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Epson Stylus Photo R3000

  • Achieve outstanding A3+ prints with the Epson Stylus Photo R3000, which offers complete image control and wide media compatibility. Buy printer Epson Stylus Photo R3000 with CISS and make 30 times more quality prints for the same money!

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Printer Epson Stylus Photo R3000

Printer all-in-one Epson Stylus Photo R3000

Japanese marketing the English way

Yesterday, February the 24th, a wide-format printer Epson Stylus Photo R3000 was announced in England. Generally, any sensation is held when a new device has come into the market, or is going to do it. It's quite logical: a prospective customer reads a piece of news or a review, and, before he comes to his senses, takes his money and goes to the nearest store.

English representatives of Japanese print workers are convinced that this scenario is inefficient. It's much better to organize something of the type: "Dear users, we are happy to perform Epson Stylus Photo R3000. It will be available only in April, and we don't know yet what its price will be. Also we can't say anything about its specifications now; we'll add this information some later. But this printer is the best, we can swear!" It sounds great, doesn't it?

Let's think it over. Be Epson R3000 an unprecedented breakthrough and besides, in a mass segment, the commercial move described would be somehow understandable. This dubious press release would suit, for example, for starting a news cycle: allegedly, this printer, a wonder of engineering is just on the point of coming into the market; so many days are left; a trial consignment was sent to England; the miraculous printer has won such-and-such award.

Epson Stylus Photo R3000 would excite the public and, perhaps, would cause a buying craze. But who needs a wide-format device, the price for which in Europe is about 700 euro (in England it will cost more, of course)? Right, only a close circle of professionals. And if they need an A3 printer now, nothing can make them wait for it. And if they start choosing it in a month, this rotten press release will hardly effect them much.

A template of classifications and fair competition

There are two types of wide-format printers. The first one is notable for (surprise!) a supported type of carrier. Moreover, their print system doesn't undergo any changes, comparing with A4 versions. Sometimes they are even equipped with the same cartridges - that, because of their modest capacity and increased ink consumption leads to a financial embarrassment very quickly. The apotheosis of such device is something like Epson Stylus S22 or Epson Stylus SX130, but three times wider and five times more expensive. Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is fortunately not one of them.

The devices of the second type are wide-format just because they are from a professional segment, by origin. Their main task is to print much, quickly, with the highest quality and on different carriers, including wide formats (more than A4). The printers described earlier also can print on different carriers, but an emphasis is made on support of this or that large format, no more.

Let's lay the template of our classification over a handful of rivals of Epson Stylus Photo R3000. By the way, it refers to the second type and, apparently, is intended for black-and-white photo printing. Epson Stylus Photo R2880 and R1800 are of the same type, but they produce ink drops of a larger size (3 pl against 2 pl) and cost more – about 860 Euro each. While a European price for R3000 in terms of the national currency is only 690 Euro. However, we can't feel our mouth watering – the prices for such equipment in England are always overrated, so, we will never get our hands near the price of 690 Euro as well as affordable printing without CISS or refillable cartridges.

Another wide-format device, Epson Stylus Photo R1900, on the contrary is created for a full-colour photo printing. On the official site it is even positioned as the printer for a wedding photographer. In England it is sold for the price of 690 Euro with a penny. At last, the parade of rivals is crowned with more affordable solutions - bright representatives of the first type of wide-format printers, the models Epson Stylus Office Т1100 and Epson Stylus Photo 1410 – for the price of 320 and 465 euro respectively. T1100 is a usual office printer: four cartridges and pigment ink DURABrite Ultra. Epson 1410 is a regular photo printer: 6 ink cartridges and water-soluble ink Claria.

Summing up without summing up: among real competitors of Epson R3000 only Epson Stylus Photo R1800 and R2880 can be named. We'll be able to define what is more preferable only after the price for the first one is announced. However, there are few chances that it will be much cheaper than its "brothers".

Printer Epson R3000

Strictness, clownery and sense of Style.

