THE WIN­NER IS… Lox­ley Colour

Lox­ley Colour reigns supreme for qual­ity and value, plus wide-rang­ing print op­tions

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Nat­u­rally, all the online labs in the group are ‘slow’ com­pared to inkjet print­ers. How­ever, some are slower than oth­ers. Lox­ley Colour is quick­est out of the blocks for UK users, typ­i­cally tak­ing just a day or two to de­liver prints, even if you opt for stan­dard postage. In con­trast, the wait for prints from White­wall’s lab in Ger­many can be sev­eral days. In the US, WHCC wins out against Ado­ra­maPix for speedy, cost-ef­fec­tive de­liv­ery, but prints them­selves are dearer, so you’d need to weigh up whether cost or speed was the most im­por­tant fac­tor to you.

When it comes to out­right print qual­ity, there’s prac­ti­cally noth­ing to choose be­tween the prints pro­duced by the Lox­ley, White­wall and WHCC labs, as well as the Canon PIXMA Pro-10S inkjet printer. In­deed, the sim­i­lar­ity in the vis­ual qual­ity of prints from up­mar­ket desk­top inkjet print­ers and pro-ori­ented labs can be as­ton­ish­ing. How­ever, online labs of­fer a big­ger ar­ray of print sizes, as well as in-house mount­ing and fram­ing op­tions that are tricky to do at home.

What’s good: Colour cor­rec­tion by hand in­cluded in price, fast turn­around.

What’s bad: Lim­ited choice of dif­fer­ent pa­pers for tra­di­tional photo print­ing.

Our ver­dict: It matches any pro lab for qual­ity and is un­beat­able value for money.

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