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Current Best Monitor Calibration Devices


There are a number of monitor calibration tools available. At present two companies, Datacolor and XRite, are your choice for enthusiast up to professional need solutions.

A monitor calibration device includes hardware and software. The hardware is a sprectocolorimiter that measures your monitor and records color values, brightness, contrast, and other variables. The software then takes the hardware data and builds a color profile specific to your monitor. A profile can be thought of as a color decoder - it informs your computer how your monitor works by default and provides the numbers to correct color values so that they display accurately. The profile does not contain brightness and contrast values for your monitor. Instead, you will set brightness, contrast, and white point using your monitor controls during the calibration process. The calibration software guides you through these steps with the hardware taking measurements to verify that the variables are set accurately for image display and editing.

Printing Your Calibrated Images

Red River Paper offers you a full line of professional quality photo and art papers. You have access to over 30 different papers in up to 14 sizes. They work for your printer and help make your images look their very best when printed. Our papers are sourced from the best paper mills on Earth - often the same sources as the big brands like Epson, Canon, Ilford, Canson, and Hahnemuhle. The difference is that Red River Paper gives you superior selection, support, shipping, and service.

Enthusiast Level Products - Excellent Quality at a Lower Price

Datacolor Spyder5EXPRESS - Designed for Hobbyist Photographers

Spyder5 See, Share, and Print Images, Just as You Intended. As the window to your digital photography, your monitor is a tool you need to be able to trust. If your monitor color isn’t accurate, how can you edit your photos properly, or get your screen to match your prints? You can’t. Spyder5 will solve all of that in 5 minutes or less.

  • See, share and print your images just as you intended with confidence - Spyder5EXPRESS calibrates all of your laptop and desktop monitors.
  • Break free from the hassle of figuring out why your captured images look different on screen, and why the colors on screen don’t match your prints.
  • In just minutes, the simple 4-step process guides you through calibrating your monitor to achieve exceptional color accuracy, with improved shadow and highlight details, for better print matching.
  • Next Generation Spyder5 is compact and portable with a built-in lens cap, and guarantees color accuracy with the industry’s only patented 7-detector optical engine. See the “Before and After” results after calibration on pre-set images

X-Rite ColorMunki Display

No guesswork. No stress. No frustration. No wasted time or lost billable hours. Just an amazingly calibrated display or projector that accurately displays the color in your original picture or digital file. Our wizard-driven interface makes it quick and easy for you to calibrate and profile your displays at the speed of life. You’ll quickly get back to what you really love doing with total confidence that the files you’re seeing and working on are precisely what others will be seeing. How’s that for perfect?

  • Perfect for quick & easy display calibration with professional level results - edit, share and print your images with confidence
  • Equipped with the same hardware and color engine technology found in X-Rite's industry leading professional level i1 display calibration solutions
  • Mobile Friendly - Compatible with X-Rite ColorTRUE mobile app for calibrating Apple iOS and Android mobile devices
  • Incorporates technologically advanced filter and optical systems, fast measurement speed, and unrivaled color accuracy on all modern display and projector technologies, such as LED, Plasma, RG Phosphor, OLED and Wide Gamut
  • Future Proof - spectrally calibrated, making it field-upgradeable to support future display technologies
  • Flare Correct measures & adjusts display profile for reduced contrast ratios caused by flare light (or glare) falling on surface of display
  • Intelligent Iterative Profiling - an adaptive technology that measures and analyzes the color capabilities of each unique display for increased color accuracy
  • Ambient Light Smart Control: measurement, compensation and ongoing monitoring of ambient light conditions

Pro Level Products - Excellent Quality at Pro Prices

Datacolor Spyder5PRO - Designed for Serious Photographers and Designers

Spyder5 See, Share, and Print Images, Just as You Intended. As the window to your digital photography, your monitor is a tool you need to be able to trust. If your monitor color isn’t accurate, how can you edit your photos properly, or get your screen to match your prints? You can’t. Spyder5 will solve all of that in 5 minutes or less.

  • Advanced color accuracy solution for all of your laptop and desktop displays - See, share and print your images just as you intended with confidence. Fast and easy, full calibration takes only about five minutes to ensure color accuracy.
  • Room light monitoring determines optimal monitor brightness so you see fine shadow detail and highlights in your photos, ensuring your edited images match your prints.
  • “Before and After” evaluation of your calibration results using your own photographs, to focus on details that are important to you.
  • Display Analysis feature lets you evaluate and compare the performance of all of your laptop and desktop monitors. In less than five minutes, Spyder5PRO calibrates your monitor to ensure color accuracy and consistency. Not only will photo editing be easier, you will spend less time in the “print-edit-print” cycle and waste less ink and paper.
  • Datacolor and Adobe work hand-in-hand to offer the complete package for your photography workflow. Get a complimentary Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan - 90 day trial with your Spyder5 purchase. A redemption code will be sent upon Spyder activation.

X-Rite i1Display Pro

Don’t waste precious time perfecting images or video with a display that does not accurately represent your digital files. A calibrated and profiled display is a critical element in an efficient digital workflow. What you see on your monitor, mobile device or projector must match your digital file, even in the most challenging lighting conditions, or you will never be happy with the result no matter how much time you devote to perfecting it, but you don’t need to be a color scientist to get it right.

  • The Professional’s Choice - industry leading hardware & software for Display Calibration and Projector Calibration with unlimited control
  • Increased Functionality - i1Display Pro combines ambient light measurement, monitor profiling and projector profiling into 1 sleek, compact and fully integrated device at 5X faster measurements than previous devices
  • Mobile Friendly - Compatible with X-Rite ColorTRUE mobile app for calibrating Apple iOS and Android mobile devices
  • Incorporates technologically advanced filter and optical systems, fast measurement speed, and unrivaled color accuracy on all modern display and projector technologies, such as LED, Plasma, RG Phosphor, OLED and Wide Gamut
  • Future Proof - spectrally calibrated, making it field-upgradeable to support future display technologies
  • Broadcast video standards support - NTSC, PAL SECAM, and ITU-R Rec.BT.709
  • Profile optimization, display trending, display uniformity testing, and more
  • Features PANTONE Spot Color optimization