X-Rite EODIS2 Eye-One Display 2
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Product Description

Reliable and affordable color starts here. The Eye-One Display 2, the next generation for monitor profiling, is a brand new, easy-to use powerful, solution that provides the best monitor profile quality ever! With enhancements to both hardware and software, you'll achieve consistent, predictable color on all types of monitors - both LCD and CRT. The newest Eye-One Match 3.0 software's easy-to-use interface provides an Easy Mode for great results with a few simple clicks, plus an Advanced Mode for experienced users to achieve individual and best possible monitor calibration. Ideal for photographers, creative directors, publishers and designers working in ad agencies and corporations. Easily attaches to both LCD and CRT monitors with built-in counterweight and suction cups Use at multiple workstations - no additional licensing fee Mac and PC compatible - OS X, Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP USB powered When you need additional color profiling functionality, use your upgrade voucher included in every Eye-One Display2 package, towards the purchase of any other Eye-One package

Features:
  • Mac and PC compatible- Mac OS X, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows XP 64
  • Compact colorimeter for emissive color measurements of LCD, CRT and laptop displays
  • Highest sensitivity in dark areas for better control in shadow detail and more neutral gray scale
  • Detachable ambient light head to capture ambient light measurements - also serves as a dust protector for your device!

Customer Reviews:

  • Piece of S**t
    Horrible documentation. The directions out of the box basically says plug it in, stick in CD, run software. That's the extent of it. What it fails to tell you is that when you stick the CD in, there are four applications to run... er... which one do I run?! So I run the eye one match three - I have a dual monitor system - and when it's done my blues look purple. Hmmmm... perhaps this entire time the default Windows color has always been purple and I've just been missing out the past 15 years. After all isn't that why they call it the purple screen of death?

    I decide to calibrate my second monitor, I turn to the manual to find out how... wait, no manual. No documentation. er... after fiddling with my computer for another half hour I finally figure it out. I calibrate my second monitor... hmmm... the colors look nothing like the first. In fact my background image of my son catching a football looks completely different depending on which monitor you look at. If these monitors are calibrated, then the software calibrated them to something completely different from each other.

    I'm really confused on which color profile is the correct color profile. It's actually made things worse.

    Okay, perhaps that wasn't the right software to use. Let's try the next one. Eye-One Share or i1Share. The little tutorial on the righ hand sideof the screen instructs me step by step what to do... I'm not quite sure what this application is to do yet, since I'm just firing blind right now due tothe lack of documentation. Step 2 of the tutorial says "Make sure your Eye-Oneis calibrated" except the button on my screen to calbriate the Eye-One is greyed out and I can't calibrate it. I'm stuck again.

    I know one of the two remaining applications "ColorPoint" is suppose to calibrate presentation software like PowerPoint... er at least that's what I gather. When I try to turn on the last application called "Diagnostics" nothing happens....more info
  • W-Rite EODIS2 Eye-One Display 2
    I have never seen a journal article on achieving good color that didn't start with the statement "You MUST profile your monitor". I am a professional photographer with over a million photographs, and I couldn't agree more, in this digital age if your computer doesn't know what you are seeing on your monitor you simply will have "drug store" color on your prints. I chose the W-Rite EODIS2 Eye-One Display 2 based on Scott Kelby's recommendation. The plus's were: reasonable price, and works great. The minus is the documentation is obviously written by a non English speaker--it needs to be better. But, if I can work my way through it, anybody can. I promise you will like the price and the results....more info
  • Excellent
    I had an old Spyder and then later got a new, wide gamut monitor. Couldn't profile my monitor worth a darn. The X-Rite did it the first time, spot on. Software was easy to install. Both easy and advanced modes worked fine, though I've found the 'easy' to work just as well.

