I'm considering purchasing a hardware monitor calibrator (e.g. Spyder 3) but have a couple of questions first.
I primarily want it to reduce the 'black crush' that I get with my Samsung F2380 monitor. I love the monitor, but despite trying different brightness/contrast/gamma modes, deep greys all get squashed to black - albeit it a lovely black. Will colour calibration help me there?
Can I expect significantly (enough to justify the expense) better results using dedicated hardware? Should I just live with black crush as a flaw in my mid-priced monitor?
The monitor ships with an icc profile which I can use for specific programs only (e.g. the gimp). It didn't seem to help black crush, only changed the colour temperature.