XRite i1Pro3 (standard aperture) review

The new i1Pro3 “Swiss Army Knife” of spectrophotometers XRIte announced the i1Pro3 spectrophotometer and released i1Profiler 3.2 which supports it.  This is the “standard” aperture i1Pro, not to be confused with the “large” aperture i1Pro3plus. The i1Pro2 was the “Swiss Army Knife” of spectrophotometers and the best selling of all time. The i1Pro3 is a worthy successor with a variety of refinements, most notably: Combined MO, M1 and M2 measurements in a single pass, thanks to a new full-spectrum LED light source. Significantly improved strip reading Support for smaller patches…


XRite i1Pro3plus (large aperture) review

XRite brings back polarized, transmissive and large aperture measurements with the i1Pro3plus spectrophotometer. Quick overview  The i1Pro3plus spectrophotometer contains a new LED illuminant that allows for simultaneous M0, M1, M2 measurement in a single pass.  The large 8mm aperture (vs the i1Pro2’s 3.5mm) translates into rich, extreme shadow measurements and averaging of uneven surfaces and large dot patterns.  Polarized M3 measurements mean smoother shadow tonality and improved deep color saturation on textured surfaces like glossy canvas. Transmissive scanning allows us to measure and…


Quick 2019 RAID Evaluation

I had a chance to setup a few new RAID systems last week at different client sites. I always like to do a Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and thought it would be fun to share. Manufacture’s speed claims are one thing but real world performance is another, and much more meaningful.  Here’s a Drobo 5D3 connected via Thunderbolt 3 on a new, maxed out iMac. This 5 bay enclosure costs $678 without drives and comes with two Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports and one USB 3.0 port. DiskSpeedTest Drobo 5D3 via TB3 on a maxxed out 2019 iMac Another client asked me for a recommendation prior to purchasing and I’ve…


Canon iPF Pro-4000 Review

Canon has taken a great leap forward creating a whole new generation of their aqueous printers that have some exceptional features. Now that the Canon Pro-4000 has just started shipping, I thought I’d highlight a few features that I found significant. Roll Feed Unit and Paper Handling The optional roll feed unit can be used as a take up real as we’ve seen in printers before. But this roll feed unit can also act as a second roll feeder with it’s own unique paper path to the printing area. With this unit we essentially have double roll support that allows users to keep two different rolls…


i1Pro 2 "Raven" Review

I have been testing the new i1Pro 2 (codenamed "Raven") since May of last year. Xrite's spectrophotometers have evolved considerably since the original i1Pro, so with this next generation device they've completely redesigned it from the inside out, and all of the accessories that go with it. It's a versatile, handheld device that has a lot of advantages over it's predecessor. With dual light-sources, the i1Pro2 is capable of taking measurements with or without UV information. i1Pro People will particularly love using the new LCD display adapter with it's comfy beanbag counterweight. The…