    Only negative is that once you get past the 4 weeks, every time you boot up it asks if you want to re-profile. Wish you could hit 'snooze' for a week or more as that gets a bit annoying....more info
  • Competively priced, easy to use, and best yet, it works!
    I bought this after taking some photography classes and after attempting to print some of my images. One of the most difficult tasks of modern photographers is to get the print to accurately reflect what is seen on the monitor. If the monitor doesn't accurately reflect the working profile of the image, forget it! So I took the plunge, after living with a monitor that was close, but not quite right....I never was sure exactly how it wasn't quite right, or what to adjust, let alone the combination of the adjustments needed! There are just so many factors to tweak. This software, and the calibration device that sits on the screen did it all for me, all during the time it took for me to make a cup of coffee. ...more info
  • Invaluable tool for working with photos
    A must have for anyone who wants consistency between monitor and printer for retouched photos....more info
  • Excellent Hardware but Poor Software
    The X-Rite Eye-One display 2 is excellent but the software leaves much to be desired. [...]
    The installation is clumbersome and anything but smooth however the product works well once installed. The only thing which holds this product back from a five star rating is the software....more info
  • Nice system at good price
    Having put it off forever it was finally time to get the monitor calibrated. Doing any photography or design is impossible without calibration. I had things dialed in fairly well color wise using some old school techniques but this thing took us way down the road toward perfection.

    It was easy to use and the colors are very close. I need to monkey with it a bit more to be convinced they are exact. Maybe because the monitor was off for so long I am not used to it yet.

    Where I was completely surprised was the incredible improvement in level of light and dark. There is an advanced feature to adjust the brightness and contrast which I tried for fun and I am still stunned at the detail which now shows. I cannot believe I lived without this detail up to now....more info
  • Good but....
    I don't know what makes this version of product any different from the LITE version which is $70 less. I should return it and buy the LITE. The Eye-One calibrator worked well. I liked the process better than the SPYDER I used on my CRT. The software provided good instructions for use - which made up lack of install instructions. I ended up downloading most current files from website. The Display 2 is supposed to allow custom white point... didn't see that option. The options provided were more than adequate. Accuracy seems to be very good. For price of the LITE model I would rate it EXCELLENT... for extra cost for Display 2 model I would rate it as GOOD due to extra cost.

    My Spyder was for CRT only... needed calibrator for LCD. Most reviews rate Eye-One better than Spyder. (at lease more consistently better) I would recommend this product - but buy the LITE version. I'm a graphic designer (19 yrs) and need my monitor to match SWOP standards in commercial printing. I set white point to 6k - hard to get LCD's much lower - they tend to be bright. Had to turn my Bright to 0....more info
  • Excellent Hardware but Poor Software
    The X-Rite Eye-One display 2 is excellent but the software leaves much to be desired. [...]
    The installation is clumbersome and anything but smooth however the product works well once installed. The only thing which holds this product back from a five star rating is the software....more info
  • No More Off Colors
    To be honest.... I was not happy when I first received the Eye-One Display 2. Not the product itself, but the fact that I didn't read the fine print when I ordered it. Both my computers run Windows Vista. Well the Eye-One Software I received was not compatible with Vista. My first reaction was to return it! But then, once I calmed down and counted to 10.... I decided to send an email to the manufacturer about my problem. Thank goodness I did. There was an online software upgrade that made my new purchase work with Vista. Now, I am so happy. It took less then 10 minutes and was so easy. Just follow the directions on the screen once the software and device are intalled. No More Off Color!! It made a big difference. It even sets up reminders that it is time to calibrate your monitor. You can chose to calibrate now or delay it. Before the Eye-One my photos were looking great on screen but printing out much darker. Now my photos are printing true to color. Definately will recommend this product to any individual interested in making the most of their Photo Printing Projects, whether for business or just for fun. ...more info
  • Works great!
    This is a great calibrator! I have read many reviews about the instructions not being clear but didn't find that at all. I thought they were pretty self-explanatory. Now that I have my monitor calibrated, my prints come out just as they are supposed to! I definitely recommend this calibrator....more info
  • Excellent Quality and impressive results for price
    I am the president of a small company and am in the process of updating all labels and advertising media. While working with my graphics designer, I discovered that there was a great disparity when it came to color matching between computers. What I saw was not even close to what my graphics designer was actually using. We are in different states so I could not simply look on the system my material is created on. I researched various calibration tools and found the X-Rite Eye-One Display 2. The reviews and capabilities fit with what I was looking for as did the price. After receiving the unit, I was very impressed with the packaging, the quality of manufacture of the unit itself, and the ease of installation and use. I was literally up and running with a calibrated monitor in less than 10 minutes time from opening the package. The product works exactly as advertised. I now see what my graphics designer is presenting and can make my decisions with confidence, avoiding printing surprises. I am using a Vista 32 system with an Acer P243w LCD monitor and have had no issues whatsoever. The Acer P243w monitor impressed me when I first purchased it but after calibration with the Eye-One 2, the display is stunning. I am extremely pleased with and highly recommend X-Rite Eye-One Display 2....more info
  • Excellent results despite clumsy user interface
    The Eye-One Display 2 (designed by Gretag-MacBeth and now sold by X-Rite) gets only 4 stars because the user interface is clumsy, but it gets that many stars because it does exactly what it's supposed to do. It calibrated my photo/graphics quality HP LP2475W monitor so that the photos on the screen matched the photos coming off the printer. I hadn't been able to do that with an old Spyder calibration device I'd used previously on another monitor. Although there wasn't a huge difference between the color balance settings I got with the Eye One vs. the Spyder, the Spyder couldn't set luminance (brightness). The Eye One 2 can do that and it was critical in getting the prints to match the screen.

