Originally Posted by stevenjw
Then again, if you pay full price, you have no idea how long it's been sitting either really. I'd take a shot on the one at Videogon since I've listed stuff there and have had good experience with it. I'd trust something from there over Craigslist or eBay. At $39+$5 shipping, you really can't go wrong. That's a very decent price. Try emailing the seller for more info too if you must.
Very true, however, going off reports from curtpalme.com
, the i1Display has the least variance from unit to unit, if it has been stored properly (I received mine sealed with silica gel):
Unlike the (only slightly) lower priced Spyder meters, the X-Rite Eye One Display 2/LT is calibrated at the factory as they come off the assembly line. As such, our experience has been that they are all reasonably accurate consistent from unit to unit. This factory calibration most certainly has a lot to do with it.
Colorimeters like the Display 2/LT do drift faster than spectroradiometers so it's best to always get one that's as fresh as possible. Always purchase one from a place that has high turn around, or get the unit calibrated at the time of purchase. You do not want a unit that's been sitting around at hot/humid warehouse for quite some time before being sold to you.
And the price, well, I agree $45 is a steal, my only concern would be, if it was off, how would you know? Early on in this thread, people were reporting gross red push from old i1D2 meters. But if its somewhere between good and really bad, how would you know?
The method I've used, is I primarily got my meter for monitor calibration, and when I work on photos and load the lab's ICC profile in photoshop for proofing, then save the photos with their ICC profile, when they come back from the lab, the colors (under proper light source) appear (by eye) the same as what's on the monitor. Using this method, I know that at least my meter is better than a calibration by eye.
Regardless, this meter doesn't degrade in its light-detection ability, so it should still be very useful to set gamma even if the color is way off.