Pantone Huey review: Pantone Huey

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0

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0.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Multimonitor support (Pro); neat ambient light adjustment; compact, attractive design.

The Bad Requires visual calibration of brightness and contrast.

The Bottom Line The Pantone Huey Pro is a clever, inexpensive monitor calibration solution for photo hobbyists, but you'll have to look elsewhere if your color work requires precision.

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About a month ago, the suction cups on the calibrator puck for my very-expensive-but-long-since-discontinued Sony Artisan CRT display simply stopped sucking. Given the 20-minute-plus process required to calibrate the monitor, I didn't feel like holding the puck to the screen for the duration. So I reached into my Drawer of Unreviewed Products--there's also a Shelf, a Bin, and a Pile--and pulled out the Pantone Huey Pro. Though not as sophisticated as the Artisan system, the Huey Pro has the advantage of supporting multiple monitors, which means that it can profile the sublime CRT as well as the ridiculous corporate-issue Sony LCD sitting next to it.

Huey comes in two versions: regular old Pantone Huey and Huey Pro. The hardware--a sticklike colorimeter--is identical for both. The $25 or so difference buys you a software upgrade that enables support for multiple monitors, user-selectable reference white point and gamma, and a better help system.

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Pantone Huey Pro

Part Number: MEU113 Released: Mar 19, 2007
MSRP: $129.00 Low Price: $148.54 See all prices

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  • Release date Mar 19, 2007
  • Type 1 year warranty