Color Calibration Spyder Reccomendations Please

I've sifted through this forum & goggled Color Calibration Spyder Recommendations as I need a cheap no brain required to operate spyder for setting up my Dell 2407.
I'm looking for a general purpose device -- not one that will cost hundreds, require a masters to operate or give me press run results.
Does anyone on this forum have a recommendation for me?
Thanks in advance!

A while ago I bought PrintFIX Pro from ColorVision, which includes hardware and software for both monitor calibration and paper profiles for inkjet printing. I haven't made to many paper profiles, but I've had good results with monitor calibration. Not sure if they've come out with a newer version.
Best, David.

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    Thanks ahead of time...

    Thanks guys... just placed my order today I decided not to get the color calibrator..... and plan on growing up and not giving a hoot about "ambient light sensors"... Optimus played a big part in the decision... and the Dell M4600 was more than $500 more in the same specs that I ordered. I'm suprised Dell is still in business. The m4600 may have a lower starting price, but don't be fooled.... they get you on the upgrades. Like the i7 extreme (the processor I got) Dell wants $850 while lenovo wants $650. Click a few upgrades and the Dell is at $3000... which is way above my budget. The  8560w didn't have optimus so I dind't even consider it.

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    Hey everyone,
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    Can anyone please advice me something? Also I'm willing to have that device working on Windows too (specifically Vista 64 bits).
    Thanks in advance.

