Do I need to cal­i­brate my mon­i­tor? Some­one will give an affir­ma­tive answer, and some­one neg­a­tive. In this case, every­one will be right. We fig­ured out for whom it is impor­tant to cal­i­brate the mon­i­tor screen, how to do it and what devices are avail­able for this.

Cal­i­bra­tor — a device for set­ting the cor­rect col­or ren­der­ing of the dis­play. Pho­to: aredi.ru

Why should you cal­i­brate your mon­i­tor?

How to set up and cal­i­brate the mon­i­tor at home “by eye”
How to prop­er­ly cal­i­brate lap­top mon­i­tor col­or in Win­dows 10
How to cal­i­brate a lap­top mon­i­tor with­out a cal­i­bra­tor on MacOS

How to prop­er­ly cal­i­brate your mon­i­tor for pho­to edit­ing and edit­ing with the instru­ment
How to cal­i­brate a lap­top mon­i­tor at home

Spy­derX­PRO: Spy­derX
Spy­derX­ELITE: Spy­derX
Com­plete solu­tion — Dat­a­col­or Spy­derXS­TU­DIO

Col­or­Mun­ki Smile
Col­or­Mun­ki Dis­play Stu­dio
Col­or­Mun­ki Pho­to
Com­plete solu­tion — X‑Rite i1Studio

Which cal­i­bra­tor to choose?

Why should you calibrate your monitor?

This pro­ce­dure is need­ed for peo­ple who work with col­or: artists, print­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, etc.

What is it for?

  • So that the col­ors on the mon­i­tor are cor­rect: they cor­re­spond to real shades (which are in nature) and do not dif­fer from those that will be obtained on the fin­ished prod­uct when print­ed.
  • Over time, dis­plays may lose bright­ness and slight col­or shifts may occur (a com­mon cause is hard­ware wear and tear). Cal­i­bra­tion will elim­i­nate such a defect.

Impor­tant: On two dif­fer­ent mon­i­tors, even after cal­i­bra­tion, the pic­ture may dif­fer slight­ly. The rea­son is the fea­tures of the matrix.

Accu­rate col­or repro­duc­tion is the key to com­fort­able work and high-qual­i­ty results. Pho­to: verkkokauppa.com

Why is there an opin­ion that it is not nec­es­sary to cal­i­brate mon­i­tors? Cal­i­bra­tion takes place at the fac­to­ry. And for home use it is enough (for work­ing with doc­u­ments, watch­ing videos, per­form­ing office tasks).

But if the screen is “blue”, “yel­low”, “red” — this inter­feres with the work of the design­er, print­er. Since he will see one col­or on the mon­i­tor, and as a result, the client will see a dif­fer­ent shade on his device, or the col­or will be dif­fer­ent on the print­ed lay­out.

How to set up and calibrate the monitor at home “by eye”

Cal­i­bra­tion with­out the use of spe­cial­ized equip­ment is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to sim­ply slight­ly change the con­trast and bright­ness of the mon­i­tor. So you can make the pic­ture more pleas­ant for a par­tic­u­lar per­son. If you need to cal­i­brate the mon­i­tor for col­ors, this can be done through pro­grams (for exam­ple, Cal­ib­ril­la), web­sites (http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/) or com­put­er set­tings.

How to properly calibrate laptop monitor color in Windows 10

The eas­i­est way is to use the built-in util­i­ty (ser­vice pro­gram) of the oper­at­ing sys­tem. In the search (locat­ed in the low­er left cor­ner), you need to enter “Cal­i­bra­tion” and select “Cal­i­brate mon­i­tor col­ors.”

Find­ing the right tool is easy. Author’s pho­to
  • The first step is to adjust the gam­ma.
  • The sec­ond step is to adjust the bright­ness.
  • The third step is to adjust the con­trast.
  • The fourth step is to adjust the col­or bal­ance.
At each stage, the util­i­ty explains in detail what can be done. Author’s pho­to

It is very easy to use. The pro­gram prompts: what to do, where to click. After the cal­i­bra­tion is com­plet­ed, the util­i­ty offers to com­pare the old mon­i­tor set­tings with the new ones. You can choose the option that suits you and save it.

