Category Archives: Monitors

Spyder 3 Pro & Windows 8

[Update:  This article was valid for quite a while, but some time in the last year or so, the Spyder 3 has stopped working for many people.  I also no longer have my Spyder 3, so I can’t even tinker with it to discover a workaround.  At this point, the Spyder 3 is beyond end of life.  Even if the electronics are still functioning, it’s likely that the color filters in the device have aged enough that it doesn’t reliably see color, and therefore produces skewed color profiles.]

Does the Datacolor Spyder 3 Pro work with Windows 8?  In a word, “yes.”

This bears mentioning only because, if you paid attention to the Microsoft Upgrade Advisor for Windows 8, the Spyder 3 Pro was flagged as a software item that would require a “paid upgrade.”  Well never fear, my dear reader, as this information is incorrect.  I’ve just finished installing Windows 8 Pro on my computer (whether it’s pro, home, or otherwise should be irrelevant,) and the Spyder 3 Pro software is working quite nicely.  I’ve already calibrated and profiled one screen, and my other screen is ticking along nicely as I type this. Continue reading Spyder 3 Pro & Windows 8

Dual Screen On The Road

I use a multi-monitor setup at home on my primary computer for all my Photoshop and Lightroom work.  I love it, and it’s true what they say: once you go multi, you never go back.

Multiple screens can spoil you so bad, in fact, that you’ll never again feel as productive on your laptop.  (Oh the curse of first-world problems, amiright?)

So how can I get a similar experience on the road, without lugging along a huge screen?  And in the process of solving this issue, can I perhaps improve the color accuracy so I can get some color work done, too?  Yes and yes. Continue reading Dual Screen On The Road

The Problem with Red on HP’s Envy 15

A great deal of thanks goes to the folks and participants at the Notebook Review Forums.  In particular, the HP Envy 15 (3XXX series) Owners’ Lounge thread.  This article is primarily a distillation of the 158+ pages written there about this and other issues, both good and bad.

There aren’t a lot of laptops with IPS screens in them, so when one comes along it’s pretty exciting.  Unfortunately the IPS panel in HP’s Envy 15 will leave more red in your face than it can display.  (You must get the “radiance” display upgrade to get the IPS screen.)

If IPS is a new term for you, it stands for In Plane Switching.  Not all flat-panel LCD screens are created equal.  There’s a wide variety of underlying technologies, all designed to solve a problem, and often that “problem” is cost.

IPS is the kind of LCD that gives you very wide viewing angles without color shifting.  It’s also associated with the best color quality and widest color gamuts.  It’s also expensive.  For some reason, laptop manufacturers don’t think we’re willing to pay for good screens.

Sadly on the HP Envy 15, in spite of having an IPS screen, it has an embarrassingly small color gamut.  Continue reading The Problem with Red on HP’s Envy 15