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Spyder4Express Display Colour Calibration (PC/Mac)

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  • Automates and simplifies display calibration
  • Assert greater control over the colour fidelity of digital processes
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight200 g
Product Dimensions6.6 x 15.2 x 20.3 cm
Item model numberS4X100
Hardware PlatformMac/PC
Operating SystemMac OS X/Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 3,605 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight358 g
Date First Available9 Jan 2012

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Datacolor Spyder4 | Preview 2

Spyder4Express is a simple, affordable solution for calibrating a display. Featuring a patented, full-spectrum seven-color sensor that can accurately characterize a variety of wide gamut and normal displays, Spyder4Express lets you use the same sensor to calibrate your monitor, laptop computer, iPad, and iPhone. The fourth-generation sensor uses double-shielded filters for long life and optimum performance.

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At a Glance:
  • Affordable solution for calibrating a display
  • Single sensor easily calibrates a variety of display types
  • Full spectrum, seven-color sensor produces true-to-life images
  • Fourth generation sensor increases accuracy by 26 percent
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Datacolor Spyder4Elite Product Shot

The three-legged design sits flat on your display to ensure precise readings.
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Single Sensor Calibrates All Your Displays

Whether you are using the latest in LED technology, an older CRT monitor, a laptop, iPod, or iPhone, Spyder4Express Software allows you to calibrate all your devices with a single sensor to achieve all-around consistency in color and brightness.

Simple Calibration Process

Spyder4Express's simple, clear, and guided process makes it easy to calibrate your displays to a reference condition. After you perform a few preliminary steps, you can define the display type, model, and system of calibration.

Patented Full-Spectrum Color Sensor

The patented seven-color sensor makes Spyder4Express an improvement upon colorimeters that use three-channel RGB sensors.

Each unit is individually tuned in the factory to accurately and easily handle a variety of wide-gamut and normal-gamut displays. This means you can view and edit images with confidence on a display calibrated to show true-to-life colors.

Improved Accuracy and Stability

The fourth-generation Spyder4Express has double-shielded color filters to better match CIE color standards, and it has improved long-term stability over previous generations.

The three-legged design sits flat on your display to ensure precise readings and includes a wide aperture, honeycomb baffle, and diffuser to remove angular sensitivity.

Overall, Spyder4 offers an increase in average accuracy of 26 percent over the previous generation of Spyder3.

Spyder4Express is backed by a one-year warranty.

Installation Requirements

For installation, Spyder4Express requires Windows XP 32/64, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, MacOS X Panther (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), or Lion (10.7); a color monitor with at least 1024 x 768 resolution; a 24-bit video card; and a powered USB port.

What's in the Box

Spyder4Express colorimeter, Spyder4Express Software CD, and Quick Start Guide.

Datacolor Spyder4 Spyder4Express Spyder4Pro Spyder4Elite
Features Spyder4Express Spyder4Pro Spyder4Elite
One-Click, No Options Calibration Check Mark
Ambient Light Measurement Check Mark Check Mark
Number of Displays per Computer 1 MULTIPLE MULTIPLE
Projector Calibration Check Mark
Basic Multiple Display Tuning Check Mark
Advanced Multiple Display Tuning Check Mark
Advanced Calibration Functions Check Mark
Gamut Graphing final screen Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Basic MQA (monitor quality analysis) Check Mark Check Mark
% sRGB, AdobeRGB, NTSC Check Mark Check Mark
Advanced Calibration Accuracy Test Check Mark Check Mark
Monitor Quality Rating Check Mark Check Mark
Display Gamut Graphing Check Mark Check Mark
Gamma & Gray Ramp Test Check Mark Check Mark
White Point Test Check Mark Check Mark
Advanced MQA Check Mark
Luminance Uniformity Graphing Check Mark
Color Uniformity graphing Check Mark
Advanced Error Reporting Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Info Sharing (Datacolor Only Feature) Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
New High Stability Color Filters Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
iPad and iPhone Ready Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Updated Firmware for Improved Accuracy Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Software Version 4.5 Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark

Product Description

Fullver. 4 WIN/MAC Multilang.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Heywood on 26 May 2012
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My photos looked great on-screen in Lightroom 4, but prints looked rather grey and soggy. Problem.
Solution 1. Windows monitor calibration tool. Relies on Eyeball 1.0 as its measuring instrument, and my red/green colourblindness doesn't help.
Solution 2. This tool. Took a while to do because I had to look up things like the colour gamut and backlight type of my Acer screen, but once done the screen looks exactly like the printed versions.

