The first label printer specifically designed as a color upgrade to black-and-white thermal transfer printers1, the Epson ColorWorks C6500A Inkjet Label Printer delivers on-demand, color labels up to 8″ wide at a comparable price2. Engineered by Epson for mission-critical applications, this reliable color label printer speeds through labels at up to 5.8″ per second3. Featuring up to 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, the Epson CW-C6500A produces crisp color images for cost and inventory reductions comparable to pre-printed labels. This versatile printer also offers seamless integration with your organization’s existing workflow and is built to accommodate remote printer management — providing compatibility with ZPL II, SAP® and more.
Receive a $750 discount when you purchase $750+ of blank labels with the purchase of an Epson ColorWorks C6500A Label Printer. This discount is automatically applied to your cart once these conditions are met.
Epson C6500A with Auto Cutter
The Epson ColorWorks C6500A comes standard with an 8″ wide built-in auto cutter to create variable-length labels and enable easy job separation. Epson’s ColorWorks C6000/C6500 series also includes the Epson ColorWorks C6000A (Epson CW-C6000A), Epson ColorWorks C6000P (Epson CW-C6000P) and Epson ColorWorks C6500P (Epson CW-C6500P). The CW-C6000A and CW-C6500A include built-in auto cutters, while the CW-C6000P and CW-C6500P include built-in label peelers — making these the first color inkjet label printers to offer peel-and-present4 — ideal for fast, print-and-apply applications.
Note: the main difference between the Epson C6000 series and Epson C6500 series is that the Epson C6000 label printer series support up to 4″ wide label printing (and 8″ outside diameter rolls), whereas the Epson C6500 label printer series support up to 8″ wide label printing (and 6″ outside diameter rolls).
Gloss vs. Matte
The Epson ColorWorks C6000/C6500 Label Printer Series uses highly durable pigment-based inks with both gloss and matte versions available to best suit your specific labeling application. The Gloss Ink Edition (C31CH77A9991) version of this printer uses Gloss Black Ink capable of printing on a wider variety of substrates with various finishes such as glossy, matte, plain and more. The Matte Ink Edition (C31CH77A9981) version of this printer uses Matte Black Ink which offers darker, sharper black text and images when printed on matte, textured and plain media only. Both gloss and matte versions use the same color ink cartridges, and have been BS5609 certified5.
Still unsure which version is best for your labeling application? Test and compare the differences by requesting free printed sample labels here.
Epson-engineered PrecisionCore® TFP® printhead technology delivers ultra sharp text and precise barcodes. Coupled with a 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, this printhead technology produces varying droplet sizes that can produce smooth gradations, fine image details and a huge gamut of vibrant, accurate colors. Whether the challenge is to produce complex informational labels or high-quality color product labels, the Epson ColorWorks C6000/C6500 series is certainly up to the challenge.
ESC/Label & ZPL II Interface Languages
ZPL II capabilities allow you to experience the advantages of Epson inkjet technology without reprogramming existing systems. ESC/Label command extensions can be added to unlock the power of color. Leverage color for logos, product pictures, color-coded fields and marketing messages to improve overall brand image and business.
Remote Management Tools
Epson made the Epson ColorWorks C6500A Label Printer for large-scale enterprise environments. To support these high-volume scenarios, a wide range of remote management tools are available. These tools allow IT and support teams to remotely monitor the status of large fleets of printers, generate email alerts for items needing attention, remotely deploy firmware updates, set up complex network environments, and view or modify settings from any computer browser or Android™ or Apple® powered smartphone.
General-Purpose I/O Port
Designed for mission-critical production, Epson CW-C6500A label printer comes equipped with a general-purpose I/O (GPIO) port. This gives automation developers all the control they need to seamlessly integrate the printer into their automated workflow. The GPIO port provides all the necessary information on supply levels, status, faults and readiness. Inputs enable users to pause, clean and print.
