As mentioned earlier, I have been using Spyder colorimeters for a number of years, they have always served me well by producing clean colours on my displays. On the surface the Spyder4 doesn’t seem to offer much more than the Spyder3, but Datacolor have made many improvements below the bonnet. Their claim for a 26% improvement by using the newly designed 7 colour sensor certainly holds true, I can see a marked improvement in my screen display, most colorimeters use a three colour filter. The Elite software has many advanced features, and measurements for testing your monitor’s performance MQA (Monitor Quality Analysis). As a photographer many of these figures go over my head, I am more interested in performance. However, having the tools to measure your equipment’s performance is also important, after all you need to maintain a high standard. The software is very easy to use, just follow the on-screen instructions and you can’t go far wrong. If there is anything that you don’t understand then there is a Help button at the top of each screen which gives you a quick basic overview and a more detailed explanation.
For professional photographers or anyone who is involved in the digital graphics industry then I have no hesitation in recommending the Spyder4, it is a worthy upgrade to the Spyder3. For photographers the Pro version will be more than adequate, for Graphic studios the Elite version will help to keep all monitor displays consistent.
Spyder4 Express is priced at around £99.99, Spyder4 Pro is £129.99, and Spyder4 Elite is £179.99. There is an upgrade available for Spyder4 Pro to Spyder4 Elite
- Very accurate profiles – visibly marked improvement
- Easy to use
- Easy to use with multiple displays on the same computer
- Would have liked a storage case for the Spyder.
- USB Cable shorter than the Spyder 3