Online print services
We pitted home printing against labs last issue – now it’s time for lab vs lab!
wning a high-quality photo printer is convenient, but when you weigh up the space and cost, it doesn’t really make sense. As Matthew Richards discovered in issue 49, online printing services produce prints at such high quality that unless you are a seasoned home printer making lots of copies, online lab services are a far more sensible solution. They enable you to upload your pictures, select paper type and size, and then sit back and wait for them to arrive – no faffing around finding the correct paper size or cleaning blocked heads.
In this test we’ve taken a look at some of the largest online print services, putting big online names up against two pro labs. We selected 12 images to be printed on glossy 5x7-inch paper, including black-and-white, sepia, skin tone, overly processed and, of course, plain colour photographs to see how each service dealt with the files. Print quality is, naturally, the most important factor, but quality of service is also important, so we looked at the whole ordering process from uploading images to the point where the prints reached our hands.