Jul 10, 2015

How to properly calibrate the settings on a new LED monitor without spending a lot of money?

I just got a nice new display (a 27 inch Samsung) and I’d like to set it up properly to get the most out of it. However, when I looked up calibration tools like the Datacolor Spyder 4 series, they cost over $100, with some from X-rite running into the thousands. Is there a cheaper way to do it that is still effective?
Sveta has a good answer, but here's a link to the Samsung support page in case you need it later:

The external celebration devices are great because they do the calibration automatically, from the ones I know most are priced in the range of $100-200.
You can do a similar calibration by hand, however that relies on how you see and distinguish shades. Both PC and MAC have built in calibration tools you can run. And there are webpages wish give you nice color tables for calibration. Lastly if you plan to print photos, you calibrate the monitor and printer to display as close to each other as possible.
Take a look at the link it gives you a walkthrough on built in tools settings and sites you can use http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-calibrate-your-monitor/
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