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Monitor calibration colorimeters on the market

i1 Display Pro colorimeterIt is time to review all the colorimeters and calibration colorimeter or monitor colorimeters of the market. I have almost tested all of them, therefore you will find a short summary of each colorimeter and also a link to the test ...

Finally, on the next page, I will give you my advices on monitor colorimeter purchasing by category or type of monitor :

  • calibrate a basic or medium range monitors;
  • Calibrate a wide gamut monitor;
  • Calibrate a Graphic Art monitor;
  • Calibrate a laptop monitor;
  • Calibrate an iMac and Apple Display;
  • Calibrate an iPad.


    My advices on monitor calibration colorimeters by monitor type suivre

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Monitor calibration colorimeters

In 2013, we can consider that six monitor calibration colorimeters reprensent the market. Prices range from $89 to $249. This is very reasonable and invites you to buy a professional colorimeter. The main differences are related to the quality of color filters, functions and other options, and, finally the quality of ICC profiles creation software.


Let's see that now through this summary :


Colorimeters on the market

  Manufacturer modes easy/advanced Possibilities Price $
Eye One Display II
Yes / Yes
***
SH
Colormunki Smile
Yes / No
*
79
 
Colormunki Display
Yes / Yes
***
169
 
i1Display Pro
Yes / Yes
*****
249
 
i1Photo Pro 2
Yes / Yes
*****
1199 *
 
Spyder4Express
Yes / No
*
105
 
Spyder4Pro
Yes / Yes
***
295
 
Spyder4Eilte
Yes / Yes
*****
215
  Spyder5Express Datacolor Yes / No * 99
  Spyder5EPro Datacolor Yes / Yes *** 149
  Spyder5Eilte Datacolor Yes / Yes ***** 229
 
* monitor calibration + printer + camera case
       

  choice
gamma/CT
Multi
monitors
Ambient light Beamer
Eye One Display II
Yes
No
Yes
No
 
Colormunki Smile
No
Yes
No
No
Colormunki Display
5.500 K / 6.500 K
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
I1Display Pro
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
i1 Photo Pro
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
 
Spyder4Express
No
No
No
No
 
Spyder4EPro
5.500 K / 6.500 K
No
Yes
No
 
Spyder4Eilte
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
  Spyder5Express No No No No
  Spyder5Pro 5.500 K / 6.500 K No Yes No
  Spyder5Elite Yes Yes Yes Yes

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My Reviews and prices...

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Box i1Display Pro X-Rite

i1Display Pro X-Rite

$217.99


My opinion about the i1Display Pro d'X-Rite

The X-Rite i1Display Pro model is the calibration device reference today. It allows to calibrate monitors and laptops screen - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

My grade : 9,5 / 10 - The best colorimeter of the market, but also the most complex to use !

 

 

Buy this colorimeter from...

  Price Seller
$217.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  $239.00
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


Pointilles

Boîte Colormunki Display

Colormunki Display X-Rite

$144.00


My opinion about Colormunki Display - X-Rite

The X-Rite Colormunki Display model is a calibration colorimeter for expert amator and most professionals. A bit limitated compared to the i1Display Pro :

  • Slower,
  • less adjustments and limitated detailled calibration report,
  • No possibility to calibrate a beamer...
  • but really good with laptops and iMac.
  • Read reviews of Amazon buyers

My grade : 8,5 / 10
Best quality/price ratio choice !


 

Buy this colorimeter from...

  Price Seller
$144.00
Buy from Amazon.com
  $145.00
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr

Pointilles

Box Colormunki Smile

Colormunki Smile X-Rite

$64.30


My opinion about Colormunki Smile - X-Rite

The Colormunki Smile colorimeter from X-Rite is the most affordable colorimeter of this brand. It allows you to calibrate desktop or laptop monitors without using any advanced display feature. At the end, you will not be able to choose target values - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

  • Target values : 2,2 and 6500 K.
  • Colorimeter with only 3 colorimeters;
  • Multi monitor calibration possibility !
  • It is a recycled Eye One Display 2 :(

My grade : 5/10 - With the Spyder4Express, it is the most affordable one, but I do not recommend it !

 

 

Another suggestion !
For a little more, I recommends to you the Spyder5Express.

 

Buy Colormunki Smile from...

  Price Seller
$64.30
Buy from Amazon.fr
  $75.65
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr

Pointilles

Box Colormunki Smile

i1Photo Pro 2 X-Rite

$1,279.99


My opinion about i1Photo Pro 2 - X-Rite

The i1 Photo Pro 2 kit from X-Rite is based on a new spectrophotometer. It allows you to calibrate your monitor but also your printer and your beamer. If professionals are divided on its real interest to calibrate a monitor, it is at minimum as good as a colorimeter. This case is an excellent choice for those who wish a complete color workflow solution. Very nice product. - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

  • Complete and reallly performant solution in this new version (may 2012) !

Excellent Quality/Price ratio with this kind of polyvalence level!

 

 

Buy i1 Photo Pro 2 from...

  Price Seller
$1,279.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  $1,279.99
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


Pointilles

Box Spyder5Express

Spyder5Express Datacolor

$97.50


My opinion about Spyder5Express - Datacolor

The Spyder5Express colorimeter from Datacolor is an affordable calibration colorimeter. It remplaces the old Spyder4Express. it has no adjustment possibilities, but correctly calibrate with a standard 6.500 K and a 2,2 gamma. On a basic monitor, The profile looks a bit too cold.

My grade : 7,5 / 10
Now, I do recommend it !

 


Another suggestion !
For a little more, I recommends to you the Spyder5Pro

 

Buy Spyder5Express from...

  Price Seller
$97.50
Buy from Amazon.com
  $99.99
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


Pointilles

Boîte Spyder5Pro Datacolor

Spyder5Pro Datacolor

$137.00


My opinion about the Spyder5Pro - Datacolor

The Datacolor Spyder4pro model is a professional calibration colorimeter, but slightly limitated compared to the Elite model. In both case, you will get the same colorimeter.

The missing feature would be the multi monitors possibility, less adjustment settings and the possibility to calibrate a beamer. However, it allows you to calibrate an iPad and also, a wide gamut monitors - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

My grade : 8,5/10
Spyder5Pro is Excellent quality/price ratio : recommended.

 

 

Buy the Spyder5Pro from...

  Price Seller
$137.00
Buy from Amazon.com
  $149.00
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr


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Box Spyder5Elite Datacolor

Spyder5Elite Datacolor

$189.99


My opinion about the Spyder5Elite - Datacolor

The Datacolor Spyder5Elite colorimeter is the most complete calibration kit. It has everything you can expect from a professional colorimeter today and even more ! - Read reviews of Amazon buyers

My grade : 9,0/10 - This colorimeter clearly competes with the i1Display Pro and offers almost infinite possibilities. Excellent colorimeter, but ... just behind the i1Display Pro !

 

 

Buy the Spyder5Elite from...

  Price Seller
Buy from Amazon.com
$189.99
Buy from Amazon.com
  $189.99
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr

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