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
Seems to be ok so far...tho' printing is not perfectly straight
Am very disappointed that it took 4 printer shipments to finally get one that worked!
Think I have written 50 characters...certainly hope this review gets published...as I said, neither happy of impressed...actually as I said, disappointed!
August 10, 2015
Does not offer upgrade for Yosemite in Mac Apple as yet. use suspended as a result of lack of upgrade. Used printer for 2 years and can not use since March. Mac users do printing. Liked color but can not use product because of lack of update.
July 3, 2015
I am very well pleased with my Epson R3000 printer and the support they have given me has been outstanding! The ease of ordering direct has been a great asset especially dealing with knowledgeable sales staff. And the product quality of their supplies is excellent!
I use mine for printing wildlife pictures and ranch scenes on a fifth generation cattle ranch in Texas!
Very satisfied customer!
May 8, 2015
Upgraded earlier from the R2400 to the R3000 printer, not expecting a significant improvement. Pleased to report the R3000 is providing noticeably improved prints rendering more accurate colors and improved B&W images even in initial test prints. More readily achieving truer blacks and a greater range of grey tones when printing B&W images. Also enjoying the ability to download and install with relative ease custom paper print profiles. I had read favorably reviews about this printer which have proved to be accurate. Very satisfied.
May 7, 2015
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