Stylish, modern and wide-format printer Epson R3000 looks like a… stylish, modern and wide-format printer. Yes, it is cumbersome. Stop believing in all this fuss like "it will easily fit onto a small table". Imagine that if even a single glance on P50 (A4, by the way) causes exclamations like "how big it is!" what can be said about a professional wide-format Epson R3000? But we hope, you understand that if the conversation turned to serious printing, size doesn't matter.

Design of the device reminds a strange mixture of a modern cult of smoothed edges and cubism of late 90ths. Dark grey, almost black colour dominates in its appearance. The case is surrounded with a wide vertical strip. It is light grey. This pleasant contrast evidently inures to the benefit of Epson Stylus Photo R3000's exterior. The build quality is decent: there is no lost motion, but telescopic trays are sometimes seized up. And they often produce an irritating squeak. Under the lid there is nothing interesting. To be more precise, nothing is seen. You may look there for hundred of times and not get any impressions about the print system of the device.

In any case, this impression wouldn't be of any importance. Many users, for example, prefer to print with an opened lid, watching the printing to be born. But with Epson R3000 you have to get rid of this habit. Under the lid there is another one, covering the cartridge department. As far as the unit has plenty of ink cartridges, this department takes a good half of Epson Stylus Photo R3000's width.

To the right of the front panel there is a push-button control panel with LCD display. The last one is an obvious attempt to follow the fashion. Epson engineers just couldn't struggle with marketers, and turned the situation into the point of absurdity. We can't find any other logical explanation of the presence of PictBridge in a professional wide-format printing device, such as Epson R3000 for professional designers, photographers and architects. Of course, real professional always print directly from their digital cameras, without any image processing. Do you have any doubts? The USB port itself is hidden on the rear panel near the second USB and Ethernet. A gentleman set of interfaces is supplemented with WiFi, the LED light of which is placed on the control panel.

As it was already mentioned, the trays are telescopic. Also we found holders for roll paper, a frontal tray for the loading of artistic carriers (judging by the press release – manufacturers' pride and joy) and a tray for compact disks. Nothing special.

Unfortunately, we can't say anything about the package – we got our sample, as they say, in negligee. In a cardboard box without any identification signs we found original cartridges, a power cord and a disk with drivers. A bit short of details. The information about the standard package was found on the British Epson site. As it turned over, our set lacks only manuals. It is outrageous that a purchaser of a device for the price of seven hundred euros doesn't get even a USB-cable.

Clothes count for first impressions or Make conclusion about the exterior.

When the conversation is turned to professional printing solutions, exterior is usually the last thing one should pay attention to. However, Stylus Photo R3000 looks stylish and even doesn't give the blues. Moreover, some details are rather amusing. Here we mean such fashionable feature as PictBridge. No doubt the target audience will appreciate this.

Instruments and the supreme mission

Some earlier we mentioned that the main purpose of Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is printing of black-and-white photos. Now it's high time to explain why. The matter is that the hero of our today's review is one of the few professional printers, where almost the half of cartridges contains black or grey ink. All in all there are nine cartridges. Two of them are black, with glossy and matt ink. Another two contain ink of grey and dark grey colour. Then follow usual yellow, blue, light blue, vivid magenta and vivid light magenta cartridges.

The last one sounds funny, but the official site offers this name for it. They say that pigment in magenta ink is particularly dense, and that it is very good. Well, let's take it on trust. All the more, there's no reason to complain for UltraChrome K3 ink – it is high-qualitative and corresponds so-called "professional choice". Epson R3000 uses its latest version - UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta. The last two words mean saturated purple colour.

Epson R3000 is equipped with non-small cartridges – 25.9 ml each. Allegedly, enough for work with medium circulation. It's interesting that there were regular users who recommended enlarging the capacity of the cartridges. They say that Epson's engineers asked a few selected professionals (a target audience of the unit) what, to their minds, wide-format printers lack, and what elements are unnecessary. It happened so that the professional said about the problem with cartridges capacity almost unanimously. So said so done. However, a CISS for Stylus Photo R3000 is also available – no matter how capacious the original cartridges are, they are quite expensive.

