Datacolor releases the new SpyderX Pro and Elite monitor calibrators

Feb 11, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Datacolor releases the new SpyderX Pro and Elite monitor calibrators

Feb 11, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Datacolor has today announced an update to their Spyder range of monitor calibration devices with the new SpyderX Pro and SpyderX Elite, priced at $169.99 and $269.99 respectively. Designed for serious photographers who want to ensure colour consistency throughout their process, Datacolor says that the SpyderX is the fastest and most accurate colour calibration tool they’ve ever made for monitors.

The SpyderX, Datacolor says, uses “a fully redesigned colour engine that provides significantly increased colour accuracy and low light capabilities”. Essentially, it’s way better and more accurate than it’s been in the past. The unit boasts enhanced features including (I’m quoting here)…

  • Blazing Speed – Taking less than two minutes to calibrate a screen, the SpyderX is several times faster than previous models, with calibration happening so fast it easily becomes part of the workflow.
  • Highest Accuracy – Providing a significantly higher level of colour accuracy and shadow detail on a wide range of monitors.
  • Ease of Use – Simple and intuitive single-click calibration software, as well as advanced options.

We know photography is a labor of love, and a lot goes into taking every shot. That’s why we’ve redesigned SpyderX from the ground up, ensuring you can trust the color on your screen while making the whole process of calibration as intuitive and quick as possible.

– Susan Bunting, Datacolor Director of marketing

Completely redesigning the system from scratch might seem odd given the success of previous models, but the Spyder5 was not without fault. Certain combinations of Windows systems with Nvidia GPUs would experience conflict issues with graphics driver software, resulting in wildly inaccurate calibrations. I’d experienced it myself with the Spyder5 Elite, and I’d hear similar reports from others.

We’ll have a review of the SpyderX Elite coming soon, so keep an eye out for that and we’ll see if those Nvidia issues are now a thing of the past with the new SpyderX redesign, software and workflow.

The SpyderX Pro and SpyderX Elite are available to buy now for $169.99 and $269.99 respectively.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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6 responses to “Datacolor releases the new SpyderX Pro and Elite monitor calibrators”

  1. Nadine Spires Avatar
    Nadine Spires

    Interested in the review. I have a Spyder 3 that’s outdated. Curious to know, read that the filters on the Spyder range tended to degrade over time?

    1. Nadine Spires Avatar
      Nadine Spires

      Yeah that’s my feeling lately as my device is giving inaccurate readings. I’m up for options.

    2. Nadine Spires Avatar
      Nadine Spires

      Have my eye on that one :-D.

  2. Viktor Wågman Avatar
    Viktor Wågman

    And it Will still be bad. ?

  3. Liam Avatar
    Liam

    … not overly confident with Datacolor. I purchased a Spyer4 over the ColorMunki back when, and have noticed that Datacolor has had the need to ‘upgrade’ their product twice now while the ColorMunki is still selling the same product line as then… leads me to believe that my purchase was a bad choice and perhaps I should stay away from them!

  4. yusef o shokry Avatar
    yusef o shokry

    just got the elite . and it dosent like nvidia at all soooo.