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eXact Scan

Handheld spectrophotometer used for both spot measurement and scans to better understand, control, manage and communicate color across the entire workflow, avoiding reprints and rework.

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Getting Color eXactly Right

The X-Rite eXact Scan is a handheld spectrophotometer and a scanning device. It is a critical part of a complete color management ecosystem that ensures color consistency and repeatability across the entire color workflow. eXact Scan is ideal for use in offset, digital, flexo, prepress, ink room and other environments where exceptional color control is a necessity. eXact Scan is available in two models: Standard for accurate CMYK and spot color printing, and Advanced ink and quality control labs.

Integration of the patented Zebra wheel into the eXact Scan gives operators complete, untethered freedom of measurement. As the user moves the instrument, it counts stripes and calculates how far and fast the operator is moving, tracking the position along the bar. With other instruments, users must move at a reasonably repeatable speed across the whole series of patches, not too fast or slow, in order to get an accurate measurement. Integrating this X-Rite patented technology into the instrument is a significant advance in accuracy and productivity.


  • Part of a scalable family of color measurement instruments that can be field upgraded as requirements change.
  • Measures long or short color bars, from 2 inches (5 cm) to 44 inches (112 cm), and can measure patches as small as 3 mm, even if they are embedded in the image.
  • Measures a 40-inch (100 cm) color bar in less than 10 seconds, capturing density, spectral color values, dot gain and more.
  • Patented Zebra wheel gives operators complete, untethered freedom of measurement. eXact Scan’s single axle ensures that the instrument moves in a straight line without need for rulers or guides.
  • Complies with most industry standards including the full M-Series. It is the only instrument on the market that can capture M0, M2 and M3 measurements in a single pass AND measure true M1 Part One as specified in ISO-3664.

X-Rite eXact Scan was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 InterTech Award for Technical Excellence. When combined with eXact DataMeasure or other software, almost any color bar can be scanned. Only the patch size and the number of patches is required. The software does not need any other information, such as colors of the patches, color differences between the patches or separation bars between the patches. In addition, it can be configured with customized menus by user. All of these capabilities make the X-Rite eXact Scan the must-have handheld color measurement instrument for the printing and packaging industries.

3rd Party Software Supported X-Rite ColorCert, X-Rite Color iQC,  X-Rite InkFormulation, X-Rite InkKeyControl, X-Rite NetProfiler and many others
Aperture 1.5 mm, 2 mm, 4 mm or 6 mm
Battery Lithium Ion, 7.4VDC, 2200mAh
BestMatch Feature Yes
Calibration Automatic on integrated white reference
Closed Loop Support Yes
Color Bar Alignment Yes
Color Differences CIE ∆E* (1976), ∆E CMC, CIE ∆E* (2000), and CIE ∆E* (1994)
Color Spaces CIE L*a*b*, CIE L*C*h°, CIE XYZ and Yxy
Communication Interface USB 2.0
Bluetooth (optional) – Class II
Configuration Options Bluetooth, alignment bar, NetProfiler,
Density Range 0.0 D to 4.5 D
Density Standards Status A, E, I, T, G
Dimensions (length, width, height) 18 cm x 7.8 cm x 7.6 cm
7.1″ x 3.1″ x  3.0″
Embedded NetProfiler Support Yes
G7 Certification Yes
Humidity 30 to 85% RH (non-condensing)
Illuminants A, C, D50, D55, D65, D75, F2, F7, F11, D12
Import/Export Format CxF3
Industry Standards ISO 5-4:2009(E), ISO 13655:2009
Ink Wells / Ink Units Up to 16
Instrument Display Color touch-screen, 320 x 240 pixels
Inter-Instrument Agreement Average: 0.25 ΔEab,
Max: 0.45 ΔEab (for M3: 0.55 ΔEab)
(Measurements using X-Rite manufacturing standards at a temperature of 23°C +/- 1°C, 40-60% RH for all measurement modes on 12 BCRA color tiles and a white ceramic reference (D50, 2°))
Languages Supported Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Light Source Gas filled tungsten (illuminant type A) and UV LED
Macintosh MacOS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
Measurement Background User definable
Measurement Conditions M0, M1 (part 1) , M2, M3
Measurement Geometry 45°/0° ring illumination optics, ISO 5-4:2009(E)
NetProfiler Support Yes
Illuminants 2° and 10°
Operating Temperature Range 10°C to 35°C
50°F to 95°F
PantoneLIVE Support Yes
Pass / Fail Yes
Patch Size 3mm x 3mm
(with 1.5mm aperture)
Sample/Measurement Max. 5000 samples
Scan Length Max. 112 cm (44″)
Scanning Capability Yes
Scanning Speed 1.5 mm aperture on 4 mm patches:
Max: 180 mm (7”) / sec
Average 100 mm (3.9”) / sec
Short Term Repeatability – Density ‘+/-0.01 D for CMYK
(Status E or Status T measurements, maximum error compared to mean value of 10 measurements every 5 seconds at 2.0 D except for M3 Yellow at 1.7 D)
Short Term Repeatability – White 0.05 ΔEab (standard deviation) White BCRA
(Error compared to mean value of 10 measurements every 5 seconds)
Single Pass Scan M0, M2 and M3
Software Development Kit Yes
Software Modes Standard, Advanced
Spectral Analyzer DRS spectral engine
Spectral Interval 10 nm
Spectral Range 400 nm to 700 nm
Spectral Reporting 400 nm to 700 nm with 10mm interval
Standards More than 20’000 standards (incl. data for all M modes)
Storage Temperature Range -20° to 50°C
-4° to 122°F
User Experience Start-up wizard, configurable
Voltage 12VDC @ 2.5A
Warranty 1 year
Weight  700 g
1.6 lbs.
What’s Included? USB cable, power supply, CD with software and documentation, docking/charging station, quick start guide, carrying case,  scan chassis, parking pad, scan quick start guide, device certificate
Windows Windows XP (32bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit), Windows 10 (32 and 64 bit)
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