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EpsonStylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer
 
4.5

(based on 295 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (208)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (232)
  • Easy to use (208)
  • Reliable (104)
  • Durable construction (103)
  • Fast print time (91)

Cons

  • Large footprint (53)
  • Too much ink used (49)
  • Slow print time (28)
  • Unreliable (7)
  • Hard to use (6)

Best Uses

  • Photos (238)
  • Black & white documents (50)
  • Graphics & charts (31)
  • Professional documents (29)
  • Black and white photos (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (212), Heavy duty user (32), Infrequent user (32)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (188), Business (85)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Pick for Perfect "Prosumer" Printer

At school I've been using an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and have gotten kind of addicted to printing my photos. The R3000 is half the cost and almost exactly the same except for it's...Read complete review

At school I've been using an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and have gotten kind of addicted to printing my photos. The R3000 is half the cost and almost exactly the same except for it's narrower 13" maximum print width (vs the 17" 3880). Both use the "UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta" ink set which is the same one used by almost all of Epson's "Pro" line of printers. Honestly, I don't know why the R3000 isn't in their "Pro" line since it could reasonably be used by a pro who never needed to print anything wider than 13".I printed some color test charts at the [@] photo lab (which should be reasonable quality since they actually calibrate their printers at least once a day and when they change paper rolls) and on my R3000, then compared them to an actual X-Rite produced ColorChecker chart, and the output from the R3000 significantly beats the output from [@] Fuji Frontier minilab photo printer. The Fuji Frontier print is noticeably duller with generally darker colors and a narrower range of saturated color reproduction. You don't have to be a color expert to see the difference.For the R3000 the ink cost is about $1/ml which comes out to about $0.01 per square inch if you get it at a discount (search for "red river Cost of Inkjet Printing Epson R3000"). That makes a borderless 8x10 cost about $0.80 in ink, and a borderless 8.5x11" cost about $1 in ink. A sheet of Epson Ultra Premium Photo paper costs as little as $0.60 if you get it at a discount, so printing a borderless 8.5x11" ends up costing as little as $1.60 in supplies. (Not to mention that you can get third-party paper that's just as good or better than Epson's official paper for less money.)The cheapest photo labs charge around $1.50 for an 8x10 (my local [@] currently charges $1.46). If we use a whole 8.5x11 sheet of official paper and a full 8x10 worth of ink to print an 8x10, we get $1.40 in supplies per 8x10 which is slightly cheaper than even [@] and significantly higher quality. Good third-party paper would be around $0.35/sheet meaning that you could also do as well as $1.15 per 8x10, maybe even better.Admittedly though that doesn't incorporate the cost of the printer, which you won't have to incur if you just use a photo lab. If you bought the printer for say $800 and you've gotten your per-8x10 supply costs down to $1.15, then you'd need to print about 2,580 8x10's before your total costs started to get lower than [@]'s $1.46.When you get larger than 8x10 though then the printer really starts to pay off. One place online that isn't too expensive and has a good reputation charges $6.30 for a 12x18 on glossy photo paper printed with a photographic lab process. It's possible to get decent 13x19" gloss ink jet photo paper (same stuff that costs $0.35/sheet for the 8.5x11) for about $1.50/sheet. 12x18" of ink costs you $2.16 so total cost for a 12x18 on the R3000 with that paper is $3.66. At that price you need to print 300 or so of these large prints before your prints start costing less than $6.30, and again the ink jet prints may have better quality than the photographic process printer depending on who's doing the printing and with what.You also have the entire lifetime of the printer to make all these prints that we're talking about. If you make on average about 10 8x10" prints every week then it would take about 5 years to make this cost back, but if you made two of the 12x18" prints per week then it would take about 2.8 years to brake even compared to the lower quality photographic process prints ordered from most places online.But none of these estimates take into account the value of the convenience and additional quality you get from having a modern photo inkjet printer right in front of you. Add in costs like transportation to pick up photos, time spent driving, any sort of cost of inconvenience by having to wait for prints to arrive in the mail, the additional value of better color quality, and other hard to quantify things then the real savings may be better. Depending on how much these costs add to the cost of photo lab prints, a decent ink jet printer like this might pay for itself much more quickly.Still, you have to keep in mind that owning your own printer like this only makes sense if you're going to be doing a certain volume of printing. If you only ever print maybe 10 8x10s a month then the printer will never be worth it solely from a cost-per-print savings perspective. Also, if all you ever print is 4x6 then even just your ink cost without paper is going to be around 2.5x the cost of getting 4x6 prints made at a cheap online lab or drug store. So for small prints like 4x6 the printer will absolutely never pay for itself from the supply perspective, and probably not even from the convenience perspective. (This might not be true compared with some "premium" 4x6 prints that can cost over $0.50.)The only problems I've heard of with this printer seem to involve priming the print head (pumping ink into the initially empty hoses that run from the ink cartridges to the print head, basically) and the printer going through unnecessary cleaning cycles, but Epson support is great about addressing these. My R3000 went though an unnecessary priming cycle when I first set it up, wasting about half the ink in the cartridges. Support got back to me in less than a day and offered to send me a full set of full replacement cartridges. I haven't seen anyone complaining of clogged nozzles or any of the usual inkjet problems.The color gamut of the R3000 when used with the Ultra Premium Photo paper significantly exceeds the AdobeRGB colorspace in areas of dark blues and greens. This allows you to make the most of your camera's sensor capabilities IF you convert your RAW files into a format using the ProPhoto RGB color space (the most common one that actually holds those colors) AND print to the printer using proper color management with the appropriate ICC profile. Photo labs almost always require all files to be encoded as sRGB (which is smaller than both AdobeRGB and ProPhoto RGB), and printers like the Fuji Frontier have smaller gamuts than sRGB anyway, so they can't possibly achieve the wide range of colors that a high quality professional inkjet can when it's wielded by someone with sufficient color management skill.The only thing I don't like about this printer is that it wastes ink switching from "photo black" to "matte black" ink if you want to switch from photo glossy/luster/etc to matte paper. This process can dump up to 5ml ($5 worth) of ink total (2ml to switch one way, 3ml to switch back). HOWEVER there is an "Economy Mode" that you can enable on the front panel that will basically tell the printer not to completely flush the "old" ink out of the lines when switching. This means you get a bit of photo ink on your matte paper, or matte ink on your photo paper, but this may not matter depending on what you print.Anyway, excellent printer, reasonable cost of ownership and operation, higher quality printing than you get at a typical photo lab, convenience, and excellent support from Epson. When you consider this part of your "digital darkroom" and compare its cost to the cost of materials and equipment you'd spend for an "old fashioned" film darkroom, the cost is quite reasonable.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

