Epson Stylus Photo R3000 review

We take a look at the latest Epson printer

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Epson stylus photo r3000

After installing a complete set of fresh cartridges we were able to make 71 A3+ prints (50 colour, 21 B&W) before one cartridge (Vivid Light Magenta) had run out and the printer refused to make any more colour prints. We estimated the remaining level in the other cartridges as:

Yellow -1/5th

Light Cyan – trace

Vivid Magenta - 2/3rd

Cyan - 2/3rd

Light Light Black – trace

Light Black - 1/8th

Photo Black – 2/3rd

Matte Black – 1/6th

As a complete set of nine ink cartridges for the R3000 costs £219.15 from Epson, the average cost per colour print is £4.38 (£219.15/50) for the ink alone.

Epson charges £25.54 for 20 sheets of its Premium Glossy Photo Paper, so we can add another £1.28 per A3+ print for this, or £0.90 for the Archival Matte, which is £45.07 for 50 sheets. This gives us a total of £5.66 or £5.28 respectively, which compares favourably with the £6.59 plus £2.99 for postage charged by Photobox for an A3 print.

Bearing in mind that the black inks are also used for colour prints, it may be a fairer assessment to also take the monochrome prints into account. This works out at £3.09 for the ink.

We printed a variety of different images, with a variety of border sizes on a mixture of glossy (Epson Premium Glossy) and matt (Epson Archival Matte) media as this most closely reflects how photographers use a printer. This isn't intended to be a perfect scientifc assessment, but we think it reflects how most photographers will use the R3000 and gives a reasonable guide price. Extended use would enable us to revise the printing costs.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed195 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity150 sheets
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 Address
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