    I use the X-Rite Eye-One Display 2, and have had no problems with it. I had tried the Spyder 3, but it seemed like their tech support wasn't all that good when I had an installation issue. Also, the sensor cord seems thicker on the X-Rite, which might result in the cord lasting longer (a thicker cord appears to be a good thing, since the sensor hangs by the cord while the monitor is being calibrated).
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    Can someone from Lenovo help me with this issue? Lenovo updated the color calibrator software in Aug 2012. They broke an external color calibrator working. L1/2 has been completely unhelpful. I also escalated to customer service with little result except that they say it is not Lenovo software and they do not have to support it! Unacceptable, the software isprovided by Lenovo. Lenovo doc also says an external color calibrator is supported. Lenovo needs to take responsibility for fixing this. Here are the email chains. I really want a refund or someone to ensure this package that Lenovo distributes is fixed!
     Thanks for your help.
      From: Christopher Lang [mailto:christopherlang1] Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:34 AM To: 'Kelli' Cc: doris Subject: RE: SF184142 Re: Fw: Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and Eye one external calibrator - case 184142 Importance: High Sensitivity: Private
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      From: Christopher Lang [mailto:christopherlang1]  Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:25 AM To: 'Kelli' Cc: doris Subject: RE: SF184142 Re: Fw: Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and Eye one external calibrator - case 184142 Importance: High Sensitivity: Private
    Hi Kelli,
    I do not want this case closed and disagree. This is Lenovo provided software and according to Lenovo an external calibrator is supported. I want someone to take responsibility for getting this fixed. Lenovo has provided this software and needs to work with the vendor to ensure it works. Who do I need to speak to in management? I do not appreciate the way support has just shuttled this around and nothing has gotten done.
    Sincerely,
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    Lenovo Doc:
      3.0 System requirements =======================  Hardware requirements:  - Must have an embedded or external color sensor - Can be integrated or used with a USB color sensor device.    http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/pantone_color_calibrator_v1.1.0.txt
    From: Kelli  Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:12 AM To: [email protected] Subject: SF184142 Re: Fw: Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and Eye one external calibrator - case 184142 Sensitivity: Private
    Mr Lang,
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    I am sorry for your frustration however Lenovo has exhausted all means to help with a non-hardware issue. At this time Lenovo is closing this case.
    Kelli Customer Advocate Customer Complaint Resolutions Lenovo US 1009 Think Place, Bldg 2 Morrisville, NC 27560
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    Hi Doris,
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    3.0 System requirements
    =======================
    Hardware requirements:
    - Must have an embedded or external color sensor
    - Can be integrated or used with a USB color sensor device.
    http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/pantone_color_calibrator_v1.1.0.txt
    This is really upsetting me!!!!  Can we escalate to higher management?
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    From: Christopher Lang  Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 12:19 PM To: 'Doris' Subject: RE: FW: Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and Eye one external calibrator - case 184142 Importance: High
    Hi Doris,
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    From: Doris Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 12:13 PM To: Christopher Lang Subject: Re: FW: Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and Eye one external calibrator - case 184142 Importance: High
    Hi Christopher,
     I'm still working wtth L2.
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    Sincerely,
    Doris Customer Complaint Advocate   Lenovo 
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    "Christopher   Lang" <[email protected]>
    11/07/2012   04:22 PM  
       Subject       
       FW:     Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and     Eye one external calibrator - case 184142    
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    Jeremy Level 2 Support   Lenovo Systems Experts   Lenovo USA   1009 Think Place   Building 2 - Lab 2P22  
         "Christopher   Lang" <[email protected]>
    11/07/2012   09:08 AM  
       To       
       Jeremy   
       Subject       
       RE:     Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and     Eye one external calibrator    
    Hello Jeremy,   Uhhh.. My case was escalated to you now you are telling me to call level one again? WTH?   You know…I just started on a contract with IBM. You know what they give us…Not ‘Thinkpads’ but Toshibas. You ought to think about that.   I expect a phone call ASAP. I have also left a message with customer relations.   Thank you,   Christopher  
        From: Jeremy Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 7:46 AM To: Christopher Lang Subject: RE: Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and Eye one external calibrator   Chris, This is not my department... please contact your Customer Service rep to get updates. Thank you!
    Jeremy Level 2 Support   Lenovo Systems Experts   Lenovo USA 
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    "Christopher   Lang" <[email protected]>
    11/06/2012   04:08 PM  
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       Jeremy    cc          Subject       
       RE:     Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and     Eye one external calibrator    
    Hi Jeremy,
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    From: Christopher Lang [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:42 PM To: 'Jeremy' Subject: Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and Eye one external calibrator Importance: High
    Started failing when Lenovo updated the package for the w530.
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    Error with latest update to Pantone Color Calibrator Software (v1.1) and Eye one external calibrator   09-19-201211:39 AM - edited 09-20-201209:10 AM Hi. Can someone have a look at the Pantone 1.1 package. I am using an eye one display calibrator with the updated Pantone software and the calibration does not work. I get an error about an 8 bit image missing (have attached a screenshot). The calibration is not correct and Windows Photoviewer is pink. This was working OK with the v1.0 of the software (no longer on the w520 driver page). The error message is "There was an error loading the specified profile. Please make sure the image has an embedded profile and it is an 8-bit image." This was working fine before the update to v1.1. Thanks
    Re: New Pantone Color Calibrator posted [ Edited ]
    10-21-201202:43 AM - edited 10-21-201202:47 AM This is broken on the w520. The external calibration does not work properly. You get an error about an 8-bit image missing when calibrating. Does anyone have a link to the v1.0 version that DOES WORK? Thanks Why is the support in Atlanta so awful that people keep telling me I need to REIMAGE my machine to repair this IDIOT problem!!!!!
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    christopherlang wrote: This is broken on the w520. The external calibration does not work properly. You get an error about an 8-bit image missing when calibrating. Does anyone have a link to the v1.0 version that DOES WORK? Thanks Why is the support in Atlanta so awful that people keep telling me I need to REIMAGE my machine to repair this IDIOT problem!!!!!
    I've uploaded the 1.0 program.: http://www.mediafire.com/?62shz55gl757ahu
      From: Jeremy Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:24 AM To: christopherlang1 Subject: contact info
    here it is
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    I am getting the runaround!!!
    Hi Doris,
    I just left you a voice mail. One of the reasons I bought this laptop was for 3d photography. If I cannot use an external color calibrator and display then the laptop is not fit for purpose for the reasons I bought it. This software is ONLY available from Lenovo. According to Lenovo’s own doc, and the software’s doc, an external color calibrator is SUPPORTED. Lenovo needs to step to the plate and fix this. Not ME. If Lenovo needs to go to Pantone, or x-rite, then they Need to do that. Lenovo provided software that is not available to the public from x-rite or Pantone, and the software is to support Lenovo provided hardware (least so far as the internal calibrator), this software ALSO supports an external calibrator for use with an external display. The software supports both internal and external, and I would like to use my external display for 3d photography. This needs to be fixed please.
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    From: Christopher Lang [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:35 PM
    To: 'Kelli'
    Cc: doris
    Subject: RE: SF184142 LENOVO
    PS I hope you are aware Kelli that the Pantone software is not available from Pantone to customers….
    From: Christopher Lang [mailto:christopherlang1]
    Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:26 PM
    To: 'Kelli'
    Cc: doris
    Subject: RE: SF184142 LENOVO
    Importance: High
    Hi Kelli,
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    I would like a refund for 1. The laptop 2. The external color calibrator I cannot use because the software from Lenovo does not work (this package is NOT available from x-rite as well –It is sold to Lenovo). I have a receipt for the color calibrator and would be happy to provide that.
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    Christopher
    From: Kelli
    Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:09 PM
    To: Christopher Lang
    Subject: RE: SF184142 LENOVO
    Mr Lang,
    Your request for a refund on the laptop is declined. The machine has had not hardware issues and was purchased in February.  We are willing refund the software only.
    Kelli
    Customer Advocate
    Customer Complaint Resolutions
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