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Datacolor Spyder5EXPRESS - S5X100
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- Entry-Level colour accuracy solution for monitors
- Inclusive 90 DAY TRIAL Adobe Creative Cloud Plan (Photoshop CC & Ligtroom CC)
- Calibrating all of your laptop and desktop monitors.Compatibility:Windows 7 32/64, Windows 8.0, 8.1 32/64, Windows 10 32/64
- The software guides you in 4 simple steps to an exceptional colour accuracy. Initial Calibration Time: 5 min
- "Before and After" comparison for evaluating your calibration results
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|Item Dimensions||6.93 x 7.44 x 4.34 cm||19.28 x 14.2 x 5.21 cm||40.64 x 15.24 x 25.4 cm||21.79 x 16 x 1.5 cm|
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Simple colour accuracy solution for monitors to help you see true colours on screen and achieve better print matching. Easy and fast calibration for laptops and desktops.For hobbyist photographers seeking the easiest colour accuracy solution possibleSee, share and print your images just as you intended with confidenceBreak free from the hassle of figuring out why your captured images look different on screen, and why the colours on screen don't match your prints.In just minutes, the simple 4-step process guides you through calibrating your monitor to achieve exceptional colour accuracy, with improved shadow and highlight details, for better print matching.See the "Before and After" results after calibration on pre-set images.Spyder5Express calibrates all of your laptop and desktop monitors.Next Generation Spyder5 is compact and portable with a built-in lens cap, and guarantees colour accuracy with the industryOs only patented 7-detector optical engine.
Spyder5 Colorimeter with USB connector
Hard- and Software serial number
Welcome Card with software download link
Eco friendly, reusable storage box
Link to on-line demonstrations, Quick Start Guide, User Guide
From the manufacturer
Top 5 Reasons to Calibrate Your Display
- Monitors display colours differently
- People see colours differently
- Prints don’t match your monitor
- Image colours are not true to life
- Save time and money
Why Calibrate Your Monitor
Most monitors come out of the box with the brightness set too high and with oversaturated colours – plus they degrade over time. Your display is the window into your digital image, you need to be able to trust it. Spyder5 calibrates your display to an industry colour reference standard to ensure your colours are accurate for better print matching. 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.
True Color in a Flash
Spyder5EXPRESS creates a unique colour profile for your monitor, so you can see the true colours of your photographs. Say goodbye to time wasted on manually correcting your monitor’s preset settings without success. Now skin tones are going to be accurate and the blue sky you shot is going to look blue – not cyan.
Next generation Spyder technology comes with a colorimeter that's compact, portable and protected. It includes a dual purpose lens cap and counterweight, and guarantees improved tonal response with the industry's only patented 7-detector optical engine.
Fast & Easy
Spyder5EXPRESS is extremely easy to use and takes just 5 minutes once a month. In a simple 4 step process just select your monitor type, place the Spyder5 on screen, click the “calibrate” button, and then see your calibration results. There is no need to learn colour management theory because the new interactive help provides simple to understand explanations for every step and term.
SpyderProof: See Your “Before and After” Calibration Results
Seeing a photo in “Before and After” mode allows you to see your calibration results. The Datacolor standard composite photos highlight changes in colour, skin tones, shadow and highlight details, giving you confidence that your monitors achieve precise colour accuracy.
What You Get / System Requirements
What You Get:
Spyder5 Colorimeter, welcome card with software download link and warranty registration, software serial number, reusable storage box
Windows 7 32/64, Windows 8.0, 8.1 32/64; Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10; monitor resolution 1280x768 or greater; 16-bit video card (24 bit recommended); 1GB of available RAM; 500 MB of available hard disk; internet connection for software download; USB port
|Designed for||Hobbyist photographers seeking a simple monitor colour calibration solution||Serious photographers and designers seeking a full-featured and advanced colour accuracy solution||Professional photographers, studios, and calibration perfectionists seeking ultimate control of their colour workflow|
|Software||4 Step Process & Interactive help||Wizard, Interactive Help, Advanced Features||Wizard, Interactive Help, Expert Console, Suite of Expert Features|
|Hardware Calibration Device||Spyder5 Colorimeter||Spyder5 Colorimeter||Spyder5 Colorimeter|
|Calibration Settings||Fixed (2)||16 Choices||Unlimited choices, user-defined, and Rec.709 for videography|
|Multiple Monitor Support||Laptops & Desktop Monitors||Laptops & Desktop Monitors||Laptops, Desktop Monitors, Front Projectors & Studio Match Assistant|
|Before & After Calibration Evaluation||Standard Datacolor Image||Standard Datacolor Image & Imported User Images||Standard Datacolor Image & Imported User Images (Full Screen Mode)|
|Room Light Monitoring||None||3 Ambient Light Settings||5 Ambient Light Settings|
|Fast Recalibration Option||None||Yes||Yes|
|Display Analysis||None||Basic||Advanced including Screen Uniformity|
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The difference between the before/after images sometimes has you questioning as to whether the changes made are beneficial, with one being a cooler image, and the other being a warmer image. But this is because your eyes will only spot the difference between the colours, and I have absolute faith in the colorimeter after seeing a print come out almost identical to the one on the screen, whereas before I would find images would come out too warm, too dark, or too lacking in contrast or saturation.
Being able to synchronize different monitors has been a really big positive point of this tool as well, meaning something I produce on my laptop will look almost identical when I drop it on my PC. As for users who have dual, or triple-monitor setups, this will be found useful for getting the colours and brightness to match exactly. The only exception I have found so far is in situations where the monitors use different technologies (i.e. IPS vs LCD), but even then the Spyder5 Elite will take you as close to matching as physically possible.
If you're serious about colourwork, or need different monitors to match up, then this is absolutely a necessary piece of equipment you should have sitting on your desk.
There is no manual in the box and I think that's by design, The website address to download the software is written on the side of the box in case you're looking for it.
Overall I'm very impressed with the product and pleased by my purchase. I you are a professional I'd imagine you'd want to buy a one of the next models up in the range as they offer the ability to monitor and change the calibration in real time based on the changes to ambient light in the room. However for hobbyists and non professionals this is a great device and provides splendid accurate colour management at a reasonable price.
This is much more compact than the old Spyder which is good but because it is so light now I did have some difficulty getting it to rest on the screen correctly.
I finally coughed up the money for this Spyder5 unit. Imagine my dismay when the problem still persists.
The Datacolor software is a little limited - and what makes the difference between the different product levels. There are plenty of very good and more detailed colour-calibration applications out there. For instance, dispcalGUI which uses Argyll CMS - this gives you a more detailed readout of the sensor information and it is this that really highlighted the problem.
To get each monitor reading 6500°K according to the sensor, the colour cast becomes even more apparent. The sensor is claiming that two completely different shades of white are the same. At which point, all other readings kind of become pointless.
In the end I just slogged it out myself and did things by hand, I still have a slight difference between the screens, but they are far better than the results from this calibrator device. Otherwise, the calibrator lifted the shadows a bit in my ICC profile, but generally my non-premium monitors weren't changed noticeably. And the sensor is reporting 99.9% sRGB for both.
If you have a single screen, you can probably convince yourself you're getting an accurate result, but it seems that this whole calibration lark is a bit of a farce.
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