Page 3 – 13th March 2011
In terms of design and construction, the R3000 has more in common with its bigger brother the A2 Pro 3880 than with the R2880. The overall build quality is of a very high standard with sturdy trays that don’t give the impression they are going to fall apart with heavy use.
The R3000 has a small footprint 615 x 841 x 424mm when in the closed state. The rear paper tray has a cover which protects against dust and other studio objects that could fall into the works. The paper out tray is also hidden behind a magnetic front cover. Unlike other Epson printers, this cover’s only purpose is to provide protection against dust. On other Epson printers the cover also doubles up as part of the media catcher tray, this often resulted in a flimsy set-up. I have written about this in other reviews.
The media tray consists of two telescopic sections and has a good sturdy feel. The tray does seem a bit small to catch A3+ media, I haven’t tested this yet, but will do so later in this review. I am confident that the design team at Epson will have got this right – we will see.
The R3000 also has a front loading straight paper path for thicker paper and board up to 1.3mm thickness. For thick media the R3000 employs a slight upward curvature for thick media. The paper is drawn into the printer and makes a brief appearance at the rear of the printer before being drawn in for printing. Board media up to 1.3mm can also be loaded, this keeps a straight paper path and requires extra space for rear clearance. I will test this later when I start the printing section of this review.
The R3000 also has the ability to print labels directly onto inkjet compatible CD/DVD disks. A tray is included with the printer, this slots in on the straight paper path tray. You have to manually align the arrows on the tray with the arrow on the printers tray. This is no major problem, but I would have thought the Epson technicians could have come up with a better solution than this, load the tray a couple of millimetres out and the artwork on your CD/DVD could miss the mark. I use the CD/DVD label printing option on my Epson PX720WD and it produces professional looking disks – a very useful feature to have.