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X-Rite ColorMunki Smile review

Published on October 12, 2012 |  Updated on December 02, 2019


Why does X-Rite seem to have reconditioned the old Eye One Display II with gelatin filter under this new ColorMunki Smile package for beginners?

Released in fall 2012 in order to compete Datacolor and its Spyder4Express, X-Rite has launched a new display calibration colorimeter: the Colormunki Smile. Can this economical colorimeter, since its price is aligned to its competitor, offer a real alternative to limited budget users, knowing that better versions are just a little more expensive ? Is the criteria of calibration software simplicity - there is nothing to adjust or choose - is really an advantage ? This is what we will see on this page.


In a few words...


ColorMunki Smile


If you have one and it works, don't change anything but in no case I advise you to buy this first price colorimeter which uses an old technology that is not reliable over time - Read my conclusion  

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Introduction to the ColorMunki Smile - X-Rite

This display calibration colorimeter represents an entry level product of X-Rite calibration products. This colorimeter is clearly positioned to face the Spyder4Express colorimeter, on this commodity market segment around $100, obviously highly competitive, as X-Rite had avoided to release this kind of product ... The Spyder4Express has indeed never had a good reputation among people, even non-specialists... So let's not keep this incredible suspense going on, I will not recommend this colorimeter, so I did not make a detailed test...

The calibration kit and its box

The X-Rite Colormunki Smile monitor colorimeter comes with a new, in fact "old", colorimeter since it is the reconditioned... old Eye One Display 2 ! It is therefore a huge surprise, when we know it is a previous generation gelatin filter colorimeter that age suddenly and that can not properly calibrate the recent wide gamut monitors. Having said that the kit is a standard one with its colorimeter, the booklet, the installation CD and a small weight. Nothing but classic !

Colormunki Smile


Main features

  • Old instrument of measurement technology...
  • Gelatine filters;
  • Extremely simplified software.




Calibration: step by step

Exceptionally, the display calibration with this colorimeter will not be discussed here, because I can not recommend this colorimeter. I am afraid for my reputation ! Jokes aside, the software is so simple you will not need a tutorial to make a calibration of your monitor with this colorimeter.



  ColorMunki Display  
Color fidelity 5,0/10
Implementation / settings 4,0/10
Manufacturing quality 5,0/10
Quality / Price ratio 4,0/10


  I like it very much...  
  • Few things in comparison with a really better competition...
  I regret...  
  • To offer us an old recycled colorimeter aging badly and that does not calibrate wide gamut monitors, one should explain us...Damned marketing !
  My overall rating...  
  4,5 / 10  
  My conclusion...  

Colorimètre Colormunki Smile sur écranWhat do you want me to say ? The few people that will buy it before reading this article, may find it ok, because it might be fine for their monitor, but I cannot decently recommend it.

Another suggestion! All in all I prefer the Spyder5Express at the same price range and for hardly more expensive at the moment, I strongly suggest Colormunki Display...

X-Rite ColorMunki Smile


Here is my review of the ColorMunki Smile from X-Rite.  
- Review of the Colormunki Smile X-Rite
  - Introduction to ColorMunki Smile
- Calibration with the ColorMunki Display
- Conclusion and rating

- Why and how to calibrate your monitor?
- How to choose your monitor?


Calibrate your monitor with the best
colorimeter: X-Rite i1Display Pro !

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Calibrate your monitor with your favorite colorimeter : Datacolor SpyderX PRO !

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