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.
The three-legged design sits flat on your display to ensure precise readings.
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.
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.
|One-Click, No Options Calibration|
|Ambient Light Measurement|
|Number of Displays per Computer||1||MULTIPLE||MULTIPLE|
|Basic Multiple Display Tuning|
|Advanced Multiple Display Tuning|
|Advanced Calibration Functions|
|Gamut Graphing final screen|
|Basic MQA (monitor quality analysis)|
|% sRGB, AdobeRGB, NTSC|
|Advanced Calibration Accuracy Test|
|Monitor Quality Rating|
|Display Gamut Graphing|
|Gamma & Gray Ramp Test|
|White Point Test|
|Luminance Uniformity Graphing|
|Color Uniformity graphing|
|Advanced Error Reporting|
|Info Sharing (Datacolor Only Feature)|
|New High Stability Color Filters|
|iPad and iPhone Ready|
|Updated Firmware for Improved Accuracy|
|Software Version 4.5|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
I don't need professional quality results, just to get the colour balance back into acceptable tolerances.
When I used the Spyder 4 Express the calibration turned the whites very blue ( I was expecting bluer, not deep blue though!) It also made the screen very dark. I know that people tend to have the brightness too high on monitors so I had dropped it to 40% before calibrating, but after calibration using the monitor controls to 100% I still was missing 4 out of 16 from a Black to white scale. I tried various recalibrations with brightness at different levels but nothing helped. I also tried the red, green and blue colour settings within the monitor settings to no avail.
So I tried the Spyder on a Viewsonic zx912 which we thought was doing quite well for colour (to our needs, not professional standards) and the calibration turned all the greys a deep olive green.....
After contacting the manufacturers they said that it was because my monitors were too old and couldn't reach a properly calibrated result. I dispute this as the Viewsonic was already not far off being accurate, and the calibration made it far, far worse.
I then ran the calibrator on a brand new LG 24" IPS tv/monitor. This has a slight bluish tinge on it at default settings yet the spyder made all whites a strong blue again.
The only screen that it did work on is a 4 year old Dell Laptop with a fairly poor quality TN screen that was slightly yellowish natively.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great piece of kit, does exactly what its meant to, yes you can calibrate your screen by hand, but this just takes all the hastle and time out of doing so. Read morePublished 6 days ago by sir loin of steak
easy to use it to calibrate you display, the express edition is well enough for my workPublished 2 months ago by todd
Does a great job for a not a lot of money - Well worth itPublished 3 months ago by Abdul N Quraishi
Easy to set up and gives images that when printed look exactly like those on screen. Paid for itself already, I can't praise this little gizmo enoughPublished 4 months ago by Me
Easy to use, corrected my monitor, colour prints much better now.Published 4 months ago by Mr. Allan R. Montieth
works well, my only concern is there is no storage tray. so it just lays flat on my desk when not in use..Published 5 months ago by Mr R Sharp