When it comes to color label printers, you have many choices, which will likely vary based on the labeling application. If you plan on printing industrial or chemical GHS labels, Epson ColorWorks inkjet color label printers are an excellent choice. That said, color laser printers can also print GHS chemical labels when used with the right label materials. So, let’s take a look at the various options by comparing Epson inkjet versus laser label printers.
Epson ColorWorks Color Label Printers
Epson ColorWorks color label printers use pigment inks, which are far more durable than the dye inks used in many inkjet label printers. Pigment inks dry instantly and won’t smudge or smear. When used with GHS BS5609-certified label media certified for use with the specific label printer, Epson ColorWorks label printers produce the most durable labels available. These printed labels can withstand the harshest environmental conditions in the world including chemical exposures and long-term immersion in seawater.
If you don’t need that level of durability but still want a durable label for industrial purposes, you can use a wide range of label materials with Epson ColorWorks label printers including paper and matte polypropylene labels, tags, and wristbands.
- Epson TM-C3500 label printer — The Epson TM-C3500 color label printer is an affordable desktop color label printer commonly used to print everything from name badges and wristbands to chemical labels. It prints labels ranging from 1.2 to 4.4 inches wide at up to 720 dpi.
- Epson TM-C7500 GHS color label printer — The Epson TM-C7500 GHS color label printer has a higher print resolution (1200 dpi) than the Epson TM-C3500 and is also much faster with a print speed of nearly 12 inches per second. It prints 4-inch labels on matte media. A gloss version of the Epson TM-C7500 (TM-7500G) is also available for printing beautiful product labels.
- Epson ColorWorks C6000 / C6500 color label printer — The Epson ColorWorks C6000 and C6500 color label printers are 4- and 8-inch respectively color label printers designed for large fleet deployments. They are much like thermal label printers in terms of speed, connectivity, and features but feature inkjet technology.
Laser Label Printers
Laser label printers are another great choice for printing industrial labels. Laser printers tend to be extremely fast. Instead of using ink, they use toner, which fuses to the label material. Because of the higher heat generated by laser printers, the label materials are more limited than with inkjet-based label printers.
You can purchase toner-based color label printers or you can use your office’s color laser printer with Avery UltraDuty GHS laser sheets to print your own GHS labels. We also have laser label sheets for laser-based label printers such as the NeuraLabel 600e, iSys Edge 850, iSys Apex 1290, UniNet iColor 700, and UniNet iColor 900.
Having a standalone Epson ColorWorks inkjet label printer or a laser label printer like the NeuraLabel 600e, iSys Edge 850, iSys Apex 1290, UniNet iColor 700, or UniNet iColor 900 is ideal if you will be printing a lot of labels on a regular basis. On the other hand, if you occasionally need to print labels, it may make sense to use laser label sheets with an existing color laser printer. In either case, we can help.
Do you need to print color product labels? Check out our article comparing Primera Technology’s color inkjet label printers versus laser printers.