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2018 colorimeters to calibrate monitors


Buying guide 2018 of colorimeters !
Updated on November 11, 2018


Here are all my complete tests of the screen calibration probes of the market and some discontinued models as well as my selection by price category!

Find all my advice to properly calibrate your screen:

1 - Why ta calibrate your monitor or screen ?

2 - How to calibrate your monitor or screen: with or without colorimeter ?


Colorimeters to start well | From $80

In 2018, you will find two colorimeters to start calibrating your screens at affordable prices - Budget from $90


ColorMunki Smile review | $90

This beginner's probe is based on the old gelatin probe of the Eye One Display II, which is not very reliable over time.
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Spyder5Express review | $130

My selection for those who want to control their budget and discover a calibration of their quality screen.
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Mid-range colorimeters | From $145

In 2018, you will find two mid-rang colorimeters for enthusiasts or professionals that will allow you to perform a very high quality calibration, very accurate, but without the quality ratios that allow the higher range colorimeters - Budget : under $150


ColorMunki Display review | $150

Surely the best quality/price ratio with its competitor. I just have a slight preference for the software.
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Test de la Spyder5Pro | $145

In this price range, we have a choice! The Spyder5 sensor has really become excellent.
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The best colorimeters | From $245

In 2018, you will find two top-of-the-range colorimeters for enthusiasts or professionals who not only want to perfectly calibrate their display but also want to know more about it with a detailed final report (calibration quality, panel homogeneity, etc...) - Budget : Under $260


i1Display Pro review | $245

Surely the best screen calibration probe on the market, or at least my favorite, especially for its i1Profiler software.
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Test de la Spyder5Elite | $250

If the colorimeter is at the same level as its competitor (although slightly redder), the software can make a difference.
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Through its 6 colorimeter reviews (or screen calibration sensor), I will share with you all my tips to help you choose yours!

By budget :

- From $80 to $130
- From $145 to $150
- From $245 to $250

By models...

- ColorMunki Smile / $80
- Spyder5Express / $130
- ColorMunki Display / $150
- Spyder5Pro / $145
- i1Display Pro / $245
- Spyder5Elite / $250

- 2018 monitors buying guide !
- My 13 full monitor review


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