X-Rite i1Display Pro Flash Sale, Expires Tonight at 8:30 PM EST!

Our friends at B&H Photo Video earlier today informed us that the X-Rite i1Display Pro monitor / projector calibration and profiling tool is on a flash sale, at almost half off, expiring tonight! At $139.95 ($110 off the original price of $249.95), this is an insane deal that we wanted to share with our readers. I wish this deal was available at the time when I bought mine, because I paid the full price. For those that do not know about the X-Rite i1Display Pro, it is the best device calibration tool on the market today. I previously have used the Datacolor Spyder 3 Pro calibration system and I ended up switching to the X-Rite, because it is better, more accurate and less buggy (more on that in our upcoming review).

X-Rite i1Display Pro

It does not matter what monitor you have, whether it has a cheap TN panel or a high-end professional IPS panel – calibration is something you should do on every device that you are planning to display your photographs on. The difference between a non-calibrated and a hardware-calibrated screen is night and day, so I urge every photographer to do it. Even if you do not print, you should always have a calibrated monitor. The X-Rite i1Display Pro works both on PCs and Macs. I ran the software on my Windows 8.1 PCs and the drivers work very well.

You can purchase this tool by clicking the above image, or you can click this link, which will take you to B&H Photo Video online store. Once again, this deal will expire at 8:30 PM Eastern Time tonight!


  1. 1) Chris
    June 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    FYI – the product page shows the offer expires 8:30PM.
    I am on the fence.
    I do not print but this should be useful even for editing because the pics will look better on all decent monitors because colors will be accurate – is that correct?

    • June 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Chris, thanks for letting me know, looks like the deal does expire at 8:30 PM!

    • June 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Regarding the question – yes, calibrating a monitor is necessary even if you never print. If you have an uncalibrated monitor, you are looking at wrong colors!

  2. 2) Patty
    June 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I use to work for X-Rite… wonderful company.

    • June 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Patty, thanks for sharing! They certainly make very good products.

  3. 3) Jay
    June 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I just bought the Spyder 4Pro from Datacolor. Yes it is buggy but I got personal service from the photographer/techie David Safir. After I bought it, he said I should have bought the Premium version that does more. But he provided a workaround for me. I bought it because Scott Kelby recommends it. He of course is the Photoshop guru and should know. I’m wondering now if I should buy this one and give the other one away or to a camera club?

    • 3.1) Chris
      June 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Did you see much difference after color calibration?
      I am not a pro and do not print so I am wondering if this will make big difference.
      Should I buy this even if I do not print?

      • June 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

        Chris, it does not matter if you print or not – I never print from home either. A calibrated screen will represent colors accurately and that’s what this device is all about. Right now you are looking at factory colors, which vary not only from one manufacturer to another, but also from model to model!

        Trust me, the moment you look at the calibrated display, you will regret that you have not done it before.

        • sceptical1
          June 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

          Bah, I purchased the Spyder 4 Elite about 18 months ago. I paid a lot more than $140….
          Fortunately, I think it works fine. That said, $140 for a professional level calibrator that Nasim recommends is a heck of a deal!

    • 3.2) Hval
      June 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      I use the Spyder. Have used a couple of versions the past number of years. Yes, a bit buggy, but they work for me.

      • June 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

        Hval, please see my comment #11 below – I also used Spyder Pro in the past.

    • June 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Jay, I still have the Spyder 3 Pro. When I bought the X-Rite i1Display Pro and recalibrated my screens, I realized that the Spyder 3 Pro was way off in blues and reds. Having two Dell UltraSharp U2413 screens, I could never get both screens to look identical with the Spyder 3 Pro. Now with the X-Rite, they look identical and my editing is the same on both screens. For me, the difference was night and day and I do not have to sit and wait for the profile to load – it does it automatically upon reboot. Also, my color profile is not lost when I go between full screen viewing (such as when kids play Starcraft II on my PC), which was a big annoyance with the Spyder Pro software.

