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Whatever software you get should have full support for the meter you select or you're not going to like the results. For example, that meter may need some correction for LCD calibration because the light spectrum emitted by CCFL (fluorescent) or RGB LEDs or white LEDs can be so different that they throw measurements off compared to plasma measurements. The software you select should let you specify the type of display you are measuring and by doing that, the measurements should be more accurate due to compensation for the different light spectra you measure from different types of LCD displays vs, plasma displays.
Because lower-cost meters can't necessarily be trusted when measuring LCD displays, some people purchase a used spectroradiometer to use to characterize the less expensive meter (which may be faster at making readings). That insures you'll get good measurements from the lower-cost meter. I've used a Spyder 2 Pro in the past (same as any Spyder 2 except the Pro models were the ones that produced the most accurate measurements out of all Spyder 2 meters) in the past and it was worthless for calibrating any LCD or projection lamp display or projector, but did sort of OK on plasma (would not measure low light levels though... 10% white measurements were marginal, darker than that, forget it.
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