A friend of mine asked about the best way for her to calibrate the display on her 13" MacBook Pro, on which she does her photo work in Light Room.
Coming from the PC universe I am not familiar with the ins and outs of the Mac world, but I told her in general of the problems with using a laptop for photo work: difficulty setting the brightness level, the variability caused by inconsistent viewing angles, and the issues of a small display. I suggested getting a desktop display to plug in to, but I also said I would inquire here as to whether anybody has had success calibrating/profiling a Mac Book Pro. Also, what would be the least expensive way to get decent results? (The range of devices available for display calibration only, such as EyeOne Display 2, Spider, ColorMunki Display, etc.)
Currentl ythe best buy on the market is the ColorMunki Display colorimeter and software kit. If you have several displays, the Xrite i1 Diplay Pro is the way to go.
The Spyder 3 can
be quite good , but professional color management people I respect (Scott Martin; Ethan of Dry Creek.com) have both reported unit to unit variability. Since these guys sees dozens if not more sets up at various clients every year I am inclined to take their words for that.
For the recent generations of Mac Books, iMacs, and Apple Cinema Displays which use White LED instead of the older CFFL (sp?) backlighting technology , skip the i1 Display 2 / Spyder 2/ Huey generation of colorimeters.
I use the i1 Display Pro fro displays and an i1 Photo Pro kit for profiling printer/paper combinations.