I have had a Monaco Optix XR Pro device for a number of years for screen calibration & profiling. I’ve just bought an X-Rite i1 Photo, or is that Eye-One Photo? Having bought it from CHROMiX, I also got an Eye-One Display 2. So I now have three screen calibrators. I’d like to understand which one to use when, and which one(s) to keep. (The i1 Photo was bought primarily as a print profiler, so it’s definitely staying, but the question is, are either of the other two devices still worth using / keeping?)
Qu 1. Which is better for screen calibration/profiling - the i1 Photo or the Eye-One Display 2 - and why? You’d think that the i1 was a more precise device, but how would you know? I gather than the Eye-One Display 2 does ambient light measurement, whereas the i1 Photo does not. (At least I can’t see anything in the case that you’d use with the i1 Photo for ambient light), so that’s a reason for keeping the Eye-One Display 2?
Qu 2. Is there an opinion about whether the Monaco Optix XR Pro or the Eye-One Display 2 is better? In calibrating the screen, with the i1 Photo, it gave a quite different reading for white balance than I had been using with my latest profile with the XR. Can I assume that the i1/Eye-One family is more accurate? Or perhaps it’s just that the i1 Photo is more accurate that the less expensive devices?
Qu 3. With the Monaco profile loader at Windows XP startup, I am used to seeing the screen display visibly change when the calibration kicked in. I don’t see any such reaction with the i1’s CalibrationLoader 5.0 Application. Is this normal? How can one be sure that the loader worked? Is there a way to tell the loader which profile to load, other than creating a new one using i1 Match?
Qu 4. When I bought the Pro version of the XR, it was only supposed to be installed on 5 machines, whereas the non-Pro was not so restricted. (This always seemed strange to me as the Pro version was a fair bit more expensive, and didn’t do that much more, so I couldn’t see the basis for this restriction.) I recall reading that X-Rite also realised that this was not realistic, and relaxed this restriction. Is this correct? It could affect my ability to sell the XR.
Thank you for any insights.