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What is the Difference Between the Afinia L701, L801 and L901?

What is the Difference Between the Afinia L701, L801 and L901?

Posted by BK on 13th Jan 2022

If you're in the market for a colour Memjet label printer, Afinia Label has three outstanding options: the Afinia L701, Afinia L801, and Afinia L901. All are fast Memjet-powered 8.5-inch label printers that can handle high volumes of label printing each month.


Let's start with what the three Afinia Memjet colour label printers have in common.

  • Memjet Technology: They all use Memjet technology and a stationary Memjet printhead, so you can expect high speeds and excellent print quality.
  • Print Resolution: The Memjet technology used in all three printers allows for a resolution of 1600 dpi.
  • Label Size: All three printers can print labels up to eight and a half inches wide, making them suitable for a wide range of applications.
  • Ink Type: These three Afinia Memjet colour label printers all use dye-based inks and high-capacity ink cartridges containing individual colours (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black).
  • Intuitive Design: They're also all very easy to operate, with intuitive interfaces that make it simple to create labels quickly and efficiently.
  • Print Width: Additionally, they all have the same maximum print width of eight inches, making them suitable for a wide range of applications.
  • Warranty: And finally, they all come with a one-year warranty, ensuring that you're covered in the event of any problems.


Now that we've covered the similarities, let's take a look at the differences between the Afinia L701, L801, and L901.

  • Monthly Production Volume: One of the biggest differences between the L701, L801, and L901 printers is output:
    • The L701 is the lowest cost Afinia Memjet printer available and is ideal for printing between 2,500 and 20,000 labels per month.
    • The Afinia L801 falls in the middle price-wise and is great for label production volumes between 5,000 and 70,000 labels per month.
    • The Afinia L901 is the most expensive of the three printers and is designed for production volumes of 10,000 to more than 100,000 labels per month.
  • Print Speed: Afinia Memjet label printers don't just print high-quality labels, they do so at high speed. The Afinia L801 and L901 both have print speeds of 12 inches per second while the Afinia L701 has a print speed of 8 inches per second.
  • Maximum Label Roll Size: Each printer can handle label rolls with different diameters, depending on the model. The Afinia L701 can use rolls with an outside diameter (OD) of 8 inches (with the optional L701 label unwinder and rewinder); the L801 uses up to 8-inch OD label rolls (included with the printer); the L901 uses up to 10-inch OD label rolls (with the optional label unwinder and rewinder).
  • Ink Cost Per Label: The Afinia L901 and L801 have extremely low per-label ink costs, making them ideal for high-volume production runs. The L701, which is designed for lower volumes, has low per-label ink costs.
  • Plus Models Available: The Afinia L801 and L901 both have sibling “Plus” models available but the L701 does not. The Afinia L801 Plus and the Afinia L901 Plus printers use different “WaterShield” Plus inks, resulting in more durable and water-resistant labels for applications like refrigerated beverages and entrées. (Note that the Plus and standard inks are not interchangeable, so if you need to print labels likely to encounter water, consider either the L801 Plus or L901 Plus.)

For example, using the following 4" x 3" label design, we've listed example ink costs per label below for each of the three printers using light, medium, and heavy coverage:


 Light (25% coverage)

 Medium (50% coverage)

 Heavy (100% coverage)













Which Afinia Memjet Colour Label Printer is Right for You?

If you're looking for a fast, high-quality colour Memjet label printer that can handle large volumes of printing each month, then the Afinia L801 or L901 are perfect options. If you're on a tighter budget and print 20,000 or fewer labels per month, the Afinia L701 is also a great choice offering excellent print quality and performance. All three printers are built to last, have a low total cost of ownership, and come with a one-year warranty that covers parts and labor.

For additional information on the Afinia L701, L801, or L901 label printers or for help deciding which label printer is right for you, please contact us at 1-866-299-0066.