Conclusion - Pros
- Superb print quality
- Print speed
- Large capacity ink cartridges
- Compact size
- Excellent LCD screen
- Build quality
Conclusion - Cons
- Straight paper path is a clumsy operation
The R3000 has many features without too many bells and whistles. The quality of printing is first class, I calibrate my monitor before any printer review so I am confident that it is displaying accurate colours, however I still had to to lighten up the files with an adjustment layer before printing. Once tweaked the files printed out beautifully, both colour and B/W. The printer construction is excellent and should withstand moderate to heavy use. I like the way the trays fold away to seal the printer against dust and other objects that could fall into the works. Once closed, the printer becomes a useful shelf to place boxes of media on.
The printer does support PictBridge compatible cameras, but I don't think the person who buys this will be using that function too often if at all. The CD/DVD printing tray is a useful feature, I find myself using inkjet printable disks more often these days, so this is a feature that I would use often. I didn't try the Wi-Fi function, I put this in the same category as PictBridge printing. The roll media capability has limited use on an A3 printer, generally you will find it hard to uncurl roll media prints. The R3000 delivers excellent quality prints and should prove to be popular with the dedicated photographer. However, Epson may have set the price too high, especially now that many people are having to keep a tight reign on their spending.