If you're looking for an 8-inch color label printer, chances are you've seen the Afinia L701 and Epson CW-C6500 models. They both offer crisp, full-color label printing up to 8 inches in width. The gloss version of the C6500 uses pigment inks developed for use with shiny media, making it a worthy competitor to the Afinia L701. The Epson CW-C6500 is also slightly cheaper than the Afinia L701. However, print speed is crucial for many businesses, and the Afinia L701 is noticeably faster than the Epson CW-C6500.
With that in mind, we put the two printers to the test using an 8" x 4" label at each printer's highest print quality setting for 60 seconds. Watch the video below to find out just how much faster the Afinia L701 is than the Epson CW-C6500. Let the race begin:
As you can see, the Afinia L701 printed many, many more labels than the Epson CW-C6500 was able to print in our 60-second race. At 6 inches per second for the L701 and 0.20 inches per second for the CW-6500, the Afinia printed 90 of our sample labels in one minute while the Epson printed a mere 3 labels. The race wasn't even close!
The Afinia L701's print quality was also better at 1600 dpi than the Epson CW-C6500's at its max print resolution of 1200 dpi. The colors on the Afinia L701 are more vibrant and the print is overall sharper.
So, if you're looking for an affordable, fast, and high-quality color label printer, the Afinia L701 is the clear winner. It's faster and produces better print quality than the Epson CW-C6500. If price is your only concern, then the Epson CW-C6500 may be a better fit for you, especially if your print volumes are low enough to justify the slower print speeds.
Want to see the print quality differences for yourself? Request a free label sample kit from us today and see what your label design looks like when printed on both the Afinia L701 and the Epson CW-C6500.