Page 5 – 15th March 2011
One of the features I like on the R3000 is the new Control Panel, it’s visual and simple to use.
Looking at the controls from left to right; the Power ON/Off button, green light indicates the power is on, (you can turn off the LCD display, so this light would indicate the printer is still live), if an error occurs then the light flashes. Ink check light, this is On if an error occurs and flashes if the ink is low. The Cancel button, use this to cancel a print job. The 2.5 inch Colour LCD gives you all the options, see below. The direction buttons to navigate through the menus, press the OK button to select an option. Finally the Back button takes you back one stage.
The Control Panel is very clearly laid out and easy to use. The menu includes useful information on how to load media, such as Thick media, CD/DVD and Roll media and display six or seven screens of information, this saves you looking through the User guide. I like the clear 2.5inch LCD screen which can be turned offf if required.
The screen shots below show a selection of menus that are available on the LCD screen, pressing the OK button will expand most of the menus to provide sufficient information on each function.
This has been a brief overview of the printer and its parts, I would re emphasize that this is a pre-production unit. I am informed that it is a late stage model and it should perform the same as a full production model. I don’t normally review pre-production hardware or software, however, I will continue with the next section “First prints” and see how far we get. Don’t forget to use the forum or the comments section below if you want me to look at any aspect of this printer.