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.
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Enthusiast Level Products - Excellent Quality at a Lower Price
Datacolor Spyder X Pro - Designed for Hobbyist Photographers
For serious photographers and designers who want a fast, precise and easy-to-use monitor calibrator that helps achieve their creative vision. Includes Spyder X Sensor, Welcome Card with links to download software, user guides, video demonstrations, warranty information and support.
Calibrite ColorChecker Display (CCDIS)
Use to get a brilliantly calibrated and profiled monitor, laptop, or projector, meaning you can focus on being more creative and trust the colors you see are true throughout your workflow.
Pro Level Products - Excellent Quality at Pro Prices
Datacolor Spyder X Elite - Designed for Serious Photographers and Designers
For Expert and professional photographers and motion image makers looking for the most comprehensive monitor calibration tool for maximum control of their color workflow. Includes Spyder X Sensor, Welcome Card with links to download software, user guides, video demonstrations, warranty information and support.
Calibrite ColorChecker Display Pro
Professional display calibration for photographers and creatives. The definitive display color calibration tool for creative professionals who want to work with speed and confidence in getting accurate results. Calibrate multiple displays and projectors.
Article updated 8/23