Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Review

4.5
April 25, 2011 | Mark Goldstein | Printer Reviews |

The print speed is marginally improved over the last generation. Printing a borderless 13x19 in high quality mode took 6:55 on the R2880 and 6:45 on the R3000, not a huge difference by any means, but any speed improvement is a welcome one when you're making such big, time-consuming prints. Choosing the super high quality mode slowed things down to a less palatable 9:30 with little visible difference between the two modes, so it's best reserved for your exhibition quality prints.

The R3000 is also a very quiet printer, so much so that we had a to check it a few times to find out if it was actually printing anything!

Conclusion

The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is a big step-up from the older R2880 model, if not in print quality then certainly in terms of design, features, connectivity and ease-of use. While it's hard to tell prints from the R3000 and R2880 apart thanks to their shared use of the proven UltraChrome K3 inkset, the R3000 is definitely the one to choose thanks to the addition of wi-fi and internet connectivity, more intuitive LCD control panel interface, wider range of media handling options, much bigger ink cartridges and the dual installation of both photo and matt black. The Epson R3000 ultimately offers fantastic print quality and a better user experience at a slightly higher price than its predecessor, and is therefore well deserving of our Highly Recommended award.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4.5

Entry Tags

review, photos, test, photo, professional, printer, a3, a3+, 13 inch, UltraChrome K3, stylus photo, Epson Stylus Photo R3000, r3000.epson

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#1 Dylan Roberts

OMG i so need a printer like this!, but i so don’t have the money.

11:10 am - Monday, April 25, 2011

#2 David Henry-Myers

Sorry Epson but I’m not buying ANY of your printers that are STILL not fitted with both Matte and Photo Black with cartridges that are ‘online’ all the time with no shared feed and no ‘flushing’.

Epson inks are one of the most expensive fluids on the planet and it is a disgrace that thousands of dollars are vanishing into the bowels of ‘maintenance’ tanks every year!

David Myers, Sydney, Australia

10:14 pm - Monday, April 25, 2011

#3 Dylan Roberts

Hey David thanks for that comment i guess i wront be saving for this printer after-al, im going to uni taking photography, got any small good Pinters that will do a great basic job? (inc ‘non-expecive’ ink)

2:08 am - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

#4 laith

i found it so expensive and i prefer 3 in one with scanner and copier.

5:34 pm - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

#5 rob

As much as I like the improvements on this machine over its predecessor, I will be saving my money for the new equivalent from Canon (should be coming out pretty soon).

12:17 am - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

#6 rob

Oh, I almost forgot, what’s up with all those missing images, Mark? Since a couple of months ago, all I see is one product image on top of the page in each article. All consecutive images after that one are replaced by blue squares with question marks, followed by a caption.

12:21 am - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

#7 Mark Goldstein

Rob, we are running anti-hotlinking on our images server to prevent theft of our images.

Your browser is not providing a referrer, so our images server has no way of knowing you are viewing our site (as opposed to someone else linking to our images directly from their own blog/site/form etc).

This is likely to be because your browser, computer or network security settings are configured to not send a referrer with the request for the image.

9:03 am - Thursday, May 5, 2011

#8 rob

Thanks, Mark. That explains the situation. Indeed, I have set my browser so that it does not send the referrer info (privacy thing). That also probably is the reason why my posts always get the error message, saying “Computer thinks that you may be a spammer”, or something to that effect…

Regards,
Rob

10:28 pm - Thursday, May 5, 2011

#9 Mark Goldstein

Hi Rob,

Glad to be of help!

Just out of interest, which browser are you using, and what was the specific setting that you’d set?

6:07 am - Friday, May 6, 2011

#10 rob

Mark, I have misinformed you. Sorry for that. It is not my browser that’s been set to not send the referrer info. Rather, it is one of the settings in the INTEGO VirusBarrier X6 for Mac.

Click the ‘Surf’ category button, then ‘Information Hiding’ tab and finally check the ‘Hide information about the last web site visited’ checkbox. The program even warns me that that setting may prevent me from accessing certain websites. I forgot about that since the time I have installed and configured the program. :)

If you are not using this application, I recommend it highly. It is not just a protection from viruses but also a very comprehensive web security tool. As far as I know, there is also Windows version, but don’t quote me on that…

10:57 pm - Friday, May 6, 2011

#11 Epson print head

Hello, Thanks for the support of the post!I share all of these same thoughts! The fact that you means someone is reading and liking it!

