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If I wanted to get into calibration as a home hobby, is the Spyder product worth it? I have read other 'newbie' threads where the i1Pro is recommended to buy, but for the Spyder prouct for $124 sounds tempting.
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If I wanted to get into calibration as a home hobby, is the Spyder product worth it? I have read other 'newbie' threads where the i1Pro is recommended to buy, but for the Spyder prouct for $124 sounds tempting.

which one? in general, the answer is probably not
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The deal with the Spyder 4 is that if you get a solid unit it's a great tool for the investment and a great way to get into DIY calibration. I had excellent results with a Spyder 4, checked against an i1Pro & i1D3.

The Spyder colorimeters have a bad reputation due to the previous generations being very hit and miss regarding accuracy. They have improved each generation (just as most other companies have done) and as such you have a good chance of getting a fairly accurate Spyder 4.

Just as with the highly regarded i1 Display Pro (D3) you'll not know just how accurate your meter is unless it is verified against a spectro/reference meter.

You'll find that most comments suggesting to avoid the Spyder 4 are from those that have never owned/used one and are basing their opinion on previous generations (mainly the Spyder and Spyder 2).

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Thanks. It does look interesting after reading the reviews and all. Am I correct that other than this I would have to spend in the $800 range to get started?
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Greetings

The Color Munki photo is the least expensive spectro in the $400-$500 range.

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