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Stylus Photo R300M

Review posted 01/11/04

Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer

The EPSON Stylus Photo R300 and R300M are perfect for digital camera owners who want a flexible and easy to use photo solution. Both printers offer the same convenient and innovative features such as printing directly onto the surface of inkjet printable CDs and DVDs, and being able to print photos with or without a computer. The Stylus Photo R300M includes a 2.5" color preview monitor for viewing and selecting images before printing them.

The R300 and R300M are designed for digital camera owners and offer up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi for creating images with incredible detail, beautiful skin tones, sharper contrast and an ultra-wide color range. Users can print frame-ready, BorderFree images in all of the popular sizes; 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11", and panoramic size photos.

These printers make it easy for anyone to crop, resize, save and print photos directly from memory cards or picture CDs without having to use a computer. The front USB port makes it simple to connect the printers to a CD-R drive, Zip drive or PictBridge-enabled digital camera. Both printers are also equipped with built-in memory card slots that support CompactFlash Type I and II, IBM Microdrive, xD-Picture Card, Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo w/adapter, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital memory formats.

The Stylus Photo R300 and R300M lets you print directly onto the surface of ink-jet printable CD-R and DVD-R media thus eliminating the expense, inconvenience, and risk of using adhesive labels. Users can easily design professional-looking CDs and DVDs with customized text, colorful backgrounds and images by using the included Epson Print CD software. Printing on CDs is quick and simple via the front-loading CD tray that comes standard with the printer.

For the first time in Epson's consumer photo printer line, individual ink cartridges are being utilized to provide an even more affordable home printing solution. With the combination of Epson's exclusive ink technology and high-quality, value-priced papers, customers can reap the benefits of an affordable home printing solution. The printers also use Epson's fast and convenient quick-drying inks for prints that are immediately dry to the touch and water-resistant on EPSON Premium Photo Papers.

The R300 and R300M are both Macintosh and Windows compatible and offer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connectivity when using a computer with the printer and a offer a separate USB 1.1 host connection for use with CD-R drives, Zip drives and PictBridge-enabled digital cameras. An optional Bluetooth Photo Print Adapter allows users to print directly from a variety of Bluetooth enabled devices including mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and Windows laptops and desktop PCs.

Stylus Photo R300M Features:

  • 6-Color inkset (CcMmYK), separate cartridges for each color

  • Photo-optimized black ink for precise shadow detail, and dark, rich blacks for better looking color, nighttime, and B&W photos

  • Up to 5760x1440 optimized dpi with Resolution Performance Management (RPM)

  • BorderFree printing on 4x6" 5x7" 8x10" and letter-size paper

  • Prints up to 8.3" x 44" for panorama photo prints
    (up to 128" long with certain applications under Windows 2000/XP)

  • Four built-in card slots; CompactFlash Type I and II (including Microdrive), SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, SD/MMC cards

  • Print direct from memory cards with more image adjustment features than any other standalone photo printer

  • 2.5-inch color preview LCD monitor (model R300M only)

  • Supports a large assortment of papers including EPSON Glossy Photo, Premium Glossy, Semigloss, Luster, ColorLife, and Matte Paper

  • Card slots are Mass Storage compliant and can be used transfer images to host computer

  • Images can be copied from flash cards to an optional Iomega Zip drive or CD-Recorder

  • Direct Print from any PictBridge-compatible digital camera

  • Epson PRINT Image Matching II technology ensures the best possible prints from PIM-enabled digital cameras

  • USB v2.0 connectivity with both Windows and Macintosh computers

Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer

The R300M (and R300) uses six individual ink cartridges, consisting of Black, Magenta, Light Magenta, Cyan, Light Cyan and Yellow. This is the first Epson consumer-priced photo printer to offer this economical alternative, first seen on the professional Photo Stylus 2200. No more throwing out an expensive multi-color cartridge when just one of the colors runs out.

There are no special black or color cartridges that need to be "swapped" for either text or photo printing. The black ink is high density and "photo optimized" for dark, rich blacks in both color and b&w photos with better shadow details.

The printer "knows" which ink cartridges are in the printer and exactly how much ink is left in them. There are tiny "smart" chips on each ink tank. This allows you to swap any cartridge at any time and then put it back in the printer later. These IntellidgeTM cartridges actually count each ink droplet used to keep track of the ink remaining.

Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer

Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh platforms, the Stylus R300M (and R300) features a high-speed USB 2.0 port for connection to the host computer. The connector above is for the color LCD preview monitor.

Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer

The front-mounted Ext. I/F is a USB 1.1 port for direct connect printing from many Canon, Epson, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Sony digital cameras that are PictBridge compatible. Shown here is the popular Canon Digital Rebel SLR camera.

This port also allows connection of an optional Iomega USB Zip drive or CD-R recorder for storing images transfered from the memory card slots.

Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer

The R300M (and R300) has four built-in card slots that support CompactFlash Type I and II cards, Microdrives, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card and xD-Picture Card media.

Image data read in from the card slots can be transfered to the host computer (if connected) or to an optional Zip drive or CD-Recorder via the EXT I/F USB port on the front.

Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer

Pictures can be printed directly from memory cards or Microdrives without need of a computer via the control panel and the 2.5-inch color preview LCD display. The LCD can be tilted up or down and has a backlight control on the side. The "Basic" mode (shown above) lets you quickly make 4x6" prints on Epson Photo Glossy Premium Paper by just selecting the desired image and pressing the Print button.

Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer

The "Advanced" mode gives you access to a multitude of printing options such as: Number of copies, paper size, paper type, Layout, Cropping, Filters (Sepia, B&W), Auto Correction, Small Image Enhancer, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Sharpness, Date/Time Stamping, Photo Info, Quality and Bi-Directional printing. It also gives you access to maintainenance functions for changing ink carts, head cleaning, nozzle check, paper feed, printhead alignment and LCD contrast.

Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer

Using the control panel makes standalone printing from flash cards very easy thanks to the verbose monochrome LCD menus. You just follow the menu and prompts on the LCD and enter your selections with the Up/Down and Select keys. When you have entered all of your printing parameters you then press the big PRINT button.

Epson Stylus Photo R300M Photo Printer

Most computers are equipped with CD-R or CD/DVD-R drives so the CD printing function is very handy. You can now print your own custom disc labels, everything you need comes in the box. Included is Epson's Print CD software program which lets you design simple text or elegant graphical disc labels. See the end of my conclusion for a picture of an actual printed CD label.

Printing on discs is quite easy thanks to a flip-down tray that supports the special CD carrier. This carrier accomodates standard size 12 cm discs, 8 cm "mini CD" discs and Business Card CD media. You load this carrier in the front and after the label is printed it is ejected out the front again. You do need to allow for some extra room behind the printer for this carrier to extend during the printing process.

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Stylus Photo R300M Specifications

Main Features

  • Built-in 2.5 inch Color Preview Monitor for PC-Free printing with built-in memory card slots
  • Prints directly on ink jet printable CDs/DVDs
  • BorderFree™ printing and individual ink cartridges

Printer Specifications

Printing Technology

  • Advanced Micro Piezo®, optimized for photo printing

Nozzle Configuration

  • 90 nozzles x 6 (CcMmYK)

Ink Palette

  • 6 colors (CcMmYK)

Ink Cartridge Configuration

  • Individual (CcMmYK) cartridges

Ink Type

  • Dye based superior Photo Inks

Minimum Ink Droplet Size

  • 3 picoliters

Ink Cartridge Life

Black Ink Yield

  • 630 pages text (ISO/IEC 10561 letter pattern), 450 pages graphic (5% coverage)¹

Color Ink Yield

  • 430 pages (5% coverage per color)¹

Ink Shelf Life

  • 2 years from production date; 6 months from first use

Maximum Resolution (dots per inch)

  • Up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi

Print Speed

Black Text

  • Up to 15 ppm²

Color Text

  • Up to 15 ppm²

4" x 6" Photo

  • 37 seconds²

8" x 10" Photo

  • 77 seconds²

Paper Handling

Maximum Paper Width

  • Single sheet - 8.5"

Maximum Printable Area

  • Full bleed possible on 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Letter, panoramic 8.3" x 23.4";
    8.3" x 44"

Paper Sizes

  • 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10" Letter, legal, A4, B5, A5, A6, half letter, executive, Panoramic 8.3" x 23.4", user definable (3.5" to 44" in length);

Borderless Photo Sizes

  • 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter, panoramic

Paper Types

  • Supports a variety of Epson plain and photo papers. Supports plain, bond, air mail, Epson Premium Bright White, Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Semigloss Paper, Premium Luster Paper, ColorLife paper, Matte Paper Heavyweight, Double-sided Matte, Inkjet Transparencies, Self-adhesive Sheets, Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper, Greeting Cards, High Quality Banner paper; labels; envelopes, Iron-on Transfers and Photo Stickers; Printable CD-R/DVD-R; Panoramic 8.3" x 23.4" Photo Paper