4:45 am - Thursday, June 2, 2011

#12 Juma Mwesigwa

Hello,
Am juma Mwesigwa living at Kahama district in Tanzania, I have been looking to your product op Epson R3000 I likely to have it for photo printing, how can I get it? Is it possible to get materials after fining it here in tanzania.

Thank you I would like to here from you soon.
Juma Mwesigwa
Kahama-Tanzania.

12:48 pm - Tuesday, June 21, 2011

#13 Irma Prunesquallor

@Mark Goldstein

> we are running anti-hotlinking on our images server to prevent theft of our images

Why do you think anyone would bother, and if they did, why would your care?  In any case, it is a trivial matter to get round your “protection”.

You just seem to be annoying people!

11:19 pm - Sunday, July 3, 2011

#14 Natalie

Uhoh… I just bought one of these (literally yesterday) and was so excited until I read others comments here… now have some concerns! I guess there are always good and bad comments on all products anyway, but didn’t read any good here (although the review itself sounds pretty good)... guess now only time will tell… here’s hoping!

2:52 am - Thursday, July 14, 2011

#15 rob

Hey, Natalie, don’t feel bad about your purchase. That is a solid (some may even say: “good”) printer from one of the top companies. It’s just that Epson is rather careless about wasting the precious ink (in their own self-interest). Besides, if you use anything other than Windows, you may find their software user-unfriendly.

10:20 pm - Thursday, July 14, 2011

#16 Dale

Does this printer normally ship with full set of inks or do they rip you of by including sample inks.

Dale

8:30 am - Saturday, August 27, 2011

#17 les wollam

my R1800 just broke. i’m looking for something a little less expensive than this. the k3 inks are wonderful, though. i really liked the output of the r1800, though it was really expensive to operate. this was especially true when i moved to mexico and they werent readily available

5:43 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2011

#18 LAURA

HELLO,
Now I have a new Epson Stylus Photo R300, but the impressions are very few color… There are any people have the same problem in this machine? What can I do ?

1:30 pm - Saturday, October 8, 2011

#19 paul iwala

would it be worth my while getting a photo printer such as the epson described above. i still work with film and have recently purchased a high-end flat bed scanner for purposes of archiving and web disposal (only). i think that for exhibition art work the quality from a printer, other than an expensive professional model, or, preferably traditional enlarger printing, simply would not reach the mark.

comments are welcome.

paul iwala

8:34 pm - Sunday, October 30, 2011

#20 rob

Paul,

If you want the exhibition quality, this printer certainly is capable of producing it. However, the flatbed scanner you’ve mentioned (and the software that came with it) may be, or may be not, more of a problem. You need a REALLY high-end flatbed scanner to be able to output scans that can compare to ones obtained with a dedicated film scanner.

If you wonder how the printer’s output quality compares to a traditional enlarger-printing, I think you could be in for a nice surprise. Today’s technology is way above and beyond the one from the 20th century.

Just take into consideration that if you are not familiar with scanning, post-processing and computer-printing, you may be disappointed with your initial results. These procedures have an inherent steep learning curve and take time and practice to be mastered.

10:12 pm - Monday, October 31, 2011

#21 sushil kUmar Agarwal

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8:37 am - Tuesday, December 27, 2011

#22 Tom Didona

Ink cost aside if your aim is the best looking print buy this printer the image quality will amaze you

3:45 pm - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

#23 HSJ

I have the R 2880 printer and have found it to be the most expensive and frustrating tool—it eats ink cartridges IF it can recognize them, which often is not the case.  If the R 3000 does not provide major improvements in the ink cartridge design and cost it will be just another expensive gadget that prints beautifully once in a while—-more often than not only after replacing many very expensive ink cartridges.

9:46 pm - Monday, April 2, 2012

#24 Sushil Kumar Agarwal

Well We can make your Epson 2880 Most Economic Machine of the world for you.. If interested please call us on 9830064331 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .I am from Kolkata. S. K. Agarwal.

