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Need Help Question Calibrating computer monitor

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by tamif, Nov 5, 2020.

  1. tamif

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    I am looking at getting a Spyderx monitor calibrator so that my printer will print colors closer to what is on my monitor. Can anyone tell me if Spyderx pro is enough or do I need to go with the Spyderx elite? I am using an HP laptop and printing to a latex HP 315.
     
  2. balstestrat

    balstestrat Active Member

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    Are you going to calibrate that laptop screen?
    First I would check that the screen is even a decent one to calibrate. Getting a Good external screen will get you probably way further.
     
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  3. tamif

    tamif T-N-T Designs

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    Yes I am calibrating my laptop screen. I guess I don't know how to tell if the screen is a good one, but it is all I got lol.
     
  4. SignMeUpGraphics

    SignMeUpGraphics Moderator

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    Laptop screens are notoriously poor for accurate colour representation unless they are specifically marketed as "design" models. Apple manufactured laptops are usually far better for accuracy and gamut.

    As balstestrat says, you'd be faaaar better off connecting an external screen with full sRGB or even AdobeRGB gamut coverage and proceeding to calibrate that.
     
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  5. SignMeUpGraphics

    SignMeUpGraphics Moderator

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    What make & model is your laptop? I'll hunt down some specs.
     
  6. tamif

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    netsol Very Active Member

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    need more info

    you need a model

    pavillion is a family of products

    like saying your car is a lexus,
     
  8. tamif

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    15T-CS200
     
  9. SignMeUpGraphics

    SignMeUpGraphics Moderator

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    This model has two different LCD options:

    If it's the non-HD (1366x768 resolution) the sRGB coverage is a dismal 68%.
    If it's the Full-HD (1920x1080 resolution) the sRGB coverage is a much more acceptable 94% with dMax of 2.9 which isn't overly bad.

    I hope you have the latter version.
     
  10. tamif

    tamif T-N-T Designs

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    Unfortunately I have the first. So is it a waste of money to buy Spyderx?
     
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    netsol Very Active Member

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    probably makes more sense to buy a decent, lcd monitor, and use the laptops lcd as primary monitor.
    calibrating even the laptop monitor would be an improvement.
     
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  12. tamif

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    Thank you for your help.
     
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