Editor Mike Pasisni of Imaging Resource teaches us how to do monitor calibration right, as he reviews the Datacolor Spyder3 colorimeter device.
Mike takes us from installation to certification and then to calibration and profiling. He uses here the Spyder3Elite ($279) which uses the same hardware as the Spyder3Pro ($169) but with different software. Thereâ€™s a third package, the Spyder3Print ($499) which is a spectrocolorimeter with software to calibrate your printer.
Mike notes, â€œI’ve always trusted a Spyder to calibrate my main monitors. And at first I was resistant to employing yet another Spyder. Things were fine, why screw them up? But the Spyder3 is a significant improvement over its predecessors.
â€œThere are the technical improvements like its increased light sensitivity, not to mention the unique seven detector color engine it shares only with the Spyder2. But the improvements I most appreciate are the user ones like the more flexible USB cord, the smaller colorimeter (which is easier to place on an LCD) and the faster and more efficient software.â€