A few weeks ago I was looking at which of Epson’s printers were getting a bit old and potentially due for an update this year.
We now have a
full R3000 review
Looking at the R3000, the similarities to the SP3880 are quite noticeable.
Also different is the new 2 picolitre minimum drop size – the 3880 is very good and it has ‘only’ 3.5 pl minimum. I’ll be interested to see how this affects print quality and speed.
If you add in roll paper support (up to 44″ is mentioned) and CD/DVD printing, this printer marks a distinct step up from the R2880 with its smaller cartridges, that physically move with the print head.
Quite a few people I’ve spoken to, looking to buy a larger desktop printer, have thought about the 3880/2880 choice. Whilst the big prints and larger carts would be the decider for me (80ml cartridges in the 3880 against. 25.9ml cartridges in the R3000), many don’t have the print volume or space (or money) to go for the larger printer.
This printer also addresses what has (for my own use) been one of Epson’s Achilles heel points for some time – the need to swap black inks if you print on different papers. It does this in the same way as the 3880, but uses about 60% of the ink (3ml Mk to Pk, 1ml the other way)
If you look at the 3000, 3880, 4880 and 4900 together, you can see that Epson have a very solid presence in this size range. Whether their competitors see the gap (between ‘desktop’ and Large Format) as worthy of attack, should be interesting.