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Useable "Life-span" of colorimeters

I'm trying to find out when your colorimeter would have deteriorated to the extent of becoming impractical to use.

I know age is definitely a factor.
I also understand that glass filters are way more durable than gel filters.
Which brings up a side topic - how can you tell if the colorimeter you are looking at buying, has glass or gel filters?

What I am trying to establish is which "amateur" colorimeters would have the best life-span, and at what age (for the various colorimeters we use) would the colorimeter become unreliable or unuseable.
Also does the deterioration depend just on age, or is it more to do with hours of use?

I have a Colormunki Display, and I'm not particularly happy with my calibrations.
Is it my fault, or is it the colorimeter?
I am probably like many people in that I don't have access to a reliable colorimeter with which to generate a correction file for my colorimeter.

To make matters worse, I bought my Colormunki 2nd hand, so I have no idea how old it is.
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I'm trying to find out when your colorimeter would have deteriorated to the extent of becoming impractical to use.

I know age is definitely a factor.
I also understand that glass filters are way more durable than gel filters.
Which brings up a side topic - how can you tell if the colorimeter you are looking at buying, has glass or gel filters?
The Colormunki Display does have a glass filter, just like its big brother i1Display3.
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I bought an i1 Display Pro in 2012 and It doesn't appear to have drifted at all. I bought a newer one last year due to it having some updated features, and the difference between the 2 is within margin of error.
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I bought an i1 Display Pro in 2012 and It doesn't appear to have drifted at all. I bought a newer one last year due to it having some updated features, and the difference between the 2 is within margin of error.
It generally accepted that the i1 Display Pro is the best of the "hobby" price range of colorimeters, and probably it's ability to maintain it's accuracy over a long period of time is part of the reason for it's reputation. It's accuracy also compares very well with many professional colorimeters.

My problem is that my budget doesn't even reach to a i1 Display Pro (at least not at the prices in Australia, and with a budget ruled by SWMBO ).
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It generally accepted that the i1 Display Pro is the best of the "hobby" price range of colorimeters, and probably it's ability to maintain it's accuracy over a long period of time is part of the reason for it's reputation. It's accuracy also compares very well with many professional colorimeters.

My problem is that my budget doesn't even reach to a i1 Display Pro (at least not at the prices in Australia, and with a budget ruled by SWMBO ).

The Colormunki Display should have the same physical properties that keep the Display Pro from drifting I would think. I think the differences are mostly in the firmware.
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The Colormunki Display should have the same physical properties that keep the Display Pro from drifting I would think. I think the differences are mostly in the firmware.
I certainly hope that's the case.
When you're not happy with the results of your calibration, and you don't know the history of your colorimeter (mine is 2nd hand), you start to look for blame.
I'm still learning, so I think it is really a matter of try again, as I know I am learning something new each time I do a calibration.
And with my old projector, calibrating is all about compromising.
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