    There are two adjusting modes - an automatic one and an advanced one. The automatic mode is very straightforward to use, but the software did not properly adjust luminance. The "advanced" mode is what you should use. But there's one issue you need to be aware of. The printed instructions are so brief as to be useless, and the on-screen instructions for the advanced mode are not at all intuitive.

    There are three linked modules in the advanced mode, one for adjusting contrast, one for adjusting color/white point and one for adjusting luminance/brightness. You have to page through the directions for each module by clicking on an arrow at the upper right of the program window, and then you start the module by clicking elsewhere, on a "start" arrow on the lower right. Once the module starts you open your monitor controls and adjust contrast to match the bar graph on the screen. Each time you make a small adjustment, it takes the software a few seconds to recalibrate the bar graph, so you need a bit of patience. When you have a match, click on Stop to return to the beginning of the next module. You then read the next set of instructions, one short page at a time, and find the start button to begin the color module. Repeat for the luminance mondule. This is very clumsy. The on-screen instruction should take you from the instructions directly to the first step of the actual calibration routine. When the first module is done, the interfact shoudl take you back to the instructions for the next module without having to jump back & forth between an instruction window, a separate start button, and the adjustment process. (If you start a module without finding the instructions, the software will run in an endless loop while it waits for you to open up your monitor controls and adjust the settings for each stage.)

    When the "advanced" calibration process finishes you get a report on screen with a chart showing the color gamut of the monitor as it's been calibrated. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. You can name and save the monitor settings and set a reminder to recalibrate in a week or a month, etc. (It's a good idea to recalibrate often as monitors shift their output as they age. In fact that's the reason why you buy one of these devices for yourself rather than passing it from friend to friend.)

    To sum up, the Eye-One Display 2 is a very competent device with a non-intuitive, clumsy user interface for the adavanced mode. Buy it for its competence, not its elegance. The ability to calibrate luminance/brightness is a critically important ingredient and its not available on the less expensive "LT" version of this product.

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  • WONDER TOY...
    This is a good tool to fix whatever color-computer-printer problems you may have...i'm a photographer...i bought a new monitor and could not get the color to print correctly until i got this machine...it solved my frustration and is well worth the expense! however, you need a lot of patience and imagination with the "instructions" -- which leave you inventing a lot of steps...it does work...i suggest installing the cd, then reboot the computer, then plug in the device, then call up the program......more info
  • Works OK for laptop display, so-so for dual monitor setup
    Seemed to work well pm my Dell laptop display. A 2nd monitor (Samsung 225BW) in a dual-monitor setup (under Vista) wasn't that close a match to the primary display. Ended up returning the device since it didn't meet my primary objective (to have matching displays)....more info
  • Quick and easy to use, but dual monitor use is not straightforward for Windows users
    I have been increasingly more interested in my photography hobby and came to the eventual realization that monitor color and luminance calibration was necessary. It just did not make sense, spending sometimes hours post processing a photo on my computer, only to have it show up with different colors on somebody else's screen or printer.

