Choosing between spyder 3 and 4

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murcielago New Member • Posts: 14
Choosing between spyder 3 and 4

Not sure if this is the right place to post this.

Basically I need to calibrate the hopelessly out of contrast lcd screen on laptop which has a glossy screen and maybe calibrate my PC's LCD which has a glossy screen as well.

i read somewhere that spyder 3 removed some ambient light sensor or luminance light sensor from spyder 2 and put it back in spyder 4 ?

anyway the key problem with my laptop is that when the background is white and the words are grey/black, it becomes hard to read. furthermore if the room has bright even lighting, the words become unreadable unless i crank up the brightness which become very glaring to me. turn down the brightness and it becomes hard to read.

should i get the cheaper spyder 3 pro or the more expensive spyder 4 pro?

malch Forum Pro • Posts: 13,183
Re: Choosing between spyder 3 and 4

murcielago wrote:

i read somewhere that spyder 3 removed some ambient light sensor or luminance light sensor from spyder 2 and put it back in spyder 4 ?

The Spyder3 isn't made anymore. On the plus side, you may be able to pick up a used one cheap on Ebay, Craigslist or whatever.

anyway the key problem with my laptop is that when the background is white and the words are grey/black, it becomes hard to read. furthermore if the room has bright even lighting, the words become unreadable unless i crank up the brightness which become very glaring to me. turn down the brightness and it becomes hard to read.

I'm not at all sure either of them is going to help significantly with that problem.

willvan Senior Member • Posts: 2,116
Re: Choosing between spyder 3 and 4

I have Spyder 4 pro which I use on my Asus laptop and on my Desktop. I was pleasantly surprised by the difference it made to my laptop and if I recall correctly, the program did not call for the ambient light detector when calibrating the laptop but it did on the desktop. Both are glossy screens and I do not have an IPS monitor.......wish I did but the moderately priced Samsung on the desktop is quite good, particularly now that it is calibrated. Can't speak to the Spyder 3 as version 4 is my first.

edit:  Malch is probably right that if you have a more specific problem than simple calibration, even Spyder 4 may not be able to resolve your issue.

Bill

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murcielago OP New Member • Posts: 14
Re: Choosing between spyder 3 and 4
yes i intend to get it from ebay/amazon etc
I figured my problem with the lcd is a question of contrast, colour balance because when i compared it to my LCD monitor, it appears much "cooler" in colours

malch wrote:

murcielago wrote:

i read somewhere that spyder 3 removed some ambient light sensor or luminance light sensor from spyder 2 and put it back in spyder 4 ?

The Spyder3 isn't made anymore. On the plus side, you may be able to pick up a used one cheap on Ebay, Craigslist or whatever.

anyway the key problem with my laptop is that when the background is white and the words are grey/black, it becomes hard to read. furthermore if the room has bright even lighting, the words become unreadable unless i crank up the brightness which become very glaring to me. turn down the brightness and it becomes hard to read.

I'm not at all sure either of them is going to help significantly with that problem.

hotdog321
hotdog321 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,979
Re: Choosing between spyder 3 and 4

I, too, think you may have some sort of issue with your monitors. And, of course, you should work in a dimly illuminated room, but that might be impossible.

But for what it is worth, I'm using an old Spyder 3 Express on my Win 7 desktop and laptop and it works fine for color control. I shoot for newspapers, magazines and wire and no one has ever had an issue with my color balance.

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murcielago OP New Member • Posts: 14
Re: Choosing between spyder 3 and 4

hmm

i guessed my problem with the lcd is a question of contrast, colour balance because when i compared it to my LCD monitor, it appears much "cooler" in colours

am i mistaken somehow?

hotdog321 wrote:

I, too, think you may have some sort of issue with your monitors. And, of course, you should work in a dimly illuminated room, but that might be impossible.

But for what it is worth, I'm using an old Spyder 3 Express on my Win 7 desktop and laptop and it works fine for color control. I shoot for newspapers, magazines and wire and no one has ever had an issue with my color balance.

digitalshooter
digitalshooter Forum Pro • Posts: 19,604
you cant compare those to each other

you cant even compare to like laptops because there is a good chance they are slightly different.

JMO

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Pictus Veteran Member • Posts: 5,652
Re: Choosing between spyder 3 and 4

murcielago wrote:

Not sure if this is the right place to post this.

Basically I need to calibrate the hopelessly out of contrast lcd screen on laptop which has a glossy screen and maybe calibrate my PC's LCD which has a glossy screen as well.

i read somewhere that spyder 3 removed some ambient light sensor or luminance light sensor from spyder 2 and put it back in spyder 4 ?

anyway the key problem with my laptop is that when the background is white and the words are grey/black, it becomes hard to read. furthermore if the room has bright even lighting, the words become unreadable unless i crank up the brightness which become very glaring to me. turn down the brightness and it becomes hard to read.

should i get the cheaper spyder 3 pro or the more expensive spyder 4 pro?

Between the them, I prefer the 4...
Get a 4 Express and calibrate this way
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50454217
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50741555

But your problem is trying to use a glossy screen in bright room...

murcielago OP New Member • Posts: 14
Re: Choosing between spyder 3 and 4

actually it's not that bright as u think.

Pictus wrote:

Between the them, I prefer the 4...
Get a 4 Express and calibrate this way
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50454217
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50741555

But your problem is trying to use a glossy screen in bright room...

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