Matching Monitors

By John Walrath


If you want to match two or more monitors among each other there are a few points to look at. First, make sure to work in a dark room. Set the monitors to the highest brightness level. Then, make sure to calibrate (Full Calibration) the monitors to the exactly same target values for:
– Gamma
– White Point
– Brightness




Since the displays are never exactly standing at the same spot in the working space, there could be different room light which may also influence color calibration and color appearance. Also, identical monitor models may show a deviation from one to the next in their physical capabilities. The StudioMatch feature of Spyder5ELITE allows you now to match their different luminance levels.


Matching different monitors may bring up another point to look at. Monitors may use different backlight technologies, e.g. newer displays often use LED backlight while others (mostly older ones) use CCFL backlight or they just use different panel technologies. These physically different light sources or technologies will produce a very different light spectrum. This is only an issue while you are looking at both at the same time. The human eye is able to compensate one type of light source at the time. Once you are looking at each display separately, the eyes will automatically adapt to the appropriate light spectrum – but next to each other this will not work. To match it as close as possible simply use the unique SpyderTune option in the Spyder5ELITE software.