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ColorMunki Smile
Amazingly Simple Monitor Calibration
For photo hobbyists, design enthusiasts, gamers and web viewing, ColorMunki Smile is a super simple way to get more accurate color from your monitor. The process is easy. The results are amazing.

Calibrate. Share. Smile.
Every wonder why the pictures you took at the beach, graduation or your kid's game don't look the same on your monitor as you remember them? Well, monitors aren't perfect. Color can vary from monitor to monitor or change over time. (Sometimes a whole lot.) Even the conditions where you view the monitor can havean effect on what the color looks like on the screen. If only there was a cure? Smile there is.

ColorMunki Smile delivers super simple monitor calibration for your laptop or desktop monitor. Calibration is just a fancy way of saying adjust your computer screen to show the colors correctly. Sound complicated? Smile it isn't.

Actually, it's really easy. Simply plug the device into your USB port and follow the on-screen instructions. ColorMunki Smile does all the work with a few clicks of the mouse. When the process is done you'll see before and after results and your new color settings automatically start working. So whether you are viewing, editing or sharing your images, you'll know your colors are right. Even if you're gaming or web browsing you'll get truer colors. It couldn't be simpler.

Your colors should really match everywhere they appear. With ColorMunki Smile, now they will. Easily. Beautifully. All the time. Start smiling.

Top 5 reasons to calibrate with ColorMunki Smile:
• Your eyes aren't perfect - well even if you have perfect color vision there are other factors that affect how you see color like age, gender and health. You need a measurement device to ensure accurate color.
>• Monitors display color differently and change over time - calibrating your display on a regular basis fine-tunes it to known color reference standards and ensures consistency as it ages over time.
>• Image colors are not true to life - even a slight red or blue cast can throw off your images. Calibrating your display gives you confidence to view, edit and share your images knowing the colors are correct.
>• Highlights and shadow details are lost - calibrating your monitor brings back the details for more accurate viewing of your entire image.
>• Grays & whites aren't consistent - which can cause a shift in color hue. Calibrating your monitor produces neutral grays and whites and eliminates inconsistency.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (9),Easy to set up (6),Fast (4)
Best Uses:
Upgrade (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Budget shopper (5),Quality oriented (3)

X-Rite Features

  • Calibrate LCD & LED displays laptop or desktop
  • Super easy and intuitive wizard driven software no color science knowledge required
  • Calibrate one or multiple monitors for color consistency everywhere
  • Uses the same color engine technology found in X-Rite's professional level colorcalibration solutions
  • Before and after image shows instant results
  • Calibration reminder notifies you when it is time to re-calibrate your display
  • Easy to follow on-line help videos - no extra manuals needed

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

X-rite customer service is top-notch

I bought this to calibrate my screen so when I use adorampix's profiles to check photos before ordering prints I'll have a better chance of seeing what I'll get. It is fast and easy to use. As for quality I have no frame of reference as this is my first experience with calibrating monitors, but it does make photos look a bit warmer. The faq on the manufacturers website says this is normal. My only complaint is I wish it came with some kind of storage case, to help keep it in good shape. But ...

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I bought this to calibrate my screen so when I use adorampix's profiles to check photos before ordering prints I'll have a better chance of seeing what I'll get. It is fast and easy to use. As for quality I have no frame of reference as this is my first experience with calibrating monitors, but it does make photos look a bit warmer. The faq on the manufacturers website says this is normal. My only complaint is I wish it came with some kind of storage case, to help keep it in good shape. But at this entry level price point you can't expect everything. The main reason I am writing this review is because I had a problem with the profile loader xrgamma.exe not installing properly and I wanted to relay my experience with x-rite's very helpful customer service. The monitor would calibrate fine but the changes would go away every time the pc went to sleep or restarted. There was a faq about this that I followed the instuction of but that didn't fix it (it should have but my windows install is messed up). I called the 1-800 number and was on hold less than a minute. The rep. Mary was very helpful and knowledgable. I could tell she was not just reading pre-written procedures but actually knew what she was talking about. And she was very nice too. She walked me through the most common problems first but when that didn't work she didn't give up and blame windows, even though that was the problem and it had nothing to do with the x-rite software itself. I won't bore you with all the specifics but she very patiently had me go through a bunch of windows security and firewall settings. When all else failed she came up with a way to trick windows into allowing me to get the executable into the proper folder (which I should have been able to do if not for windows thinking erroneously that it was a dangerous file). This worked and everything is fine now. I want to re-iterate that the problem was with my computer not the software. X-rite could have said "sorry, call microsoft", like alot of companies would do. But Mary didn't. This 20 minute phone call and the three or so emails she sent while we were on the phone has made me an instant loyal customer of x-rite.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Did not work on my computer.

I do a lot of photography and wanted to upgrade my monitor calibration. This product seemed to be robust and handle my needs. Unfortunately, the product would not work on my computer. I contacted the ColorMunki customer service department and they returned a respnse within 24 hours. They listed several issues that could give me that error code. After testing and eliminating those, I could still not get it to work. I returned the product to Adorama for a refund. The Adorama customer service de...

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I do a lot of photography and wanted to upgrade my monitor calibration. This product seemed to be robust and handle my needs. Unfortunately, the product would not work on my computer. I contacted the ColorMunki customer service department and they returned a respnse within 24 hours. They listed several issues that could give me that error code. After testing and eliminating those, I could still not get it to work. I returned the product to Adorama for a refund. The Adorama customer service department quickly and efficiently sent me a label and credited my account. Their return policy is excellent.

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
2.0

Did not work on my computer.

