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Speed Tests of the Afinia L701 vs. Epson CW-C6500 Color Label Printers in Canada

Speed Tests of the Afinia L701 vs. Epson CW-C6500 Color Label Printers in Canada

Posted by BK on 2nd Jun 2022

If you are looking for a fast 8-inch  color label printer for a production line in Canada, you may be wondering which one to choose: the  Afinia L701 or the Epson CW-C6500? We put the two printers to the test, and the results may surprise you.

Why is Print Speed Important?

When you are printing labels for products in a production line, print speed is important for two main reasons:

  • You want to avoid slowing down your production line.
  • You want to be able to print large batches of labels quickly.
  • For example, if your production line generates 20 products per minute, and it takes you 30 seconds to print a label for each product, then your label printer is holding your productivity back.

    Which Printer is Faster?

    In our tests, we found that the Afinia L701 was multiple times faster than the Epson CW-C6500.

    Here are the results of our tests using identical 8-inch-wide labels at the highest print settings for each machine:

  • The Afinia L701 prints 6 - 8 inches per second at 1600 dpi
  • The Epson CW-C6500 prints 0.20 inches per second at 1200 dpi
  • You read that right -- zero point two inches per second, and at a lower quality print resolution for the Epson! We cannot stress enough how much slower the Epson CW-C6500 is.

    In fact, we would like to show you the speed difference in a side-by-side video. Watch the video below to see how many more labels the Afinia L701 prints in 60 seconds compared to the Epson CW-C6500.

    As you can see from the video, if you are printing labels in Canada, the Afinia L701 is the clear choice for a fast color label printer. It is multiple times faster than the Epson CW-C6500, and it will not slow down your production. Equally important, the L701 prints at a high quality 1600 dpi resolution, while the Epson CW-C6500 prints at a lower 1200 dpi resolution. The colors of the L701 are also more vibrant and true-to-life because it uses dye-based inks instead of the pigment inks used in the CW-C6500.

    Request a free sample of labels printed on each printer. We'll print your label design and send samples of each so you can see the print quality difference for yourself.