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How exactly are you calibrating? When you say that you have the brightness setting at "30", what does that mean? What's more important, as the brightness settings are completely arbitrary and have no correlation from one monitor to the next, is the luminance of the white point of the screen when calibrated - as measured in candelas per meter squared (cd/m2).
Peter - I have been thinking the same thing with the huey, and I had been researching monitor calibration devices. I had narrowed it down to the Datacolor Spyder4Pro and the Xrite ColorMunki Display 1. I suppose I could go higher to the Display Pro. Maybe you could chime in as to the merits between the Munki and the Pro? When I look at the features, I have no idea if I would ever use some of the ones offered by the pro and not the munki - and by saying that I probably have just displayed my inexperience in these things....
The Dell 2410 comes with a number of preset modes - standard, multimedia, game, warm, cool, aRGB, sRGB, and custom. There is nothing that I see that tells me if I should be in a particular mode when using a calibrator. I had been in standard, I just changed to aRGB.
As for brightness, I'm not certain the huey considers brightness in its calibration and it doesn't seem to tell me the white point. I have been operating on the premise that white point is manual - so I have been adjusting the screen brightness on the monitor itself. It has a slider that ranges up to 100 - I am using 30. My "test" if you will is to see if printed output is nearly the same as the screen in appearance. And it is at 30.
So with the monitor set to aRGB mode, I calibrated. In Photoshop, I set the edit, color management, working space to my calibration setting profile (huey).
You say that you are not color managing your laptop and you are on the Dell, and that they don't match. Did you expect them to? And how would you know, judging on a non calibrated low quality laptop display, if it's anything close to being right, just because image look somehow like you expect them to?
I do not really expect the two monitors to match, because I am not trying to manage the laptop. I was just trying to give an example as to why I thought the Dell 2410 was warmer. Just commenting on how the variance went - hoping that might give a clue as to something I am doing wrong.
You seem to be pretty sold on the Display Pro. How sold are you? Is it something you settled on after a lot of trial and error? Would be very interested in knowing your thoughts.