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Calibrated to Perfection

The ColorMunki Photo Review

At the conclusion of the calibration, you are greeted with a before and after screen that allows you to toggle between the original and the calibrated settings for your monitor. Although this is all fine and dandy, the shocker is when you actually go back to your desktop and notice the new found three dimensionality of your desktop picture.

Moving through some recently taken pictures, I was surprised by just how poorly my monitor was setup. Now just think for a sec how much time you spent adjusting your photos. In fact, you might not have needed to adjust anything. I did a before and after of a few pictures that I had thought I had adjusted properly and man, what a waste of time. The ColorMunki Photo will save you time.

The ColorMunki Photo Has Other Tricks

In addition to allowing you to calibrate your monitor to match your printer and vice versa, it also does projector calibrations as well. Off topic, I actually found gaming with a ColorMunki Photo calibrated monitor much more enjoyable because of the level of detail that is revealed. If you think about it, game developers and graphics artists have their screens calibrated as well, and the only way to get what they see is to be calibrated as well.

The ColorMunki Photo

If you’re into interior design, you’ll find the ColorMunki Photo useful for creating colour palettes for projects. The Photo ColorPicker software allows you to not only extract colours from your own pictures, but allows you to take readngs from real objects. Tethered to a laptop, you could create a colour palette from any scene. The software also allows you to catalog and tag all the colours so you can quickly recall a palette to use for a project.

Finally, it would suck if all this calibration ended up in the dump once you take it out of the office. X-Rite has bundled software called DigitalPouch that wil zip up the files and embed the calibration profile that you used to edit your work into your files so that it will look the same no matter where you view your files.

Final Thoughts

The ColorMunki Photo Review

The X-Rite ColorMunki Photo was a real surprise to me. Not only was it super easy to use, but it brought forth tangible benefits that I could see right away. You would think that this device would only be good for Shutterbugs and graphics artists, however, I found that everything looked better after a good calibration.

From DVD movies, to games, to even my desktop wallpaper, things just seemed to look more realistic and three dimensional after using the device and the software. I seriously could not imagine looking at another monitor again without running “The Munki” on it first. The only issue for some people is price. At $499 US, this solution certainly isn’t cheap, but considering how easy it is to use and how good the results are, it’s hard to rule it out if you are doing a lot of things that depend on the colour accuracy of your display. This is especially true if you are not only doing graphics, but also editing video as well. It’s truly a pro-tool for the masses. Get one if you can afford one. You won’t regret it.

Pros

  • So easy to use and setup, a monkey could do it.
  • Tangible benefits were seen immediately after the use of this product.
  • Can not only calibrate monitors, but does projectors and printers as well, out of the box.

Cons

  • It’s not cheap at $499 US

Overall Rating: 9.5 / 10.0

Futurelooks gives this product an Editors' Choice Award

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