      I used to recommend Spyder Pro, but now that I have X-Rite, I will never go back.

  4. 4) Darren Jefferson
    June 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I actually own this fantastic calibration device and it’s fantastic. It really opened my eyes up to the bad editing that I had been doing for many years even before I became a photographer. I unfortunately had to purchase this at the FULL PRICE also. People go on about the Spyder calibration device but this in my opinion leave that standing.

    I would recommend this to anyone that wants a correctly calibrated monitor!

    • 4.1) Chris
      June 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks for your feedback. My order placed before PhotographyLife users deplete the stock.
      It is also weird – if I search there I get price of 199 but clicking link here gets me 139.
      Looks like this is secret deal for users of this site. :-)

      • June 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        Chris, at this price, I do not expect it to last long. People should still be able to place orders though, even if B&H runs out of stock. As soon as they get more stock back, they will ship the units at the price you purchase today!

    • June 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Darren, totally agreed, thanks for sharing!

  5. 5) Mauricio
    June 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    ORDERED as Nasim said this is an INSANE deal…..! Thanks for the advice haven´t notice about it till you send us the e-mail, this item was in my wish list but at this price is a BUY BUY BUY!!!

    • June 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Mauricio, I wish this price was there when I bought mine…I had to pay full price. Still, I don’t regret it for a second – the X-Rite made the colors of both my Dell monitors consistent and very accurate. I am impressed – the Spyder 3 Pro that I used to have does not even come close…

      • 5.1.1) Mauricio
        June 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        Nasim just to let you know that I have just checked B&H website and the offer is now only $50 off….sorry for all the people that didn´t react quickly to your advice ;)

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          June 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

          Mauricio, make sure to click the above link, don’t just search for it at B&H! The link still works with the $110 off and will be active until 8:30 PM Eastern Time tonight!

  6. 6) Muhammad Omer
    June 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm


  7. 7) Tina
    June 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks so much. This was in my B&H wish list and you just saved me from paying full price.

  8. 8) Richard D
    June 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm


    Does this offer have everything single thing you need, including the proper software, to calibrate your monitor? I wonder why the big cut in price?

    I’m on the fence as well. I have a Spyder and haven’t had much problem using it.

    • June 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Richard, yes, absolutely! The package comes with the color reading / evaluating hardware and software. Actually, instead of installing the software from the CD, I would get the latest version from X-Rite’s website.

      Why the big cut in price? Probably too much stock that needs to go. Note that these flash sales only have very short time windows, so they are only for quick stock reduction.

      I have been using Spyder Pro for a few years, but after seeing color disparity between the two monitors I have, I decided to give X-Rite a try. After one calibration attempt, both screens looked identical for the first time! I then looked at the before and after colors and realized that my Spyder Pro was way inaccurate in some color channels. To summarize, I am never going back to the Spyder Pro…

      • 8.1.1) Richard D
        June 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

        Thanks, Nasim.

        Let me ask another question.

        I’m pretty happy with my Spyder, although I have to admit that last year, I had moved some things around, including my Spyder and that Spyder is still in a box somewhere. I haven’t used it in a little while.

        I recently shot a high school graduation. The school color is purple. I shot this same graduation 3 years ago. I noticed on the big screen TVs at the graduation (in both cases) showed the cap and gown color as a deep, dark blue. The pictures on the LED screen on the back of my D600 (and D200 3 years ago) were a deep, dark blue. And, now, the pictures on my 24″ Dell monitor at home, as well as my 15″ Dell laptop monitor, have the same deep, dark blue, not the purple color these caps and gowns actually were. My friends’ home computer also shows the deep dark blue if I send him the original files.

