I received a question that was generated during discussion of “The iMac Calibration Conundrum” about using the Pantone Huey Pro for monitor calibration. Read on…
Have you heard anything about the Huey Pro system? I am seriously considering getting that after it was highly recommended. Curious to hear your thoughts.
Nat Coalson Responds:
line to consider when shopping for calibration and profiling software.
Pantone in the last couple of years, they are not only the best color
management supplier out there, they are one of the only ones remaining
(Datavision and their inferior Spyder systems being the notable other).
The Huey system has long been plagued with poor performance and
questionable results. It’s nowhere near “professional”. I’ve
personally worked with several clients who had one, and determined
that not only did the Huey not correct the colors on the display, but
in many cases actually made things worse by introducing strange and
undesirable color casts.
That said, I would expect that now that Pantone (and the Huey systems)
are now under X-Rite’s wing, they might improve.
But you really do get what you pay for. If you’re really looking for
accurate, predictable color, you need to be looking at around the $200
range for a calibration kit with hardware and software.
For now, I’d avoid the Huey in all its flavors and go for the i1;
either the LE or the Display 2 will give you significantly better