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
I owned my previous R3000 for about 2 1\2 years before it started randomly dropping scattered droplets of black ink on my photos. It gradually started dropping more ink on more frequent pictures until I had to purchase a new R3000. The print head or print controller is obviously not properly designed or manufactured because I read other reviews online with similar experience. The cost to repair, according to local authorized repair shops is prohibitive, in fact one shop refused to repair it at all. The printer when working is fantastic. However, for the cost of the printer I think Epson should have had a recall or a less expensive way to repair rather than customers needing to replace. Talk about a waste of the earth's resources.
April 8, 2014
Epson Stylus Photo R3000 -Box to Prints under 30 m
Prior to the Epson Stylus Photo R 3000 I used the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 heavily for four years without a single problem until the message "Useful life is over"....some on line research indicated that it would be more useful to recycle the printer than to attempt to repair it. I selected the R3000 for similar performance ( up to 13 x 17 sizes plus roll) and improved color performance.
I ordered the Epson Stylus R3000 on line from Epson with a $ 150 Rebate as an incentive. The printer arrived two days later -I un-boxed the printer, glanced at the instructions, removed the packaging tape, turned the unit ON and then after gently shaking each cartridge 4-5 times, installed them in order (as packaged and as color coded inside the printer). The R1300 takes about 10 minutes to prime the tubes.
Next step - install the CD WITHOUT connecting the printer to your computer. About 3 minutes later, connect the printer (or select network option or wireless option) and then you are prompted to print a test page - it worked flawlessly from the start. Next, I printed from Picassa, selecting the R3000, and the two 4 x 6 prints were brilliant, balanced, and ready for use.
I'm impressed by the short set-up time, ease of installation, and first impressions. I'm hopeful that the larger capacity inks will help with productivity and workflow, and that the R3000 will mirror the workhouse performance of the R1900 with consistent quality on Epson Professional Papers. My preferred paper of choice is Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster.
March 18, 2014
so far my epson r3000 is not working. I've received the first refurbished replacement for my new r3000 which malfunctioned after 2 weeks of use. So my star rating is still pending. But being unable to print anything while UPS transports replacement parts ( I am now awaiting new ink cartridges that were defective on my refurbished printer), gets a little tedious. So that's my reveiw. Futher installments to come
March 11, 2014
Love and hate
Image printed with image on screen needs to be refined. Have only printed with Photo Black and with the ink loss from changing from Pk to Mk, photos will have to be lined up so that the changing back and forth will be at a minimum.
Overall printer is fine
With the MK to PK ink loss on the "pro" type printers. I think Epson is carrying the razor/razor blades analogy bit too far.
March 7, 2014
I upgraded from an R2000 which I liked very much. While I thought that I was having a problem (I am, but not due to the printer it is all on Adobe) I purchased this printer.
Installation was a breeze, even on a shared network which I did first and then did a hard wire to my system. I expected trouble for the network installation but it went without a hitch.
Images printed have been fantastic. Took some yesterday to a customer and they were thrilled with the quality and the colors that I captured.
Colors are great and the quality of the output for pictures and on DVDs has been better than expected. A great printer!
March 5, 2014
Hoping for better reliability.
This is my third R3000 in the last two years. The first two died on me! Epson replaced the first one, under warranty, with a rebuilt R3000, but did not do so when the rebuilt one died, because the warranty on the first printer had expired.
Obviously, I have been very disappointed with the R3000's reliability & am hoping for better dependability with this one, because it produces beautiful prints. I am especially pleased with how it renders B&W images, using Advanced B&W. Thus I highly recommend the R3000 based on the quality of the images accompanied with reservations based on my experience with reliability.
March 1, 2014
My Epson Stylus Photo 2200 that I have had for over ten years, just bit the dust. I really hated to see it go and was leary that the next wide format printer might not be as good. Well, let me tell you, I just installed my Epson Stylus Photo R3000 today and have only printed a few photos....... WOW doesn't even cover it. What beautiful picture quality. I am very impressed. I can't wait to print more. It is a wonderful printer, easy to set up and get it up and running. Thank you Epson for all your wonderful products. Thanks again! Stormy 403
February 23, 2014
I have been a user of Epson printers since 1982. My FX-286 printer still works! This R3000 printer was purchased to replace an R1800 used for engineering design prints on 11"x17" paper. The R1800 developed the well documented power switch failure but after the new R3000 was ordered, I was able to bypass the bad switch and just left the old printer on and working.
The new R3000 sat on a shelf, unopened for 2 years before initial installation. In spite of this, it started right up, the included ink loaded and printed fine, and paper handling worked great. I particularly like the large ink cartridges and quiet operation. If this printer lasts longer than the R1800, I will be very pleased.
February 14, 2014
Prints photos faster & with more accurate color (less tweeking) than my Epson 2200.
February 14, 2014