        I have “corrected” these to some extent using Lightroom and the color sliders, but what I am wondering is, why do so many monitors show the incorrect color of those caps and gowns? I know that there is a problem with certain shades of purple being right on the edge of a color gamut (I typically shoot with Adobe RGB 1998). But I’m wondering if that shade of purple I shot is right on that edge of the color gamut? In other words, I’m wondering if this X-Rite calibrator might help, at least on my monitor? It won’t help fix the problem, though, on other monitors. In fact, if this is a calibration problem, and if I fix it with this X-Rite calibrator, then I might not “fix” the problem by sliding those LR color sliders….the problem would be fixed for me, maybe, but not for others whom I send these pictures to because their monitors apparently are not calibrated for this shade of purple.

        Hope you understand what I’m saying.

  9. Profile photo of Mike Banks 9) Mike Banks
    June 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Nasim, thanks for the heads up on this. I’ve been putting this off way too long.

  10. 10) Jay
    June 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm


    It is curious, I was planning to purchase the Dell 2413 from BH Photo (their price is actually better than direct from Dell)!. Several people have said that this monitor must have the X-rite calibration device. So maybe that is why your two 2413s are doing so well now? Meanwhile, I was actually going to not buy the 2413 because of this requirement. But Datacolor assures me my Spyder will work?

  11. 11) Jay
    June 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Ok couldn’t wait for a response. Just ordered the Dell U2413 and the X-Rite calibrator. I hope all of those that say the two are necessary for each other are right!

  12. 12) Sunil
    June 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Nasim,
    Thanks for informing of the deal. I ordered one too.
    I was eyeing on colormunki photo for a while, so that I could calibrate monitor as well as printer. Since now I ordered for i1 display pro, do you have any suggestions on any printer calibration device by itself.

  13. 13) Chris
    June 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm
  14. 14) Jay
    July 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Just got my U2413 in yesterday. I am waiting on the X-rite arriving on Monday. Meanwhile I have the SpyderPro4 that I will try and use to calibrate. Will make for a good comparison test. Nasim, when are you going to have that detail review promised? Also what brightness/contrast setting do you use on your 2413s? This is a bright monitor!

  15. 15) Jay
    July 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I hope I can get the attention of Nasim and anyone that has a Dell U2413 monitor. I have been on the Dell forum asking questions and have had some help, but much of it is too technical. I have the new i1 X-Rite colorimeter now and I’m asking fellow photographers the following questions:

    1. I have loaded the latest Dell calibration software that is compatible with the i1 colorimeter. I am using the Dell software, not the software from X-Rite. I go through the advanced mode, not the basic. I reset the monitor to factory settings. I go in and choose color CAL1. I apply the following settings:

    preset AdobeRGB in DCCS, NOT in monitor
    ICC v2
    table based profile
    400+ patches

    The above was recommended by Dell technical. I’m getting a brightness setting of 24 and a muddy white color. All other colors look very good. It is very close to the Spyder4 look. If I go into the Dell monitor and hit some of the presets like Standard, I have much whiter whites and a brightness of 50.

    So any help you could give me with your settings would be appreciated. This muted white, low brightness may be the way it is supposed to look. It is hard to determine since I have never seen a properly calibrated monitor. Thanks for your help.

    • July 9, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Jay, I have two of the U2413 monitors. They are great and allow for hardware calibration. Looks like you are on the right path with going through hardware calibration (which is more accurate than software).

      As far as calibration, CAL1 and CAL2 are specifically created for hardware calibration, so you are doing the right thing. Also, I would recommend to calibrate the screen both for AdobeRGB and sRGB modes – just choose CAL1 for one and CAL2 for the other. This way, if you need to quickly switch between the two, you have the option of doing that. Make sure that you completely remove all custom ICC profiles before you start the hardware calibration – you do not want the graphics card to output different colors! So if you have calibrated the screen before by software, go to your control panel and get rid of the current profile.

      Low brightness levels are very normal – these new LCD screens are very bright! So even if it appears muddy to your eyes, trust the hardware, it will do the right job for you. Don’t go back to other color modes like Standard, because most of those are emulated preset modes. Once you calibrate the screen, stay in that preset until you want to switch to CAL2.

      Don’t be frustrated, the initial setup might look a bit painful, but it is totally worth it!

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