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Pantone Eye One Display 2
A Colorimeter for profiling and calibrating monitors and displays
We've reviewed the original GretagMacbeth Eye One Display 2 elsewhere (also sold as the X-rite i1Display 2)
Since the software supplied with the Pantone product is just a newer version, would suggest that you also have a look at that review for more detailed information about how the device functions.
This articles covers some slight changes from the GretagMacbeth branded version and has details that might be of use if you are comparing the three different devices for monitor profiling.
In case you are wondering just what this 'Colour management' stuff is, and why you should be concerned we've a very short guide to colour management page that might be of help.
The Pantone Eye-One Display 2 is a small USB device which contains a colorimeter to measure the light coming from your screen.
You use the device with the supplied Eye-One match software to generate a monitor profile.
The Display 2 device looks identical to the Display LT device, with the exception of a different label underneath.
Both devices come in a plastic blister pack, with a software CD and printed 'Quick-start' guide.
There is a small weight to counterbalance the weight of the device when it is resting on an LCD screen.
The picture above is slightly larger (on my monitor) than the real thing (about 8 cm long).
The underside of the device has small suction caps for holding it to a CRT monitor.
The guidelines expressly warn you not to use the sticky pads to attach the device to an LCD screen (this is the opposite of what is suggested for using the Huey -- see my review of the Pantone Huey for why I never stick things to my LCD screen)
There is also a white plastic base supplied for storage of the device and as a diffuser/filter for ambient light measurement.
Have a look at the original Display 2 review for more details on device operation.
I'll just show this shot here, which if you've seen my Display LT review, you will notice that you get many more target options with the Display 2.
The software works well and quickly and easily produces an accurate and effective monitor profile.
The Pantone Display 2 version of the software offers a much wider range of options in setting up your monitor.
A particularly welcome one (from my point of view) is the 'Native' colour temperature option where you can use your display's natural backlight temperature - most useful for laptops
For my 23" Apple LCD display the native temperature is a coolish 6800K. I sometimes use this for my black and white photography work since it gives a slightly smoother greyscale that I feel happier with - it also has a wider gamut for colour.
I do have profiles at 6500K and 5000K for certain colour work, or where I might need to check proofs under controlled lighting.
When you pull the whitepoint of an LCD display away from its native temperature, you are losing some of the dynamic range.
The image below is taken from screen shots taken after calibrating with the Eye One Display 2 at 6500K and Native.
The image shows the graph, where deviations from a straight (45 degree) line show how much 'work' the profile is having to do to 'pull' the output of the monitor to the desired target temperature.
Why use native colour temperature when profiling monitors?
Also of interest is the triangle showing the gamut of the display. Notice, how forcing the display to 6500 reduces the range of colours it can display. The maximum luminance is also reduced.
There were no alterations to monitor settings between the two measurements.
The Pantone version of the Display 2 is packed in a plastic blister pack.
The GMB version comes in a wonderful cardboard only box, that is a masterpiece of card cutting and folding.
The original Eye One Display 2 has a much better paint job - four colours
The Pantone version is a little less stylish :-)
Looking at the 3 new Pantone branded products shows an emphasis on cost reduction.
I hope this is not reflected in any change in GMB's reputation for quality.
The table below shows how the capabilities of the various Pantone products differ.
It contains my own observations of what the software does and may differ from the version you see in promotional literature :-)
* Note that although multiple monitors are not directly supported, on a Mac you could alternatively designate each monitor the main monitor, profile it, rename the profiles, and allocate them in the Displays system preferences. I've been sent some info on doing this under Windows XP and have written a short note about Dual monitor profiling under Windows XP
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June 2007 - We now have a Pantone huey PRO review - it supports multiple monitors and offers better control of settings and profiling
I did suspect that the LT might be the old Eye-One Display device, although comparing profiles made at identical settings revealed very little difference between the D2 and LT - perhaps it's just different software capabilities.
Monitor profiling with the Pantone Eye-One Display 2 is very easy to set up and use.
The help facilities in the software mean that you won't need to get the manual out every few weeks when you need to profile your monitor - which is just as well, since there isn't one :-)
Ambient light measurement allows you to get an idea of the quality of lighting in your working location.
Much better range of profiling options compared with the LT, including 'Native' settings for LCDs
A good solid bit of kit, with the measurement device coming from a well respected name in colour management.
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