i1Display Pro is a fast & good way to calibrate your screen, it gives you more control over the calibration proves. Making it a suitable device for both professional & color nerds.
In general, having a display calibrate is totally worth it for sharing & printing pictures. As calibrating your screen is an important first step to ensure your prints comes out as you saw them on your screen.
Note:- For the most part, this review talks about the retail version of i1Display Pro. Many of the things mentioned here applies to the OEM version too.
Quickly go to:-
- Pros Of I1display Pro
- Cons Of I1display Pro
- Technical Specifications
- Overview Of I1display Pro
- I1profiler Calibration Software, What Can It Do?
- Ambient Light Sensor
- Mobile Devices Screen Calibration
- Tips For Calibrating Your Monitor Using I1display Pro
- Possible Technical Problems With I1display Pro
- And Finally
- Calibrate your display multiple times faster than other calibrating devices, like ColorMunki Display.
- The i1Profiler software that comes with it gives you much more control over the calibration process.
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- Suitable for professionals, as it offers a lot of control compared to similar products.
- Contains many useful features like:- Ambient light measurement, monitor profiling & projector profiling.
- Calibrates your display & projector much faster than the other X-Rite devices, like ColorMunki Display.
- Mobile Friendly:- Compatible with X-Rite Color TRUE mobile app for calibrating Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.
- Incorporates technologically advanced filter and optical systems & fast measurement speed.
- Supports all modern display and projector technologies, such as LED, Plasma, RG Phosphor, OLED and Wide Gamut.
- Future Proof – spectrally calibrated, making it field-upgradeable to support future display technologies
- Broadcast video standards support – NTSC, PAL SECAM, and ITU-R Rec.BT.709 Profile optimization, display trending & display uniformity testing.
- Features PANTONE Spot Color optimization
i1Display Pro features a very similar hardware to X-Rite ColorMunki Display, except that it looks different, and that it offers a faster display speed. Which makes it suitable for those who calibrates their displays often, or those who has many screens to calibrate. Let along that it features more calibration options compared to the lower-end model, which we will take a look at shortly.
When it comes to display support. i1Display Pro supports all modern display and projector technologies, such as LED, Plasma, RG Phosphor, OLED and Wide Gamut. And it can be used to calibrate any number of displays on your computer to make them match as much as possible.
To use i1Display Pro, you place it on a certain place on your screen (indicated by the software). And use the counterweight on the USB cable to keeps it on place. Tilting your screen backward will help you keep your calibrator in place even more.
i1Display Pro comes with i1Profile, which is a more advanced calibration software compared to ColorMunki. i1Profiler offers two modes for calibration, basic & advanced. The basic modes is a wizard driven mode, it is simpler to use but gives you less options, and is a good way to get started. The advanced mode, however, offers you more options, like more control of white point, luminance, contrast ratio. These are concepts that requires articles on their own, but to give you an idea on them here are some explanations:-
White Point, also known as color temperature, aims to make sure your final images won’t look bluish or yellowish in your target print or on the web. That means that the White Point you choose depends on where you plan to display your photo. as a general advice, set the white point to D65 when you play to display your images in the Web, and D50 for printing. If you plan to do both, then set it to D50. And create another profile for D65 for your web graphics.
Luminance, on the other hand, allows you to set the target luminance of your screen. You may need to try a few different values to get it right, and it is usually advisable to keep it low.
And finally, Contrast Ratio sets the target contrast value. Contrast Ratio measure the difference between the darkest & the lightest values on your screen. The higher the contrast value, the more that difference will be. You will usually leave this setting to “Native”.
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During the calibration, the screen will show a lot of colors, while i1Display Pro detect them and compare them to what they should be. Once the calibration is done, you will be able to visually validates the results before & after the calibration using a wide variety of pre-defined images. These images allows you to see how your display shows different colors. Then i1profile will allow you to save the ICC profile from your calibration to reuse it later.
Some other features in i1Profiler are Quality Assurance, which allows you to test your colors against a pre-defined set of colors. And Uniformity Test, which makes you see how color and luminance vary across your entire display. It also supports ADC or Automatic Display Control, in which i1Profiler tune your display automatically. I will talk more about these features later in this review.
i1Profiler also features printer & projector profiling. But those are outside the scope of this review.