As a result, you can save the cal­i­bra­tion option that suits you more. Author’s pho­to

If you need cal­i­bra­tion for Win­dows 7, you need:

  • go to the “Appear­ance and per­son­al­iza­tion” menu;
  • go to the “Screen” tab;
  • select Col­or Cal­i­bra­tion.

Fur­ther, the util­i­ty works in the same way as on Win­dows 10.

How to calibrate a laptop monitor without a calibrator on MacOS

MacOS has an ana­logue util­i­ty for Win­dows — “Mon­i­tor Cal­i­bra­tor Assis­tant”. It can be found through “Spot­light” (sim­i­lar to a search engine). The pro­gram helps to car­ry out step-by-step set­up, adjust:

  • bright­ness;
  • con­trast;
  • gam­ma;
  • white point.

After adjust­ment, you can save the new cal­i­bra­tion and use it.

The assis­tant will guide you through set­ting up your mon­i­tor. Pho­to: kaknastroitv3.ru

How to properly calibrate your monitor for photo processing and editing using a special device

They use a spe­cial gad­get — a cal­i­bra­tor. This is a mea­sure­ment sen­sor and soft­ware.

The cal­i­bra­tor is a small but very impor­tant device. Pho­to: infoyar.ru

It works like this:

  • the pro­gram shows the col­or zones on the screen in turn (the pro­gram already “knows” the dig­i­tal val­ues ​​of the col­ors);
  • the device mea­sures the col­or val­ues ​​that are dis­played on a par­tic­u­lar mon­i­tor;
  • the pro­gram com­pares the ref­er­ence val­ues ​​and the result­ing ones;
  • if there are dif­fer­ences, the soft­ware (soft­ware) makes a cor­rec­tion. It is car­ried out by adjust­ing the sig­nal of the video card. For exam­ple, if the soft­ware detects that there is too much red in the ren­der­ing, it will reduce the red lev­el.

How to calibrate a laptop monitor at home

  • The first stage is to place the dis­play, lap­top in a nor­mal work­place. The adjust­ment is car­ried out at the usu­al lev­el of illu­mi­na­tion. No need to turn on the lamps, open the win­dow if you are used to work­ing in the twi­light. If you need cus­tomiza­tion options for dif­fer­ent light­ing, just cre­ate a few options.
  • The sec­ond stage is to set the stan­dard screen res­o­lu­tion and a neu­tral pic­ture to the desk­top.
The mon­i­tor is adjust­ed to the light­ing in which you usu­al­ly work. Pho­to: lifehacker.ru

Fur­ther, the mech­a­nism of action will depend on the type of equip­ment used.

What does it hap­pen?

There are two top hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers on the mar­ket: Dat­a­col­or and X‑Rite. Each offers devices in dif­fer­ent price cat­e­gories, which dif­fer in the range of capa­bil­i­ties. Com­par­ing them and dis­play­ing a sin­gle rat­ing of mon­i­tor cal­i­bra­tors is not entire­ly fair for sev­er­al rea­sons:

  • devices in the same price range prac­ti­cal­ly do not dif­fer from each oth­er;
  • bud­get devices are slight­ly infe­ri­or in terms of fea­ture set, but this does not make them bad or unsuit­able for use.

There­fore, we will talk about prod­ucts from Dat­a­col­or, X‑Rite, about their fea­tures, and give exam­ples of pop­u­lar cal­i­bra­tors. Prices for devices are valid at the time of writ­ing.


The prod­uct fam­i­ly was named SPYDER. The com­pa­ny pro­duces prod­ucts for adjust­ing mon­i­tors, print­ers, col­or charts for cam­eras, col­or match­ing gad­gets and pro­fes­sion­al col­or adjust­ment kits. At the time of this writ­ing, the offi­cial web­site lists 3 cur­rent mod­els that we will con­sid­er.

Spyder4 Elite

Bud­get and sim­ple sen­sor from DATACOLOR (for screens and pro­jec­tors).

