Datacolor Spyder 3 Express, Display Calibration Hardware & Software for Professional Photographers and Studios, English, for Windows & Mac

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About Datacolor

The Datacolor Spyder 3 Express adjusts the color on your monitor so your photos appear more accurately. Easy-to-use right out of the box, this award winning proven technology helps you calibrate your display - just like professionals. There's a reason your on-screen colors aren't always true. Chances are, your monitor color is the problem, not your camera or your printer.

The Spyder 3 Express is an revolutionary simple monitor color correction tool that automatically adjusts the color of your monitor so what you're seeing is more true. It is designed for Photo Enthusiasts, Advanced Amateurs, Passionate Photographers and DSLR users of all kinds.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (25),Reliable (21),Great picture quality (8),Fast (6),Lightweight (5),Small footprint (5),Durable (3)
Best Uses:
Home (6),Photo editing (6),Home or business (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Budget shopper (8),Enthusiast (5),Quality oriented (5),Graphics enthusiast (4),Photo enthusiast (4),Business user (3),Casual user (3)

Datacolor Features

  • Professional-grade results: Have fun with your images confident that you are seeing true colors using tools on which the professionals rely
  • Easy Software Wizard: You don't have to be a color expert to calibrate your display, the software offers help at every step of the way, resulting in great color in minutes
  • Unique Before & After Viewing Feature: Compare your display before and after calibration
  • Reliable & Consistent Color: A result of years of research and development provides sophisticated software that makes calibration simple
  • State of the Art Optical Science: Patented optics make your colors match accurately and simply outstanding reliability

Datacolor Specifications

System Requirement Operating
Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Win 7 RC
Mac OS X (10.4 or higher)
System Requirement Ports
USB Port
System Requirement Display
Color monitor resolution 1024x768 or greater
16-bit video card (24-bit recommended)
System Requirement Memory
128MB of available RAM
System Requirement Disk Space
100MB of available hard disk space
Warranty
Datacolor 1 year hardware warranty
Mfr #
DCS3X100
SKU
ICVS3EX

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 44 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I Love It!

I am a student photographer. I needed a monitor calibrator that would fix my color issues, but I can't afford to pay an arm and a leg because I am also spending money on camera equipment, lighting etc. But I still had to calibrate my monitor. I purchased the Spyder 3 Express not sure of how well it would work. I couldn't believe how easy the set up was. When it was all set and done I could definitely see a difference as I browsed through my photos. If you're on a budget but you still want qua...

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I am a student photographer. I needed a monitor calibrator that would fix my color issues, but I can't afford to pay an arm and a leg because I am also spending money on camera equipment, lighting etc. But I still had to calibrate my monitor. I purchased the Spyder 3 Express not sure of how well it would work. I couldn't believe how easy the set up was. When it was all set and done I could definitely see a difference as I browsed through my photos. If you're on a budget but you still want quality, this is the product for you.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

no good to me

easy to use, but on my DellSE98WFP it left a pink cast that I could not get rid of and I just did not trust it was right. I unistalled and now I'm out of [$] :(

Reviewed by 44 customers

 
5.0

Makes a Difference

By

from Hyattsville, MD  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Calibrating your monitor can make a big difference in how your print colors come out.

 
4.0

Quick and easy to use

By

from Clovis CA  -  Semi-Professional

This was my first display calibration device. On a scale of 1-10 my tech abilities are in the 6-7 range. I was apprehensive I might not figure this out. It was simple to install, setup and use. I have been using it for over a year. I changed the factory setting from updating almost weekly to about once a month, so now I re-calibrate my screen about once a month.

 
4.0

very good, economical calibrator

By

from Dallas, TX

For the price, this is a very good calibrator. I do not print many photos, so I cannot comment on its accuracy on any particular type of paper or printer. And every photo looks differently on different monitors, but I have been pleased with the accuracy of the colors across numerous monitors.

 
4.0

I depend on it.

By

from NC  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have relied on Spyder and its predecessor for many years, for both former CRT and present LCD monitors. I take photos on top-of-the-line point-&-shoot Canon camera with many manual controls. Photos are for documentation of textile projects, research on same and on plants, insects & spiders as an amateur naturalist, and, lately, of grandchildren. I optimize the light and color of my photos in PhotoShop Elements. Many photos I print myself on a Canon i9900 printer and many will only be seen on my computer monitor. The color accuracy of my Samsung monitor is very important to me, for textile documentation in particular. I read reviews from Imaging Resource and others to choose this product for an amateur enthusiast like myself, with price and simplicity playing a major part of my decision. The Spyder3 noticeably changes the color of a desktop stock photo as I boot up Windows, and what I see on my own photos is very, very close to what I get on my printer, though not exact. I re-calibrate about every 6 months or before a big print job and find little drifting on my present LCD monitor chosen for graphics.

 
4.0

Works

By

from Colorado Springs, CO  -  Semi-Professional

Works like it should. The only thing missing is it does not adjust the brightness of the screen.

 
3.0

No so sure about this one

By

from CT  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I bought a new Epson R3000 printer and wanted to maximize color cohesiveness between my monitor and print jobs. Either the Apple iMac I'm using does a great job or this device didn't make much of a change. When I flipped between the two profiles (Apple's Color Sync & The newly created Spyder Color Profile) the difference was nil and my printer did not show any improvement. The prints already looked great, but I always wanted to try one of these. Again, maybe it's because my Apple Cinema display is already well calibrated. It was very easy to use, but I just couldn't justify the purchase. I'd only recommend this to a friend if they suspected their color was way off on their monitor.

 
1.0

no good to me

By

from Augusta ga  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

easy to use, but on my DellSE98WFP it left a pink cast that I could not get rid of and I just did not trust it was right. I unistalled and now I'm out of [$] :(

 
5.0

Easy and Effective

By

from Philadelphia, PA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Truer colors on the monitor, making for better post production and printing

 
5.0

Priced right

By

from NC  -  Value Oriented

Good Value!

 
5.0

Amazing!

By

from Eagan, MN  -  Value Oriented

This thing is amazing. It calibrated my NEC Multisync EA231 without even touching the controls on my monitor. My first test was from Photoshop Elements 10 to my Canon Pixma 9000 and I was amazed at how close the screen color was to the printer - not absolutely perfect, but darn close and much better than prior to calibration. Highly recommended product for the casual, yet serious photographer.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
BONNIE M  I bought a Canon Pixma Pro 9000 printer and needed to calibrate my monitor with the printer. The Spyder 3 Express was recommended by an excellent photographer who always uses one.
Shopper  I use a 55 inch lcd tv attched to my laptop in the house. I also use a lcd monitor attached to a desktop computer in my office where I do most of my photo editing. Will the photo express run both systems or do I need to return Spyder3 Express and spend the extra for the Spyder3 Pro?
RICHARD S  The software has to be loaded on both PC's because the calibration has to be updated on the video cards on your desktop and lap top. Your tv will have a different color space than a monitor even if you are using rbg input. Also your tv may not have the ability to change color temperature other than dynamic, standard and movie modes. Check your manual for this information. I have found setting my monitor to sRBG down from 6500k seems to give better results as well as reducing contrast and brightness to a comfortable level. Finally, this may seem dumb, but put the Spyder on the screen you are viewing. I hope this has been some help. Good luck.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
BONNIE M  I bought a Canon Pixma Pro 9000 printer and needed to calibrate my monitor with the printer. The Spyder 3 Express was recommended by an excellent photographer who always uses one.
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