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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

Test chart

(Click for hi-res version)

The first prints we made with the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 were of our printer test chart. This chart has a series of solid colour and gradation blocks as well as resolution lines and bars to test a printer's ability to reproduce colour and detail.

When colour management is assigned to the printer via the printer driver the R3000 produces very impressive results. There is always a little difference between the transmissive on-screen image and the reflective print and with prints from the R3000 the green and cyan solid colour and gradation bars look slightly less vibrant. The gradations are very smooth with no banding, but the two darkest sections of the grey scale wedge on our chart cannot be separated, they both look black.

With the naked eye the resolution lines look very close to perfect, even the diagonal lines. Using a loupe to give a magnified view reveals slight stepping in both the diagonal lines and the concentric circles. It is also clear that the one and two pixel wide spaces between the one pixel lines are not completely clean.

Prints of photographic images (rather than test charts) from the R3000 are a very good match for the on-screen picture. Colours are vibrant and details are faithfully recorded. The days of dull pigment based colour prints are now gone and even the prints made on glossy media look superb. Skin tones are also accurate.

With three black inks at its disposal the R3000 doesn't need to mix colours to produce monochrome prints so the results are neutral with deep rich blacks. In some instances the blacks are a little too deep however, as some very subtle details can be lost in the darker areas. I suspect, however, that this could be rectified by calibrating the printer.

Portrait small

As printed on the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 (Click for high-res version)

Portrait r3000 small

As printed on the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 (Click for high-res version)

House small

As printed on the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 (Click for high-res version)

house 2 small

As printed on the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 (Click for high-res version)

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