Best Monitor Calibration Tools

Why the Spyder5Pro by Datacolor is the best calibrator

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There are many calibration tools out there for fine-tuning a monitor to get colors and other settings just right. Not only is calibrating a monitor a must for professionals who work with images and media (like Photoshop and Premiere Pro), but it's also generally a good idea to better protect against eye fatigue. Correctly calibrating a screen with a tool like the Spyder5Pro makes it possible to enjoy a better visual experience with potentially fewer issues with the eyes.

The Spyder5Pro is a rather clever piece of technology. The device is placed on a screen (can be a monitor or laptop) after installing the necessary software. The wizard will then run through steps for the calibration to take place, which involves measuring how bright the room is and adjusting the brightness and other settings accordingly. Think of it like having a professional monitor engineer in your home or office, ready to fix things up on command.

Datacolor's software package can also evaluate the performance of a monitor and is one of the tools we use when reviewing displays. This confirms color accuracy and consistency, and both are important to anyone looking to do some work or enjoy games and movies. The suite will remind you to re-calibrate the display every so often to ensure it's calibrated correctly (in case you change the lighting, move house or location, or the display degrades in performance).

It's possible to calibrate a monitor using software but the end results will be nowhere near that of a hardware tool like one from the Spyder 5 series. For just shy of $190, it's a superb tool to have on hand to keep all your PC displays looking fantastic. As an added bonus, the Spyder family works well with the open source DisplayCAL software — some owners regard this as a better alternative to the Datacolor package.

Conclusion

The Spyder5 family is an excellent range of calibration tools, covering the entry and professional price points. If you want a little more, the X-Rite i1Display Pro is a pricey calibrator that has everything you need to ensure your screens look great.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.