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The ColorMunki Photo

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Spectrophotometer Review

The unit itself looks far to simple to be able to do all the things that it claims to do. However, here it is. The neoprene cover that it comes with wraps around the unit itself and protects not only the unit itself from bumps, but prevents the unit from scratching up monitors that you are planning to profile. The strap that is attached to the unit is actually filled with sand and is weighted to allow you to easily position the unit onto any monitor for easy calibration.

Setting It Up

You know, I’ve never really been a stickler for colour calibration, simply because in the past, you’d need to invest in a heavy sum of specialized equipment to make it happen. Not only was it not cheap, but you’d need to be somewhat aware of what you were doing. Not so with the ColorMunki Photo.

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Spectrophotometer Review

Originally, I was concerned about the lack of documentation, which was totally unfounded. The setup process is very easy to follow and accomplish. Mac or PC, it doesn’t matter. Just answer the questions and follow the setup instructions and you’ll be through your first calibration and setup before you know it. I now know why a quick setup guide is the only thing they included to get you going. I mean, if all products were this easy to get going, we’d save a heckuva lot of paper.

Calibrating Stuff

The process of calibrating your display was really surprisingly easy. In fact, the first time I went through it, I had to ask myself if I did it right.

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Spectrophotometer Review

The calibration process is 100% wizard driven. So much so that, literally, a monkey could do it. I guess that’s why they call this the ColorMunki. Just pick an operation and follow the pictures and the prompts on the screen to get the job done. I wish everything was this easy to setup. Putting something in the microwave takes more effort.

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Spectrophotometer Review

The hardest part I found was just positioning the ColorMunki Photo Spectrophotometer unit on the screen as the weighted strap was just a tad bit too light to keep it there at times, espcially on larger monitors like my Dell 24 inch Widescreen. Since the process is so quick, I ended up just holding it up. I had no problems on laptops or smaller screens. Just something you should be aware of if you are a rich bastard with a couple of Apple 30 inch Cinema Displays.

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