Small, easy to use cal­i­bra­tor. Pho­to: kremlinstore.ru
  • The kit includes a sen­sor with 7 detec­tors (you can work with both con­ven­tion­al dis­plays and with an increased col­or gamut).
  • Dif­fers in greater accu­ra­cy of work (26% high­er than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions).
  • There is a func­tion to dis­play the uni­for­mi­ty of illu­mi­na­tion and col­or repro­duc­tion.

Price — from 6,000 rubles.

Spyder X PRO: SpyderX

The Dat­a­col­or Spy­der X Pro Mon­i­tor Cal­i­bra­tor uses the most advanced col­or detec­tion method avail­able. Fine tun­ing is pos­si­ble thanks to high­ly sen­si­tive lens­es and sen­sors.

The Spy­der X PRO is a handy and pow­er­ful set­up tool. Pho­to: freiheitenwelt.de
  • The Spy­der X PRO’s step-by-step inter­face guides the user through the set­up. The inter­face is intu­itive, and with a lot of hints, it’s easy to fig­ure it out.
  • There is a built-in light sen­sor. Dur­ing the day, you can inde­pen­dent­ly change the bright­ness or con­trast (on the advice of the soft­ware). Or the soft­ware will do it auto­mat­i­cal­ly (pro­vid­ed that sev­er­al user pro­files for dif­fer­ent light­ing are cre­at­ed).

Price — from 15,000 rubles.

Spyder X ELITE: Spyder X

The sen­sor used is the same as used in the Spy­der X PRO. This allows for high col­or fideli­ty. With Spy­der X ELITE you can cal­i­brate any dis­plays, pro­jec­tors.

The Spy­der X ELITE is the per­fect solu­tion for any­one look­ing for a cal­i­bra­tor with more fea­tures. Pho­to: dribbble.com
  • There is a Stu­dioMatch TM func­tion — you can cre­ate pre­sets (com­bi­na­tions) of set­tings and use them lat­er on all your devices.
  • Using the Spy­der­Proof func­tion, you can see the dif­fer­ence between the old and new set­tings.
  • There is a light sen­sor (as in Spy­der X PRO) and mon­i­tor per­for­mance analy­sis. The soft­ware will tell you how effi­cient­ly your mon­i­tor is per­form­ing.
  • A fea­ture of this mod­el is a soft­ware col­or proof. It allows you to sim­u­late view­ing from oth­er devices and even print­ing. You can find out how the print­ed pho­tos will look (on a spe­cif­ic print­er). To do this, you need to spec­i­fy the mod­el of the print­er, paper and ink.

Price - from 26,000 rubles.

Complete solution — Datacolor Spyder X STUDIO

In the set:

  • Spy­der X Elite sen­sor;
  • Spy­der Cube for white bal­ance;
  • Spy­der Print for print­er set­up.
Dat­a­col­or Spy­der X STUDIO is a com­plete set for pro­fes­sion­al use. Pho­to: spyderx.datacolor.com

With the set, you can set up both a mon­i­tor and a print­er. This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for pro­fes­sion­al imag­ing.

Price — from 50,000 rubles.


This com­pa­ny makes hard­ware and soft­ware called Col­or­Mun­ki.

ColorMunki Smile

This X‑RITE mon­i­tor cal­i­bra­tor is the sim­plest type of device. The set­ting takes place auto­mat­i­cal­ly. This means that the col­ors will be adjust­ed cor­rect­ly, but auto­mat­i­cal­ly. It is impos­si­ble to inde­pen­dent­ly con­fig­ure any para­me­ters indi­vid­u­al­ly, for your­self.

Price — from 9,000 rubles.

Col­or­Mun­ki Smile is a bud­get cal­i­bra­tor. Pho­to: imaedia.de

ColorMunki Display Studio

Used to cal­i­brate mon­i­tors and pro­jec­tors, scan­ners and even mobile devices. Advan­tages of Dis­play Stu­dio:

  • Flare Cor­rect™ adap­tive tech­nol­o­gy mea­sures and adjusts the dis­play pro­file to reduce the con­trast ratio that glare caus­es on the dis­play sur­face. What does it give? Even more pre­cise tun­ing;
  • there is a light sen­sor, as in the Spy­der X PRO — the bright­ness is opti­mal­ly adjust­ed depend­ing on the lev­el of light­ing.

