So often we only write about bad experiences with companies that I wanted to write about a positive experience I've had recently with Mpix. (No, I'm not associated with them, in fact, this is the first time I've used their services). For the past few years I've printed calendars as gifts for family and friends. In the past I've used Shutterfly, DigiLabs, and now Mpix. Print quality and customization have been a main concern for me, so when I found DigiLabs' custom calendar software, I was very happy. It allowed printing on 12x18 inch paper, bound at the top, which gives me a lot more layout flexibility when compared to the more common letter size (11x17 when opened with binding in the middle) calendars. Anyhow, Mpix also prints calendars using the same software and their prices were a bit better so I decided to give them a try. I uploaded my calendar to Mpix on Tues morning, it had printed and shipped by Tues evening and arrived on at my door by mid-day Wed! They charge a flat-rate of $9.95 for next day FedEx shipping (or $4.95 for standard USPS). I can't imagine that they can continue this forever without losing money on it -- my order was 19 lbs! Can't beat that. Mpix seems to use 100# glossy paper for the front and back cover (although you can't print on the back cover page) and lighter, matte paper for the interior pages. DigiLabs uses 80# glossy for all the pages and doesn't include a back cover. While the heavier paper is nice (white parts don't show dark colors from the next page), the glossy paper is hard to write on and ink smears if you don't give is a few seconds to dry. Photos are a little punchier on the DigiLabs calendar, though I'm not sure if that's a factor of glossy vs. matte or printing method. Mpix claims you can get ICC profiles for their printers if you email them, but I didn't do that mostly because I was running low on time. I'm regretting that as I have one month with a lot of black in the image and the blacks are a bit washed out. ("It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black." Sorry, couldn't resist... ). Other than that month, I'm happy with the print quality of the Mpix calendar. They don't hold a candle to the same image coming from my 2200 on Ilford Smooth Pearl, but I didn't expect them to. You're basically getting 13 12x18 inch prints for $20 ($17.50 if you order more than 10) so I'm not expecting the same quality. Besides, have you tried to write on Smooth Pearl? In the future, I will do the research to get their ICC profiles so I can soft-proof the images before sending them off. Otherwise, they seem to be the best for short run calendar printing that I've found. If anyone knows a place that does regular sized (ie: 12x12 inch, 24x12 open) saddle stitched calendars in short runs (25, perhaps 50?), please let me know as I'd like to try that for next year.