    I have never before calibrated any monitors or TVs and considered, in addition to this product, the Spyder 3 Pro and LaCie Blue Eye. I finally decided on the Eye-One Display 2.

    I have now calibrated my dual LCD monitor setup (Dell 2405WFP and 2408WFP) and Dell XPS 17" laptop with complete ease and great, consistent results. Because I actually have 2 separate PCIe video cards, calibrating dual LCD is as easy as calibrating one with Windows Vista 32 bit.

    PROS:

    1. Cheaper than LaCie Blue Eye, which is highly regarded by certain website reviewers (although more expensive than Spyder 3 Pro)
    2. Same hardware to the well regarded LaCie Blue Eye
    3. Better ability to reproduce black on LCD as per a website review than Spyder 3 Pro
    4. Ability to measure and calibrate luminance
    5. Very simple easy mode for those who want speed and to not have to understand the complexities of color calibration
    6. An advanced mode, which was actually fairly easy for even me to use (and I have no prior detailed knowledge of color technologies)
    7. Software allows you to see the before and after effects of your calibration effort by showing a color chart and a small portrait of a woman.
    8. Install CD contains very easy to use complete video tutorials on how to calibrate.

    CONS:

    1. On Apple Macs, dual monitor calibration is supposedly easy. But with Windows XP/Vista, it is not a straightforward task. Because I actually have TWO separate PCIe video cards, calibrating dual LCD was as easy as calibrating one under Windows Vista 32 bit.

    A dual monitor setup with a SINGLE video card can be calibrated individually under Windows XP with a workaround solution, as per suggestions I've found from a Google search. I am not sure if the workaround works under Vista, but it seems plausible.
    2. More expensive than Spyder 3 Pro (although cheaper than LaCie Blue Eye)

    TIPS:

    1. On the Dell 2405WFP 24" LCD panel, the monitor will not allow user customizable contrast control if you choose a DVI input for that monitor. I am not certain why this is since my 2408WFP allows this. The only downside of this, is that you cannot use the advanced mode for the Dell 2405WFP, since that mode requires the user to manually change some monitor settings, which include contrast.
    2. Consider whether or not you need the more expensive Eye-One Display 2 version vs. the cheaper "LT" version. If you do not need a customized white balance or different gamut or even know what I'm writing about, then you might be completely fine with the "LT" version. I am not 100% certain if the "LT" version will measure and calibrate luminance, however. This could be an important difference.
    3. If cost is an issue, I would also research the Spyder 3 Pro system. Although I chose the Eye-One Display 2, I realize now since seeing the vast differences from my pre-calibrated images to my post-calibrated images, that color calibration is essential. It is probably better to calibrate with almost anything vs not calibrating at all.
    4. Also realize that the Eye-One Display 2, Spyder 3 Pro, and LaCie Blue eye hardware can be utilized with 3rd PARTY SOFTWARE! A Google search will show that there are indeed even FREE 3rd party software that you can use to drive the hardware. Some forum members seem to write positive results with some of this software.
    5. If cost is no object, serious consideration should be given to the more expensive LaCie Blue Eye. A Google search shows that this is a very well regarded system. (The Eye-One uses the same hardware as this Blue Eye.)
    6. Go the X-rite website and look at the current version numbers of the software and compare it to what your installer disk has. Instead of using the install CD, I downloaded the newest versions from the website. I believe only 1 or 2 out of approximately 5 files I downloaded were newer from the website, but this is always a good idea. Some of the files are very large and you will definitely need a broadband connection. Burn these files to your own DVD, so that you can then install the software on each of your computers or laptops to use the calibrating hardware. The install CD is still very useful as it has the really useful tutorials.

    I hope this review was helpful as it is certainly confusing as a novice to determine which calibrator to use!...more info
  • X-Rite EODIS2 Eye-One Display 2
    Documentation was sketchy. The product did not produce a better image on my MacBook Pro lap top.

    X-Rite EODIS2 Eye-One Display 2...more info
  • Works well.
    Item works very well (better than previous Spyder2express). I received the correct item (not LT); however, it looked like it was drop shipped and not packed well.

