Recently I've begun giving more thought to display calibration. I'd previously ignored this practice largely because:
- I worked with really cheap monitors at work.
- I work mostly with web graphics, and there's really no way to know how the end user's monitor will be calibrated. Just going from computer to computer, device to device at the office, the color reproduction varied greatly.
- I have a DoubleSight DS-2700dw at home, which is an S-PVA display, but it's not exactly "high end". The original had 3 stuck subpixels and died within a year of purchase, and the replacement also has at least as many dead subpixels, as well as other problems (such as a cracked stand and requiring multiple restarts and a series of well-timed key presses to actually start working). So a $300 monitor calibration system feels a bit pointless.
- All of the solutions I've looked at seemed to be targeted at photographers (even moreso the cheaper units) and print design.
But I also didn't really know how to choose between the different models. I'd rather not go on price alone, given that, if it's worth investing in, I'd rather invest in a professional grade calibration system that will serve me well than an entry-level solution that won't give me the full benefits of display calibration.
So what differentiates the various color calibration units? Will all professional grade systems pretty much serve you equally well except when used in high end photography or dealing with ultra wide gamut displays?
Does it really make sense to even invest in a hardware color calibrator if you're primarily doing web design?
What features are consider "must haves" when shopping for display calibrators?
What else does someone new to display calibration need to know?