36 comments on “Epson R3000 review

  1. John,

    This is always going to be the case with individual ink cartridges, when one runs out the machine will stop printing. The only real solution is to keep a set of spare inks handy or buy replacement ink when the level falls below 25%.Hopefully you should have enough ink left to be able to continue printing whilst waiting for a replacement.

  2. I bought the Epson R3000 a year ago and so far when one of the inks runs out I cannot use the printer at all, which seems odd if I only want to print pages from the web i.e. not photo’s or letters from my word program, it is often the case that ink provider’s do not keep ink for the Epson in stock and can be a week before I receive the ink so it becomes a great inconvenience to use the R3000, any tips? many thanks.

  3. Thank you for your message, I appreciate your feedback. I will be visiting Ilford’s paper manufacturing plant in Switzerland this week and will be publishing a feature on media and profiling etc. This should be ready in a few days time.

  4. I so appreciated running into your review here. I was looking for info on paper choices for this printer—my first real printer. Found the printer and media information very helpful. Thanks.


  5. Thank you for pointing this out, it is not my intention to be misleading in any part of a review. We were not supplied with roll media for the review so this element was not tested. I have amended the text. However as the holder slides along the grove then one should assume it will accommodate different sizes.

  6. I have been using the Pro 3800 for some time, which uses the fixed ink tanks, and I have never had any problem with ink settlement. Have also used the HP B9180 which also has fixed ink tanks, again no problem. If you are concerned then you can always take an ink out and re-shake it, but make sure you cover the ink outlet with a finger otherwise you will splash ink all over the place. The ink colours will last for 200 years so expect to have a Magenta finger for the rest of your life 🙂

  7. I wonder if the fixed ink tanks (as opposed to the R2880, where the tanks move with the heads) will be a problem for low volume users. The 2880 “shakes” the tanks with each use, keeping the ink mixed, at least to some extent. The R3000 tanks never move once they’re installed. I worry that the pigment will settle out before I empty the tanks. Any thoughts?

  8. Ross – The R3000 has waste pads, not a tank. Epson told me that the pads have more capacity than the ones on the R1800, which I replaced with the R3000. Very pleased so far. Incidentally, if you call instead of ordering over the net you can get an additional $50 off if you are upgrading from a previous Epson wide printer. They also have a $200 rebate going now, which addresses Vincent’s rating on value, at least for now. P.S. I have no association with Epson.

    Thank you for the review, Vincent! It helped my decision process.

  9. Hi John, very helpful review. I too would like an answer to Ross Gould’s question about pads, because my R2400 has now been in twice for replacements and I could do without that expense. I would also like to know how long you can print with just, say, matte black before the photo black cartridge becomes clogged. Clogs are a continuing problem with my R2400, and it would be helpful to know what your experience is with this. Since I am getting ready to replace the 2400, and I haven’t found anything that really competes with all the features of the R3000, it’s currently the front runner. If only I could afford the Canon iPF5100…and it’s ink…sigh

  10. Hello
    Thank you for your comprehensive and extremely helpful review. After reading it, I “chatted” with Epson UK, to find if it has a waste tank like the 3880 or waste pads that need to be replaced like the 2100, which I have used for the past 8+ years. It has waste pads (not the answer that I wanted!). Nevertheless, on the basis of its other features and your review, I ordered an R3000, which arrived yesterday.
    Experience so far is extremely positive. The first print, of a standard test image on Epson Premium Semigloss paper, using the profile provided with the printer, was well-nigh spot-on.
    It is indeed a lot quieter than the 2100, and significantly faster and the image quality is superb.
    Thank you.

  11. Vincent, nice review of the R3000, but I can’t find a response to a question someone asked you in March – does the R3000 have waste pads for ink in the manner of the R2400, or does it have some kind of maintenance tank that can be emptied periodically as with the 3880 etc?
    My R2400 has stopped working due to this problem. An older and more heavily used HP printer is going strong despite being twice the age and more heavily used per year. So I was hoping Epson might get it right with this new printer instead of building in very premature obsolescence.

  12. The R3000 is indeed a step up from the 1800, especially with the larger capacity ink cartridges. Another model you may want to consider is the R2000. I am testing this on behalf of dpreview.com and the print quality is excellent. However, it uses the smaller size ink cartridges.

