Looking for a colorimeter

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  1. Shivi Vats

    Shivi Vats Notebook Enthusiast

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    It was suggested to me that I buy a colorimeter instead of going for a professional display calibration, as the colorimeter would be very cost efficient.
    I was looking into the Datacolor Spyder 5(link), but after reading some negative reviews about this, I am not so sure anymore about this product.
    I was told that backlight needs calibration after 90 days so I would need to use it multiple times and I read that the cheaper versions of the Spyer5 don't let you use it more than once or twice. Is that the case?
    What are your opinions on this product and what would you recommend?
    I'd be using this mostly for laptop screens, but possibly for a monitor screen as well.
    TIA!
     
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    If you are not a professional, then the Spyder 5 will be just fine. There is not a limitation on the number of devices you can use, that I am aware of.

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    Can always use DisplayCAL
     
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    That's what most people suggested as well, from the info I found.

    Apparently, the hardware is the same across the Spyder 5 Basic / Pro / Elite / etc. The only difference is software features they turn on for you. But most people suggested getting around that by just using DisplayCal. That seems like the way to go for non-professional use.

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    So I should buy a Spyder5 and use the DisplayCAL software instead of their own?
    Also as the h/w is same so it would be okay going for the cheapest version, right?
     
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    pretty much


    also make sure you buy from a store with good return policy
     
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    Okay thanks!
     
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    Have an old spyder 2 laying around somewhere but no software, might check out displaycal if I can find it.
     
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    Thank you so much! That'd be great if you could test it. It'd really help me befote buying!
     
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    I'll look for it tonight.
     
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