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Epson Stylus Photo R3000 review

We take a look at the latest Epson printer

Our Verdict

For

  • Good print quality
  • 2pl droplet size
  • Up to A3 prints
  • Convenient cartridge arrangement

Against

  • Ink costs
  • Not a massive improvement over the R2880

Epson stylus photo r3000

As with Epson's other printers, the R3000 arrives with the print head installed so after removing the blue packing tape all the user has to do it click the ink cartridges into place (their position is clearly labelled and their shape prevents any mix ups), connect the printer to the computer and install the software. It takes just a few minutes.

Printers don't tend to be the most attractive objects in the world, but the R3000 is very smart. Unlike the R2880, it has a flat rather than sloping top which gives it a cleaner look and makes a convenient resting place for prints. When the paper trays are extended ready for action the R3000 has a footprint of around 616mm x 814mm x 424mm, it's not excessive for an A3+ printer.

With a minimum droplet size of 2pl I wondered if Epson's R3000 might take a long time to make prints, but when the highest quality mode is selected an A3+ prints I takes around 8min 35sec from drawing the paper in to ejecting the finished article. Setting the driver print quality option to 'Quality' rather than 'Maximum Quality' reduces the A3+ printing time to around 3min 15sec and has a barely discernable impact on the result.

As the R3000 was positioned out of sight there were several occasions when we had to go over and check the printer was working because it is almost silent in operation once the paper has been drawn in.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed195 Second
Green CompliantYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity150 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyStylus Photo
Maximum Print Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA3+, A3, A4, A5, A6, B5, Letter, Legal, A3+ - 329 mm x 483 mm, A3 - 297 mm x 420 mm, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 130 mm x 20 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 100 mm x 148 mm
Recommended UsePhoto/Disc Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity150 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Height228 mm
Width616 mm
Depth369 mm
Media TypeFine Art Paper, Plain Paper, Photo Paper, Roll Paper, Cut Sheet, Thick Paper, CD/DVD
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelR3000
Product NameStylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer
Product LineStylus Photo
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CA86301
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

With high capacity inks ideal for medium print runs and a small footprint, this A3+ printer makes professional-quality prints accessible. Achieve outstanding A3+ prints with the Epson Stylus Photo R3000, which offers complete image control and wide media compatibility.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer
  • Warranty Card
  • AC Cable
  • Start Here Guide
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)15 kg