it calibrates the backlight brightness to 160cd/m^2 (no matter what target), then just cuts the luminance down to target value with the display matrix
Could you elaborate that? Not sure I understand how that works.
I did take a look at GammaComp earlier, but it seemed way overkill with all the overhead (networking and so on) - and on top it doesn't build a profile, it just calibrates (or didn't I dig deep enough into the manual?)
But yes, I could use that to calibrate and Dispcal/Argyll to profile, it's a possibility. I might give it a try when I have the time.
At the moment I'm pretty happy. The one significant adjustment I had to make was to adjust the white point along the green/magenta axis. Since that isn't along the Kelvin scale, it means setting x and y values manually in the advanced monitor menu - but it's straightforward with the aid of the precalibration function in Dispcal (or pretty much any calibrator).
Still, at this time I would advise everyone to get the Spectraview edition right away and be done with it...saving money is fine, but the extra time and effort is worth something too.