Setting up i1Display Studio doesn’t take long, although it does require a few reboots of your computer to ensure that the software is installed and updated to the latest version.
I tested the i1Display Studio on Mac, with Catalina as the main OS then Big Sur.
For all other systems, once the device is unpacked and plugged in, you follow the instructions on the card in the packaging.
For some reason the link on https://xrite.com/geti1Studio was not downloading on my Mac, but following the links on the site https://support.xritephoto.eu/software-downloads/ me brought to the correct download link which worked fine.
Once the software was installed and the hardware plugged in, a quick reboot was required. After restarting and starting the app, a new update was downloaded and another restart was required before you could start the calibration process.
This is of course a process that you will only have to perform when you run the device and software for the first time.
From there, the process is exceptionally straightforward. Select i1Display Studio> Display then Photo, Video or Custom and follow the on-screen instructions.
The software is quite heavy on copying, and it is important to read what is required throughout the adjustment process; resetting the monitor, adjusting the brightness, etc.
Once you go through the process everything is pretty straightforward and once you get to the end you can see the before and after results.
As for the time, the initial calibration of the monitor takes about 10 minutes and you can save this profile when done.
This means you can profile the monitor for photography then video and switch between the two depending on what you’re doing. To do this, you need to tap into the system monitor settings as there is no way to do it directly in software or through i1StudioTray.
It is also important to stay on top of monitor calibration and should not be done once and forgotten. A good idea is that in the settings you can select recalibration intervals; 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks and the software will notify you when this calibration is due.