Published November 28, 2012

The Spyder4ELITE monitor calibrator promises to save you a packet and take the pain out of adjusting colours – but does it work?

As a designer or digital artist, a properly calibrated monitor is as essential as a copy of Photoshop, and getting the right hues on the screen is especially important for work that’s going to be printed. Windows PCs and Macs come with calibration software, but the human eye is notoriously unreliable when it comes to getting those all-important RGBs just right. Monitor calibrators – such as the Spyder4ELITE – have been invented for just this purpose. Rather than relying on the human eye, they use a light sensor in conjunction with software to mechanically calibrate the monitor.

At a snitch over £80 this model doesn’t break the bank, and if you’ve got a number of PCs or Macs then it makes sense to invest in one. Business-minded designers could even charge their mates £10 for colour calibration and let the device pay for itself.

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