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While Datacolor has updated its Spyder5 hardware with some notable changes, the real push for the update is to spread the gospel of calibration to a surprisingly uninitiated crowd. According to the company, its research showed that 80-plus percent of hobbyists and prosumers did not know about calibration solutions.
While my snarky side wonders why more people haven't searched the Web for "match my monitor colors," it's true that calibration is an esoteric subject and can often be a seriously frustrating task. So with the Spyder5 bundles, Datacolor reinvented and rewrote its help system, making it more interactive and context-sensitive; added a wizard to walk you through the process; and simplified its vocabulary. Goodbye, "ambient light," hello, "room light."
Calibration is like backup. It's something everyone working with images should do, but really, who wants the hassle and the complicated procedures? Anything that makes accurate color easier to achieve with a more approachable process gets a thumbs up from me.
Once I've got my new system set up -- USB ports that actually work! -- I'll be able to tell you if it achieves its goal. And though existing Spyder users aren't Datacolor's primary target for this, it looks like it might be worth an upgrade to your colorimeter. I'll report back on that as well.