Calibrite Display 123 review

The most affordable monitor calibrator you can buy, and it's worth every penny

5 Star Rating
Calibrite Display 123
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you want to ensure your monitor is displaying colors as accurately as possible, the Calibrite Display 123 will do the job with the minimum of fuss, and to a very high standard. Factor its accessible price tag and the Display 123 becomes an essential purchase for anyone who wants to produce color-accurate images or video.


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    Accessible price

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    Excellent accuracy

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    Easy to use

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    Tricky to rest on screen

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    Could be quicker

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    Not for mini-LED displays

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The Calibrite Display 123 is, at the time of this review, the most affordable monitor calibrator on the market. It's intended to be a no-frills, super-easy-to-use device that will ensure your monitor is displaying color as accurately as it can. The accompanying software has been designed with a minimal, 3-step wizard-driven interface that makes the calibration process effortless. We've seen calibrators with a similar ethos before - Calibrite's corporate predecessor, X-Rite, marketed a calibrator called the ColorMunki Smile around a decade ago which delivered a similar blend of simplicity and low cost, but sadly that was discontinued several years ago. The Display 123 picks up the baton where it left off.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.