Everybody who processes or edits their own photos needs one!
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By xmasbread on 16 Mar 2012
Although I am describing experience of my recently purchased 'Spyder 3 Express' one assumes that 'Spyder 4 Express' will perform just as effectively.

I capture my photographic images with a 'Canon G11' in RAW format. The images are then downloaded to my computer, adjusted, edited and converted to either <*.tif> or <*.jpg> files using 'Canon Digital Professional' and or 'Photoshop Elements 10'. For printing I use a 'Canon Pixma iP4800' loaded with Canon original inks and Canon original photographic paper.

Recently I replaced my monitor with a 'Samsung 23" SyncMaster S23A550H' driven by an 'NVIDIA GeForce 210' graphics card.

Following installation of the monitor I discovered that, after processing and adjusting my images, even though they appeared as I would wish on the monitor screen, the prints were disappointing and suffered from flat colours with a colour cast.

After hours of trying to make manual adjustments to the drivers of graphics card, printer and monitor, I hadn't been able to effect any consistency between what I was seeing on the monitor and what the printer produced.

In desparation I 'googled' the problem and, as a result, resolved to tackle the issue with a 'Spyder 3 Express'.

When it arrived I simply installed the software disc that came with the 'Spyder' and followed the on-screen instructions. As I watched the 'Spyder' do its stuff the monitor screen perceptably changed in both the intensity of the screen image and the colours depicted.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trev-R TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Jan 2014
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Tip 1 - Do the calibration in the dark without any lighting on, the results are much better. Tip 2 - If you run through the calibration and the program freezes without displaying the sample images with before/after then (Windows 7) disable the graphic cards control panel. I have an NVidia card so it was a Ctl+Alt+Del then click on the Services table and stop service nvsvc (It shows as NVidia) this works for me after reading a very poor hint on their support forum.

I was somewhat skeptical about the difference this would make. Getting more and more into actually editing before printing I thought it was worth giving this a go to see if it really made a difference. I have just finished calibration which was such a simple process and just did not realize how much of a magenta cast my monitor had. However the proof came when I took a photo off the wall I had printed in August and put it next to the monitor. While not perfect it was very close, certainly much closer than before. Obviously this does not control colour in the printer or the type of paper used but the image I was looking at in Photoshop 6 was a lot closer to the colours of the printed image after the calibration was complete.

Looking at the monitor it is quite strange because it doesn't look right, however this is probably due to the fact I have been looking at an uncalibrated screen for 2 years and I am sure I will get used to the new balance. I only have one monitor on one computer so this express version is ideal for me.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stuart M. Wilson on 26 April 2012
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I got the spyder 4 express yesterday, and the first thing i did was calibrate the monitor on my lap top. The results were pretty poor - quite strong green cast not much contrast. I then did a google search and found many similar comments and started to feel that I'd just wasted my money. The software told me that by monitor could only cope with 38% of RGB gamut, which did seem pretty poor.

I've recently bought a Dell 24 in IPS panel monitor specifically for photography. When I hooked this up to laptop the green cast was much, much worse - dreadful. On the laptop screen you could at least pretend it was just there because your eyes weren't used to the new settings and eventually you might get used to it and it would look OK. Not a chance on the IPS panel - it was just straight forward green!!

However, when I used the Spyder4 calibrated the IPS panel, the results were brilliant. Fantastic clear image -really nice shado details, in fact ideal for photo editing, and the software told me that it could cover 98% of RGB.

I think the moral is clear - if you're going to calibrate a monitor, you have to have a monitor worth calibrating.

Cheap TN panel monitors (i.e. almost all standard monitors) simply do not have very good colour rendition. The technology of the driver finds ways 'round this to improve the appearance but, by and large, I get the feeling that all you do by calibrating these monitors is to screw up this process. I know you can get quite expensive TN panel monitors, and these may well be better that laptop screens.
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