Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer
Fast, quiet, beautiful prints.
I purchased this printer the day ofter my R220 gave up the ghost after 4 or 5 years of hard service. In between the time that I'd bought my R220 and the day it crapped out on me, I'd graduated from a professional photography school and and one of the things that I came away with from that place was the love of printing all of my own photos. I was resolved to have a printer that could:
A. I could afford
B. Could make decent black and white/sepia prints
C. Could print on Hahnemuhle fine art papers
D. Could handle 13" wide papers.
E. Wasn't running out of ink every other day.
The R2880 met the first four criteria but not the fifth while the R3880 met the last four but not the first. Then along came the R3000. After reading some reviews, I decided that this was the printer to buy when the time came to get a new one. It came rather unexpectedly!
One warning! The box for this printer is huge. and heavy. Make sure you clear your trunk or the back of your car before going to purchase one. Don't even think of going to the photo store without a vehicle, even if its only a few blocks.
The installation is pretty straightforward and easy though it takes approximately 10 minutes for the printer to pump the ink into the ink lines once the cartridges are installed. The cartridges themselves contain 25ml of ink each, twice what my R220 held, and cost exactly twice as much also. One feature is that both the Photo Black and Mat Black are installed at the same time, obviating the need to switch them when switching papers. This is not so useful a feature as it seems. In the first place, I generally never use mat papers. Second, both cartridges use the same ink lines, and switching from one to the other, which is done with the push of a button, flushes about 3 ml of whichever ink was previously being used out of the ink line. This is stupid. How difficult would it have been to put separate lines for each ink?
That being said, the whole set up process and operation of the printer are very intuitive. ICC profiles for my favorite Hahnemuhle and Ilford papers were downloaded and installed and away I went to printing.
I found the printer to be quiet in operation, and probably because of its weight, vibrates a whole lot less than the R220 it replaced. Every print I've made has been perfect. The black and whites are beautiful and the prints made on fine art papers just rock. Printing is quite fast also. I haven't timed it or anything, but making large prints on this printer, even at the maximum quality, seems to take less time than with the 4800's I used to use in photography school.
I feel that overall, this was a good investment and a sensible alternative to buying a 3880 which was really beyond my budget for now.
July 1, 2011
epson stylus 3000
i have been using this printer for about a month now. i previously had the 1900.
i am much happier with the pictures im printing as they more closely match the image im seeing on my monitor. the colors are more real and crisp
the printing takes longer but its worth the wait
April 22, 2015
Previously I had an Epson Stylus 2200 and was very pleased with the print quality. The print quality from the R3000 is even better...great quality!
April 21, 2015
Very pleased with R3000. Print quality is beautiful and the ink switching from gloss to matte is so much improved over 2880.
March 31, 2015
An Excellent Printer for the Enthusiast
This is an excellent printer from the point of view of a fabulous looking output, which is most important. I was impressed with how easy the wireless networking was to set up. Paper handling is good too. I've used plain paper for testing and Epson photo paper, as well as a few printable DVDs - all worked well. It is also rather slow, especially when it's doing maintenance. Again, the printed results are fabulous.
March 25, 2015
good quality photo prints and anything with a photo. text quality not as good. /very large footprint. Very slow printing. Takes a long time to switch to Matt Black and back again and uses a large amount of ink. This would not be my first choice again.
March 25, 2015
Great printer, best photo quality yet, but has problems printing envelopes. It prompts you to put the CD tray in which does not work.
March 25, 2015
I USE THIS PRINTER FOR ALL 14X19 PRINTS AND THEY ARE PERFECT I COULD NOT ASK FOR A BETTER RESULT.
March 25, 2015
Continued ink clogging
I received the R3000 in January. After about 6 weeks it was hopelessly clogged and after 6 cleanings it still couldn't produce a
decent nozzle check. I returned it to Epson & they sent me a
refurbished unit. That clogged up after 2 weeks. Got another one.
Have had it now for about 10 days. Same problem. Thirteen (yes, 13!) cleanings later it is still clogged up and I'm fed up too. I had a Pro 4000 and loved it. But this one...forget about it.
March 19, 2015
I received this printer yesterday. It came via UPS well boxed and protected. I set it up to use via my wireless network. Epson said I had two choices to set it up: 1) use of a temporary USB cord (which they recommended or..... 2) go another route and use the screen on the front of the printer. I tried #1 which did not work. When I tried the #2 method, it set up instantly with no problems. I ran a test sheet and then printed a photograph after installing the ink, etc. Everything went great. I love this printer; you will do. It does a terrific job and prints flawlessly.
February 28, 2015