Whilst I was looking at Scott Kelby’s Blog earlier today I noticed that Epson are about to release an update to the 2880 A3 printer.
The printer is called the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Printer and it is going to be the consumer A3 printer you’ll want:
For a start this is a very nice looking printer and obviously a cousin of the more professional A2 R3880. The list of features (from Epson’s web site) are as follows:
- Industry-leading pigment ink technology — Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology for stunning colour and black-and-white prints with intense blues and violets and improved skin tones
- Individual high-capacity ink cartridges — change cartridges less often with nine 25.9 ml individual ink cartridges
- Advanced Media Handling — offers consistent, reliable performance with front-in, front-out paper path; accommodates cut-sheet and roll paper in sizes up to 13″ wide; supports photographic and fine art paper, canvas, art boards and CD/DVDs
- Wide media compatibility – Print on a wide variety of media, from roll and cut-sheet fine art paper to board up to 1.3mm thick.
- Front-loading fine art paper feed – Easily insert fine art media with less risk of damage thanks to the front-loading fine art paper feed, which removes the need for space behind the printer.
- Unparalleled connectivity — Hi-Speed USB 2.0, wireless 802.11n and 100 Mbit Ethernet support
- Colour LCD – View media instructions and check ink levels quickly and easily with the 2.5-inch colour LCD.
- Auto-switching Black inks — achieve the highest black density and superior contrast on glossy, matte or fine art papers from either Matte or Photo Black ink
- Leading-edge image-quality architecture — smoother colour transitions and outstanding highlight and shadow detail with AccuPhoto™ HD2 imaging technology
- Precision 9-color, 8-channel print head technology — innovative MicroPiezo® AMC™, one-inch wide print head with ink-repelling coating for more accurate dot placement and reduced maintenance
- Professional control — Advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode to easily create neutral or toned black-and-white prints from colour or monochrome images
- Choice of grey tones – Choose your own black and white tonality, from warm to neutral or cool, and customise to suit your own tastes – then easily save your settings in the print driver.
- Easy-to-use print driver – Take complete control of your images with the R3000’s print driver, which is incredibly easy to use. It helps you improve productivity, customise media settings and use the supplied ICC profiling to get the right output for your style.
The item can be found on Park Camera’s and Warehouse Express’s websites for pre-order both at £699.00. At the moment that is quite close to the aforementioned Epson Stylus Pro 3880 (which retails for around £988.00). I know that this is still nearly £300 but some may wish to spend the extra – it comes down to how much the ink costs and what the higher capacity cartridges for the new 3800 can hold. However over time the £699 figure will come down as this is most likely a RRP at the moment.
As more information comes out and the printer is reviewed we’ll know more and will be able to make an informed decision. Meanwhile (on paper at least) I think that this looks like the printer that I’ve been looking for. Take a look at Epson’s site here for more information.