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Datacolor SpyderX Pro – Monitor Calibration Designed for Serious Photographers and Designers SXP100
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- THE FASTEST SPYDER EVER: Calibrating your monitor to achieve color precision now takes just a minute or two – several times faster than previous models.
- THE MOST ACCURATE SPYDER EVER: Groundbreaking lens-based color engine provides a higher level of color accuracy for multiple monitors. SpyderX Pro features room-light monitoring, automatic profile changing and significantly more precise screen color, shadow detail and white balance.
- .THE EASIEST-TO-USE SPYDER EVER: SpyderX Pro is so intuitive, you don’t have to be a color expert. It features quick and easy single-click calibration and wizard workflow with 12 predefined calibration targets for advanced color accuracy.
- SEE THE DIFFERENCE INSTANTLY: SpyderProof functionality provides before-and-after evaluation of your display and allows you to see the difference using your own images.
- MONITOR TECHNOLOGIES CHANGE AND IMPROVE OVER TIME: SpyderX Pro assures you support for the latest screen types, recent resolutions and gamuts.
Style: SpyderX Pro
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SpyderX is the best Spyder ever. SpyderX Pro is designed for serious photographers and designers seeking a fast, accurate and easy-to-use monitor calibration solution in order to set up their color management workflow easily. The SpyderX Pro display calibrator offers the first lens-based color engine of any Spyder product. Years of research and development at Datacolor resulted in a display calibration tool with significantly increased precision, color accuracy, and low light capabilities. With SpyderX Pro, photographers can be sure that what they see on screen is the most accurate representation of the shot they took. When they start editing and they know the color on their monitor is accurate, they can confidently control every aspect of their image. SpyderX Pro has extensive color calibration options, as well as options for matching and tuning multiple displays. The SpyderX is the fastest, most accurate, easiest-to-use monitor calibration tool ever created by Datacolor. The SpyderX Pro gives photographers more confidence and advanced control of their creative vision.
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SpyderX Pro Features
Superior Colorimeter Technology
Based on years of research, SpyderX is a completely new, more accurate way of measuring color. Our groundbreaking lens-based color engine technology features higher light sensitivity and more advanced sensors, so you can experience significantly more precise screen color, white balance and shadow detail.
Whether you are looking for a quick calibration or a customized color profile, SpyderX gives you easy-to-use solutions. SpyderX Pro offers One-click Calibration and Step-by-step Assistant modes, along with interactive help every step of the way.
Calibrate All Of Your Monitors
SpyderX allows you to calibrate multiple laptops and desktop monitors and supports the latest display technologies, so you can be confident that your colors are always accurate no matter which of your computers or displays you are working on.
Spyderproof: Before & After
With our SpyderProof feature, you’ll see the difference right before your eyes. Just one click allows you to compare your monitor colors before and after calibration and see the nuances that matter most. Try it with a Datacolor composite image or upload your own favorite photos.
Room Light Monitoring
SpyderX features an integrated ambient light sensor that can measure your room light throughout the day allowing you to adjust your display brightness and contrast to ideal levels. The software can either warn you to recalibrate or do it automatically using custom profiles based on light level. SpyderX Pro features 5 ambient light settings.
Monitor Performance Analysis
It’s important to know how your monitors perform during color-critical work. With the SpyderX Pro basic Display Analysis feature, you can better understand the color, brightness, contrast, gamut, tone response and white point of your monitors.
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Supported Display Technologies & Usb Protocols
- All recent computer display types
- USB 1.1, USB 2.X and USB 3.X
- USB A plug, also compatible with USB A>C adapters for use in USB C ports
- Windows 7 32/64 and above
- Mac OS X 10.10 and above
- Monitor Resolution 1280x768 or greater
- 16-bit video card (24-bit recommended)
- 1GB of available RAM
- 500MB of available hard disk
- Internet connection for software download
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Diese ist immer gleich, nur die Software unterscheidet sich.
Der Spyder X ist soweit ordentlich verarbeitet
Damit kommen wir zum ersten Punkt, der Code für die Software klebt als schlecht gedruckter Sticker schief unten in der Verpackung.
Die Art und Weise wie die Lizenz geliefert wird und dann das diese noch mit E-Mail Adresse aktiviert werden muss. Ehrlich das ist so lustlos wie die gesamte Software.
Wie wäre es wenn ihr die Software an die Seriennummer der Hardware koppelt.
Und dann die Möglichkeit eine Upgrade . (Wenn die Software gut wäre)
Der Spyder X ist ordentlich verarbeitet das Gehäuse macht einen guten Eindruck.
Das Kabel macht weniger was her. Das Kabel wirkt einfach nur billig. Und zwischen Deckel und Sensor wird es vermutlich irgendwann einfach brechen. Die Ferritperle am Stecker lässt ja auch vermuten, dass man hier wenig Vertrauen in die Schirmung von Kabel hat.
Bei meinem Exemplar kann noch hinzu das auf der Innenseite der Linse irgendwelche Reste von der Fertigung lagen. Es sind zum Glück nur 5 Schrauben und etwas Druckluft nötig um das zu beheben. Nebenbei kann man dann ja auch seine Neugierde befriedigen.
Sollte ja trotzdem so nicht sein. Der Messing Gewindeeinsatz für das Stativ kann über das Kabel auch nicht so richtig hinwegtrösten.
Laut Internetseite von Datacolor hat man dort ganze 3 Jahre über konzentriert eine komplett neue Farbsensor-Technologie zu entwickelt.
Der Spyder 4 war ein 7-Band-Colorimeter, der zu Spyder X verwendet einen 6 Kanal Sensor plus NIR. Wobei NIR wohl für Nahinfrarot stehen dürfte. Ich wage nicht zu spekulieren wie dies beim Farbabgleich von Displays behilflich ist.
