A few days ago, I got an e-mail from Jonathan of ZOR.com. He asked me if I am interested in a free wall panel in exchange for an posting about their product on my blog. I accepted and got a 45×30 cm forex print for free but I had to pay for shipping. For the test, I choose a film noir picture we made a few months ago. I like it and so why not putting a print of it to the wall?
ZOR.com is an online print service that offers photo prints on aluminium (Zor-Alu), acryl (Zor-Glass) and forex (Zor-Ex) surfaces. Their headquarters is in Anderlecht, Belgium.
Prior to sending the print job, the picture must be prepared. They provide an ICC profile on their website. It can be used with Photoshop or Lightroom for soft proofing (i.e., you can get a better impression on the screen how the picture will look after printing). There are three different ICC profiles for Zor-Alu, Zor-Glass and Zor-Ex prints. Using the ICC profile was straigt forward and works like with any other print service. If you’re using ICC profiles for the first time, they have also a step-by-step description on using them with Photoshop.
The order process is very easy. There is no special software that must be installed. Everything is done with the web browser. Just select the product you want, upload the file and select the size. I also ordered the hanging system they offer (M3 Command Medium Picture Hanging Strips, No. 17201, 4.95 €). With thouse strips you can attach the picture to your wall without drilling. A negative point are the shipping costs. 9.95 € are very expensive for a picture with a regular price of 6.99 € (45×30 cm Zor-Ex).
Two days later, the wall panel has been delivered. The carton has been sealed with a lot of duct tape. So, the parcel appeared a little furious and opening required a cutter. However, the wall panel was well padded and undamaged. The print was of good quality and matched my expectations. The surface is a little sensitive to fingerprints. I don’t rate this an issue. Usually, nobody will tab with his fingers on it after it has been mounted to the wall.
I compared the printed picture with the screen. Without the ICC profile, the bright and the dark areas were a little brighter than on the screen. When enabling the ICC profile, the bright areas match very well between print and screen but the dark areas are displayed too bright on the screen (The screen I used has been calibrated with a Datacolor Spider 5 Pro). I cannot say anything about colors, as I ordered a pure black white picture. So, there are deviations between the screen using ICC and the print but the print is very close to the screen.
Conclusion: I like their service, I like the wall panel and delivery was very fast. I just would like to see the shipping costs declining by approximately 3 €. In the meanwhile I recommend larger orders, so that shipping will be just a small portion of the total amount. Thanks to Jonathan for offering me the wall panel and testing the service of ZOR.com.