Zor.com, an affordable printing company based in Belgium, kindly offered to send a print my way for the purpose of reviewing. I chose to get a print that I've previously ordered from other 'cheap' printing companies so that I could see the difference and compare Zor.com directly to a company that I admire for their quality and price. I received the prints about a week after ordering and overall I am impressed with the quality given the incredible price of printing... and it really is cheap!
As I said before, Zor.com are based in Belgium and whilst they offer only 3 print types (aluminium, plexiglass and PVC), they come at very low prices and good quality. The item that I am reviewing is a 70x35cm ‘alu-dibond’ photograph of a scene I photographed in Costa Rica. Zor.com will print up to 120x80cm and the cost range is as follows: a 20x30cm print is a mere 3.99EUR (£3.50~) and 2.99EUR on PVC, whilst their largest size on their most expensive material is 77.99EUR(£70~), an absolute bargain... but does the bargain come at a cost?
It’s hard to portray the quality of a printed photograph in an image, but with this alu-dibond print I was impressed, very impressed, as for the price I was expecting there to be an immediate flaw (at least to my eye), but no... The print is punchy and colourful, sharp and the highlights and shadows are well controlled. Viewing up close there seems to be a slight amount of noise/grain in the image that I've not noticed in Saal Digital's version - and to clarify I used the exact same file for both companies. From an ordinary viewing distance there is no issue, the colours are punchy and the image looks great, if anything the colours are a little too punchy. It's not a problem in any way, but I believe the Saal Digital print to be a closer match to the original file and the Zor.com print to be slightly more saturated. I've placed two galleries of images below for you to inspect the detailed differences between Zor.com and Saal Digital.
Overall, Zor.com are (for the price) one of the best printing companies I've used. I'd like to see Zor.com offer more mounting options, they do offer 'hassle free' mountain strips at a small extra cost, but I would prefer a rail system to come already attached. Maybe this is something they can expand into in the future, but as soon as I got my print from Saal Digital it was ready to hang on the wall, this wasn't the case with Zor.com.
If a client of mine wants a large scale print and is paying hundreds for it, then I would be using the highest quality printer available, based in the UK for quicker turnaround times; however, I will be using Zor.com in the future for the more budget conscious buying options.
Thanks for reading this review, if you have any opinions about the prints or have other printing companies that you think rival either Zor.com or Saal Digital on price and quality then feel free to comment below! If you're interested in purchasing from Zor.com then follow these links: zor.com/en/ or https://zor.com/en/photo-on-aluminium-dibond.html.
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