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Printing & Print Quality

NOTE: All the pictures on this page are scans of prints made with the R3000. Although every effort is made to match the printed picture there will be a small amount of variation in colors. Print scans were made using an Epson V750 flatbed scanner.

First Prints

The R3000 so far looks very impressive, however, the real test for any printer is how well it performs. The R3000 uses the new Vivid Magenta UltraChrome K3 inkset which claims a wider Gamut over previous UltraChrome inks, so let's put it to the test.

I am using the same test chart that I have used since the launch of photo-i, the original file can be downloaded by clicking on the test print below.

The test print was made using Epson Premium Glossy media with the Color handling set to "Printer Manages Color" The printer took 2 minutes 10 seconds to produce a full page A4 print. Timings are taken from the click on Print button to final delivery, these times could vary depending on fast your own computer handles spooling etc.

The print displays a good range of slightly cool but vibrant colors. The overall print is darker than the original file, possibly equivalent to about ½ stop under exposure. The portrait of Sophie shows either a good suntan or generous application of a fake tan.

The B/W image is neutral but detail on the door in the far arch has become blocked up. The color swatches display good solid colors. The red Green and blue are excellent. The cyan and magenta swatches are perhaps too heavy but the yellow is excellent. The gradients are smooth from pure white through to the individual colors, there is no sign of banding.

Moving down to the cotton reels. The black reel is far too heavy, individual strand detail has been lost. The brown reel is also far too dark, although detail is still present. The remaining reels all display clean vibrant colors.

The 12 point text is very good although there is a slight shadow on the right edge on some of the characters. The white on black text holds detail very well.

Overall the R3000 is more than capable of producing excellent prints, and with some fine tuning by the end user perfect color prints should be easily obtained.

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I have Banding on an Epson Stylus Photo R3000. How can I get rid of it I have done nozzle check and head cleaning


wat do you think of an r2000. Have you ever tried an R2000

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Peter Wallburg Studios

Below is the letter I sent Epson support after my 4th R3000 printer broke within a year:
Hi, I can't believe I am writing to you. I have been a loyal Epson client for years. I have used every Gemini printer and then some. I have a portrait studio in Summit, NJ ( last year purchased an R3000 printer. In the past two months I have been sent 3 replacement printers. Today the last one stopped working properly. When I called tech support they informed me that I am now out of warranty and that I have to take it to a repair center. This is wrong on numerous levels. I just received this printer within the past month and to desert me at my busiest time of year is ethically and morally wrong. I could understand this if it were the original printer but it is not. I am very distressed at Epson and would appreciate your reconsidering the situation as I am desperately trying to get prints to my clients.


I've been an early buyer of Epson, starting with a needle printer, then I've got a simple inkjet printer, then an all-in-one Epson printer. With all of them I've got problems, paper jam, spot ink issues and too many cartridge cleaning cycle, which ended to deplete my cartridge. Some years ago I've read that Epson was cheating on cartridges, forcing the users buying new one. My opinion on Epson is very, very poor and I've said that never more I will buy this brand. When I'm reading the negative comments on this board I'm confident on my opinion and again I will never buy an Epson. Since years I'm with HP for my office and common prints and I'm more than happy. I'm now looking for a serious photo printer and I will go with Canon Pro-1 or Pro-10. A big thanks to DPreview for the nice review on all printers. I think Epson is like Ferrari, very good performance when it's working but on the long run is fragile. I hope Canon will be like HP or like Porsche good workhorse and reliable.

Miike Dougherty

My first R3000 had to be replaced 3 months ago because of relentless ink clogging due to the printer switching black inks to make matte prints. The replacement won't recognize the VM cartridge which is genuine Epson. While the glossy prints are outstanding, the printer is problematic. If you don't like to be frustrated, buy something else. I'm now researching what printer to replace it with.

Robert Learner

My 1800 clogged a few times, now my 1900 has a black jet clogged and I'm out of warranty. I go thru an absurd amount of ink too, the necessary cleaning just eats it, though these two printers have smaller cartridges than the 3000 so this might be less of an issue.

Am looking at a Canon Pixma 10 -- have either of you tried this? About had it w/Epson, every other time I try to use it there's a problem.


It brings just frustration. When it was new it was 3 times in servis because continuous nozzle cleaning. You cannot do anything, printer does not print, it just cleans and expensive ink is running away. Even worse, Epson support was passive. According their customer servise this was completly new issue for them - hahaha, just look on number of same issues on web. Their servis never found anything, they always said printer works fine but after 3rd servis, printer started to work properly and did for 1,5 year - simply no cleaning. Until now. I change ylllow cartridge and it is just cleaning. My recomendation: avoid Epson.

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