(AS7264N ist nicht nur dafür konzipiert)
Vielleicht hilft es auch dabei die Keimfähigkeit von Kartoffeln zu bestimmen. Geneueres findet man sicher im Datenblatt von AS7264N (ams.com). Dieser ist per I²C (oder SMBus) an einen Silicon Labs C8051F020 Mikrocontroller angebunden. Dieser wind dann über eine Serail zu USB Brücke mit dem PC kommunizieren. Das ganze erinnert gewaltig an das Demo Kit von AS7264, letztendlich macht es ja auch genau dies. Zusätzlich ist hier eben eine Optik sowie ein Helligkeitssensor an der Oberseite integriert. Insgesammt macht die Hardware einen sehr ordentlichen Eindruck.
Kommen wir zu Software. Diese überzeugt einfach nicht, sie ist zwar schnell aber die Ergebnisse sind einfach nicht so gut wie von der kostenlosen OpenSource Lösung DisplayCAL. Man kann hier den Bewertungen von „MP“ und „Luke“ nur voll und ganz zustimmen und beiden ein „Nützlich“ geben.
Ich habe die Software von Datacolor wieder runtergeschmissen.
Fazit : Also besser nicht die „Elite“ Version.
After wasting hours trying and re-trying their unsuccessful remedies, I gave up and sent it back for a refund.
Given how many positive reviews there are, I believe this is probably a good piece of kit. BUT it clearly has problem with Windows 10 that they do not know how to fix.
Update: another member of their customer support team contacted me with yet another supposed fix, which doubtlessly would not have worked. I explained that I had given up and sent the device back for a refund. A received a rather defensive and unnecessary reply stating again that the problem was with microsoft, and that "99%" of users who experienced this problem were able to get the device to function using one of their workarounds. The message finished by saying there were still two possible solutions:
a) "revert to the previous Windows 10 Build or
b) wait until Microsoft releases a fix".
Not sure if these were intended to be serious suggestions, or just an attempt to have the last word. Whichever, I have reduced my rating to one star as a result.
After use, however, I am unconvinced by this product. There is no software or instructions provided out of the box. The web page given for software downloads is a dead-end. A Google check took me to the correct site from which I could download the software. Not a great start.
Initially, only the Profile Chooser appears. Clicking on this creates an error message (avoid this). Eventually the actual SpyderX Pro programme starts. This takes you through the whole process.
First time through, the programme stops, requiring me to physically alter the brightness on my monitor. These are not the 'old days' with easy to use monitor controls. I had to download instructions for the small fiddly controls located behind my monitor. I thought this was meant to be automatic? I thought one more chance or it is going back. I ran the programme start to finish (with no physical intervention of monitor controls on my part) without a hitch this time. Monitor image before/after; definitely warmer tones.
I then tried on my laptop. The programme already knew my licence number so it was a bit easier. To my eyes, the same shift in colours as my main monitor. Maybe that was right. Well, I'm not sure. White is now definitely yellow. Can I be reassured by any of the 'improvements?' I do not think I can. Knowing what I know now, I would not have bought the product. Yet if I had not bought it, I would still have wondered how accurate my monitor colours were. Other users have suggested DisplayCal as an alternative software. I may try this later.
Overall then not the display panacea I was hoping for.
The device arrived promptly and I duly installed the accompanying software. However the installation proved incomplete as the "Utility" element of the software initially failed to install and when I contacted DataColor's Technical Support team, the advice that I received in the first instance was not very helpful.
Ultimately and after two further rounds of correspondence with Technical Support, I was able to achieve a full installation and the device now seems to be working as it should.
In all honesty however, I'm not totally convinced that the SpyderX offers the promised significant improvements over my original Spyder4 Elite! However as a member of a local camera club, who regularly participates in print and DPI competitions, time will tell whether my not inconsiderable investment in the "X" proves to be money well spent.
My current uncertainty is the main reason for not awarding the full five stars.
Addendum after 6 Months' use.
Having now used the SpyderX Pro for almost 6 months, I can confirm that it seems to have delivered on its promise so far. It's easy to use and certainly much quicker in performing re-calibrations each month. One thing I have yet to try however, is run it in conjunction with the open source "DisplayCAL" software, which several other reviewers of the SpyderX Pro have recommended, instead of the proprietary software supplied by DataColor. It would be interesting to see how this software compares.
Of course, there are calibrators that will set-up both the monitor and your printer - however, they are considerably more expensive, and I've never been convinced of claims to match an additive colour process (the monitor) to a subtractive colour process (the printer/a print-out). Physics will only allow such a calibration to get 'sort-of-close-ish' - I've never seen a truly close match in over 35 years as a professional graphic designer. Refining the set-up of my inkjet printer, thought, is the next step.
Have only been using my SpyderX Pro for a short while so can't honestly/definitively comment on how it effects on-screen image processing and the final print-outs/hard-copies until after a little more experimentation. However, it is immediately obvious that monitors are over-bright by a good margin - presumably to add 'punch' to on-screen image display, which would explain the usually over-dark printouts I've experieinced before applying the SpyderX Pro.
I had used 3 of them, one of them was perfect after calibration with supplied software, the others leaned a tiny bit towards the red or increased contrast, perhaps due to slight hardware differences but all 3 of them were identicle with displaycal.
The price is high at the moment and may drop later.
The SpyderX supplied software is limited and the free Displaycal helps but the support is in it's early stages.
That said, once he did get it set up and working he calibrated his monitor touched up a photo he'd been working on, and the printed version come out much more like what he'd seen on the screen.
So even with the difficulty setting up, we're still very happy with it.