Datacolor Spyder X2 Ultra review

Datacolor's latest and greatest monitor calibrator is a pleasure to use, but a marginal upgrade over the outgoing model

Datacolor Spyder X2 Ultra
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Spyder X2 Ultra delivers excellent calibration accuracy and speed, while the calibration process is now far slicker than before thanks to the much improved accompanying software. However, unless you're the proud owner of a very high brightness HDR display, there's little reason to upgrade from a Spyder X device.


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    Excellent calibration accuracy

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    Fast calibration speed

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    Support for high brightness monitors


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    Little reason to upgrade from Spyder X

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    OLED displays still not officially supported

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We've long been fans of Datacolor's last monitor calibrator generation, Spyder X, as we rated the value-packed Spyder X Pro the best monitor calibrator on the market. Now the time has come for a new range of Spyder calibrators: Spyder X2. Including a new expanded lens-based light sensor with support for high-brightness HDR displays, plus extensively redesigned accompanying software, as well as native USB-C connectivity, Spyder X2 promises the most comprehensive monitor calibration yet.

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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.