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Updated on September 08, 2016

Eye One Display II test - X-Rite

It was two years ago, the best colorimeter on the market and it has been replaced by the excellent i1Display Pro in July 2011. Therefore it is impossible to purchase, unless second hand. Undoubtedly the new one is better adapted to the new monitor technologies, but above all this old one has a major defect : its gelatin filters age almost suddenly. In February 2011, it has worked well on my monitors and in October 2011, it was a disaster !

Eye One Display II BoxWhile the Gretag brand has been acquired by X-Rite, its competitor, the Gretag equipment is now sold under X-Rite brand ! The monitor colorimeter Eye-One Display, which had proven all its efficiency in its first version, is back with a second variant, the Eye One Display 2, itself replaced by the i1Display Pro model in July 2011. It was not only for X-Rite to modernize its colorimeter but also to better adapt to new technologies, as laptop displays and LCD displays have definitely replaced our old CRT. It should also be noted that some recent monitors are capable of displaying a wide gamut - the Adobe RGB 98 - with more saturated colors, that the colorimeter should be able to distinguish. Here is a presentation and a short commented test of this calibration kit.

Since october 2011 ! i1Profiler D2 software Lion Edition has been released to be able to keep on using your old colorimeter with the last MAC operating system.



Eye-One Display 2 colorimeter presentation

New ! The Eye One Display II colorimeter from X-Rite is replaced by the i1Display Pro colorimeter since July 2011. It was, at that time, the display calibration colorimeter of reference .

The calibration kit and what is in the box

The monitor Eye One Display 2 colorimeter from X-Rite was sold with a colorimeter and like most monitor calibration colorimeters, with a small weight to put on the USB cable and of course an installation CD. This one typically contains the installation and calibration software, Eye-One Match 3. If nothing less, there is notthing more sold in this kit !

Kit Eye One Diplay II

Eye-One Match software installation

Installation I MatchWhen Eye-One Match is installed, the menu opens directly in English. To install it in a different language, you must click on "Match" and choose in "All Languages" menu your installation language. The process of installing the drivers of the colorimeter and the Eye One Match software - version 3.6.2 since November 2009 for PC and 3.6.3 for Mac OS - including 64-bit Windows Vista or Seven colorimeter drivers - begins.

Once the Eye-One Match software is installed, you must connect the colorimeter so that your operating system installs the drivers. Everything is done automatically. If you are on Windows 64-bit environment, it is better to install the latest version of the software to be sure to find the 64-bit drivers (the latest Windows compatible version is not only Seven compatible but has also 32 and 64 bits drivers). Once the installation of the Eye One colorimeter is completed, you can launch the Eye One Match 3 software.

New ! The calibration software Eye-One Match is replaced by the latest version i1Profiler D2 Lion Edition Suivre


Technical specifications

Eye One Display II
Average price : Second hand
Eye One Display
Eye-One Match
Color temperature
Defined by the user
Gamma choice
Defined by the user
Multi monitor
Ambient light control
Beamer calibration

Download Eye-One Match 3 or i1Profiler D2

Eye-One Match 3 in available in WINDOWS 32 or 64 bits and MAC OS versions.

Download Eye-One Match from X-Rite Suivre

I1Profiler D2 Lion Edition is now compatible with the new MAC OS Lion operating system.

Download i1Profiler D2 Lion Edition Suivre



Calibrate : step by step

Calibrage en mode simple ou avancéEye-One Match 3 software allows you from its main window to characterize a scanner, a beamer, a camera, a printer or, what interests us here, a monitor.

Regarding the calibration with the new i1Profiler D2 Edition, go and read the test of the new i1Display Pro Suivre
(With this new software, you will gain, a new but only one focntionnality, the possibility to check the quality of your profile at the end of calibration).

Choice of an easy or advanced calibration

When choosing "Easy" to create the ICC profile of your monitor, it simply means that the target values ​​- color temperature of the monitor, brightness and gamma - are determined by the software without the possibility to change them. In this case at 6.500 K, a 2.2 gamma and 120 Cd/m². When selecting the "Advanced" mode, an additional menu opens to ask you what targets you want to achieve, before starting the characterization of your monitor.

Small note on "Easy" mode

If you select the "Easy" calibration mode, make sure that the color menu of your monitor is set to "original colors" and not "users" or "9.300K" or "sRGB". This greatly facilitates the calibration of the monitor without having the risk to have greenish or magenta dominant appearing, that your ICC profile is supposed to have canceled ... It's strange but I checked it several times on basic or medium range monitors.

Choice of monitor type to be calibrated - easy or advanced mode

Here you have the choice, now classic, between the calibration of LCD, CRT - you know our old monitors ! - and laptop displays.

Target values - advanced mode

The advanced mode can safely be used by all users, but it is better to have an idea of ​​the values ​​that you seek to achieve. In any case, this is the mode to choose to experiment and understand the principle of display calibration. In the target values, as usual you will find the white point - that is the color temperature of the monitor - which can be set from 5.000, 5.500, 6.000 (I espacially like), to 7.000 and 7.500 K, the gamma - in other words, the curve of your monitor contrast - between 1.5 and 3.0 given that the accepted value today is around 2.2 in Windows or Mac environment - and luminance - that is to say the maximum brightness of your monitor - preferably around 80/120 Cd/m² for LCD.

