Flanders Scientific has made calibrating its DM170 and DM 240 monitors more affordable, as they now support Direct Connection Volumetric AutoCal with the X-Rite i1D3 OEM colorimeter, which has a price tag of $280. 

Auto-calibration for the DM series was introduced last year and includes support for several high-end colorimeters. The colorimeters allow users to display different matrices to be written to flash memory where the monitor can then access the matrix to ensure an accurate display during AutoCal. 

To initiate the calibration, all you need to do is plug in the i1D3 into the monitor and select GaiaColor AutoCal from the menu. The calibration does the rest and the color space selection should be completed in about 15 minutes. 

Check out the overview below. 

This is good news for DM owners. Flanders Scientific says that in collaboration with xRite a new firmware build for the i1D3 OEM is available, allowing up to 18 separate custom display matrices to be saved directly to the probe’s memory.

Flanders Scientific has also released a handy FAQ clearing up any firmware updates for previous i1D3 owners. You can read them below. 

Which xRite probes are compatible? 
All xRite i1D3 OEM colorimeters purchased from FSI starting today will be equipped with this new firmware build and appropriate display matrices.

Can my i1 be updated?
In collaboration with xRite, we have been authorized to update any i1D3 OEM probes previously sold by FSI to this latest firmware version. This can only be done at our authorized locations in Atlanta, Lier (Belgium), and Shenzhen. If you did not purchase your i1D3 OEM from FSI we will not be able to update your probe. When you send your probe in we will also store the appropriate matrices for your specific i1D3 using our spectroradiometers as reference. There is no charge for update and as with all other compatible probes no charge for display-specific matrix creation, you only pay the shipping!

Will my probe still work with 3rd party software?
Yes, the firmware update and any matrices saved by FSI will have no impact on the normal functionality of the i1D3 OEM. In fact, we do encourage you to use the probe with either CalMan or ColourSpace to validate your AutoCal results when complete. With that in mind, when ordering your probe or sending it in for update please specify what other software you may be using your probe with so we can make sure to provide you with copies of the matrix files to import into that software for use during validation as these programs use the software, not hardware, based implementation of custom matrices for the i1D3.

Which monitors are compatible?
All DM170 and DM240 running firmware version 2.0.00-2313 and later will support direct connection of the i1D3 OEM colorimeter. i1D3 support on the DM250 will be released at a later date.

You can purchase the i1D3 OEM colorimeter from FSI for $280 here