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X-Rite i1 Display Pro Plus Review

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Our Verdict

Much of what the i1 Display Pro Plus has to offer I covered in the i1 Display Studio review. Where the i1 Display Pro Plus excels is in the professional environment.

The i1 Profiler software Wizard, across all three products, is very similar and will guide you through the calibration process with ease. Plus, with the addition of reminders and automatic display control, all three i1 Display models offer a solid monitor calibration solution.

Where the Pro and Pro Plus come into play is if you need that little bit more. These two models enable you to calibrate your monitor and check it’s health with profile quality analysis and display uniformity tests.

The other advantage for people using multiple displays is saving and reuse workflows; this helps if you move your system around or have multiple monitors of the same type to calibrate.

Following on from the ability to save and share profiles, the Pro versions also enable you to create custom profiles, giving you a little more flexibility.

For most people, the Pro version of the i1 Display will more than cover all calibration needs. However, if you’re working with the latest HD and HDR monitors, which are brighter, then the Pro Plus is the solution for you.

In effect, if you are looking for a solid monitor calibrator, then the i1 Display Studio is all you need. If you work professionally, then the i1 Display Pro is a good solution, and if you need the calibrator to measure up to 2000 nits, then the Pro Plus is the one for you.

Whatever your choice, each of the three monitor calibrators offers you a solid solution.

For

  • Compact
  • Luminance measurement up to 2000 nits
  • Creates ICC profiles

Against

  • No in software profile switching

What is the i1 Display Pro Plus?

One of my big spring cleaning jobs is to calibrate all my monitors at once, it’s a bit of a pain, but at least I know I’m starting the year on the right foot. Through-out the year, I’ll check the calibration roughly once a month, and that ensures all of my monitors are all showing roughly the same output.

Over the years, I’ve used multiple different calibrators, but the X-Rite models have always been a solid choice.

i1Display Pro Plus review

The X-Rite i1 Display Pro Plus is part of the larger X-Rite i1 family of calibration devises designed to ensure that the colours you see throughout the photography workflow are all in check and correct.

The i1 Display Pro Plus is the flagship monitor calibrator with a few more features than the i1 Display Pro; ultimately, it enables you to check brighter screens up to 2000 nits and retains all the profiling and screen checking of the Pro.

In the range of i1 monitor calibrators, there’s the i1 Display Studio, i1 Display Pro and i1 Display Pro Plus.

Build quality and handling

A few months back, I looked at the i1 Display Studio, X-Rite’s entry-level monitor calibrator designed for enthusiast and professional photographers. Ultimately I was impressed with the ease of use and accuracy.

The i1 Display Pro Plus is almost identical to the entry-level calibrator. The difference between the two models being the Plus logo printed on the side. The mid-range Pro is the only calibrator in the i1 Display family with only the i1 logo. Otherwise, all three are identical in the way they look and work.

i1Display Pro Plus review

Checking over the i1 Display Pro Plus and for all intense and purpose, the logo seems to be the only difference between the two models. Build quality and handling seem identical.

To use the Pro Plus as with the Studio, you install the relevant i1Profiler software, connect the device, and run the Wizard. On loading the Pro Plus version, there are a few more options within the software, but all looks much the same for general calibration.

To calibrate, all you need to do is follow the on-screen instructions, and you’re done.

OK, there’s a touch more to it, but this is good fast monitor calibration.

Performance

Setting up the i1 Display Pro Plus is straight forward with information on the software download location listed on the box.

Once downloaded and installed, the calibrator plugs into a USB Type-C port, and then the software can be loaded, and off you go.

There’s little difference between the models; the Pro Plus base calibration using the Wizard is much like the Pro and Studio.

As with the Studio version of the software, X-Rite features plenty of on-screen information to the interface. This is helpful and guides you through the options and processes.

I started by running the calibration in full, which took around 10 minutes for the first run. After this, top-up calibrations are quicker, although I like to run the full range of tests to ensure everything is running as it should.

As with the other i1 options, you can then set-up a reminder for the calibration frequency. I generally set this to once a month, but it’s really up to you, depending on how colour critical your monitor needs to be.

The features above cover the three calibrators’ basics, but there is more, as this is the flagship model.

Designed for professional filmmakers and photographers, both the i1 Display Pro Plus and the Pro, add Pantone colour optimisation, profile quality analysis and a display uniformity test.

The last two features are the most interesting for imaging professionals enabling screen integrity to be tested.

Running through these test’s are easy enough, select the option and follow the on-screen instructions.

After running through the uniformity test, the results confirmed a worry about one of my displays that it was fading on one side. A swap of cable seemed to resolve the issue.

Using the i1 Display Pro Plus is much like the i1 Display Pro and Studio, which is no surprise seeing as how all three monitor calibrators are from the same family.

However, the Pro and Pro Plus features do give you as an imaging professional more of an insight into the quality of your Display and the condition.

i1Display Pro Plus review

The Pro Plus and Pro models are very similar, and the differences between the two are seemingly small. The i1 Display Pro is suitable for most imaging professionals, while the i1 Display Pro Plus adds greater support for HD and HDR monitors with the ability to measure up to 2000 nits.

This essentially makes the i1 Display Pro Plus a little more future proof than the Pro or Studio models.

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