    The EODIS2 worked well with my ips wide gamut monitor. Based on previous reviews, I downloaded the newest software from x-rite and am happy with this products results....more info
  • great product
    I have found this product easy to use and accurate. Just launch it and let it do it's thing. Couldn't get the counter weight to attach, but worked around it. I would purchase again....more info
  • Great Product!
    This product has helped me tremendously. I bought a new monitor and things looked so great but things kept coming back dark on the final prints. Bought the X-Rite Eye-One Display 2 and it fixed me right up. Now my images are print perfect. Awesome Product. Easy to Use....more info
  • Excellent Product Up Until Now . . . Read On
    I'll keep this brief because everyone else has said all there is to say.

    I've used this device for over two years on CRT, LCD, and laptops, and it has performed fabulously.

    But, and I only learned this a few days ago after pressing customer support at x-rite, this device CANNOT be used to calibrate the new wide-gamut monitors. They tell you that to do so you need their i1Pro starting at $995, or their ColorMunki at $500.

    So, let the buyer beware. Do not buy this device if you want to calibrate a wide-gamit monitor. I've read elsewhere that the same problem exists with the Spyder 2 but that the Spyder 3 can be used on wide-gamut monitors. I've never used the Spyder products so I have no comment about them.

    Someone said that x-rite is resting on its laurels and so it seems with regard to the i1Display2. They got the product when they merged or bought out Gretag McBeth and they appear to be content continuing to market it as is without being concerned that it is now essentially obsolete. Whether they intend to come out with an i1Display3 to compete with the Spyder3 remains to be seen, or perhaps they don't care about the "low-end" market. In other words if you can't afford their alternative products at either $500 or $995 you can take your business someplace else.

    Respectfully submitted....more info
  • Works just perfectly
    The calibration worked very smoothly, especially never having done this before. Not only was I able to match a cheap westinghouse monitor on my second pc to my nicer dell monitor on my workstation, but then went and used it on my wife's Sony laptop to really bring out the correct colors that I didn't realize it wasn't displaying correctly.
    I do use this for local printing to an Epson R1800, so it has become an easy essential part of my color process. I can't necessarily say the average person will need to calibrate a decent monitor if you are only posting images to the web....more info
  • X-Rite Eye-One Display 2
    The i1D2 is a good device. After a few attempts to get some of the settings just right (there's a small learning curve in the software on the advanced settings and not a lot of information in the manual), I got it to work the way I wanted it to. The issues I had were selecting the luminance level I wanted to target for my specific monitor. It made definite improvements over the default monitor contrast, RGB, and luminance levels set by the MFR. I highly recommend this to anyone who is even a little serious about digital photography or any kind of computer graphics. I set it to remind me to recalibrate every 2 weeks and it has made adjustments on that schedule... In other words, its a good idea to recalibrate from time to time as your monitor will fluctuate slightly over time.

    If things go well for me, I'll be upgrading to one of the x-rite packages which allow full system calibration (printer, camera, scanner, monitor etc etc...) but they are CONSIDERABLY more expensive. There's a rebate/coupon included in the packaging for an upgrade which will help with the cost.

    In conclusion, this is a good device for photographers, print graphics professionals or anyone else who uses their computer for imaging. There are other competitor's products out there and some lesser models by x-rite, but honestly, I can't recommend them over the i1D2 - especially since the cost difference just isn't worth the difference in quality. The i1D2 is slightly more expensive, but worth it.

    FYI - if you've never adjusted your contrast/luminance (brightness) and RGB settings, you're likely looking at a monitor set to look "good" on a big-box showroom floor with funky green metal halide lights and 50 other monitors side by side. They trick you by pumping up the contrast and brightness settings to make theirs stand out... but in your studio or home office, you don't have that kind of lighting, and you really are interested in accurate color rather than "BUY ME! BUY ME!" obnoxiousness!
    ...more info
  • X-Rite is Alright
    Seems to be working well. The more simplified calibration process worked without a hitch. I also liked the way it reminded me to recalibrate after one month, something I would not generally do if left on my own. I couldn't, however, get the advanced calibration process to work and still can't figure out why....more info
  • great product--worth the money.
    easy to use and calibrated my Samsung LCD monitor fairly quickly. I would recommend this product!...more info