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Epson R3000 vs. Epson 3880

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Epson R3000 Epson Pro 3880
Just the facts  

 

13" wide photo quality inkjet printer

Cost :~ $699

Print 4" x 6" up to 13" x 125" banners

Inks: Pigment based Epson UltraChrome K3

Ink cartridges hold 25mL

Photo black and matte black "auto-switch" when you change media

Specialty Black & White printing system

 

17" wide photo quality inkjet printer

Cost : ~ $1150

Print 3.5" x 5" up to 17" x 35"

Inks: Pigment based Epson UltraChrome K3

Ink cartridges hold 80mL

Photo black and matte black "auto-switch" when you change media

Specialty Black & White printing system

   
Why You Would Buy an R3000 Why You Would a Pro 3880
  • Fade resistant prints
  • Prints up to 13" wide
  • Realistic to vivid color pallet
  • Black & White output
  • Long banner printing needs - roll capability
  • Prints up to 17" wide
  • Lower cost of printing - Up to 35% less than smaller desktop models
  • Fade resistant prints
  • Realistic to vivid color pallet
  • Black & White output
   
Inks R3000 Inks Pro 3880

 

  • Cyan
  • Vivid Magenta
  • Yellow
  • Photo Black
  • Matte Black
  • Light Cyan
  • Vivid Light Magenta
  • Light Black
  • Light Light Black

 

  • Cyan
  • Vivid Magenta
  • Yellow
  • Photo Black
  • Matte Black
  • Light Cyan
  • Vivid Light Magenta
  • Light Black
  • Light Light Black
   
R3000 Features Pro 3880 Features

Black & White specific system = Yes

CD Printing = Yes

Borderless Printing = Yes

Roll Capability = Yes

Paper Feed Paths

  • Top auto-feed tray - for the majority of media you'll use
  • Manual feed - single sheet tray for heavy and specialty media

Black & White specific system = Yes

CD Printing = No

Borderless Printing = Yes

Roll Capability = No

Paper Feed Paths

  • Top Auto Feed - for the majority of media you'll use
  • Rear Manual Slot - for heavy and specialty media
  • Front Manual Slot - for heavy and specialty media 16.5" max width
   
R3000 Impressions Pro 3880 Impressions

The Epson R3000 is indeed a great printer packed with many features. The Epson UltraChrome K3 system (with Vivid Magenta) is a battle tested ink set that performs well on many different types of inkjet media. As one customer noted this week, UltraChrome K3 seems to "make prints that look like real life". We agree.

The Epson Pro 3880 is in our opinion one of the finest inkjet printers built. The combination of print quality, fade resistance, size capability, and print economy make it a tough package to beat. When you consider that the printer comes with a full set of ink (value $495) the printer itself costs $639. Yes you are putting out $1100 to start, but this higher up front investment yields better returns like low cost of printing.

   
R3000 Cost of Printing Pro 3880 Cost of Printing

 

Cost of printing for the Epson R3000

 

 

Cost of printing for the Epson Pro 3880

 

Best Inkjet Papers for the Epson R3000 Printer

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Sample kits for the PRO-100 are here

Best Inkjet Papers for the Epson Pro 3880 Printer

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Sample kits for the PRO-10 are here

 


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