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4over4 Review

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PROS / With 91 product categories to choose from, it's a near certainty you'll find the item you're looking for.

CONS / The card stock of our printed product was marginally inferior to that of the other award winners.

 VERDICT / 4over4 is an excellent choice because it's so versatile, intuitive, and it produces high-quality prints.

4over4 is a top tier service that earns the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for online print shops. You can use it to customize products ranging from brochures and bookmarks to calendars, catalogs and gift certificates. It also features an easy-to-use online product designer as well as both in-browser and downloadable templates. The quality of the finished products is quite good but not the best compared to the other services we reviewed. Nevertheless, the sheer selection and usability of this service make it one of the best online printing services.

  1. This number reflects the number of customizable product categories each service has to choose from.
    Higher is Better.
  2. 2 4over4
    91 Categories
  3. 38 Categories
  4. 89 Categories
  5. Category Average
    48.90 Categories

Design Features

This online printing service has several ways you can customize products exactly the way you want them. If you want complete control over your design, use the online designer. There are two ways to use it: You can either start from scratch or choose one of the templates.

When you start from scratch, you're given a blank canvas. The designer has two modules: Simple and Advanced. The Simple Editor lets you enter text in a fixed position on the product. When you switch to Advanced Editor, you can move or eliminate text, upload and add graphics, select backgrounds and more. Anyone can use it, even if they have minimal designing skills.

4over4's product designer also allows you to customize in-browser templates. Once you have a product and template selected, you can swap out the graphics and text for your own, thus creating a truly unique and personalized product in just minutes. These in-browser templates are invaluable to novice users or people who need their order processed quickly.

If the designer and in-browser templates don't appeal to you, 4over4 has a healthy selection of downloadable templates. To use these templates, though, you must have Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign. You also need at least some graphic design skills to use these templates effectively. This is a great option for users who want total control over the look and feel of their customized item.

Product Selection

4over4 offers more than 90 product categories. You can customize items from simple greeting cards, flyers, brochures, and invitations to bumper stickers, stationary, and posters. You also have a great selection of uncommon items like flags, puzzles, mouse pads, event badges and much more. These products are not available from most of the other online printing services we reviewed. This is an impressive selection; only one other online print shop on our lineup has more product categories.

If you've never used an online printing service before and are hesitant about buying from this online printer, you can request a free sample pack to examine the quality of 4over4's paper-based products. The sample package includes business cards of several different kinds of card stock, refrigerator magnets, gloss and uncoated card stock and more. This service is great because you get to preview the quality you're getting from 4over4.

Printing Options

During our testing, we ordered identical products from each of the online printers on our lineup. When they arrived, our team of reviewers compared and contrasted each product. We found that while the quality of 4over4's products were good; they were not the best. Some reviewers noted the graphics had a high level of detail and the colors were rich and vibrant. Others observed that fingerprints and other smudges were more visible than products from the competition, and the card stock was slightly inferior than that of the other award winners.

This online printing service offers every finishing option we look for in this category: lamination for protection, collating for arranging prints in a certain order, hole drilling so items fit into binders and other holders, plus an aqueous coating that enhances images and protects your item from fingerprints and smudges.

Help & Support

The fastest way to get help resolving a problem is to use 4over4's live chat service. You can access it from the header of the website, no matter what page you're on. Clicking on Live Chat launches a private window where a customer service representative can help you immediately. You can also contact the company via email, telephone, fax and even ground mail – all these options are found under the Contact Us tab.

This online printer also features a learning center with helpful articles, videos with tips and tutorials on how to use the service. The learning center is a great place to learn and hone your design skills. This is an outstanding resource for novice and veteran users alike.

Summary

4over4 is arguably the most versatile online print shop we reviewed. It has 91 product categories to choose from. You can order standard items like business cards, post cards and flyers, but you also have the option to make things like coasters, mugs, door hangers and car magnets. The online product designer and templates are easy to use, even if you've never made a custom product before.