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Nov 16, 2023 14:02:54   #
flashdaddy Loc: Berlin PA
 
I have an old ColorMunki colorimeter from a number of years ago and it won't work with my new BenQ monitor. So I need to buy something new. In looking at B&H they have two choices within my price range and I'm just wondering if someone has used them.

One is the Calibrite Color Checker Display which I think is made by the company that made my ColorMunki and it's priced at $169.

The Datacolor SpyderX Elite is in a package that includes a Checker 24 Color Chart and a Spyder CUBE Exposure Calibration tool for $149.50 which is on sale from $299. Naturally, everyone likes a good sale, I'm just asking if the SpyderX Elite is a product that can get the job done.

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Nov 16, 2023 14:11:13   #
Amadeus Loc: New York
 
flashdaddy wrote:
I have an old ColorMunki colorimeter from a number of years ago and it won't work with my new BenQ monitor. So I need to buy something new. In looking at B&H they have two choices within my price range and I'm just wondering if someone has used them.

One is the Calibrite Color Checker Display which I think is made by the company that made my ColorMunki and it's priced at $169.

The Datacolor SpyderX Elite is in a package that includes a Checker 24 Color Chart and a Spyder CUBE Exposure Calibration tool for $149.50 which is on sale from $299. Naturally, everyone likes a good sale, I'm just asking if the SpyderX Elite is a product that can get the job done.
I have an old ColorMunki colorimeter from a number... (show quote)


I use the spyder. Works very well. I believe you’ll get numerous answers on this. Many here use the spyder.

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Nov 16, 2023 17:13:27   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
I use the Spyder as well - have for many years and works great

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Nov 16, 2023 17:39:56   #
terryMc Loc: Arizona's White Mountains
 
I have the Spyder X2 Ultra (V. 6.0.1) and I have used the Spyder through several iterations. I balance two monitors with it. Works well for me.

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Nov 16, 2023 17:52:52   #
flashdaddy Loc: Berlin PA
 
I'm looking at the Ultra because I have 2 monitors, a 24" HP that I keep my Photoshop tools on and a BenQ 25" PD2506Q that I recently purchased and use for my editing. The first print I worked on seems to be too yellow and hopefully getting my BenQ calibrated will do the job.

Has anyone used a Spyder on a BenQ monitor?

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Nov 16, 2023 19:27:26   #
terryMc Loc: Arizona's White Mountains
 
flashdaddy wrote:
I'm looking at the Ultra because I have 2 monitors, a 24" HP that I keep my Photoshop tools on and a BenQ 25" PD2506Q that I recently purchased and use for my editing. The first print I worked on seems to be too yellow and hopefully getting my BenQ calibrated will do the job.

Has anyone used a Spyder on a BenQ monitor?


I have the SW270C PhotoVue. It has hardware calibration built in, but I use the Spyder anyway. I can use the Spyder to balance the brightness of the Ben Q and the older ViewSonic I use as my second display.

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Nov 16, 2023 20:18:59   #
flashdaddy Loc: Berlin PA
 
Thanks, everyone, time to order!

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Nov 17, 2023 10:46:19   #
camerapapi Loc: Miami, Fl.
 
I also use the Spider, an old version and I never had a technician at a printing shop mentioning to me that the colors in my files were off.

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Nov 17, 2023 19:47:18   #
DaveD65 Loc: Queen City, Ohio
 
I have an older Colormunki and a fairly new (last year)
BenQ 24" monitor and it worked just fine. I use an even older Lenovo desktop Intel 15i, 16 gig ram. I have had no problems.

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Nov 17, 2023 19:54:09   #
tcthome Loc: NJ
 
[quote=flashdaddy]I have an old ColorMunki colorimeter from a number of years ago and it won't work with my new BenQ monitor. So I need to buy something new. In looking at B&H they have two choices within my price range and I'm just wondering if someone has used them.

One is the Calibrite Color Checker Display which I think is made by the company that made my ColorMunki and it's priced at $169.

Xrite sold the non- commercial product line to Calibrate.

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Nov 18, 2023 12:23:34   #
one_eyed_pete Loc: Colonie NY
 
flashdaddy wrote:
I have an old ColorMunki colorimeter from a number of years ago and it won't work with my new BenQ monitor. So I need to buy something new. In looking at B&H they have two choices within my price range and I'm just wondering if someone has used them.

One is the Calibrite Color Checker Display which I think is made by the company that made my ColorMunki and it's priced at $169.

The Datacolor SpyderX Elite is in a package that includes a Checker 24 Color Chart and a Spyder CUBE Exposure Calibration tool for $149.50 which is on sale from $299. Naturally, everyone likes a good sale, I'm just asking if the SpyderX Elite is a product that can get the job done.
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A few years ago I bought a Spyder 5 Pro, I think it was under $100. It works for my monitors. What I don't understand is why wouldn't your ColorMunki work for your new monitor? The colorimeter simply measures the color output of your monitor and generates a profile that your computer applies to the monitor output. The colorimeter doesn't communicate with the monitor.

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Nov 18, 2023 12:27:10   #
BebuLamar
 
one_eyed_pete wrote:
A few years ago I bought a Spyder 5 Pro, I think it was under $100. It works for my monitors. What I don't understand is why wouldn't your ColorMunki work for your new monitor? The colorimeter simply measures the color output of your monitor and generates a profile that your computer applies to the monitor output. The colorimeter doesn't communicate with the monitor.


I don't know about BenQ but I guess like NEC they have their own software that uses a number of supported colorimeter to calibrate their monitors. The software communicate with the monitor and make the hardware adjustments on the monitor not doing it via the profile.

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Nov 18, 2023 12:28:13   #
Hip Coyote
 
flashdaddy wrote:
I have an old ColorMunki colorimeter from a number of years ago and it won't work with my new BenQ monitor. So I need to buy something new. In looking at B&H they have two choices within my price range and I'm just wondering if someone has used them.

One is the Calibrite Color Checker Display which I think is made by the company that made my ColorMunki and it's priced at $169.

The Datacolor SpyderX Elite is in a package that includes a Checker 24 Color Chart and a Spyder CUBE Exposure Calibration tool for $149.50 which is on sale from $299. Naturally, everyone likes a good sale, I'm just asking if the SpyderX Elite is a product that can get the job done.
I have an old ColorMunki colorimeter from a number... (show quote)


I have the Datacolor SypderX Elite. It came in a cool little metal box with the tool and the cube. It works just fine for me. I never use the cube...I do use a grey card on occasion when doing off camera flash stuff.

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Nov 18, 2023 13:25:58   #
one_eyed_pete Loc: Colonie NY
 
BebuLamar wrote:
I don't know about BenQ but I guess like NEC they have their own software that uses a number of supported colorimeter to calibrate their monitors. The software communicate with the monitor and make the hardware adjustments on the monitor not doing it via the profile.


Thanks, I learned something. I did hear some monitors have internal calibration/recalibration software but they aren't necessarily correct/accurate. I would think he could still use his ColorMunki but use the ColorMunki software and the created profile.

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Nov 18, 2023 14:58:20   #
BebuLamar
 
one_eyed_pete wrote:
Thanks, I learned something. I did hear some monitors have internal calibration/recalibration software but they aren't necessarily correct/accurate. I would think he could still use his ColorMunki but use the ColorMunki software and the created profile.


I had the Spyder II unit and I didn't really like to use it with its software. When I bought the NEC monitor I used NEC software with the Spyder II and I really like it. But with the latest version of the NEC software it doesn't support the Spyder II any more so I had to buy another unit which is made by X-Rite but branded NEC.

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