A minimal size of an ink drop became smaller, in comparison with previous models, and now it is only 2 pl. The printing head will enlarge it, if it considers the work area too simple in terms of the variety of shades. Such tricks promise an impressive print speed. Manufacturers claim that Epson Stylus Photo R3000 copes with one A3 photo for 195 seconds. Besides, the printing will have the highest quality: a coloring test as one of the areas of the unit's application can tell volumes.

Let's sum it up: Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is a device for professionals. This tells volumes. The sophisticated professionals have higher requirements, and our hero tries to satisfy them completely. We'll try to learn how well it copes with this, making some tests.

Testing and impression

This section, apparently, will be rather short. We have tested Epson Stylus Photo R3000 and stayed pleased. Beyond question, the quality of black-and-white and colour printings is up to the mark. The photos are clean, bright, the colours correspond to on-screen originals. As it was promised by the manufacturer, there is no effect of metamerism (colour shifting on the photos, connected with change of lighting).

The print speed of Stylus Photo R3000 is also decent. To be true, Epson often exaggerates the quickness of its devices. However, in this case exaggeration is minimal. As it turned out, the print speed depends on so-called complicacy of the photo. While testing we managed to get results varying from 190 up to 250 seconds for one shot of A3 format. A decent result. According to our tradition, the section with testing is not crowned with an intermediate conclusion. So, let's pass to the final one.

The advantages of Epson Stylus Photo R3000:

  • High print speed and high quality;
  • Enlarged capacity of ink cartridges;
  • Rich connectivity;
  • Stylish design.


Unfortunately, we not very often have to praise any devices without reserve. But today it' the case. R3000 is good, no matter in what aspect it is observed. It prints quickly and without loss of quality, supports plenty of features and looks great. What else can be desired from a professional wide-format device?

Epson Stylus Photo R3000


Printing Technology    
On-demand inkjet (Piezo electric, Variable-sized Droplet Technology, 180 nozzles for each black ink, 180 nozzles for each colour ink

Print Resolution    


Print Speed    
High-quality A3+ photo takes around 195s


Ethernet TCP/IP    
Hi-Speed USB, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX, Wi-Fi

Cut Sheet    
Cut Sheet : 89 to 329mm (3.5 - 13 inches)

Paper Handling

Roll Dimensions    
Width = 329mm only, 2-inch core


Power Consumption    
Operating: approx. 21W, Sleep: approx. 3.5W(100-120V), Sleep: approx. 3.7W(220-240V), Power off: approx. 0.2W(100-120V), Power off: approx. 0.4W(220-240V)

Power Supply    
AC 100-120V / 220-240V

Standard Warranty    
One year carry-in

Dimensions W x D x H    
Closed: 616 x 369 x 228mm, Open: 616 x 814 x 424mm

Approx. 15kg (without ink cartridge)

Driver version Windows 6.70 and Mac 8.36

Software Utilities    
Epson Web Support, Epson Easy Photo Print, Epson Print CD, EpsonNet setup, Online guide, Network guide, CD installer

WindowsXP/Vista/7 (32/64bit). MacOSX10.4.11 or later
CISS for Epson R3000

Number of colors:

dye-based ink "INKSYSTEM" (South Korea), 9 colors 130 ml

Material of CISS:

2 years

Country of origin:
South Korea

the same as original

Numbers of original cartridges:

Your tech support adviced me to buy this printer. Thanks, guys, it really suits all my needs.
Alec Scott ,Larne 29/06/2012, 13:50

It's the best in the line.
Jason,Kelson 15/08/2012, 11:45

Very cool device, pictures are just super!
Ivan ,Crawley 18/01/2013, 12:34

Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer is an excellent choice. I tried to print photos with pigment inks, but they did not give such great results. Dye-based inks saturate photos with color and they become more realistic. Now I am completely switched to water-soluble supplies.
Elvin,Godalming 14/02/2013, 11:02

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