If you’ve installed many printers at all, then you’ve probably noticed that some of them, especially the higher-end models, run a calibration routine the first time you turn them on. Well, that’s not the same thing. What we’re talking about here is adjusting your monitor so that what you see on the screen resembles as closely as possible what rolls out of the printer—what you see is what you get, or WYSIWYG (pronounced wiz-e-wig).
In some environments, such as digital photography, desktop publishing, and graphics design, where what you create on the computer is, in a sense, recreated by the printer, this calibration, the matching of monitor output to printer output, is critical. So much so, in fact, that if you are in a profession that requires meticulous color matching, I suggest that you also check out this About.com Desktop Publishing “Calibrate Your Printer” article.
Read the entire review at About.com.