19 June 2018

Much ado has been made about certain brands and types of puter displays and how this kind or that kind looks so much better than the average LCD screen…

It turns out that much of this hoopla is quite often mostly just marketing.

In fact, some displays from certain fruity computer manufacturers in the past were actually technically inferior, yet they still looked really good!

How did they do it?

Easy! The displays were fine-tuned – calibrated, if you will.

Lucky for you, it’s a piece of cake to calibrate your puter’s display yourself.

There’s the easy, free option, or the more expensive and thorough option. Either way, you can turning your “average” screen into a stunner is a lot easier than you might think.

So there you have it.

Note that it’s true that some displays are actually technically better than others.

The thing is, I’ve calibrated quite a few different screens. Whether you’re talking low-end lappy, or high-end desktop display, they all need to be calibrated for best results.

And in the end, I have a very hard time telling the difference between a “good” display and a “bad” one – if they’re both calibrated.

DisplayCAL software

You also don’t have to use the Spyder5 software. Instead, you could opt to use the open source DisplayCAL software with the Spyder5 gizmo.

DisplayCAL is even more thorough, but at the cost of increased complexity and a pretty steep learning curve. The software can also calibrate your screen in minute detail, but it can take literally hours.

Frankly, I can’t tell the difference between DisplayCAL and the Spyder5 utility’s results, so I just stick with the Spyder5’s quick and easy-to-use software now.

The End

So go nuts! If you’d like to go the Full Nerd route, pick up a Datacolor Spyder5 Express on Amazon.

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