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Monaco vs Gretag-Macbeth for monitor calibration.

Hany Aziz , Dec 17, 2004; 02:39 p.m.

I should be receiving the Monaco EZ-color software package with the "Pro" version of the Epson 4870 scanner within the next few days. I believe this should allow me to calibrate both my scanner and printer. I also have Vuescan Pro which has some calibration capability. I would like to however calibrate my monitor as well and I don't believe that package has the "hockey puck" monitor calibration gizmo. I was initially planning to purchase Monaco's calibration bundle which includes both.

Is there any advantage to sticking with the Monaco monitor calibration device (does it integrate in any way with the Monaco EZ- Color calibration software) or should I go with the Gretag Macbeth Eye-one "hockey puck".





Ellis Vener , Dec 17, 2004; 03:18 p.m.

Andrew Rodney , Dec 17, 2004; 03:58 p.m.

Just don't follow much of the color management advise on that site!

A better place to get more scientific, less "biased" review is:


Paul Sokal - Dallas, TX , Dec 17, 2004; 06:09 p.m.

I recently purchased the Monaco EZ-color and OptixXR bundle. It wouldn't work with my scanner, which is part of a multitasker by HP, but when I got an Epson stand alone scanner, everything worked smoothly and is integrated. And darn if my prints don't look a whole lot more like what I see on my monitor. I guess it works.

Ethan Hansen , Dec 21, 2004; 05:27 p.m.

There isn't any connection between the EZ Color package and the Monaco/X-Rite puck except the Monaco name. You can mix and match monitor, printer, and scanner profiling packages with no worries. Use the best tools for each task.

My overall preference is for the Monaco XR Pro for monitor profiling. It offers a full range of features and does an exceptional job. The drawback is you need to pony up for the Pro version to be able to specify the luminance for your display and build LUT profiles for LCD screens. It seems a waste to pay for spiffy workgroup trending and matching tools that an individual photographer does not really need just to get good monitor profiles.

Next on the list, and by the thinnest of margins, is the GMB Eye-One Two. It costs less than the XR Pro and is nearly as capable. You won't go wrong with either.

An interesting option is ColorEyes Display. This software comes bundled with the same puck as the Optix XR uses and allows full control over the profile parameters. I have not made a full review yet as I am waiting (and waiting.... and waiting some more) for the latest non-beta version of the software to arrive.

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