Epson SureColor P600 and Epson Stylus Photo R3000 are certainly feasible choices when you are looking for a high-quality professional color printer for your photos and artworks. In fact, the two products are actually quite similar to each other. However, currently, Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is available at a higher price than Epson SureColor P600. Even so, a higher price does not necessarily mean better quality, does it? Hence, before you make your decision, make sure that you are fully aware of the differences between the two printer models.
The higher price of Epson Stylus Photo R3000 seems to be caused by the decreased number of availability of the product, since it is actually an old model, or at least older than Epson SureColor P600. On the other hand, Epson SureColor P600 is a newer model and the spiritual successor. In terms of the overall size, Epson SureColor P600 is still the same size as Epson Stylus Photo R3000 with 24.2” width, 32” depth, and 16.7” height when functioning. Each model weighs 35 lbs. If you put the two products side by side, you can see that they look very identical except for the control panel. Epson SureColor P600 comes with an improved layout from Epson Stylus Photo R3000. Each has a high-res color display screen. Epson Stylus Photo R3000 provides directional navigation buttons on the right side of the screen to switch between functions. On the other hand, Epson SureColor features a group of intuitive function buttons on the left side of the screen along with up and down buttons. The menu is indeed more intuitive and convenient.
Upgraded Maximum Printing Area
Both products still rely on the nine-cartridge Epson UltraChrome HD ink system for the richest blacks and the most accurate color reproduction and dynamic range. The auto-switching black ink technology allows the printer to change flawlessly between photo black and matte black inks. They each use 25.9-mL ink cartridges. Epson Stylus Photo R3000 and Epson SureColor P600 has a maximum print resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi. In short, they have top-notch printing quality.
Each of them also comes with a 13”-wide automatic feeder, capable of holding up to 120 sheets of plain paper or 30 sheets of photo paper, along with a single-sheet manual feeder for fine art media up to 1.3mm thick and a disc tray for printing on CD/DVD. However, Epson Stylus Photo R3000 can only print on a paper roll up to 44” long, while Epson SureColor P600 boasts a maximum printing area of 13” x 129”.
Epson SureColor P600 vs R3000
Compared to Epson Stylus Photo R3000, Epson SureColor P600 comes with better menu design and larger maximum printing area, allowing for a more convenient usage and printing extra-large images. Therefore, Epson SureColor P600 should be your choice!