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Datacolor Spyder 3TV

Wow! That pretty much sums up what I think of this amazing new gadget that I picked up last week.

 

What it does is very simple, but its results are absolutely amazing!

In a nutshell, you stick it onto your TV screen, run the accompanying software and after about 15 minutes of following simple instructions, viola! you end up with a perfectly calibrated television.

The product was designed for people who have the latest LCD, Plasma or Rear Projection Big Screen television sets, but I thought it would be interesting to see if it could do anything with my 11 year old 32″ Sharp CRT TV.

So I installed the software, ran the application and followed the instructions which were very easy to follow. The hardest part was figuring out where I put the remote control for the TV. I use the best all-in-one remote, the Harmony by Logitech, so I don’t usually need to know where my remotes are. I spent more time looking for the original remote then I did performing the calibration.

Well, as I’ve already said, the results are so good that it is mind boggling. I have improved contrast, the colors are accurate and, black is black, not dark grey. It almost looks like a new TV. Now I have to admit that it occurred to me that maybe it’s all in my head and I’m seeing what I want to see, but my daughter came into the living room to play on the Wii and she says to me, “dad, what did you do to the TV? it looks so much better then before!”

In summary, the Datacolor Spyder 3TV is an amazing product at a very reasonable price, for under $200 you can bring new life into your old boob tube, or make your new TV display movies and games the way it should for the $$$ you spent.