grow in popularity in coming years. Very high end TVs are now often OLED based.
Plasma - No longer made, these were a wonderful quality display technology used for TVs
Front Projector - Popular in home cinemas and board rooms everywhere!
Color Temperature Choices
What colour temperarture choices for white point does the system allow you to make?
At a minimum, 6500K and monitor native should be offered. 6500K is the standard whitepoint in general use in the photographic world, and lower end monitors don't like having their whitepoint adjusted so monitor native is the best to use in those cases.
However, ideally you can set any whitepoint you like, so that you can, for instance, adjust your monitor to look more like specific paper types.
What gammas can you choose when calibrating?
Pretty much everyone should be using 2.2.
Some might want to experiment with L* in some obscure cases.
Target Size and Choices
How many patches are used (measured) in the calibration process? More (to a point) is better from a quality point of view, although it makes the process take longer of course.
200 to 400 patches is generally enough.
Also - can the calibrator target the reproduction of specific colours, such as specific Pantones?
Uniformity is still an issue with modern LCD monitors, especially lower quality ones. Does the calibrator have a system for assessing the screen uniformity?
(Unfortunately there's no system for correcting screen uniformity issues, other than getting a better monitor!)
Multiple Display Support?
Can you calibrate multiple monitors connected to the one computer?
Note, even if the calibarator supports this, your system must as well. This means all video cards in your system must have a separate LUT table.
All Macs have this, and most desktop PCs as well. Some PC laptops have single LUT systems although it's been some time since we've seen this actually.
ICC Profile Version Support
ICC V2 is the most compatible and in fact for monitors there's really no practical benefit to ICC V4 support really.
In general, table based profiles are more accurate than matrix profiles, so this is desirable.
Monitor History Report?
Devices with a monitor history report can show you how the behaviour of your screen is changing over time.
This can be useful in diagnosing issues and planning hardware upgrades.
Monitor Quality Report?
Will the system give you a report on the quality of your monitor?
Measuring a monitor's quality with the same device you used to calibrate it is of dubious benefit, though - as any error is likely to be repeated, so the device might well report that things are fine when they are not.
Operating System Compatibility
Windows 7 (32/64)
Windows 8/8.1 (32/64)
Windows 10 (32/64)
OSX 10.7 Lion
OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
OSX 10.9 Mavericks
OSX 10.10 Yosemite
OSX 10.11 El Capitan
We try and keep this as up to date as we can. If your OS version is not listed, check directly with the manufacturer as they usually have an update page listing compatibility up pretty quickly.
Can you use the calibrator with an app on your Apple i device or Android device?
Note, this will allow you to display calibrated images within that app only - there is no general support for colour management on mobiles/tablets yet.
DisplayCAL is an open source application built on top of the excellent argyll cms open source colour management system.
It is available for Linux, Windows and OSX.
It's an extremely good calibration package, in many ways better than the manufacturer's own software, and well worth checking out - see this comprehensive page for details.
Often DisplayCAL can be used to rescue older calibrators when the manufacturer has stopped supporting legacy operating systems.