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This Color Sensor Is a Designer’s Dream Come True. Here’s How to Never Screw Up a Home Painting Job Again

The Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor can ID any color anywhere – and it fits on your keyring

We’ve all done it. We’ve eyeballed it. We’ve gathered sample cards. We’ve even tested in inconspicuous places to get a rough idea of the finished product. But then, after plunking down cash and doing all the work, the paint color chosen for that room repainting project turns out to be not quite right.

You can do all the prep work in the world, but unless you’ve got a lot of experience, painting can be an inexact science, with shades often not translating to a finished wall quite the way you’d envisioned. Rather than just crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, the Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor can eliminate the guesswork. This cute little ball of color expertise slips right into your pocket or bag for easy access to precise color information anywhere you go.

The Nix works like a Shazam for color matching. Just point the ping-pong ball-sized Nix at your surface of choice, and within seconds, this eagle-eyed sensor analyzes the pigment and points you to the closest color matches from all the biggest paint brands.

The Nix can cross-check its findings against over 100,000 brand-name paint shades and find your exact match from all the paint giants, including Benjamin Moore, Dulux, Farrow & Ball, Sherwin Williams, and more. 

And it doesn’t just work with paint. Whether you’re scanning a painted wall, vinyl, leather, plastic, fabric, or virtually any surface (even a belt), the Nix shuffles through its vast color library. It matches your sample’s exact RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB color code.

Armed with that knowledge, all your colors are then synced via Bluetooth, cataloged, and organized in the Nix app. So you can find all your favorite palettes for easy reference without lugging around bulky swatches or paint samples. Or use the app to share your brilliant color ideas with friends or colleagues via email or social media.

At less than 2 inches across, the highly durable Nix is a true road warrior, ready to be clipped to a keyring or travel bag and packing enough power to run over 5,000 scans on a single charge.

The Nix is invaluable for creative types who constantly see the world through a lens of hues and shades. As Mashable put it, the Nix “could be an awesome tool to feed your innate perfectionism,” and CNET shares, “Nix comes precalibrated and doesn’t require any work on your end.”

You can get the Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor at 15 percent off, just $83.95 (reg. $99).