I'm tired of my monitors and phones all looking different. I tried following instructions at Lagom LCD monitor test pages, but they still look different. So, I think I need to buy something to help make them look the same.

Reading on the DisplayCAL site, I see that there are over 20 colorimeters and spectrometers. I don't know the difference between them. How do I find the difference so I can choose the right one?

The cheapest device I see is Spyder2, but what makes it different from devices that cost more? How do I know if they're worth the higher price?

  • Interesting software but I'm not sure it does. It is very unclear what happens after measurements are taken to actually calibrate the display. Seems more like Profiling. For the calibrator, it needs to match your display as the gamut affects what is needed and and it must be able to set the resulting profile into the monitor. – Itai Nov 10 '20 at 19:18
  • It's not clear what is "different" in "but they still look different" Colorimeters and Spectrophotometers can certainly improve color consistency between different displays. At least when displays have similar tech and especially if the displays have internal LUT calibration. OTOH, depending on what you are seeing as different, it could just be a waste of money. Please describe what you mean by "different" in as much detail as possible. – doug Dec 11 '20 at 20:30

It's a question of price, as everything else. Is your monitor a laptop screen or a high-end 4k wide-gamut screen designed for photographers? For high end, mission critical use, you want a professional calibration device. For anything else, you can use a consumer-grade one. Look for recent reviews. There's some at https://www.creativebloq.com/features/best-monitor-calibrator, for example, but many more out there. Flickr has a very active photography community with groups that have discussed the topic repeatedly. There's lot of information out there if you search "monitor calibration reviews" in your web browser.

Good luck!

  • Welcome to Photography Stackexchange. Product recommendation questions are not considered to be on topic here, due to their habit of becoming out of date as new technology becomes available. This question asks how we can find the difference between the various devices and make a decision. – damned truths Aug 29 '19 at 4:06
  • Thanks for the tip. I've edited the answer to address that issue. – Philly Oct 5 '19 at 3:04

I have a Datacolor Spyder5PRO that I am very happy with. I'm been using it for almost 2 years now with 4 of my screens, it's very accurate.

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    Hi, welcome to Photo-SE. Can you expand your answer a bit, to answer the question asked, "How do I find the difference so I can choose the right one?" Why did you choose the Spyder5? Did you consider other colorimeters before settling on that one? – scottbb Nov 10 '20 at 0:41

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