Envelope Types

  • No. 10, DL, C6 plain paper, bond paper, air mail

Special Media Support

  • Printable CD-R/DVD-R

Paper Capacity

  • Input paper tray: 120 Sheets plain paper/20 sheets photo paper/10 envelopes/1 transparency

PC-free Printing Capabilities

Memory Card Compatibility

  • Supports CompactFlash® Type I and II, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, IBM Microdrive™, xD-Picture Card, SmartMedia, Sony Memory Stick®, Memory StickPRO, Memory Stick Duo, MagicGate™ Memory Stick

Special Features

  • Built-in 2.5 inch Color Preview Monitor for the easiest way to view and select photos from a digital camera memory card without having to use your computer
  • Print photos directly from memory cards and USB DirectPrint or PictBridge-enabled digital cameras
  • Save to or print from external CD-R or Zip® drives through a convenient front access USB host port

Paper Support

  • 9 papers available from printer's control panel: Plain paper, Epson Glossy Photo, Premium Glossy Photo, SemiGloss, Premium Luster, Matte Paper, ColorLife, Iron-on Transfer Sheets, Greeting Cards

Layouts and Templates

  • 8 different layouts to choose from right from the control panel including index sheet

Filters and Image Enhancements

  • Filters: brightness, saturation, sharpness; Automatic Correction settings include PRINT Image Matching, Exif and PhotoEnhance.

Supported Digital Camera Technologies

  • Printer supports PRINT Image Matching™, PRINT Image Matching™ II, and Exif Print; reads Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) from digital camera memory cards

Direct Digital Camera Printing

  • Connects to a variety of digital cameras with direct printing capabilities using PictBridge and USB DirectPrint technology.

Direct CD / DVD Printing Support

  • CD-R/DVD-R ink jet printable; 8 cm, 12 cm and Business Card CD


  • Bluetooth Photo Print Adapter

Hardware and Software Details

Printer Dimensions & Weight

  • Storage (L x W x H): 19.6" x 10.4" x 8.6"
    Printing (L x W x H): 19.4" x 18.7" x 11.4"
  • Weight: 14.0 lb (with ink cartridges; without Color Preview Monitor)

Printer Case Color

  • Silver and dark gray

Interface and Connectivity

  • 2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) Ports:
    Hi-Speed USB 2.0 for PC and Macintosh connection
    USB 1.1 for connection to CD-R drives, Zip drives and USB DirectPrint or PictBridge-enabled digital cameras

Operating Systems

  • Windows USB - Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me and XP;

  • Macintosh USB - Macintosh System 8.6 - 9.2,
    OS X 10.2.x

Software Included

  • Epson Print CD software, Epson Software™ Film Factory™ 3.0
    PC and Macintosh compatible, P.I.M.- plug-in

Printer Language

  • Epson ESC/P Raster, Epson Remote

Color Management

  • Standard, Epson Vivid Color

Sound Level

  • 42 dB(A)

Environmental Conditions

  • Temperature: Operating 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C), Storage -4° to 140° F (-20° to 60° C);

    Humidity: Operating 20% to 80% relative humidity, Storage 5% to 85% relative humidity (no condensation)

Safety Approvals

  • Safety standards: UL1950, CSA 22.2 No. 950; FCC part 15 subpart B class B, CSA C108.8 class B

Power Requirements

Rated Voltage

  • 120V AC +/-10%

Rated Frequency

  • 50 - 60 Hz

Rated Current

  • 0.4A

Power Consumption

  • Approx. 13W ISO 10561 (Energy Star compliant), approx. 3W in Sleep mode, approx. 0.3W in Power Off mode


  • Standard one-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada including Epson Exchange program (U.S. and Canada only) Extended warranties available beyond one year - see Warranty page


  • ¹Cartridge yields will vary with images printed, print settings, paper type and frequency of use. Printer ships with full cartridges and some ink from the first cartridge is used for initialization.

  • ²Pages per minute based on black text and color in Draft Mode on plain paper. Color photo is in Fine Mode on Glossy Photo Paper. Additional processing time will vary based on system configuration, software application and page complexity. For more information about supplies for this printer and cartridge yields, go to

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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