The inter­face is clear, every­thing is con­fig­ured auto­mat­i­cal­ly, the pro­gram con­stant­ly tells you what to do next.

Col­or­Mun­ki Dis­play Stu­dio is a small and styl­ish cal­i­bra­tor that any user can han­dle. Pho­to: francescogola.net

For those more into fid­dling with set­tings, there’s the X‑Rite Eye-one Dis­play Pro. It looks exact­ly the same as the X‑Rite Dis­play Stu­dio and has the same fea­tures. But its main advan­tage is 2 modes of oper­a­tion (“Basic” and “Advanced”). The first is a step-by-step clas­sic set­up. And the sec­ond is the abil­i­ty to inde­pen­dent­ly con­fig­ure any para­me­ters.

Price X‑Rite i1Display Stu­dio — from 21,000 rubles.

X‑Rite Eye-one Dis­play Pro price — from 33,000 rubles.

ColorMunki Photo

With this kit, you can cal­i­brate mon­i­tors, pro­jec­tors, print­ers and take col­or mea­sure­ments. This is nec­es­sary for fur­ther repro­duc­tion of the shade when print­ing.

Col­or­Mun­ki Pho­to is the ulti­mate solu­tion for the pro­fes­sion­al design­er or pho­tog­ra­ph­er. Pho­to: irecommend.ru

The inter­face is equipped with video tips — you can quick­ly fig­ure out the set­tings. With the Col­or­Mun­ki Pho­to Mon­i­tor and Print­er Cal­i­bra­tor, you can:

  • make unique set­tings for dif­fer­ent screens;
  • cre­ate per­son­al palettes;
  • View col­ors that are adapt­ed to dif­fer­ent light­ing con­di­tions.

Price — from 43,000 rubles.

Complete solution — X‑Rite i1Studio


  • i1Studio cal­i­bra­tion device itself;
  • ON. There is a desk­top ver­sion and a plu­g­in for Adobe, Light­room;
  • Col­orCheck­er Clas­sic Mini scale.
i1Studio is a pro­fes­sion­al suite for cor­rect work. Pho­to: slovenia.desertcart.com

This kit is a good solu­tion if you print your own prints and are look­ing for a kit to set up all your equip­ment.

Price — from 61,000 rubles.


Cal­i­brate your mon­i­tor:

  • those whose work is relat­ed to col­or, design, pho­tog­ra­phy, video edit­ing;
  • if it became incon­ve­nient to work with it (due to col­or shifts, bright­ness changes that occurred due to phys­i­cal wear and tear, lost set­tings);

Cal­i­bra­tion won’t help:

  • mon­i­tors with low col­or gamut (such a dis­play ini­tial­ly can­not con­vey the entire gamut of col­ors);
  • remove matrix defects (for exam­ple: Glow-effect of the screen — the glow of the IPS matrix on the sides, which is espe­cial­ly vis­i­ble in dim light­ing).

Cal­i­bra­tion will not always help with rapid eye fatigue, the appear­ance of a feel­ing of “sand”. If adjust­ing the bright­ness, con­trast, col­or tem­per­a­ture and chang­ing the illu­mi­na­tion in the room did not help, there is only one way out — to change the mon­i­tor.

Which calibrator to choose?

1. If auto­mat­ic mon­i­tor cor­rec­tion is suf­fi­cient, you can select Spy­der 4 ELITE, Col­or­Mun­ki Smile.

2. Do you need cor­rec­tion not only for the mon­i­tor, do you want more advanced equip­ment (with light sen­sors, etc.)? You can choose Spy­der X PRO, X‑RITE Dis­play Stu­dio.

3. Do you want not just auto­mat­ic cor­rec­tion, but many set­tings that you can change for your­self? You can con­sid­er the X‑Rite Eye-one Dis­play Pro.

4. Want a cool mod­el with lots of fea­tures? The Spy­der X ELITE is worth con­sid­er­ing.

5. Do you need a ready-made solu­tion for a cam­era, mon­i­tor, print­er, so as not to buy every­thing sep­a­rate­ly? You can pay atten­tion to Dat­a­col­or Spy­der X STUDIO and X‑Rite i1Studio or Col­or­Mun­ki Pho­to.