APH Networks: Datacolor Spyder5PRO Review
Published August 7, 2015
Here at APH Networks, we love to tell stories in the introduction of our reviews. I am not entirely sure how this started, but this tradition became one of our unique aspects after being in the industry for the last ten years. There are usually quite a number of sources for our inspiration; ranging from elements intrinsic to the product itself, to snippets of life with people around us. In my Datacolor Spyder4PRO review last year, I told of a story of a person who tried to challenge me and my friend in foosball, only to be utterly humiliated in the next few minutes. So what better way is there to lead into the Spyder5PRO review with yet another foosball story? Over the weekend, I was playing against a few of my friends, except this time, it was on a table that was clearly slanted and sounded like it was going to fall apart on every shot. For the first few minutes, playing on a literally uneven field against opponents that were not traditionally challenging proved to be more challenging than I first thought. A lot of foosball has to do with timing, and with an uneven table, classical physics will tell us the way the ball moves will be affected. As such, none of my tricks executed correctly, because everything was slightly off by fractions of a second. It was not until a few minutes later that I finally calibrated my brain to the new physics of the table before I was able to finally win the game. As you can see here, even though I may have the skills, if my coordination was not properly calibrated, my performance suffered. In the same way, there are many great displays on the market. But if they were not properly calibrated, what good will all the hardware do? Today, we will take a look at the latest colorimeter from Datacolor, the Spyder5PRO. Building upon the success of popular Spyder4PRO, will it be able to fix LCDs that are wildly off color, and turn what is already great into perfection? We took one in, and tested it across a spectrum of products to find out.