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Datacolor SpyderX Elite

[IS sku: HDC_58.3005]
$460

Datacolor's fastest and most accurate calibrator to date that offers a higher level of control than the SpyderX Pro model.

Description

Based on years of research, SpyderX is a completely new, more accurate way of measuring colour. Our groundbreaking lens-based colour engine technology features higher light sensitivity and more advanced sensors, so you can experience significantly more precise screen colour, white balance and shadow detail.

Intuitive Software

Whether you are looking for a quick calibration or an expertly customized color profile, SpyderX gives you easy-to-use solutions. SpyderX Pro offers One-click Calibration and Step-by-step Assistant modes. SpyderX Elite offers One-click Calibration and Step-by-step Assistant modes, along with interactive help every step of the way.

Calibrate all of Your Monitors

SpyderX allows you to calibrate multiple laptops and desktop monitors and supports the latest display technologies, so you can be confident that your colors are always accurate no matter which of your computers or displays you are working on. SpyderX Elite can also calibrate front projectors and features StudioMatch™, which creates a target that is shareable between attached displays and other computers.

Spyderproof - Before and After

With our SpyderProof feature, you’ll see the difference right before your eyes. Just one click allows you to compare your monitor colors before and after calibration and see the nuances that matter most. With SpyderX Elite, you can even see images full screen.

Room Light Monitoring

SpyderX features an integrated ambient light sensor that can measure your room light throughout the day allowing you to adjust your display brightness and contrast to ideal levels. The software can either warn you to re calibrate or do it automatically using custom profiles based on light level. Both SpyderX Pro and Elite feature 5 levels of ambient light adjustment. With SpyderX Elite, you can also check screen brightness and color uniformity and display color accuracy.

Monitor Performance Analysis

It’s important to know how your monitors perform during color-critical work. With the SpyderX Display Analysis feature, you can better understand the color, brightness, contrast, gamut, tone response and white point of your monitors.

Softproof Feature

Your on-screen images may look different when you print or view them on other devices such as tablets. Softproof, only available with SpyderX Elite, lets you simulate and view these changes on your calibrated screen. For printers, you can see how prints will look for a specific printer model, paper and ink, and upload ICC printer profiles.

Calibrator Technology - Colorimeter

Calibrator Technology

Colorimeter

Display Technology Support -             LCD (CCFL Backlight)
            LCD (LED Backlight)

Display Technology Support

LCD (CCFL Backlight)
LCD (LED Backlight)

Multiple Display Support? - Yes

Multiple Display Support?

Specifications

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'.

  • Calibrator Technology
    Colorimeter

    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.

  • Connection
    USB
  • 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
    Any

    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.

  • Gamma Choices
    Any

    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 Measurement?

    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
    ICC V4

    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 10.10 Yosemite
    OSX 10.11 El Capitan
    OSX 10.12 Sierra
    OSX 10.13 High Sierra
    OSX 10.14 Mojave
    Linux (*)

    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.

  • App Support?

    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 Support?

    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.

  • Full Specifications

In The Box

Please Note:
We keep these details up to date to the best of our knowledge.

However if a particular item is of special importance to you please also check the manufacturer's listing for the product.

You will get:

  • SpyderX sensor
  • Welcome Card with a link to software download and warranty information
  • Unique serial number to activate SpyderX Elite software
  • Link to online demonstrations, user guide, videos and support

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