Working with the new iOne Display Pro

I’ve been monkeying around with the new iOne Display Pro, a new color instrument from X-Rite that replaces the iOne Display instrument that some of us have been using for years.

The iOne Display Pro, and its not-too-distant cousin the ColorMunki Display, are the two new entry-level devices from X-Rite for calibrating and profiling computer displays and projectors.

My iOne Display Pro on the surface of one of my two Apple Cinema Displays. The instrument features nice industrial design, and excellent functionality. It’s handsome and it works!

The new iOne Display Pro is a smartly designed instrument that works nicely on modern LCD displays, laptops, and projectors. The ability to profile a projector is quite an accomplishment, and one that I like especially when I am doing lectures about color and color management.

The instrument ships with a new X-Rite profiling application called iOne Profiler. It offers the ability to set the white point, the ambient light in the room, and then to profile a display or projector using the instrument.

This is the iOne Display Pro in position to measure the behavior of a projector. There is also a standard 1/4-20 tripod screw on the mount so you could mount it on a photographic tripod.

I have been using it for several months, and I like it. The final step in the profiling process allows me to compare the new profile with the most-recent older one, using a variety of (rather bad) photos for comparison. If I like the results, I can accept the new profile, which saves it in the correct folder, and then activates it in my System Preferences.

The device works on both Mac and Windows.

And, for those who are fond of the ColorMunki products from X-Rite, the newest Color Munki Display uses the same instrument with the ColorMunki software. I have not tried this, but I may be able to use the new instrument with the ColorMunki software (I’ll let you know).

iOne Display Pro sells on Amazon for $249 and the ColorMunki Display for $169.


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About Brian Lawler

Brian Lawler is an Emeritus Professor of Graphic Communication at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He writes about graphic arts processes and technologies for various industry publications, and on his blog, The Blognosticator.
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2 Responses to Working with the new iOne Display Pro

  1. J.F.Verrij says:

    I am looking for a simple projector to display a 3-digit number on a white wall, nothing more…

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