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The Best Monitor Calibration Device Datacolor SpyderX Elite Review

October 21, 2019

Ahoj! This is Zdenka. Oh hi! Yeah, this is
the Zdenka. I had my photos printed yesterday in your company and it seems
like there is a little bit of a problem with your printer. Well, the colors are
not exactly the way it should be and it’s a little bit brighter. The photos
should be a lot darker. The background should be really black. Yeah. If I had my
monitor calibrated? Hmm….. Well, when I started as a photographer,
I’ve made phone call exactly like this and actually I got few phone calls for
my clients back then which were not too happy with their prints and I had to
redo it again so I lost some money. Why? Because my monitor was not properly
calibrated and that can be a very big problem. Lately I’ve been getting a lot
of requests for product reviews and from all of them I decided to accept this one
because I know how important it can be for photographers and videographers.
Let’s look at Datacolor Spider X elite in great detail. Let me show you how to
use it, what the positives are, what the negatives are, if there are any, I’ll find
something. For the new faces, welcome. My name is Zdenka Darula. I create photo and video tutorials, tech reviews like this one and
creative camera challenges, so if that’s something you really enjoy, then you might consider hitting the subscribe button, As we are opening the packaging, let’s
explain why we should calibrate our monitors. This device Spider X elite mounts on the monitor, it adjusts colors, brightness and
contrast, to make it consistent with international standards. So if I send my
retouched photos on my properly calibrated monitor to few of you there, a few
subscribers, for example Bene C, Violet, Cindy, William, Jaynee and few others, then if you do have properly calibrated monitors as well, you should be able to
see the same red, the same blue, the same colors, the same brightness, the same
contrast like me. That’s why we should calibrate. Let’s look at the actual
product Spider X elite. When you turn it around, you will see a cap. Remove it and
you will see an optical sensor. This sensor is placed on your monitor to read
monitors colors, brightness and contrast. There is another sensor. Ambient light
sensor which measures how much light is in your room and that is very important.
My office has light which you can dim. Sometimes during the day it is very
bright. When it’s sunny sometimes when it’s overcast and raining it’s very dark
so I have to turn the light a little bit up or in the evening I’m turning even
more light, so the light in the room is not consistent and I noticed when I’m
editing photos and videos that sometimes during the day, the photos look different
than in the evening and vice-versa. And many times, I’m actually just
wondering how the photos are really looking like. So this ambient
sensor tells the software to change the brightness of the screen depending on
the brightness of the room. There is also quarter by twenty threat on the side so
you can mount it on a small tripod to keep it directly on your desk. Well let’s
grab the Spyder X elite, go to my monitor and let’s see the process. Let’s
calibrate it. First step you go to data color website to download the software.
They will tell you that the monitor shall be turned on for at least 30
minutes before you begin the calibration process. You have to make sure that no
direct light is falling on your display and reset the monitor controls to the
factory default settings if possible. You also need to deactivate any auto
brightness features on your monitor. Once you install Spyder utility software, it
will stay in your system running always active. Once you open the software you
will activate your data color spider X elite. At this point you will need to
have your spider sensor plugged into your USB port to continue. Once you
finish activation, you will get two choices. Either to calibrate the display
or printer, soft proofing and mobile tablet simulation, which will preview how
images will look like on assorted printers and mobile devices. Well, I’m
going to select calibrate my display. Here you will follow a wizard which will
guide you through the calibration process. Warm up. Have you allowed your
display to warm up for half an hour, yes. Lighting conditions. Have you checked that no intense light is falling directly on your display screen yes.
Display controls. Have you resets your monitor settings yes. And lastly spider connection. Plug the spider into a computer USB port not into
a hub or keyboard yes. Next you will select what type of display you are
calibrating. If it is a desktop, laptop or projector. In my case it is a desktop.
Then you will identify the manufacturer and model of your desktop display and
next step identified controls and also identify the technology used in this
display. In the next step you will select workflow. You can choose step by step
assistant studio match in case you have multiple monitors or expert console and
at this point you place the spider on the desk. Then follow steps and click Next
to get through calibration process where you need to place the spider on the
monitor. Number of steps will follow until it is
finished. Then you can save this profile and you are done. I have kept the option
to have my monitor adjusted every month. I will just leave the spider on my desk
to measure the room ambient light. Super easy and very fast. It took only 2
minutes and when it comes to negatives, I really could not find and it to be
honest maybe because there’s another item sitting on the desk, I don’t know.
But it does what it’s supposed to do. The link to this product is in the video
description below, it is international link so depending on the country you
live in, you will see it in your currency. Well, hit the thumbs up button if you
enjoyed today’s video, subscribe to all future videos like these. If you have any
questions, comments or simply want to say hello, you can do so in a comment section
below. I read it all and I always have fun responding and I’ll see all my
friends in the next one. Cau…. Ahoj…


  • Reply Zdenka Darula October 21, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you for watching. Do you calibrate your monitor?

  • Reply The Manc Turner October 21, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve had the spider for just over 12 month……worthy investment

  • Reply big o October 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Hello, What settings and picture style would u recommend for Canon m50 indoors for low light condition?

  • Reply jim Maddox October 21, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I love watching your channel plus you are gorgeous

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