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jane2000
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W530 has no color sensor. Is the sensor very useful?

I got my thinkpad W530 yesterday, and found it had no color sensor. A lady in technical support department told me W530 should have the color sensor. But when I called the Lenovo Sales Department, I was told W520 has the color sensor, but W530 does not. Will the color sensor be important  when color calibration is being done?

Any input is greatly appreciated.

huberth
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Re: W530 has no color sensor. Is the sensor very useful?

It is useful, especially if you use your computer for Photoshop, etc. 

 

You can also buy an external color sensor.

 

More at:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/lenovo-ibm/626243-thinkpad-w520-color-sensor.html

 

PS: Some W530 models will have the

"Pantone® color calibrator by X-Rite® color calibration sensor in palm rest, LED indicator"

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W520 4270CTO i7-2820QM Quadro2000M 1920x1080 Display 16GB RAM 2x240GB Intel 510 SSDs (RAID 0) - BIOS 1.42 - PCMark7:4,568
Samsung Series 9 15-inch NP900X4C-A03US - PCMark7: 4674
jane2000
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Re: W530 has no color sensor. Is the sensor very useful?

Thank you very much. I do use photoshop often. When I customized W530, I did not see there was a choice for color sensor.

 

The technical support said I could return the W530 and get another one. When I asked if they can guarantee me that the new one would be one with color sensor, they directed me to the Sales department. And the salesman told me the W530 has no color sensor. I did notice my W530 has the color calibration feature, but no color sensor.

 

webo
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Re: W530 has no color sensor. Is the sensor very useful?

I've been using color profiles that others have posted from the W520 which uses the same panel as the 530. Seems to be working allright, things have a less "blue" tint to them.

Once I get the CS suite on here, we'll see how it all looks (movies look great btw)
Thinkpad W530: i7-3720QM, K1000M, FHD Screen, 16 GB PC12800, 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD
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Re: W530 has no color sensor. Is the sensor very useful?

If color is important to your work, buy a color sensor. I have a Spyder III and it works great across my 3 displays.

X1 Carbon 3rd Gen Type 20BT i7-5500U, 2560x1440 (non-touch), Win 10 Pro, 8GB RAM, 512 SSD, Intel 7625 WiFi, BT 4.0 | ThinkVision P24q-10 monitor

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Re: W530 has no color sensor. Is the sensor very useful?

Spend the money on an after market external sensor.  It will give you more flexibility (e.g. when you want to calibrate external displays), or when you want to use other software (e.g. dispcal & ArgyllCMS).

 

The internal sensor is only good in situations where you're on the road, and want a "good enough" calibration.  Which in the end means you'll need to do your colour work again.

 

Plus, not to mention, if your work requires decent colour accuracy, the chances are that other people in your office already have a decent sensor already (unless you're the first).

All in all, I suggest spending your money on something that's not single-laptop bounded. 

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