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Conclusion - Pros

  • Superb print quality
  • Print speed
  • Large capacity ink cartridges
  • Compact size
  • Excellent LCD screen
  • Build quality

Conclusion - Cons

  • Price
  • Straight paper path is a clumsy operation

Overall Conclusion

The R3000 has many features without too many bells and whistles. The quality of printing is first class, I calibrate my monitor before any printer review so I am confident that it is displaying accurate colours, however I still had to to lighten up the files with an adjustment layer before printing. Once tweaked the files printed out beautifully, both colour and B/W. The printer construction is excellent and should withstand moderate to heavy use. I like the way the trays fold away to seal the printer against dust and other objects that could fall into the works. Once closed, the printer becomes a useful shelf to place boxes of media on.

The printer does support PictBridge compatible cameras, but I don't think the person who buys this will be using that function too often if at all. The CD/DVD printing tray is a useful feature, I find myself using inkjet printable disks more often these days, so this is a feature that I would use often. I didn't try the Wi-Fi function, I put this in the same category as PictBridge printing. The roll media capability has limited use on an A3 printer, generally you will find it hard to uncurl roll media prints. The R3000 delivers excellent quality prints and should prove to be popular with the dedicated photographer. However, Epson may have set the price too high, especially now that many people are having to keep a tight reign on their spending.

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manchesterunited

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 (www.peterwallburgstudios.com)and 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.

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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.

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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.

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Ivos1

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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