Hands On Datacolor Spyder5 Elite Review

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Datacolor was recently kind enough to send us a Spyder5 Elite to review prior to today’s official launch.

I spent the last couple weeks using the Spyder5 Elite to calibrate four of the screens that I use on a regular basis: both IPS and TN displays, my laptop and an HD TV.

Here are the results of our hands on Datacolor Spyder5 Elite review.

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Thought That 4K Monitors Were Too Much? LG Outs Apples Plans For An iMac 8K

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About half a year ago Apple launched their 5K monitors which we assumed that will create a whole new megapixel race aimed not at camera sensors, but at computer monitors. And while we are not free of the megapixel race with the DSLR market, the monitor’s pixels wars are heating up.

Apple actually never said that they are releasing an 8K iMac, but LG’s did an overview of 8K display on their virtual press room and casually mentioned that “It has become clear that Japan is planning to launch an 8K SHV test broadcast and then promptly restructure the UHD service. Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year. Korea is also preparing to offer an 8K service demonstration at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. LG Display displayed a new beacon of the 8K era by revealing their 98-inch 8K Color Prime Ultra HDTV at CES 2015“.  (h/t  9to5Mac for the keen eyes)

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The Thought Process of a Professional Photographer: Behind the Scenes to Photograph a Computer Display On A Desk

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In our previous post where I reviewed the 34 Inch 21:9 UltraWide Display – LG 34UM95, I had to include a few photos of the display sitting on my desk.  I could have used an advertising photo, but for a hands on review, I wanted to show the monitor sitting on my actual desk.

As it turns out, the final shot was a teeny bit more involved than I was planning and I think that you might find the thought process along the way pretty interesting.

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Video Explaining The Pros And Cons Of The Different Monitor Connectors

When selecting a monitor you rarely think about how it connects with the computer, but this decision has at least some impact on the way you’ll be able to enjoy it. Techquickie put a video together that explain the ins, outs, pros and cons of each of the different connectors. There are currently four families of those in the market: VGA, DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort.

I think it is pretty obvious that the big message of the video is ditch those analog VGA connectors. But aside that I did learn a few things that I did now know (or at least did not pay attention to) before:

  • While HDMI is cool, it does not have a locking mechanism (unless you are using the really new HDMI 2.0)
  • VGA connectors are getting worse as the cable get longer
  • Current Displayport 1.2 supports 4K @ 60Hz, audio, network, multiple video streams, wide formats and prety much everything else
  • Displayport 1.3 brings 8K in.
  • Your connection method does impact the color spaces you can work with.
  • there are mini and micro version for almost any digital connector
  • Thunderbolt rocks!

[HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and DVI as Fast As Possible via LifeHacker]