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Real-World Differences Between the Afinia L701 and Epson CW-C6500 Color Label Printers in Canada

Real-World Differences Between the Afinia L701 and Epson CW-C6500 Color Label Printers in Canada

Posted by BK on 28th Apr 2022

When it comes to 8-inch color label printers, there are several options on the market in Canada. If you're looking for a color printer to replace a thermal black-and-white industrial printer, the Afinia L701 and Epson CW-C6500 are two great choices. They both look amazing on paper, but there are two major real-world differences between the two that you should be aware of before making a purchase: print quality and performance.

Print Quality Differences

First, most Canadian businesses looking to upgrade to color will want to consider print quality before anything else. After all, you're going to be using this printer to produce product and consumer-facing labels, and if the labels don't look good then it's not going to matter how fast the printer is.

In terms of print quality, the Afinia L701 definitely has an edge over the Epson CW-C6500. The images and colors produced by the L701 are simply more vibrant and true-to-life than those from the CW-C6500 due to the dye-based inks in the L701 and a higher dpi print resolution.

  • Dye vs pigment inks: The Afinia L701 uses dye-based inks while the Epson CW-C6500 uses pigment inks. Dye-based inks are typically more vibrant while pigment inks are more muted.
  • 1600 dpi vs 1200 dpi: The Afinia L701 has a print resolution of 1600 dpi while the Epson CW-C6500 has a print resolution of 1200 dpi. This means that the Afinia L701 is capable of printing images with more detail and sharper lines than the CW-C6500. If you want photoquality labels, the L701 is the way to go.
  • Performance Differences

    The second major difference between these two printers is performance. The Afinia L701 is much faster than the Epson CW-C6500. We're talking thousands of feet per hour on the Afinia L701 versus just 60 feet per hour on the Epson CW-C6500! Here's how the speed difference breaks down when the two labels print the same 8-inch-wide label at the following print settings:


     L701 1600x800 dpi

     L701 1600x1600 dpi

     C6500 1200 dpi

     Per Second

    8 ips

    6 ips

    0.20 ips

     Per Minute

    40 feet per minute

    30 feet per minute

    1 foot per minute

     Per Hour

    2400 feet per hour

    1800 feet per hour

    60 feet per hour

    What About Draft Mode?

    It's true, printers are much faster when using draft mode, but print quality suffers. While you may periodically use draft mode for testing purposes, businesses in Canada will likely want to print in high quality mode the majority of the time.

    In short, the Afinia L701 with its higher print resolution, dye-based inks, and faster print speed is the better choice for businesses with high production volume printing needs. If you're looking for the highest quality labels possible, the L701 is also the better choice.

    On the other hand, if you don't print a lot of labels and are looking for a low-cost color label printer for a home-based business in Canada, then the Epson CW-C6500 might be a better fit.

    Afinia L701:

    • Vibrant, true-to-life colors
    • Dye-based inks
    • 1600 dpi print resolution
    • Fast print speed

    Epson CW-C6500:

    • More muted colors
    • Pigment inks
    • 1200 dpi
    • Very slow print speed

    Check Out the Real-World Differences for Yourself!

    Watch the video below to see how much faster the Afinia L701 is than the Epson CW-C6500 when printing in high-quality mode. The difference is pretty amazing.

    If you're still not sure which printer is right for your business, we recommend seeing the real-world differences for yourself. Order a free sample pack of labels from both printers and see which one you like better. We think you'll be impressed with the Afinia L701.