The X-Rite ColorMunki provided very little color improvement of my display beyond how my naked eye's calibration. It did install and operated on my main PC/monitor running Windows 7 but did not work on either of my 2 PCs/monitors running Windows XP. I attempted twice to reinstall with no luck. Unless you are color blind or have difficulty distinguishing colors, then this item is for you. Otherwise, I do not recommend the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Color Management Solution.
X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Color Management Solution
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Designed specifically for photographers, the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Color Management Solution provides display, projector and RGB/CMYK printer profiling in an easy-to-use all-in-one integrated solution with a streamlined interface, enabling photographers to easily, quickly and affordably match colors from display to print. The ColorMunki Photo software provides particular accuracy when profiling for FleshTones along with providing excellent grey balance for neutral Black & White output. Plus, you'll be able to send your images to your clients with a high level of confidence that they are viewed in a calibrated environment with the DigitalPouch communication tool.
The Swiss-engineered ColorMunki spectrophotometer is a portable all-in-one device that provides Monitor, Projector & Printer Profiling, along with ambient light measurement and spot color measurement without the need for any cumbersome accessories to repurpose the device; it even has a Built-in white calibration tile for self calibration. Think of it as a "Swiss Army Knife" of color management.
You'll get precise monitor calibration using a basic mode with preconfigured settings or an advanced mode with settings for white point, ambient compensation and precalibration. It also has the ability to capture the ambient light within a room or a light box for an impressive level of color calibration. The ColorMunki is even capable of fast and accurate projector profiling to project your images to your clients, family, or friends with color confidence. It's RGB and CMYK printer profiling technology provides complete color control along with optimized printer profiling, and has the ability to optimize specific colors, black & white shades, and flesh tones to ensure that the color you see is the color you get. Plus there is no need to read individual color patches because ColorMunki's super fast printer profiling can rapidly scan test charts in less than one minute.
Furthermore, the ColorMunki software provides color creation and communication tools that allow you to grab colors from virtually anywhere, including your entire image library, preview your color palettes under different light sources and even preview for PrintSafe production under a variety of different printing methods.More Information
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I rented this to calibrate all the displays in my office. It worked great with every glossy screen I calibrated, but unfortunately with anti-glare macbook screens, it doesn't do as well. As it attempts to adjust contrast, it flattens out the contrast far too much (and throws the colors out of whack too). I tried it several times in different lighting situations and using different settings, including using the native white point of the display (instead of the preset white points) and adjusting for a higher screen brightness, as I generally keep the brightness up almost all the way. I spent a good long while troubleshooting and learning about the software; never did a satisfactory job with the anti-glare screen, but for glossy it works like a dream.
I rented this item to use it as a spectrophotometer, and it served that purpose quite well. It has excellent compatibility with the open-source Argyll CMS which allows you to generate 3-4nm resolution spectra of emissive sources, reflective surfaces, and ambient light (with its built-in diffuser). I found it to have good repeatability and good accuracy. While I had the device in-hand, I also took the opportunity to calibrate all of my displays. Fedora Linux will pop up the calibration wizard automatically when you plug this device in, no software installation required. Upon completing that process, I noticed a pretty significant improvement to color accuracy on my Dell monitors and a drastic improvement on my no-name IPS monitor. I noticed a slight difference for the better on my personal and work Macbooks; although the color on these started out fairly close.