At $59, the ColorReader EZ is now the cheapest color detector that Datacolor sells, but its performance will lag behind the companyâ€™s $249 ColorReader Pro, which uses six white LEDs to illuminate a sample and promises â€œover 92% first-match accuracyâ€ compared to 85% with the new budget option. Still, it will definitely outperform a smartphone if color accuracy is important to what you do, and wonâ€™t break the bank if youâ€™re not a famous reality show interior designer.
See Starving Artists and Design Students Can Afford This Cheap but Accurate Real-Life Color Picker
Check the camera roll on any designerâ€™s smartphone and youâ€™ll find hundreds of random images they snapped for inspiration or because they simply liked a color. But itâ€™s not the best tool for the job. A dedicated color detector is far more accurate, and with Datacolorâ€™s new ColorReader EZ, itâ€™s no longer an obscenely expensive tool accessible to only professional designers.