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 Photo R3000 Printer
I previously had an Epson 2200 Printer which gave me 12 years of service. I find the R3000 replacement to be quieter. The color photos are excellent. I do have to learn how to print on plain paper as a default setting.
February 18, 2015
New Epson User
Speaking as a technically-challenged person, the R3000 was a breeze to set up and install. The manual is easy to follow also. I am also amazed with the quality of my color prints.
February 15, 2015
Software for Mac
Have not been able to try new printer as I am unable to find the correct driver for the latest Mac OS 10.10.2 Yosemite.
My new R3000 is not in the mac list either in Epson support or the latest Mac update.
Had to give it one star because of this!
February 15, 2015
new r3000 printer
I recently purchased the Epson R3000. It's a bit bigger than my 2200, but I like all the new features and the way it closes up when not using. There's no see thru window to see the heads moving, but you can see the results pretty quickly. The quality and color match is rather precise without adding any new profiles to the system. If it sits around for a week or two, it took longer to clean and prime itself compared to the 2200. I've only run a few high res prints on it and so far they look amazing. I will be trying the thicker paper types next. I look forward to seeing the results.
February 11, 2015
Fine colors and correct matches out of the box. It's nice when a company writes new drivers for existing printers when new operating systems hit the market; not leaving their customers with a lightly aged printer with only generic universal drivers available. Most of the other manufacturers seem to always do just that. Great borderless prints right to the edge.
February 1, 2015
Pro Prints at Home
This printer is an easier to use version of my previous Epson. The larger ink cartridges and interactive messages on the machine are a nice feature. Print quality is excellent - easily gallery quality.
January 31, 2015
I just received my printer today and setup was without any hitches except that I started to set it up as a wireless printer and it said I need the network name and not to proceed unless I had it. Well, have been using a HP Photosmart 7520 wireless and don't think I had to name my "network." So I backed up and just used the USB from my Epson 2200 to hook this up. Then it went fine from there.
January 28, 2015
Better than my R2880! The R2880 is now my backup printer.
January 28, 2015
Just set the printer up.
The printer setup was easy and work on first try.
Only printed 2 prints so far. Both matched my
Photoshop CS6 ICC profiles on my screen.
January 24, 2015