Originally Posted by CpuZapper333
I see you have edited your post...
I would assume X-Rite would be able to provide a specs list if we are able to make a request based on an actual manufactures part number and not a third party marketing name.
How do you tell one product from another without a manufacturer’s part number and a specification list?
If this product is only made for SpectraCal maybe the request for a specs list would have to come from them?
These kind of practices go on all the time in lots of industries, ever try to get Seagate to tell you the specs on an OEM 1 TB HP Seagate.. you will probably get nothing out of Seagate beyond a referral back to the OEM who will tell you less.
The OEM will likely only reveal what they want you to know and the manufacturer (let's use Seagate in this example) will defer to their non-disclosure agreement and refer you back to the OEM/integrator, say HP. They don't care about you on either side really. But you are talking about one, and they are dealing in millions. With meters each end user is an important client relatively speaking. If I buy an X-Rite III, 3 Pro ZY GT then I might be one of thousands but not one in tens of millions. I should be regarded a little higher than the poor SOB calling Seagate with the HP OEM drive.
There are times and places for this non-sense, I don't think creating a murky soup around colorimeters does anything postitive for the end user. Despite what folks like SpectraCal think, it is end users who buy meters... SpectraCal is just a reseller. If I can't afford their meter my satisfaction with them is low. Sure they hate competition, but without it what would the state of the consumer/prosumer tools be today and just how big would that market be? Let's have a little creative destruction here, that is how markets get bigger.
The money in the long run is in selling lots of meters, meters move software license revenue, high meter prices don't really encourage that.. sure it can allow a manufacturer and their reseller partner to be rewared for a time with a fair crop of mushrooms. You know the old saw, feed them bs and keep them in the dark. Over time though light creeps in, mushrooms don't grow nearly as well where the light it. Where the light is, is where the really big crops grow. I vote for transparency.