Great price, that's about the lowest I have seen an i1pro. I paid more but I wanted the complete kit with carry bag, display mount, ambient cap, certification sheet, etc. I ended up with one that came from a lab so it's mint, could not even tell it had been used and I scored all the printer stuff with it as well (not that I'll ever bother to calibrate my printer).
These units are really impressive other than low reads, which are a bit slow and don't seem to be very accurate, so if you are only using an i1Pro (without a profiled colorimeter) keep that in mind. In other words it's a great unit to do gamut but not so much for greyscale (at least 0-20 IRE, 30 IRE seems ok but it definitely falls short at <20 IRE vs a good colorimeter).
I asked him if he had the white measurement plate ,that's used to calibrate the i1pro with. Maybe he thought I was talking about the white board I've seen in the complete package pictures.
Hopefully - I would think that getting a new matched base from xrite would require sending in the unit and considerable cost. At that point, I'd probably have them recertify it as well. Or, just cancel the deal and try again. The suspense is killing me
I have bought the third unit. I assumed that the base plate was not mandatory for measuring a light emissive source. Is the plate required for the meter to be useful in all cases?
Well, here we all are!
The base is necessary to run all the diagnostics to verify that the meter is working properly. I have read that as long as the i1pro passes the diagnostics, you can be confident that it is still accurate.
a dark reading is all that's required, so shielding the read head with something solid is all you'll need to do.
If you use Calman a neat trick passed on to me form RayJR is to set the side button on the i1pro to initialize (in the meter setup screen down below) and when you need to do the dark reading, just cover the hole with your finger and hit the button and you are done.
However this does not work if you have the meter setting screen up, so once you configure the button, close the setting screen.