FIVE THIN GS TO LOOK OUT FOR…

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They might look sim­i­lar, but these au­to­mated colour con­nois­seurs don’t all see eye to eye

01 Am­bi­ent light de­tec­tion

This au­to­mat­i­cally sets your mon­i­tor bright­ness to match the light­ing con­di­tions around you. Par­tic­u­larly use­ful when com­par­ing printed im­ages with on-screen equiv­a­lents.

02 Speed

03 Mon­i­tor types

04 Ad­vanced fea­tures

05 Print­ers

You’ll need to re­cal­i­brate ev­ery few months. Most col­orime­ters will get the job done quickly, but some are faster than oth­ers. The tech­nol­ogy in­side your mon­i­tor will af­fect how it dis­plays colours, so a cal­i­bra­tion de­vice that can ac­com­mo­date sub­tleties like LED back­light­ing should pro­duce more ac­cu­rate re­sults. Fancy analysing the bright­ness uni­for­mity across your screen, or set­ting its colour out­put to con­form to video colour stan­dards? Just some of the fea­tures boasted by high-end prod­ucts. We’ve tested sev­eral mon­i­tor cal­i­bra­tion op­tions, but should you also want to cal­i­brate your printer you’ll need a catchily-ti­tled spec­tropho­tome­ter that’ll an­a­lyse re­flec­tive printed me­dia.

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