The first thing I noticed about the new Spyder5 was its very clever hardware design. The counterweight used to balance the device on a monitor now doubles as a snap-on cap – making it easy to pack the Spyder up for travel. As usual, the software was easy to install, activate, and run. For those who want to use the most common settings, profiling a monitor is a simple matter of following the on-screen directions and clicking through the sequence of screens. For more sophisticated users, there are plenty of ways to customize for different lighting conditions, personal preferences, or even color casts in your studio. In my case I used the StudioMatch tool to help make the three monitors I use for photo editing (a dual-monitor PC and a Wacom Cintiq Companion) match each other as closely as possible (the Cintiq has a smaller gamut, so the three will never look exactly identical). For operations I don’t use often, I also like the integrated online help, which is always right on the screen as you work with the Spyder5. The resulting profiles were also better than ever, and in most cases actually provided a larger color gamut than with previous versions.