R3000

good print quality but LCD is useless and very poor resolution, why did they bother with putting an LcD?

WiFi reciever is EXTREMELY poor. I lost lots of ink and 10...Read complete review

good print quality but LCD is useless and very poor resolution, why did they bother with putting an LcD?

WiFi reciever is EXTREMELY poor. I lost lots of ink and 10 sheets of premium paper due to the printer dropping the connection after 90% of the print was complete.
Epson took 5 months to send my rebate check. overall good print quality but terrible build quality, poor connectivity and poor interface. I should have gone with Canon

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5.0

Learning curve worth the effort

By Snowflake

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Black & white Documents
    • Graphics & Charts
    • Photos

    Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

    I bought this to print out quality fine art photos and I am very impressed with that. I printed on various fine art papers, both in color and black and white.
    The printer gives a message if the ink isn't right for the type of paper, which is good, but it took me a while to figure out why it wasn't printing.
    Also, the paper feed for the large paper size is a little fussy. I haven't tried the paper roll yet.
    With Printing out on the small sheets, the printer doesn't seem to give a paper option other than gloss or matte, premium, etc, but the larger sizes have the specific Epson paper listed. Inks are pricey. It's an easy machine to install. Not much fussing, very quick set up. All in all, the print quality is what I was after and that's what this printer gives.

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    • Personal

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    5.0

    Great printer!

    By NMGuy

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Durable construction
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Print Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Black & white Documents
      • Photos

      Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

      I've been wanting one of these printers for a while now and am not disappointed!

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Epson R3000, Great purchase

      By Caldera Kid

      from Santa Fe, NM

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

            Back in Dec. '05, I purchased a R2400 and have driven the wheels off it, it is still going strong. But, I decided I needed to upgrade and go to the R3000. Great choice, wonderful features that will keep me happy for several years. Epson printers have never let me down.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            As always Epson comes through!

            By jacmac

            from Cave Creek Arizona

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photos

              Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

              Ease of setup.
              Ink levels visible on front on printer.
              This is my 4th Epson printer over the years. "They run until the wheels fall off"
              Print time is longer than previous printer but colors seem brighter.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Espon Stylus R3000 is right printer

              By toroverde

              from Greeley, CO

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Durable construction
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Print Time
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photos

                Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                This printer will be used for fine art photography and general commercial photos. Also the Stylus Photo R3000 will print about 90 percent of my work which is nice to have some control on the output of the print. Works well with Photoshop and Lightroom, and other software programs like PrinTao 8. The price of the printer was affordable with the rebate. Ink is always expensive with all printers but you get high quality and control with your printing.

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                • Business

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                4.0

                Good value

                By jimfelt

                from lafayette ca

                About Me Infrequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                • Hard To Use

                Best Uses

                • Photos

                Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                I'm strictly amateur photographer and this accomplishes what I want, studio quality images to share with my family and, for me at least, quality images I can frame on my office and home walls to enjoy and remind me of events as well as giving me a sense of creativity. It is quite complicated to use with Photoshop; also it's hard to get a sense of the right paper to use. I don't understand why Epson has so many choices. TO sum up this printer is good for my hobby.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                Love/Hate Relationship

                By Rick, Guy with a camera or two

                from Leicester,MA

                About Me Infrequent User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Too much ink used

