Huey Pro, Spyder 3 Pro or EyeOne Display LT?

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  1. baldrick

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    OK, in the £80 - £100 bracket which is the best calibration system to use on a new iMac?

    I've read the the Spyder express appears to be better than the standard Huey, is the same true at the 'pro' level? How do the EyeOne systems compare?

    Any advice greatly appreciated...
     
  2. baldrick

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    As the day for ordering my iMac is rapidly approaching I'll see if anyone wants to input on this....

    Is one of the products distinctly better than the others? Is one better suited to the glossy screened iMacs?

    Apple only appear to sell the Huey products but does this mean anything?

    All input greatly appreciated!
     
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    Huey's meant to be faster to calibrate than the Spyder products, but that's about all I know. I went for a lower range Spyder2Express.
     
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    Unless where talking minutes versus hours I can't imagine the speed is going to be that much of a decider.

    The Spyder 3 Pro and the Huey appear to have all the same features, but the Huey is much slimmer to have stood on the desk...
     
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    I don't know what changes have been introduced in the Spyder3 vs the old Spyder2 but I have the Spyder2Express and Spyder2Pro software. They both use the same hardware colorimeter so in that sense there is no difference in performance between Express or Pro versions. The difference in the software is that you have precious few options in the Express software and you can only calibrate to D65, 2.2 gamma. That is all you really need for basic "conventional" calibration. The Pro software allows you to calibrate to other temperature or gamma values (not necessary in my opinion) or to make calibration changes by adjusting monitor settings instead of (or before) making final tweaks with a custom colour profile. If your monitor has several adjustments of its own then you might find the Pro software handy. If you have a basic screen or are calibrating a laptop, the Pro software will be a waste of money.

    Huey and Spyder seem to have equal amounts of support from users and also questions and difficulties. EyeOne stuff seems to get universal recommendation. I haven't looked but I assume it costs more. Perhaps it is worth it. My own direct experience is with Spyder2 so I can't comment on the others.
     
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    I think the Huey and Spyder hardware is probably worse than the Xrite eyeOne. Certainly the Spyder probes themselves are very variable. I'd suggest the Xrite stuff. Our camera club has Spyders but I'm going to look at the xrite stuff myself. I use their hi-end spectrophotometer for my video calibration work
     
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    Useful feature of the Huey pro is the continuous ambient light sensor which adjusts your monitor (once calibrated) to take account of room lighting changing during the day ...

    Jon
     
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    The Spyder 3 has an ambient light sensor and I think the EyeOne might as well?

    Just like my 2.4 v 2.8 dilema I suppose unless someone has used both, side by side, it's very difficult to accurately say which, if any, is better!
     
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    One Spyder3 has the ambient light meeter, handy for adjusting brightness if the oom conditions change.

    Was impressed with the spyder3 I borrowed but havnt used the alternates.
     
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    With the Huey you can sit it on its little stand and it monitors light levels every 10-15 mins ... does the Spyder 3 do that or does it only measure at the time of calibrating ?

    My Spyder2 gets dragged out every couple of months for my screens although as I'll be buying a new printer soon I'll have to extend the calibration and profiling sessions !!

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    The spider3 I had (with the light level meeter) sits on a stand & monitors.
     
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    When I was looking into this a year ago I wanted the ability to calibrate two monitors in a dual display setup. Even the same monitor models from the same manufacturer can be quite different uncalibrated and that degree of difference remains if both are subjected to the same calibration profile. With each calibrated independently (and a bit of time & patience) it's possible to get them looking similar.
    I believe the Huey Pro will do this as will the Spyder2Pro. The basic models (standard Huey and Spyder2Express) don't.
     
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    Are all of these systems suitable for CRT monitors?
     
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    That's an important consideration as I will be dual screening, thanks!

    I'm definately set on a 'Pro' version, it's just which of the three. Apple Stores only sell the Hueys but I don't know if this is down to them being the best or simply that they have the best profit margins?

    Again from a desktop consumption perspective the Huey wins as has a much smaller footprint.
     
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    Looking here, the only real hint as to which might be better is the fact that they use the EyeOne Display in their Colour Confidence Studio XR2 bundle!?!?

    The EyeOnes are definately more expensive and the Hueys seem to stop at £80 pro.

    I've sent them an email to see if they'll offer any advice, I'll post up any reply....
     
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    Here's the response from Colour Confidence:

    A key thing to consider when choosing a monitor calibration system is the amount of control you want over the calibration process. All the systems you mention are very user-friendly and will all do a very good job for you; however, the Eye-One Display 2 offers the most user control. For example, the Spyder3Pro has a choice of sixteen whitepoint and gamma combinations, whereas the Eye-One Display 2 offers unlimited combinations. How much control you want is really a matter of personal choice; if you simply want accurate results quickly, fewer options may be a positive point.

    We selected the Eye-One Display 2 for the Studio XR2 bundle as the aim was to create a reasonably priced professional package - as this device offers extra options and an Advanced mode, it was the most suitable for the bundle.

    Our monitor calibrator comparison table may also be of use to you: http://shop.colourconfidence.com/page.php?xPage=moncalibcomp.html

    I hope this has been of help; please don't hesitate to contact us again if you need any further information.
     
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    Sorry to drag this up but I find myself in the same situation

    Its between the Spider3 Pro/Elite (Elite on special of at the mo) or the Huey Pro which is cheaper

    What did you end up getting and why?
     
  18. baldrick

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    I went for the Huey Pro. It's very easy to use and seems pretty effective.

    The software runs in the background and can monitor and adjust for ambient lighting and reminds you to re-calibrate every 14 days....
     
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    Have have heard, well been reading up, that some of the Huey Pro's suffered from colour casting
     
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    Can these be used for calibrating printers as well ?

    Bill
     

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