Best monitor calibrator for photographers: 6 top models tested and rated

Best monitor calibrator for photographers: 6 top models tested and rated

Best monitor calibrator for photographers: 04 X-Rite i1 Display Pro

Best monitor calibrator for photographers: 04 X-Rite i1 Display Pro

Price:  £158, $249
Externally, the i1 Display Pro looks similar to X-Rite’s cheaper ColorMunki Display, but this is a far more serious piece of kit.

For starters, this baby is fast. Forget the usual four to five minutes the other devices needed to perform a full monitor calibration, as the i1 Display Pro was all done in just over one minute.

You’ll need this saved time to navigate the initial options, though, as even setting the software to its basic mode can’t hide the professional orientation of the device, which means that using it can be daunting at first.

Delve into advanced mode to find plenty of hardcore profiling controls that’ll ensure your monitor is calibrated to match various industry-standard colour spaces.

Calibration time: 1 minute 18 seconds
Colour accuracy after calibration (Delta-E, lower scores better): 0.70

Verdict
PROs… Crammed with features and blazingly fast.
Cons… Can go beyond many people’s needs and expertise.
WE say… Gives total control over your monitor calibration.

Score: 4/5

PAGE 1 – Best monitor calibrator: 01 X-Rite ColorMunki Smile
PAGE 2 – Best monitor calibrator: 02 Kodak Color Management Check-Up Kit
PAGE 3 – Best monitor calibrator: 03 Datacolor Spyder4Elite
PAGE 4 – Best monitor calibrator: 04 X-Rite i1 Display Pro
PAGE 5 – Best monitor calibrator: 05 X-Rite ColorMunki Display
PAGE 6 – Best monitor calibrator: 06 Color Confidence Studio Photo
PAGE 7 – Five things to look for in a monitor calibrator

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  • http://blog.seanholderphotography.com/ Sean Holder

    Hi Jeff, I am curious, I have a Colormunki Photo (spectrophotometer) whereas the Colormunki Display (colorimeter); why did you not include the Colormunki Photo?