Valeurs cibles du mode avancé

It is also possible to use the colorimeter to measure the ambient light in the room. Interesting if this one is stable.

Some remarks on target values

1 - White point choice :
Between 5.000K and 7.500K, if the graphic art monitors actually are designed to be calibrated at 5.000K, I would not recommend this target for monitors set by default at 6.500K. In practice, this is unreachable correctly. Even 5.500K seems less surreal, with a slight preference for a setting at 6.000K that often goes very well.

2 - Gamma choice :
Now, all experts agree that a gamma of 2.2 is an ideal gamma for a monitor, even in Mac OS environment. That said for the most expert of you, it may be interesting to test 2.1 or 2.3 for your monitor.

3 - Luminance choice :
As for gamma, luminance standard seems to be around 80/120 Cd/m² for LCD. According to the light environment of your room, more or less clear, you can even push the luminance to 150/160 Cd/m². Today, specialists invite you to try an indoor luminance value around 100 Cd/m², which is not too dark. I agree with that !
Always keep in mind that the luminance determines the white point and contrast the black point of your monitor. If the brightness is too high, you will not see any difference between a 255 white and a 253 white in Photoshop.

Calibration - or gauging - of the monitor

Réglage du contrasteAfter placing the colorimeter on the monitor, the calibration or rather the gauging, strictly speaking, can begin.

1 - The colorimeter will help you at first to adjust the contrast of your monitor, unless you have chosen the laptop display type as you know the contrast is not possible to adjust with the buttons. Then just let yourself be guided and set the monitor brightness to the value indicated by the green bar graph of the software.

2 - Then, the software and the colorimeter are used to adjust the RGB channels directly on your monitor so that the color temperature displayed by the monitor is as close as possible to the target : a) RGB settings and b) for each RGB channel presets if the monitor allows it.
Attention ! It seems that the best setting is still the monitor original one. In fact, I never got satisfied with the result on a basic monitor, that is to say about 250€ for a 22 inch today, when trying to adjust the RGB channels separately on the monitor itself. Under these conditions, monitors, once calibrated often seem tainted by a dominant ... incredible ! So try but be careful.

3 - Finally, the software prompts you to adjust the brightness of your monitor. Your colorimeter is still placed on the monitor and using the color menu of your monitor, you will place the brightness bar graph cursor around the 0 point indicated. The percentage regarding the 100% depends on the target seeked. It is likely that you will be trying a couple of luminance settings, before being truly satisfied depending on your lighting environment and your prints. This is especially in relation to those two last criterias that this setting is important.

After these three steps, your monitor is now calibrated. It only remains to characterize it, what the software does automatically. The software sends, where the colorimeter is located, multiple color patches to know the gamut of the monitor and its color characteristics. At the end of the characterization process, you should see your monitor aspect changed. Then a window appears with the synthesis of your monitor calibration.

Save ICC profile and summary screenWith this summary, you can see whether the targeted values have been reached or not.

1- You can see your gamut display and the reponses curves.

2 - You can tell if the software was able to reach the target values ​​or must be recalibrated before repeating the characterization, as shown here with the luminance.

Name the ICC profile, and put additional information in it, if the default proposal made by the software does not suit you, for example if you have multiple displays.

You can optionally enable the reminder to calibrate the monitor every 1 to 4 weeks.

Finally, click "Finish Calibration", your monitor is now calibrated and characterized.



Use and verification of the ICC profile

As indicated on the page Photoshop color preferences, it is prudent to verify that Photoshop is really using the new ICC profile to correctly display the colors of your monitor.

New ! If you are still using this colorimeter in Mac environment, but have installed the new Lion operating system, you can enjoy a new feature : the verification of your profile, as with the new i1Display Pro colorimeter. I invite you to visit the test page on the i1Display ProSuivre



Conclusion and marks !

Today, the Eye One Display II is replaced by the i1Display Pro. That said, apart from the case you regularly calibrate your laptop display, you can continue to use it without a doubt. It was the reference and this is an excellent product. If you like the most up to date equipment, undoubtedly its successor has more advanced settings and the resulting profiles are a bit better.


Eye One Display II
Manufacturing quality
3 stars
3 stars
3 stars
ICC profile quality
4 stars
Quality/Price ratio
4 stars
PROS ...
  • A reference until July 2011, remplaced by the i1Display Pro
  • Quality profile level for all kinds of monitors
  • High quality product ... but the gelatin filters age.
CONS ...
  • Discontinued since 2011
  • Setting options behind today's possibilities... Less efficient to calibrate a laptop than its successor.
  • Attention the colorimeter gelatin Filters age.
5,0 /10

My opinion : Replaced by the i1Display Pro, do not necessarily through it away ! To be change if you also calibrate a laptop or if it is too old because the filters may be damaged (gelatin filters), then the calibration seems just impossible.


Summary > Monitor calibration > Eye One Display II review



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