Calibrate Dell U2711 to Macbook/iOS standard

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Exavion, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. Exavion macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    Hi all. I do a ton of design for iOS at work, and my rMBP 13'' has been great for it - especially because the screen emulates the color profile of an iPhone/iPad rather accurately.

    My request for a Thunderbolt display was not met, rather they gave me a Dell u2711 - which has a wider color gamut and anti-glare coating. The colors look very different on this monitor, after I drag things from my rMBP display. I tried changing the settings on it a bunch and calibrating with the OS X utility, but I keep getting odd hues or over-saturation on colors where the macbook and iPhone do not. I'd like to calibrate it to match the color profile of a Mac screen.

    Does anyone know the best way I can achieve this, or has anyone tried it before?
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    I would start with a hardware colorimeter.
    This frenchman's site is one of the clearest descriptions of the problem and solution: Monitor calibration colorimeters on the market
  3. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    I own this monitor. There is a specific setting in the monitor menu to set it to the Mac OS color standard. I recommend turning that setting to Mac.
  4. Exavion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    Thanks, yes that's the Gamma value. The colors still come out much different than iOS or Mac screens show them, but I got it close enough I think. I might ask for one of those calibrators, but the thing is - I don't actually want accurate color reproduction, I just want it to match the Mac and iPhone (which don't reproduce colors very accurately) I may be stuck with fiddling all the calibrations manually - but I was hoping someone might have a profile I could start with!

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