12:25 pm - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

#25 Pamela Holt

Is the Epson 3000 a good printer for black and white silver-gelatin-like prints?  I know the 7800 is the best, but it is quite pricey.  Thanks so much!

11:07 pm - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

#26 Tom Didona

Same ink smaller size paper I does as good a job as resin paper in a wet darkroom

12:51 am - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#27 Pamela Holt

I just got a response to my question. I’m new to this site, so I don’t know how to say “thanks.”

1:27 am - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#28 vinz

A new friendly user all in 1 printer has arrived. Epson Stylus NX420. It is compatible with office, school and business works. There are so many reasons to love about the Epson Stylus NX420. First off, it’s utterly inexpensive in terms of purchase price, considering it has WI-FI connectivity. Then it is designed with many attractive features any printer user would want in a printer, such as a 1.5 color LCD display, built-in memory card slots, Auto Photo Correction, and separate ink tanks - to name a few.

9:05 am - Thursday, May 24, 2012

#29 Spike Thompson

dont pay full price for ink. if you shop around you can always find original epson ink half price somewhere on web,  I have bought 2 full set of 9 inks just this week for less than £120 a set

At this price printing works out very economical and so much better than cheap ciss kits

10:12 pm - Monday, May 28, 2012

#30 JP

Our club has bought a Epson stylus r3000 and from brand new we’ve had problems, the colours were wrong and far too dark, pizza lines on some pictures bleeding on picture edge and more. Took it to their service centre in Frankston vic australia (as under warranty)who at first aggred that there was something wrong but then changed their mind and produce as proof that the machine was ok 2 of the same pictures, unfortunately for them one of the 2 pictures (they had not noticed before showing us) that the second picture was bad. They still refused to admit a problem citing that quite a bit of variance had to be expectedf fron this not very expensive printer???. If we can’t get satisfaction from higher up we will have to go to the umbudsman as this printer is definitely not fit for our purpose.

4:20 am - Thursday, October 18, 2012

#31 Sushil Kumar Agarwal

Dear Sir, for your epson 3000 printer. if u r in Kolkata city of India, bring it to my office and i wil solve your problem in 5 minutes. Sushil Kumar Agarwal. Itek Solutions. Kolkata . India. 033-22186404

5:27 am - Thursday, October 18, 2012

#32 Professional Photography

This is really a great device and the quality of pics printed out is also awesome.

12:39 pm - Friday, October 19, 2012

#33 Kips

I love this printer, easy to install in my Macbook Pro, print quality is awesome, but on occasion I get an error message that the installed ink cartridge does not match the settings. Not sure why, but a quick trouble shoot and all resolved. Love it, prints on all media and various sizes. Best of luck, Kips

6:30 pm - Thursday, December 20, 2012

#34 Freddie

Is there anyone out there using Photospeed Inkflow System with the Epson R3000 if so what do you think ?

1:25 pm - Friday, February 15, 2013

#35 Mel Brown

DO NOT BUY THIS PRINTER! I have used Epson printers for 18 years and have been happy. My most recent the Stylus Photo 1400 is terrific. I was very excited to buy the R3000 thinking it would make my prints even better. Wrong. They are washed out the blacks aren’t black there is no saturation unless you move the sliders to the far end of the scale. Everything is worse. I spent the morning testing every possible setting and have finally given up and am putting the GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT back in its box. Even if I don’t get a refund I don’t want to be reminded of my poor purchase.

8:17 pm - Saturday, February 23, 2013

#36 Jim Martinson

I purchased the r3000 after my r1800 injets plugged up. After a year and a half the r3000 did the same thing. I pumped over one hundred dollars worth of ink through it trying to unplug the ink jets. The nearest service center told me that a new set of heads for it costs more than a new printer. Get a three year warrantee or plan on buying a new one every couple of years (or less).

8:43 pm - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

#37 andrew.k kagiri

can i have some information on Epison xp 600 and artisan635 i see them around in kenya but cant see any information on the printers blog.

8:36 pm - Tuesday, August 13, 2013