Epson announce Stylus Photo R3000

Epson has announced a new A3+ (13-inch wide) photo-printer using the Vivid Magenta inkset, front-loading of heavyweight fine-art paper and cartridges with a larger than average 25.9ml capacity. The new printer is expected to hit the retailers' shelves at the end of March at a price of $849.99/ £699.99 inc. VAT.
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Press release
Medium print runs made possible with compact A3+ printer
Adds to wide range of high-quality A3+ photo printers using UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta inks for unbeatable greyscale reproduction

17 January 2011 – Epson® today launches its latest A3+ photo printer aimed at the professional and advanced amateur: the Epson Stylus Photo R3000. This printer makes professional-quality output accessible, with its convenient high-capacity inks which are perfect for medium print runs, and fits even the smallest desk space with its compact footprint.

In response to photographers and designers’ feedback, Epson has developed the R3000’s new features with convenience in mind. A front-loading fine art paper feed makes insertion easier, reducing the likelihood of damage and removing the need for space behind the printer. Viewing media instructions and checking ink levels is simple with the 2.5-inch colour LCD. And the high-capacity, 25.9ml ink cartridges allow medium print runs to be completed while optimising cost per page.

Epson’s reputation for superior photo quality combined with its advanced UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta inkset means each print is consistently true-to-life. This inkset offers unbeatable greyscale reproduction – important for both colour and black and white prints – thanks to its three densities of black. Either a standard photo or matte black is employed and switched automatically by the printer to suit the media used, along with light black and light light black to create true black and white images. In addition to improving the grey balance and eliminating colour casts, this combination of blacks creates a smoother tonal range with a natural look, perfect for portraits.

Neil Wilson, business manager at Epson UK, says: “We launched the R3000 after listening to customers’ feedback. It is designed to offer photographers and artists a wide range of A3+ prints using our UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink, to meet their diverse needs. The R3000 allows them to tap into our unique ability to choose your own black and white tonality from warm to neutral or cool, and adapt it to suit individual tastes. These settings can easily be customised and saved, as we designed the R3000’s print driver to be easy to use.”

Users – whether they’re photographers, designers or architects – can also use the supplied professional-quality ICC profiles in their photo editing application to create professional-quality images that suit their unique style without relying on a lab. They can then focus on capturing the perfect shot, rather than having to learn print production skills. And with a high-quality A3+ photo taking just 195 seconds to print, they don’t then have to wait around to review the result.

And the versatile R3000 allows printing on a variety of media, from roll to cut-sheet fine art paper and board up to 1.3mm thick, making it the ideal choice for total freedom of expression without compromising on quality.

The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 will be available from the end of March 2011 with a recommended retail price (inc VAT) of $849.99/ £699.99.

Key Features Summary
·         Prints at up to A3+ size
·         Compact footprint
·         High-capacity 25.9ml ink cartridges for medium print runs
·         Front-loading fine art paper feed
·         Switches automatically between photo and matte black inks
·         USB, Wi-Fi and 10/100 Ethernet connectivity
·         8-colour UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta inkset for repeatable professional colour and true black and white images
·         Prints on a variety of media, including roll paper, fine art paper and media up to 1.3mm thick
·         2.5-inch colour LCD
·         Control panel with backlit LCD
·         Supports ICC profiles
·         Print high-quality A3+ photos in around 195 seconds
·         Keep power consumption and energy bills down with ENERGY STAR qualified power efficiency
·         PictBridge£ enabled to easily produce one-offs or contact sheets
·         Borderless printing
·         CD/DVD printing
·         Variable-sized Droplet Technology with Ultra Micro Dot£ for 2pl minimum droplet size
·         Up to 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi using Resolution Performance Management
 

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