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The help menu says set everything at midpoint and use backlight instead of brightness. Later in the help it says to set the contrast at max, I dont know which is correct.

I set everything to neutral and ran the calibration and everything was sepia. It purposely lowers the white point to give a warm look since my ambient light is low. I want the ambient light low and have no idea why it forces the sepia white point. So I have to turn off the ambient light detector.

Ran the test without the ambient light detector and it still warms things up to much at 6500 so I must use native white point. The calibration does not affect color saturation or sharpness at all and the help gives no advice as to what these settings should be at.

There is an glitch in the latest software which prevents the contrast and rgp sliders from showing during the calibration if the brightness slider is selected which means I cannot calibrate brightness/contrast/rgb during the same calibration as Im suppose to.

Given the lack of documentation for sharpness and color, the overly warm tones produced, and the glitch preventing contrast/rgb adjustment, I must highly not recommend this product. There are websites for free which have calibration tools that do a far better job. Ive never seen such a useless product and cant imagine what its purpose is although it looks really cool.
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Anyone else feel like Spyder products give calibration a bad reputation?
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Originally Posted by ZandarKoad View Post

Anyone else feel like Spyder products give calibration a bad reputation?

I use spyder3pro on a few systems and its okay to be honest for grayscale , doesn't sort gamut though.

The spyder3 sensor is again okay for the money.

The software is basic but functional, don't know if the 4 version has an expert console but thats what I use in 3.

And of course a hardware lut calibration system is normally pretty useless for video playback apps as they generally bypass the balibrated pipeline.
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And of course a hardware lut calibration system is normally pretty useless for video playback apps as they generally bypass the balibrated pipeline.

I thought the LUT worked for everything (including movies), but just the ICC profile containing the CMS data was ignored by most programs...

It certainly seems that way on bot my laptops.
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I thought the LUT worked for everything (including movies), but just the ICC profile containing the CMS data was ignored by most programs...

It certainly seems that way on bot my laptops.


Depends on the video pipe the app is using and also whether it messes with it (resets it)
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Depends on the video pipe the app is using and also whether it messes with it (resets it)

I use VLC for everything. My wife commented on how much more life like and detailed all her movies were, and I didn't even teller her I calibrated her display (laptop).

I do know there are very very very few programs out there that use the ICC Profile for video. In fact, I only know of one program, and it costs $50. Furthermore, I think it is profoundly STUPID that more applications, video drivers, or operating systems don't utilize the ICC profiles. But this is way off topic already.
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