The Spyder4Express is a budget calibration device, but it boasts enhanced compatibility with a range of displays. Not only can it calibrate an array of standard and wide-gamut displays, but it can also be used with the iPad and iPhone.
The colorimeter is said to be 26 per cent more accurate than previous Spyders, thanks in part to the seven-colour sensor used to take measurements. Filters over the sensors are shielded twice, which is claimed to help maintain their colour over time.
The colorimeter plugs into – and is powered by – a standard USB port. The software supplied displays the measuring targets and creates the display profile.
Calibration of a PC or Mac takes about six minutes, but you’ll need to know your display’s specifications because these need to be entered first.
If you’re calibrating an iPad or iPhone, this works over a Wi-Fi connection to a PC or Mac, in conjunction with a free app.
Calibrating an iPhone takes two minutes, although all images must subsequently be viewed through this app because the calibration doesn’t actually change the iPhone’s colour settings.
Calibration status is given as measurements are being taken, and the results appear accurate to the eye. With no ambient light sensor, though, surrounding illumination isn’t taken into account as on alternative models.
Windows XP 32/64, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64; MacOS X Panther (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7)
Excellent compatibility with a range of displays and devices, but the software can be initially confusing.
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