Datacolor Spyder4 Express

Conclusion

Spyder4 ExpressCalibrating your computer screen is extremely important if you want consistent colors across all of your files and accurate colors in your prints. Thankfully, it is also quite easy. Datacolor, with its ubiquitous Spyder line of products, offers a simple and straightforward way to calibrate your screen and maintain its calibration over time.

The Spyder4 Express currently sells for $79 at B&H, while the Spyder4 Pro sells for $149 and the Elite for $219.

While the Spyder4 Pro, Elite and Elite HD offer advanced features that might be extremely useful to advanced users, many photographers will manage without problems with the more basic Spyder4 Express. The software provided is simple and straightforward, stable, and reliable. The calibration process is simple, and a step-by-step guide is provided on-screen. The actual calibration is automated and provides results much more accurate than the basic calibration tools sometimes found on the web.

Pros

  • Straightforward, easy operation
  • Reliable results
  • Good software with step-by-step calibration process
  • Re-calibration reminders

Cons

  • Higher priced models required for multi-screen calibration
  • Differences between models are essentially software-based

Overall Rating

Rating a specialized tool like the Spyder4 is a difficult exercise, in particular because there are few comparison points. For the ease of use, reliability and the available feature set, we grant it a rating of 9/10.

Final Word

An uncalibrated screen can have you waste hours in post-processing and can turn your carefully crafted images into wasted prints. So calibrate early and calibrate often!

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