Spyder 4 review

When you start your computer the profile will be automatically loaded into the system. You should also ensure that Adobe Gamma is not running, this can be easily removed by Clicking on the Windows Start button and selecting  All Programs > Startup  and right click on the Adobe Gamma loader and select delete.

The entire calibration process takes about 2.5 minutes, although it may take longer depending how quickly you complete the Brightness control step.

The final result is a fully calibrated screen which can be viewed using the SpyderProof option. The displays 16 images including B/W shots and a variety of colour shots. A switch button gives you a un-calibrated and calibrated view.  Any of the 16 images can be magnified for closer inspection. I would have liked an option to include one of my own images.

Another feature is SpyderTune, this allows you to fine tune a second display to match your master. The adjustment can be saved for future use or the values can be reset. The Spyder calibration process should produce excellent results, this gives you the option to retune without spoiling the profile.

The Final screen presents you with a visual graph of how your monitor displays colours compared to sRGB, NTSC (where is the PAL) and Adobe RGB. My Samsung monitor was 99% accurate with displaying  sRGB, 75% accurate with NTSC (NTSC is the North American TV standard and is often referred to as Never The Same Colour)  and 80% accurate with AdobeRGB, this doesn’t cause me any great concern although I may be buying a new monitor later this year anyway.

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