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Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer soon to be replaced

LeeLee -
edited January 2015 in Photography & Printmaking
I've had my eye on buying the Epson stylus photo R3000 printer for awhile now, as recommended by Mark in his buying guide, and after doing some looking around online I've found that a replacement model (Named Surecolor P600) is soon to be released. It seems that the main difference is the ink formula which supposedly provides richer blacks and a sharper image.

Here are some videos on it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F18aUp2jlg
https://youtube.com/watch?v=86cbshEYElw

I thought I'd point this out in case anyone is in the same boat as I am and was looking at buying the R3000. I'm going to wait it out until this new model is released (apparently this or next month in USA). Hopefully it won't be too much longer before being available in Australia.

Comments

  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] admin
    edited January 2015
    Thanks for the heads up, I'll update guide once the verdict is in.

    One thing to keep in mind: the Epson Stylus Pro 4900, which one would suppose would be a step up from the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, was a disaster. One-star ratings across the board for reliability problems. So you might want to look into return policies / warranties etc in case the P600 turns out the same way.

    Hopefully it will be good. The Stylus Photo R3000 (and the Stylus Pro 3880) are very good, but it does seem like the blackest blacks could be the slightest bit darker.

    Image sharpness, however, is definitely not an issue on current models if your source files and printer settings are set up correctly. I've done some label work and pushed it to the limit and it's amazing how fine the detail is. Far more than I would ever recommend for printing photos even, because it's just so overkill and uses more ink for some reason.
  • Thanks for the input, David. I plan on looking into reviews on this new model as they come in before I buy too. It ends up being quite a bit more expensive in Australia for these Epson printers, so I want to make sure I'm making the best purchase before going ahead with it.

    Cheers
  • dencaldencal -
    edited January 2015
    Lee

    Check out the Epson Artisan at around $au 400. Seems to be a low volume, high quality printer for home use.

    http://www.epson.com.au/products/inkjet/artisan1430.asp

    And

    http://www.photoreview.com.au/reviews/printers/epson-artisan-1430-inkjet-printer

    Denis

  • Thanks for the suggestion, Denis. Once we get a release date and price on the P600 for us here in Aus I'll start weighing my options.
  • I have an Epson Artisan 1430 and am pleased with it.
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