Price: 349 . 419
Pros: As the cheapest spectrocolorimeter on the market, PrintFix Pro brings accurate print profiling to a wider audience. It’s simple, and reasonably fast in operation.
Cons: Greater colour accuracy can be obtained reading the 729 patch targets, but it’s a monotonous process and isn’t suitable for precise B&W prints.
Colour profiling to ensure a colour-accurate workflow is an expensive business, but ColorVision’s PrintFix Pro offers a budget option. Weighing in at around half the price of comparable products, it’s based around the Datacolor 1005 Spectrocolorimeter.
Individual print profiling is the only reliable method for consistent output while simulating the colour of your display. The process involves printing a colour swatch and then using the software and a handheld gadget to assess the accuracy of your output.
The software then adjusts your output accordingly. The PrintFix Pro Suite, which costs an extra £70, includes a Spyder2 and accompanying software for calibrating your monitor.
The PrintFix Pro software features a simple step-by-step wizard. It allows you to print comparison pictures and choose the optimum paper and printer settings for your preferred media. There’s no need to remember the settings either, as that information is printed on the resultant swatches for easy reference.
Printed profiling targets vary from 150 patches to 225 on one sheet of A4 or 729 patches over three sheets. There’s an option for roll paper, too. Profiling by hand can be tedious, especially when the greater accuracy from the 729 patch swatches is required. However, automated systems are much more expensive.
Ergonomics are generally good, although the USB port is poorly positioned. The cable is just too high, so it gets in the way when you’re mousing over the profile.