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Afinia L701 vs Espon CW-C6500: Is a Higher Resolution Printer Worth the Extra Cost?

Afinia L701 vs Espon CW-C6500: Is a Higher Resolution Printer Worth the Extra Cost?

Posted by JB on 17th May 2022

The short answer is "yes." If you need high-quality labels, the Afinia L701 is definitely worth the extra cost.

Print Resolution

Afinia L701 and Epson CW-C6500 are often considered by businesses as they are both mid-priced 8-inch  color label printers offering high resolutions. The Afinia L701 has a maximum resolution of 1600 dpi while the Epson CW-C6500 is just 1200 dpi. The L701 is also the more expensive printer. Is the price difference worth the extra resolution?

The L701 offers 400 more pixels per square inch than the CW-C6500. This means that it can print smaller text and finer details than the Epson printer. The increased resolution also allows for smoother gradients and color transitions, resulting in photo quality labels with truer colors.

The Afinia L701 produces labels that have a more polished and professional look than the Epson CW-C6500. The extra cost of the printer is offset in part by the increased print quality, making it the better choice for businesses that need high-quality labels with fine details, photo-realistic images, true-to-life colors, and smooth gradients.

Print Speed

The other part of the equation has to do with print speed. The Afinia L701 is much faster than the Epson CW-C6500, printing at speeds up to 6 to 8 inches at 1600x800 or 1600x1600 dpi. In contrast, the CW-C6500 prints sluggishly at 1200 dpi at a speed of just 0.20 inches per second.

Check out the video below to see the speed difference.

Another consideration has to do with the ink types of these label printers. The Epson CW-C6500 uses pigment inks that are more durable than the dye inks used by the Afinia L701. Labels printed with pigment inks are more resistant to fading and abrasion than those printed with dye inks. On the other hand, dye inks provide better color saturation and have more vivid, true-to-life colors.

Get Free Printed Label Samples

If you're still undecided about which printer is right for your business, we offer free printed label samples so that you can see the difference in quality for yourself. Just request free label samples and we'll send you a free sample pack.

So, which is the better printer? The answer depends on your needs. If you need high-quality labels and don't mind paying a bit more for them, the Afinia L701 is the better choice. If you're on a tight budget and print speed isn't an issue, the CW-C6500 will get the job done. But if you need both high quality and fast printing, the Afinia L701 is the clear winner.