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Epson Stylus Color 3000 Inkjet Printer

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  • Professional-quality large format printing on paper up to 17 by 22 inches
  • Micro Piezo technology with AcuPhoto halftoning for natural flesh tones
  • 1,440 x 720 resolution; optional Ethernet for EtherTalk, Novell, and TCP/IP networking
  • USB, parallel, and serial ports; PC and Mac compatible
  • Adobe PostScript Level 2, Pantone-calibrated color system; Apple ColorSync and ICC compatible
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With the Epson Stylus Color 3000 inkjet printer, the burgeoning artist and the professional photographer will possess a user-friendly photo lab for photo-quality printing of light-stable, water-resistant prints. Why wait for prints from your neighborhood developer (if you are lucky enough to have one) when the Epson Stylus Color 3000 printer can fill most of your needs, for everything from proofs to portfolios?

Taking advantage of Epson's Micro Piezo inkjet technology with QuickDry inks and AcuPhoto halftoning, the serious user will appreciate the full-bleed, up-to-13-by-19-inch design layout prints at 1,400 x 720 dpi. Everyone, including novices, will appreciate the fine shadow detailing and natural flesh tones delivered by a four-color CMYK palette, resulting in lasting, fine-quality prints.

The Epson 3000 delivers professional-looking graphics for yourportfolios, posters, and presentations through attention to details,such as quick-drying inks to protect your prints from smudging orbleeding, in Pantone-calibrated approved colors. It supports AdobePostScript level 2 and options for internal Ethernet for EtherTalk,Novell, and TCP/IP networking, making it ideal for growing officeenvironments.

Standard connections include IEEE 1284 parallel, USB, and serial ports, and drivers for both Windows and Macintosh systems. The Epson Stylus Color 3000 comes with the full assurance of a two-year limited warranty and a toll-free support hotline to answer your questions.

From the Manufacturer

The Epson Stylus Color 3000 represents the ultimate in desktop photo-quality full-bleed output. Using Epson's proprietary Micro Piezo inkjet technology, QuickDry inks, and AcuPhoto halftoning, the Epson Stylus Color 3000 represents a powerful and persuasive tool for presenting your graphical ideas to clients.

Developed with the graphic designer in mind, the Epson Stylus Color 3000 allows you to present full, 13-by-44-inch design layouts at an astonishing 1,440 x 720 dpi. With its superior photo quality, the Stylus Color 3000 is the best investment you can make in your design career. Just imagine, full-bleed output that rivals the quality of products costing thousands more.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 35.5 x 21.2 x 16.5 inches
Item Weight 53 pounds
Shipping Weight 53 pounds
ASIN B00004SYVG
Item model number C203011B
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3.0 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,193 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Printers > Inkjet Printers
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com April 12, 2000

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By Kevin Barrack VINE VOICE on April 10, 2001
I have used this printer for the last three years. As a visual designer and a fine artist I have used this to print all sorts of design projects, illustrations, and web pages.
The colors this produces are a better match to what I see onscreen than any other color printer I have used (HP deskjets, HP color laser, Apple color laser). Even at "normal" quality on cheap paper, the prints are good enough to frame. I used this printer with photo quality paper to print the portfolio I show at job interviews. The dithering is subtle, with none of the dark-dot-amongst-light-dots problems that cause a speckled look on cheap printers.
The colors are vibrant, but ACCURATE (unlike the HP printers that always print colors oversaturated). As other reviewers have noted, the ink cartridges (separate for each color!) last a long time, typically several months with heavy usage.
The printing is fast, even at high quality, much faster than color laser printers, and comparable to most desktop printers.
The flat paper tray (as opposed to inclined) rarely jams. The tray can hold about 50 sheets of paper, so it is good for use in an office environment being shared by many people.
This can handle even light card stock, although I have had some varieties of 80# card stock JAM and refuse to go through. Unfortunately, the stock is forced to go through the rollers, and there is no way to open the back to allow it to go straight through and avoid jamming on heavy stock. This is the only bad thing about this printer.
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The 3000 does a couple of things that more recent (affordable) printers don't do. First, it prints up to 16" by 20" (actually, 17" x 22") - and Epson's paper is available and reasonably priced. The other is that it has large, independent ink reservoirs. Each colour is independently changeable, so you never get to dump useful ink. And the ink reservoirs are enormous - we've been printing photos and full-colour pages since Christmas '99 and the thing *still* has ink left seven months later; this in sharp contrast to our experiences with the 'consumer' printers, which need rather frequent ink refills. Don't be misled by the claims of 'long-life' inks on more recent printers; while the claims are true enough,you can buy ink and materials for the 3000 which give you archival quality prints (your choice: 15-20 years; or longer) along with the benefits of large image size and very low running costs. And yes, the prints are gorgeous (although 6-colour prints *are* a little better, you have to squint to tell)
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I have used this printer for about a year now and for the specialty transfer business I haven't found another printer in its price range to match the sharpness, color control or speed. This printer is one of the few larger format printers (up to 17" x 22") that will accept the sublimation inks used for top quality transfer printing. Because the printer uses individual ink cartridges for each color you don't end up throwing away perfectly good ink in a partially filled cartridge when one color has run out. Do be careful, though, the ink indicator seems to jump from half to empty without adequate warning.
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I haven't had any problems with this printer in the 2+ years I've been using it, but there are some things you need to know before you buy this printer. First, this is not a printer for personal use, it is intended for a workgroup of graphic designers. It's capable of printing pages that are over 17" wide, and it has high-end capabilities that only a professional would need (or even care about). And since most professional graphic designers use Macs, that might explain why the PC users are having all the problems.
Because this is a pro-level printer, it's very important to read the instructions carefully. I had a hard time getting it to recognize paper sizes until I sat down and studied the manual, and since then it's worked perfectly.
Lastly, this printer is huge. Turning it on takes 10 minutes, so we never turn it off. I gave it four stars instead of five, because we the printer is technically overkill for us, and trying to get the RIP software and color matching to work was too much trouble for us. Plus, it's pretty much outdated nowadays, especally with the Epson 2200 that's now available.
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Although not cheap, this is a wonderful printer. I love all the different sizes and weights of paper it will feed through, including banner paper. The colors are much more lifelike than other printers when using the RIP printer, which is the included postscript-like software. Having ink cartridges for each color means that you don't have to throw away a cartridge when one color is gone.
Also, although again not cheap, the ink cartidges last a very long time. I have had the printer since May (6 months now) and the black cartridge that came with the printer is just running out. Since I am a small press publisher and print my books on this printer, this is amazing to me. The color cartridges are still chugging along.
For someone who needs to do serious printing, I highly recommend this printer.
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I am a graphic designer, and require excellent quality in color printing. The Epson 3000 is very easy to color balance, and produces outstanding results with premium glossy paper. Color photographs printed on the Epson 3000 are realistic and accurate. This printer is easy to use and is very cost efficient. The INK cartidges are easy to refill, and have saved me thousands of dollars in INK. This printer will treat you good, if you treat it good. Paper loading works fine if the directions are followed as supplied from the manufacturer. I would classify this printer as a professional printer, a novice in printing might have problems with it. For the money, this printer is outstanding.
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