  13. Hi Vincent. I currently have the R1800. I normally use Harman gloss for my photos, which is not a high-gloss paper, but somewhat shiny nonetheless. As you know, the R1800 has the gloss optimizer. I read your suggestion for the gloss differential issue. There is now a $200 rebate in the U.S., and it looks very enticing to me. Do you think the R3000 is enough of an improvement over the R1800 to purchase one?

  14. Can this printer cope with panoramas up to 2000mm long.
    I have heard that many of the less than professional models have a limitation in the driver that puts a “jog” into the print at around the 1 metre mark.

  15. For a photograph to be constantly etched in our memory, it should be printed by a good printer. However, a lot also depends on the professional photographers for the perfect moment to be captured and stored.
    My parent’s 50th anniversary was a grand celebration. To celebrate the togetherness, love and happiness we needed a photographer who would tell the story of their love. Lee Blanchflower clicked all the photos. When we got the album in our hands, we could see the love among them, the pictures were so vivid. “Beautiful” was the only thought that I had. Thanks, the photographs celebrate the couple’s eternal and true love…

  16. I hope I gave a fair assessment of the R3000, I tried to be as thorough as possible on this review, but given that this was a pre-production model I held back on being too critical. The bottom line for most printers is, they are all producing great colours and you have to go through the prints with a very critical eye to see any noticeable difference. I look at the prints from my own 3800 next to the R3000 prints and although there are subtle differences there isn’t a lot in it.

    Don’t get me wrong, the R3000 is an excellent printer, it is well made and the larger capacity ink cartridges are well overdue. The print quality is excellent, although the canned profiles do need looking at.

  17. Vincent

    This is a bit less detailed than your reviews used to be – pressure of time no doubt. Just wondered how output compares to my 3800? Now I’ve got used to having 17″/A2 capability, I’m reluctant to lose it, so unless 3000 has really significant advantage in its print output, I’d replace with 3880 when the time comes.

  18. Richard,

    In an ideal world, a good profile should take care of all your colours and produce great prints each time. But unfortunately things are not always that simple, so you may have to tweak things here and there.

    I add an adjustment layer to the image, this could be either Curves or Levels, sometimes a straight Colour Balance. Many photographers are relying far too much on profiles, they should be seen as a good starting point, in the same way that auto exposure is. But as a photographer, I want to have the final say in how my photos look and each image has its own unique characteristics which will require adjustment of one sort or another.

  19. Vincent,

    Thanks for your excellent review. Your comment in the conclusion about having to run a smaller lightening tweak is interesting as this is a problem we have both faced with the R2880. Whatever the issue, it is surprising that Epson have not yet come up with a solution.

    I’d be very interested in what sort of adjustment layer tweak you apply. My own solution was a custom made profile.


  20. Hi Vincent,
    I was wondering can you test different paper types for black and white. I’ll be using this printer mainly for that. This will be my first printer than can print true black and white so I I’m looking for recommendations in the paper jungle.

  21. John,

    The R3000 is indeed intended for heavier professional use. I will look for a maintenance tank feature in the morning when I resume the review. Have been on location for most of the day today.

  22. Vincent

    Unlike the 3880 and its bigger brethren, I assume the new R3000 does not have a maintenance tank for waste ink? So when the waste pads are full, the printer has effectively reached the end of its life. I mention this, because with its larger ink carts, one gets the feeling that Epson would intend this printer to see heavier use than the R2400 and R2880.


  23. John, these are the inks that were supplied with the printer. Epson has sent a new set of inks which I haven’t installed as yet. A new printer will use up up to about 10% of its ink in the priming process, it may be less for a higher capacity cartridge. I will try to find the answer.

  24. Vincent

    As the replacement printer already had its ink installed, I assume you won’t be able to test the normal out-of-the-box setup routine? Which would have been interesting, to see how much ink is used in the process.


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  27. Just pressed the Return button to post the previous comment and at the same time the postman delivered a new set of inks. Now that is the power of the web 🙂

  28. Other than the first unit, the R3000 looks very promising, I am now setting the printer up for the first prints – keep fingers crossed. The replacement printer is a low on inks, a new set is on the way to me, I am hoping that there is enough ink to produce the first batch of prints.

  29. We are having a problem with this printer at the moment, it will not print anything. It may have been knocked or dropped in transit. Review will continue once the problem has been sorted.

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