Now let’s take a look at some of i1Profiler features in more details.
i1Display Pro also features ADC support (or DDC as it is known as), which stands for Automatic Display Control. ADC allows i1Display Pro to adjusts your display directly, which mean you won’t have to do so yourself, though you have the chance to do so if you want, in case it your display doesn’t support it (Apple’s Mini DisplayPort no longer supports ADC for one), or in case you want to adjust your display faster.
i1Display Pro’s i1Profiler display Quality Assurance, or QA, is one of the features that are not supported in the lower X-Rite model, ColorMunki Display. It offers a way to test the colors of your display. It works by comparing a pre-set group of colors to what your display actually displays. And to tell you how well the colors are displayed by showing you the colors before & after the calibration.
Depending on how strict you are with your color accuracy, you can set a tolerance level of the test. The default tolerance level is relatively high, so you may want to adjust that to your liking.
Uniformity test make sure colors are the same across all the parts of screen. For example, if your display is uniform, then a certain red will appear similar to as if displayed in any part of your monitor. This is done by placing i1Display Pro on 9 places across your monitor, and measuring luminance & white point in each of these locations.
The light that falls on your screen can affect the calibration process & the way you see colors. So if there are a lot of light that falls on there. Then the Flare Correction can help you correct that. Bear in mind that this feature may produce worse results in case you don’t need it. If you plan to calibrate your display in a dimly lit room, then it is better to keep this turned off.
Another i1Display Pro features that artists have different opinion about, which is ambient light sensor. To put it simply, it tried to calibrate the colors of your display based on the lighting of your room. It also allows i1Display Pro to change the calibration based on the change in lighting. Which can be useful if you work in a place where the lighting change during the day, like near a window.
Some artists prefer not to use the ambient light sensor at all, and to calibrate the screen in a room with good lighting condition. And like the case with Flare Correction, I pretty much advise you to try out calibration with & without this feature.
Since mobile devices are used more & more to view & printing pictures and sometimes modifying them. i1Display Pro supports mobile devices calibration using the ColorTrue mobile app. The app is available on both iOS & Android devices.
For Android devices, you need to make sure your device supports the app. The app page on the Google Play store contains a list of the supported devices.
In general, the Color TRUE gives you the following options:-
The ability to check how the colors on your screen looks like before & after the calibration.
- Ambient Light Compensation.
- Print simulation:- To preview your images with printer profile.
- ICC Profiling.
- White Point Selection:- The ability to choose the White Point, or Color Temperature to match your computer screen.
- Calibrate your monitor with the dim lights in your room.
- Turn your monitor on for 30 minutes to warm up before calibration.
- Update the i1profiler software from X-Rite’s website, so that you get the latest calibration tables.
- If you have a bad monitor, then all the calibration devices & tips in the world won’t help you here. And getting a new monitor may be the best choice for you.
- Make sure to read some of the useful & detailed tutorials on how to calibrate your display. I personally recommend X-Rite i1Display Pro calibration tutorial: desktop method.
While i1Display Pro worked for many people, chances that you may encountered some problems with it. While reviews like that are not supposed to solve every problem for the device. Knowing about them & possible solution beforehand will hopefully help you more than knowing about them after getting it.
There is a chance that i1Display Pro may not work if you plugged it into a USB 3.0 port. a Problem that existed with X-Rite ColorMunki Display as well. That doesn’t mean that you can’t use i1Display Pro in case you only have that port in your computer, but not knowing about this issue beforehand is a must.
Kindly find the following solution form X-Rite’s website:-
- Plug your i1Display Pro into a USB 2.0 port instead.
- In case your computer doesn’t have a USB 2.0 port, use powered USB 2.0 Hub for that (this pretty much means you will need to buy one).
i1Display Pro proved to be a very good & versatile display calibrator. The fast calibration it provides makes i1Display Pro a good choice in case you calibrate your display frequently. Even if you don’t plan to calibrate that often, the more control it provides over the lower-end model makes it suitable for color nerds out there, or anyone who wants to get more specific results for their calibration.
I hope you liked my i1Display Pro review, and see you again with another review. ^^