X-Rite i1Display 2 Color Calibrator for LCD, CRT, and Laptop Displays

X-Rite i1Display 2 Color Calibrator for LCD, CRT, and Laptop Displays

  • Compact colorimeter for emissive color measurements of LCD, CRT and laptop displays
  • Highest sensitivity in dark areas for better control in shadow detail and more neutral gray scale
  • Detachable ambient light head to capture ambient light measurements – also serves as a dust protector for your device!
  • Easily attaches to all models of LCD and CRT monitors with included built-in counterweight and suction cups
  • Use at multiple workstations without additional licensing fees

The Xrite Eye-One Display 2 is an, easy-to-use, powerful solution that provides the best monitor profile quality ever! With enhancements to both hardware and software, you’ll achieve consistent, predictable color on all types of monitors (LCD and CRT). Eye-One Display 2 features an enhanced sensor providing higher repeatability, faster measurements and higher sensitivity in the dark areas for better control in shadow detail and a more neutral gray scale. Its lightweight, sleek design is the same

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  1. E. Kim says:
    324 of 329 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Quick and easy to use, but dual monitor use is not straightforward for Windows users, December 13, 2008
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    I have been increasingly more interested in my photography hobby and came to the eventual realization that monitor color and luminance calibration was necessary. It just did not make sense, spending sometimes hours post processing a photo on my computer, only to have it show up with different colors on somebody else’s screen or printer.

    I have never before calibrated any monitors or TVs and considered, in addition to this product, the Spyder 3 Pro and LaCie Blue Eye. I finally decided on the Eye-One Display 2.

    I have now calibrated my dual LCD monitor setup (Dell 2405WFP and 2408WFP) and Dell XPS 17″ laptop with complete ease and great, consistent results. Because I actually have 2 separate PCIe video cards, calibrating dual LCD is as easy as calibrating one with Windows Vista 32 bit.

    PROS:

    1. Cheaper than LaCie Blue Eye, which is highly regarded by certain website reviewers (although more expensive than Spyder 3 Pro)
    2. Same hardware to the well regarded LaCie Blue Eye
    3. Better ability to reproduce black on LCD as per a website review than Spyder 3 Pro
    4. Ability to measure and calibrate luminance
    5. Very simple easy mode for those who want speed and to not have to understand the complexities of color calibration
    6. An advanced mode, which was actually fairly easy for even me to use (and I have no prior detailed knowledge of color technologies)
    7. Software allows you to see the before and after effects of your calibration effort by showing a color chart and a small portrait of a woman.
    8. Install CD contains very easy to use complete video tutorials on how to calibrate.

    CONS:

    1. On Apple Macs, dual monitor calibration is supposedly easy. But with Windows XP/Vista, it is not a straightforward task. Because I actually have TWO separate PCIe video cards, calibrating dual LCD was as easy as calibrating one under Windows Vista 32 bit.

    A dual monitor setup with a SINGLE video card can be calibrated individually under Windows XP with a workaround solution, as per suggestions I’ve found from a Google search. I am not sure if the workaround works under Vista, but it seems plausible.
    2. More expensive than Spyder 3 Pro (although cheaper than LaCie Blue Eye)

    TIPS:

    1. On the Dell 2405WFP 24″ LCD panel, the monitor will not allow user customizable contrast control if you choose a DVI input for that monitor. I am not certain why this is since my 2408WFP allows this. The only downside of this, is that you cannot use the advanced mode for the Dell 2405WFP, since that mode requires the user to manually change some monitor settings, which include contrast.
    2. Consider whether or not you need the more expensive Eye-One Display 2 version vs. the cheaper “LT” version. If you do not need a customized white balance or different gamut or even know what I’m writing about, then you might be completely fine with the “LT” version. I am not 100% certain if the “LT” version will measure and calibrate luminance, however. This could be an important difference.
    3. If cost is an issue, I would also research the Spyder 3 Pro system. Although I chose the Eye-One Display 2, I realize now since seeing the vast differences from my pre-calibrated images to my post-calibrated images, that color calibration is essential. It is probably better to calibrate with almost anything vs not calibrating at all.
    4. Also realize that the Eye-One Display 2, Spyder 3 Pro, and LaCie Blue eye hardware can be utilized with 3rd PARTY SOFTWARE! A Google search will show that there are indeed even FREE 3rd party software that you can use to drive the hardware. Some forum members seem to write positive results with some of this software.
    5. If cost is no object, serious consideration should be given to the more expensive LaCie Blue Eye. A Google search shows that this is a very well regarded system. (The Eye-One uses the same hardware as this Blue Eye.)
    6. Go the X-rite website and look at the current version numbers of the software and compare it to what your installer disk has. Instead of using the install CD, I downloaded the newest versions from the website. I believe only 1 or 2 out of approximately 5 files I downloaded were newer from the website, but this is always a good idea. Some of the files are very large and you will definitely need a broadband connection. Burn these files to your own DVD, so that you can then install the software on each of your computers or laptops to use the calibrating hardware. The install CD is still very useful as it has the really useful tutorials.

    I hope this review was helpful as it is certainly confusing as a novice to determine which calibrator to use!

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  2. Jase T. Wolfe says:
    113 of 119 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great, easy to use and learn product., June 5, 2007
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    There isn’t much to really say about this product other than it does exactly what it say it will, does it relatively quickly, and potentially has nothing for you to learn before initial use. I had five monitors to calibrate; all LCDs except for one laptop display, four of them associated with dual monitored systems, mixed on both Windows XP and Windows Vista. I had all five calibrated within 20 minutes of opening the package, and reading nothing more than the quick start flyer; the software wizard in Easy Mode literally did everything in 4 steps without much input from me. On the monitor I perform a lot of graphic work on, I switched to the advanced mode and found the software to be just as intuitive and complete as it was in easy mode. Great product.

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  3. Chris S. Rokitski "C5 Photgraphy" says:
    81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Easy to Use, October 27, 2006
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    I bought the Eye-One recently since I was having trouble seeing shadow details on both my monitors.

    I am not sure if they changed packaging since the last reviewer, but mine was simple. Open the flap, fold the front down and everthing is right there for your use. It folds back up nice and easy to store everything until later use.

    As soon as I got the package, I brought it to my work computer and plugged it in. I used the “easy” method for this computer. It walked me thru each step (not many in the “easy” method). I was done in a few minutes. One great part is it shows you a comparison of before and after. It is amazing how bad the monitor was calibrated before.

    I also brought it home for my laptop. I used the “advanced” setting for this computer. It was just as easy. There is an explaination on each step of what you need to do. The process only took a few minutes and I was done.

    It feels good to have a nice and consistant view between both computers.

    I have never used calibration equipment before, so I do not have a basis to compare this system against. But I am happy with what I got and its ease of use.

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