For this review I will be looking at the Elite version, a full list of the differences between each model is included at the end of this review.
The Spyder4 package includes a software CD, Desktop cradle which also incorporates a tripod mount for easy calibration of projectors, quick start guide in 10 languages, 1 year warranty (2 years for countries in the EU) and free support.
The Spyder 4 is supplied with a generous length of USB cable, although about 20 inches shorter than the cable on the Spyder 3, this should be attached to a powered USB port, do not use a USB hub or keyboard. A suction cup is included for users who are still using a CRT display; do not use this on a LCD screen.
Make sure that your monitor has been On for at least 30 minutes to allow the colours to settle, before creating a profile. Avoid bright light such as sunlight or spot lamps falling on the screen, ideally use a hood to prevent any overhead lighting from influencing the display.
Launch the Spyder4 software and place the Spyder on the screen when prompted to do so. The Spyder has a counterweight on the cable, this keeps the unit in place whilst creating a profile and can be moved up or down to accommodate various screen sizes. Make sure the Spyder is laying flat on the screen, otherwise stray light could enter via the sides which could influence the reading. An easy fix is to tilt the screen backwards so the Spyder sits totally flat on the surface.
The first screen that is presented is in the form of a Wizard, you are reminded to let your screen warm up for 30minutes, check the ambient lighting conditions, reset your display controls and set the colour temperature to 6500K and plug in the Spyder. At the bottom left corner is a shortcut drop down list, this gives you quick access to Display Type, Calibration, Expert Control, SpyderProof, SpyderTune, Studio Match. I will come back to these options later.