By

from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Quality Oriented

I do a lot of photography and wanted to upgrade my monitor calibration. This product seemed to be robust and handle my needs. Unfortunately, the product would not work on my computer. I contacted the ColorMunki customer service department and they returned a respnse within 24 hours. They listed several issues that could give me that error code. After testing and eliminating those, I could still not get it to work. I returned the product to Adorama for a refund. The Adorama customer service department quickly and efficiently sent me a label and credited my account. Their return policy is excellent.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super Simple

By

from Houston, TX  -  Value Oriented

This is a super simple way to calibrate all of your monitors. Takes about 4 minutes or less.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Simple and easy

By

from cary, il

I'm very pleased with ColorMunki's simplicity and ease of use. Although it will not work with Norton360 Antivirus, I switched to McAfee, and everything worked perfectly. Tech support at X-Rite was detailed and most helpful.

 
4.0

I like it.

By

from Lakeland , Fl  -  Value Oriented

Only used it once. It did a decent job of calibrating monitor. After a couple tries at printing it was very close. Only used it once to calibrate but using an older eye-one display2 x-rite it was a major improvement. Cost cutter in printing supplies and the price was right.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very simple solution

By

from Kearney, NE  -  Quality Oriented

I wanted to be fair on this review so I will state that this product is worth every bit of 5 stars. It's pretty much fool proof and the results are great. That being said, If I were to but again I'd likely move up to the "Display". I should have known that I'd end up wanting a little more control over the process and will likely eventually move to another X-rite product that allows me to do so. When push comes to shove, this product works exactly as advertised and is extremely simple to use. As with other X-rite products I have, I'm very impressed.

 
4.0

Fast, easy, works well

By

from Greenwich, CT  -  Value Oriented

Recently purchased a new computer and paired it with an older monitor that hadn't been calibrated. Purchased the ColorMunki Smile based on positive reviews here and in Shutterbug. Found the system extremely easy to use, with good visual results (haven't yet printed new work yet).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple and effective

By

from Orlando, FL

I'm an amateur photographer who's just looking for a simple and hassle-free display calibration device. The ColorMunki fits the bill as it is extremely simple to use (just follow the instructions on the screen), has absolutely zero learning-curve (no complicated options or choices to make), and the results appear pleasing enough to my eyes (way better than all my attempts to calibrate displays by eye - never gotten a consistent result). I can see how the lack of options may be an issue for some users who want more control over the calibration process. However, this didn't bother me as I felt that the device did a good enough job.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excelent Product for hoby Photoshop user

By

from Littleton CO  -  Value Oriented

The product does a thourugh job of correcting the colors on your monitor so that when you print a picture it looks like the one you reviewed. It is easy to install and use. The price is within the budget for hoby photographers.

 
4.0

Easy to use, inexpensive calibrator.

By

from Minneapolis  -  Quality Oriented

Very easy to use, just insert disc and follow the on-screen directions. The ColorMunki changed the brightness of my monitor slightly (like many, I think my monitor was a touch too bright)and changed the color balance to be a little cooler. I noticed a definite improvement.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

X-rite customer service is top-notch

By

from Anchorage, AK  -  Value Oriented

I bought this to calibrate my screen so when I use adorampix's profiles to check photos before ordering prints I'll have a better chance of seeing what I'll get. It is fast and easy to use. As for quality I have no frame of reference as this is my first experience with calibrating monitors, but it does make photos look a bit warmer. The faq on the manufacturers website says this is normal. My only complaint is I wish it came with some kind of storage case, to help keep it in good shape. But at this entry level price point you can't expect everything. The main reason I am writing this review is because I had a problem with the profile loader xrgamma.exe not installing properly and I wanted to relay my experience with x-rite's very helpful customer service. The monitor would calibrate fine but the changes would go away every time the pc went to sleep or restarted. There was a faq about this that I followed the instuction of but that didn't fix it (it should have but my windows install is messed up). I called the 1-800 number and was on hold less than a minute. The rep. Mary was very helpful and knowledgable. I could tell she was not just reading pre-written procedures but actually knew what she was talking about. And she was very nice too. She walked me through the most common problems first but when that didn't work she didn't give up and blame windows, even though that was the problem and it had nothing to do with the x-rite software itself. I won't bore you with all the specifics but she very patiently had me go through a bunch of windows security and firewall settings. When all else failed she came up with a way to trick windows into allowing me to get the executable into the proper folder (which I should have been able to do if not for windows thinking erroneously that it was a dangerous file). This worked and everything is fine now. I want to re-iterate that the problem was with my computer not the software. X-rite could have said "sorry, call microsoft", like alot of companies would do. But Mary didn't. This 20 minute phone call and the three or so emails she sent while we were on the phone has made me an instant loyal customer of x-rite.

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GREGORY D  Inexpensive but with lots of power
Dora F  I have a Flat screen TV that I use as a monitor. Will Color Monkey Smile work to calibrate?
RANDY U  Dear Shopper, I don't own a flat screen TV myself (yet), but am guessing that it wouldn't work with it. The function of the ColorMunki Smile is to calibrate a monitor attached to a computer for more accurate photographic reproductions of digital images. Are you using a digital editing program like Lightroom or Photoshop Elements on your computer and is your TV being used as the monitor for that computer? If not, than I don't think it would serve any purpose for you. I would suggest you confirm with the experts at Adorama. My Colormunki works very well at calibrating my new (and old monitor) for printing photographs. If their answer is "yes", don't hesitate to buy it, it's very easy to use. Best of luck to you, RANDYU
Shopper  will this work on a iMac?
ADRIAN F  Works great on my MacBook Pro, should work on any device that's able to run the calibration software.
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