Michael Topham reviews PhotoBox’s latest service
A4 Pro Lay Flat photo book at a glance:
- Fujifilm Crystal Archive Lustre paper
- Silver-halide printing process
- Print text on the spine
- Presentation box
- Price: from £45 for 26 pages
- Standard delivery £4.29
- Website: www.photobox.co.uk
PhotoBox has an extensive range of photo books for those who would like to create a personalised album using their own images. The A4 Pro Lay Flat is the company’s latest offering, and as the name suggests it features a lay-flat design and deep spine so each page lies completely flat when viewed and turned.
Created using a silver-halide printing process on Fujifilm’s Crystal Archive Lustre paper, the book has a laminated hard cover that offers excellent protection of the pages inside.
Designing the book is made easy using the intuitive online interface, and users have the choice of multiple photo layouts across a single page or a panorama across two. Images can be dragged and dropped into templates easily, and there are 29 fonts to choose from, with options to add borders or illustrations.
It’s possible to preview a slideshow before your album is ordered, and the basket offers a precise breakdown of pricing and shipping costs. Additional pages cost £1.49 each, and you’ll have to pay £5.50 if you’d like to remove the PhotoBox logo. If A4 is too small, for an additional £15 there’s the option to increase the size to an A3 Lay Flat photo book.
A4 Pro Lay Flat photo book – Key features
We’d have liked the option to change the colour of the presentation box.
You can personalise the cover with your favourite photo and add text to the spine of the album.
There’s the option to add extra pages to your book at a cost of £1.49 per page.
A4 Pro Lay Flat photo book – Our verdict
My album arrived in a strong cardboard box, which protected the edges from potential damage in transit. I’d have liked the option to change the colour of the presentation box from peach, as well as the choice to remove the barcode from the final page, but other than these points it’s hard to fault the service.
Colours within my album were accurately reproduced, the pages were thick and durable, and there was a premium feel to it that I would usually associate with a pricier product.
SCORE: 4 out of 5
Also by Photobox
Soft Baby Photobook (21x21cm)
Price: From £24.99 for four pages
Available in 4, 8, 12 or 16 pages, this soft book is designed for those who’d like to create an album of baby photographs. Machine washable at 30ºC, you’re given the option to add a name or text to the cover.
A4 Classic Collage (29.2×21.6cm)
Price: From £28 for 26 pages
This design lets you choose nine photographs to feature in a collage on the cover. Inside, the images are printed on 170gsm photo paper and you can choose from 26 to as many as 100 pages; additional pages cost 99p each.
Premium Photobook (29.5×29.5cm)
Price: From £99 for 90 pages
PhotoBox’s Premium Photobook is typically the choice of pros who would like their album to have a luxury silky padded hard cover. It features 260gsm matt photo paper and comes in a clamshell presentation box.