                Best Uses

                • Photos

                Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                Used for artistic photography and portrait photography printing. Loved the printer and the prints. The downside though is the amount of ink it uses and the cost of the ink. Art papers are a little pricey also.The other thing is, and shame on me, is I didn't use it enough and apparently two of the black ink nozzles are blocked and now the printer is useless and is sitting on a shelf. It's 2 years old. Contacted Epson and tried a few things to clear it but to no avail. They gave me a name of a company here in MA that does repairs. I sent email to their device dept., but never received anything back from them. I could have called but through a little research found out it was just as cheap to by a new printer than have it repaired. Would I buy another? Yes. If I had the money. It was an expensive purchase for me originally. Would I recommend it? Yes. Make sure to use it once a week though. Who knows? Maybe one day I'll own another one. There are used ones to be found but I'd be weary of them and would have to see it working before I purchased it.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Easy to use, great color

                By Boulderite

                from Boulder, CO

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Large Footprint

                Best Uses

                • Black & white Documents
                • Graphics & Charts
                • Photos
                • Professional Documents

                Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                I bought this printer to be finally able to print some of the thousands of photos I have taken over the years. The colors are not quite right yet, so I just ordered a monitor calibration tool to get the monitor view in Photoshop and/or Lightroom and the printout to match as closely as I can. The detail of the images is beautiful. Using some ink which I anticipated, but you can monitor the ink from both the printer display or any computer attached to the network, so manageable. Wireless from an Airport Extreme is fast and so far very reliable. Replaces an HP 1220C PS that is just basically worn out.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Excellent printer

                By Tony Evans

                from Cary, NC

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable construction
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • EXPENSIVE ink

                Best Uses

                • Graphics & Charts
                • Photos
                • Professional Documents

                Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                I am not a professional but do a lot of printing for myself and friends. I wanted a top of the line printer at a reasonable price. This fits the bill. Beautiful prints that look like they came from the lab. The only negative is the cost of the ink. You have to weigh the convenience of printing whenever you want with the cost of the ink.

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                5.0

                Epson Stylus Photo R3000

                By Rio

                from Colorado

                Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                Easy set up, started printing right away and the prints came out beautiful

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                5.0

                Epson Stylus Photo R3000

                By Jeffery the Swede

                from Wyandotte, MI

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photos

                    Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                    I am a small time photo editor in my retirement years; my wife is involved with scrapbooking and card making which presents many opportunities. I need a quality print, this printer performs very well.The downside with every printer is ink, far too expensive the R3000 is no different.My only other complaint is the size and weight, when the box was delivered I was surprised at the size.Oter than that I'm very satisfied with this printer.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Top notch Product & Ease of Purchase

                    By Charlie

                    from Guilford, CT

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable construction
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Print Time
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos

                      Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                      Use for Fine Art photographic work of both color and Black & White Printing.
                      Prints as well as any other print-work I have ever seen. Replaces my previous and now dead six yr. old Epson R2880.
                      Excellent purchasing experience w/B&H - good price and rapid two-day delivery

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Absolutely amazing

                      By DesignGrl

                      from Brooklyn

                      Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                      Love my purchase. Couldn't be happier. We recommend for a small design business with an emphasis on quality and presentation.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing printer

                      By Amanda

                      from Brooklyn

                      Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                      Amazing product. Surpassed all my expectations. Perfect for my small business and would recommend to any designer interested in printing graphics and presentations.

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                      5.0

                      Great Prints

                      By Pete

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable construction
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Large Footprint

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos

                      Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                      I have printed pictures on several media types and I am really pleased, family and friends say the prints look just like photographs.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Awesome Printer

                      By Dentedk

                      from York PA

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Slow Print Time

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos

                      Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                      Great printer for the money! I have printed about 50 photos and they all look outstanding.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      2.0

                      Two Years and Ten Months Review

                      By TMC

                      from San Francisco

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Print Time

                      Cons

                      • Made To Throw Away
                      • Not Made To Last
                      • Not Made To Service

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos

                      Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                      After two years and ten months, I can report a realistic user experience. I paid full cost $, with no rebate. If I add the cost of the printer 850, plus the cost of ink, 500, plus the cost of paper, 200, and divide by the number of prints (420) I made. I have a cost per print of $. I have a mix of 8x10 and 13x19, and some 5x7. I ordered all my ink and paper from B&H, so cost was easy to track.The print quality is excellent. The setup is easy. The cost is a personal choice.The printer is not 3 years old, and it is now dead. I took it to an Epson service center, and they said it needs two parts that cost $390 and $190 each! Oh, and the parts are not available. I asked the technician who works on all brands of printers, and he said Epson is the best. Hum.

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Stylus Photo R3000

                      By bradwelton

                      from Albuquerque

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Black & white Documents
                          • Graphics & Charts
                          • Photos
                          • Professional Documents

                          Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                          Easy setup, Epson makes it a no brainer. And then...my god! The first print I had already prepped in Photoshop was outstanding. I did not even have to adjust color, etc. to get a first incredible and true to my desired color, tonal balance, and "finished" image. Epson gave me my fine print right off. I highly recommend this printer.

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                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Vosp

                          from Usa

                          Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                          Love the picture quality

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                          5.0

                          Love it!

                          By Teresaphoto

                          from Mississippi

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer:

                                In comparison to the Epson Stylus 4900 it prints exactly the same for a lower price and smaller printer. Love it!

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                                • Business

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