Saal Digital Print Review

May 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Saal Digital Print Review

I was browsing Instagram a few weeks back (as you do) and happened upon a promoted/sponsored post by a photo printing company called Saal-Digital asking for product testers. As I’d never heard of the company before I was a little sceptical but threw caution to the wind and gave it a click. I completed a quick form, hit send and bish bash bosh, job done! A few days later I received an email saying I’d been successful so just accept the following T&C’s etc and we’ll send you a voucher.

Fast forward a few days, I’d received my £50 voucher and agreed to write/record a video upon receipt of my purchase. I hopped onto the website, downloading their software (which is clean, simply and easy to use – always a plus!), had a butchers at the options and ended up purchasing myself an Alu-Dibond Butlerfinish 30cm x 60cm print with an aluminium subframe for a grand total of £45.95. Happy days.

It took about 1 week to arrive which is pretty reasonable. These sorts of items usually have at least 2 to 3 days of production time before being posted. Saal are based in Germany so for them to receive the order, print it and get it delivered to me all in around a week is pretty solid. So far so good.

Onto the packaging. It arrived in a big ol’, flat as a pancake plain cardboard box. Cracked it open and the item had been cling film wrapped, face down to another big piece of thick (3ply thick!) cardboard. Couldn’t really ask for much more. Packaging = spot on.

The print itself is equally as impressive. As I’d never used (or really heard) of Saal before, my expectations were middling but I was very impressed. Physically, it’s light but reassuringly solid. The colours are bright, well saturated and true to life. Contrast is fantastic as the blacks are reassuringly black. There’s no bleed or fade and the crop is exactly as I’d requested. Tack sharp too.

Alu-Dibond Pic 1Stunning detail, colour and sharpness.

The stand out feature for the item I ordered however, is the Butlerfinish. The website states: ‘The brushed surface shines through the print, bring about a bright and metallic effect.’ If I’m honest, I was expecting the same look and feel as the metallic paper I’d used in the past but it’s a very different beast. The whites aren’t white at all, they’re left as bare brushed aluminium which gives the image oodles of contrast and character. The brushed aluminium shine combined with the high contrast and saturation of the print creates a stunning overall effect.

Alu-Dibond Pic 2The white areas of the image are left as brushed aluminium.

Would the Butlerfinish work for all images? Maybe not. Your standard outdoor family portrait probably wouldn’t utilise it to its fill effect however, bright landscapes, evening cityscapes, motorsport, light painted images or high contrast, high shine portraits would look great. A black and white cityscape would look particularly amazing!

Alu-Dibond Pic 3Thanks to the aluminium subframe, the print doesn't fit flush against the wall. Instead it looks suspended which produces a shadow around the edges to give it depth.

Overall, as you can probably tell, I’m very impressed. From start to finish the process was simple and pain free. The item was delivered in a decent amount of time and was very well packaged. The print itself is of great construction and the image looks sublime.

As far as I’m concerned, Saal-Digital are a great company that do fantastic prints and are most definitely worth your consideration so go check them out: Saal Digital

Here's a video review where you can get a better look at the print :)


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