The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is a professional-grade, dedicated photo printer, so naturally we won’t be testing it the same way we test a office printer. All the photo printing was done using Adobe Photoshop CS5. We installed the software from the supplied disc onto a MacBook Pro running OS X Lion (10.7.2). The last time we checked, the software/driver options presented for a Windows installation were similar.
We measured the time the R3000 took to print a 4R, an A4, A3 and A3+ print. Timing started when paper was drawn, and stopped when the printout landed on the output tray.
For illustration purposes, images shown in this review are crops of scans of prints made with the R3000. An Epson Expression scanner was used. While we tried to ensure that the scans turned out as accurate as the original prints, please note that there may still be some minute color variations.