Epson CW-C6500A Product Review - Color Label Printer with Auto-Cutter

If you're looking for a color label printer for printing wide format labels without purchasing an additional applicator this is the printer for you.

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Review Summary

Product Name:

Epson CW-C6500A

Product Type:

Inkjet Label Printer


The 8" built-in auto cutter allows you to create variable-length labels and enable easy job separation. The CW-C6000A offers cost and inventory reductions compared to using pre-printed labels.


The Epson CW-C6500A prints labels 8 inches wide with a built-in auto-cutter. Unlike it's lower-tier counter part the CW-C6000A, the CW-C6500A prints up to 8 inches per second. The CW-C6500A is engineered for demanding applications like monochrome and color label printing.

About the Epson CW-C6500A

The Epson CW-C6500A label printer is a pigment-based (using PrecisionCore TFP printhead technology) which uses four individual ink cartridges (CMYK) to print full color labels. The CW-C6500A is rated to print at 1200 x 1200 resolution and can produce a range of vibrant colors and smooth gradations.

ZPL II capabilities allow you to that advantage of Epson's inkjet technology with reprogramming your existing setup. ESC/Label command extensions can be added on your system. You can print color-coded fields, product pictures, logo and marketing messages to improve you business and brand image.

Epson CW-6500A Auto-Cutter

Why Buy the Epson CW-C6500A Label Printer?

The Epson CW-C6500P label printer is great for printing inkjet labels with fast-drying durable color inks. This is ideal for businesses that have to print label without committing to large setup costs with pre-printed labels from third-party printing companies.

With the ability to print smudge-free color labels on demand the CW-C6500A is great for producing labels right off the printer. The peel-and-present feature is great for manual application and the sensor detects when the label is removed. This feature is great for a fully automated label application system.

  • Peel-and-present -- The built in peel-and-present feature speeds up the manual application of on-demands labels as well works with a fully automated label application solution. The built in sensor ensures the next print job to start as soon as the label is taken.
  • Remote Management Tools -- The CW-C6500A was designed for large-scale enterprise environments. A wide range of remote management tools are available for allow IT and support teams remotely monitor the status of large printers and create email alerts for printers needing attention. 
  • General-purporse I/O Port -- All CW-C6000 printers (including the CW-C6000P) come equipped with a general-purpose I/O port. This gives automation developers the control they need to seamlessly integrate the printer into their automated workflow. The I/O port provides all the information on status, faults and readiness. 

With its maximum print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, the Epson CW-C6500A fits in any existing printer network. The ZPL II capabilities allow you to use it without reprogramming your existing systems.

Costs of Maintaining a CW-C6500A

With any color label printer, the on going cost will consist of labels rolls and ink cartridges along with a maintenance box that collects wasted ink. When purchasing label rolls for this printer, the CW-C6500A is compatible with label rolls sizes up to 8 inches in OD with a 3 inch core. The CW-C6500A uses individual ink cartridges to optimize ink usage and maintain ink prices lower than single cartridge systems. The CW-C6500A, like all Epson ColorWorks label printers, has an extremely low ink cost per label.

Benefits of Integrating an CW-C6500A Label Printer For Your Business Environment

The CW-C6500P color label printer provides numerous advantages including:

  • Seamless integration -- compatible with ZPL II, major middle-ware, SAP, Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Remote printer management -- for managing large fleets over the network
  • Applicator I/O control port for truly automated workflow- supports I/O commands and can be intergrated into nearly any workflow
  • Low costs -- comparable to existing thermal transfer printers
  • Durable, high-quality labels -- meets BS 5609 certification


The Epson CW-C6500A is well suited for enterprise operations looking to scale their printing setup. It is also great for use cases where labels need t o be applied immediately after they are printed, either manually or automatically. The peel-and-present is the first of it's kind on the market and is great for many uses for small businesses.


The Good Stuff:
  • Great for large-scale enterprise environments.
  • General-purpose I/O Port
  • 4-cartridge system ink saving design
The Bad Stuff:
  • None so far