- The first label printer specifically designed as a color upgrade to black-and-white thermal transfer printers1 — with similar media handling capabilities, speed, features and connectivity options, all at a comparable price point
- Versatile Ink Types — both gloss and matte versions available to best suit labeling applications
- Reliable — engineered by Epson for demanding applications
- Support — backed by Epson’s industry-leading service and support
- Enhanced productivity — eliminate the need to pre-print; speeds up to 5.8″ per second3; fast time to first label
- Durable, high-quality color labels — both gloss and matte versions meet BS5609 certification5
- Astounding image quality — up to 1200 dpi resolution with various droplet sizes; crisp images comparable to pre-printed labels
- Seamless integration — compatible with ZPL II, major middleware, SAP, Windows®, Mac® and Linux
- Remote printer management — for managing large fleets over the network
- Auto cutter included — ideal for fast, on-demand applications
- Applicator I/O control port for truly automated workflow — supports I/O commands and can be integrated into nearly any workflow
- Low cost — comparable to existing thermal transfer printers2
What’s in the Box
- Epson ColorWorks TM-C6500A Label Printer
- AC Power Cord
- One Set of Full-Capacity Epson ColorWorks C6000/C6500 CMYK Ink Cartridges
- One Epson SJIC35P(BK) Gloss Black Ink Cartridge or Epson SJIC35P(MK) Matte Black Ink Cartridge (depending on Version Type purchased)
- One Epson SJIC35P(C) Cyan Ink Cartridge
- One Epson SJIC35P(M) Magenta Ink Cartridge
- One Epson SJIC35P(Y) Yellow Ink Cartridge
- Epson SJMB6000/6500 Maintenance Box
- Sample Label Roll
- Instruction Sheet
- Download Manuals, Drivers, Firmware & Utilities from Epson
Helpful Tip: Epson states that when using the printer for the first time, the replacement interval for the maintenance box is shorter than usual as ink charging consumes the ink. This is why Texas Label Printers recommends that customers also purchase an additional maintenance box and an additional set of ink cartridges at the time of purchase.
Compatible Accessories & Supplies
- Epson ColorWorks C6000/C6500 Gloss Black Ink Cartridge (SJIC35P-BK)
- Epson ColorWorks C6000/C6500 Matte Black Ink Cartridge (SJIC35P-MK)
- Epson ColorWorks C6000/C6500 Cyan Ink Cartridge (SJIC35P-C)
- Epson ColorWorks C6000/C6500 Magenta Ink Cartridge (SJIC35P-M)
- Epson ColorWorks C6000/C6500 Yellow Ink Cartridge (SJIC35P-Y)
- Epson ColorWorks C6000/C6500 Maintenance Box (SJMB6000/6500)
- Epson ColorWorks C6500 Spare 8″ Media Spindle (SP8X)
- DPR Large Capacity Rewinder for Epson ColorWorks C6500A
- DPR Large Capacity Unwinder for Epson ColorWorks C6500A
- DPR Rewinder/Unwinder Alignment Plate for Epson ColorWorks C6500A
- DPR Roll-to-Roll System for Epson ColorWorks C6500A
Important: This product is not eligible for return once the manufacturer’s original packaging has been opened, thus making it important that you review our return policy prior to purchasing. We recommend that all prospective buyers request free printed sample labels to ensure that the print quality of the labels printed by this printer meets their expectations. Products are still fully covered under the manufacturer’s warranty should there be an issue with the product itself.
1 The CW-C6000/C6500 family is the first to bring to market the combination of features of direct ZPL II printing, peel-and-present, remote printer management, companion four- and eight-inch models, applicator I/O interface, broad middleware support, and comparable price points.
2 Printers and consumable costs are similar when comparing similarly featured leading brand thermal transfer printers and supplies for similar high durability images on similar media.
3 Printing in Max Speed Mode, 300 x 600 dpi, 2.2″ (56 mm) print width.
4 Compared to color inkjet label printers available in the U.S. and Canada as of July 2019.
5 Epson ColorWorks CW-C6000/C6500 inkjet label printers with Epson’s UltraChrome DL pigment ink, used in combination with Neenah Kimdura™ poly media, has been BS 5609 certified.
Michaela C –
I work for a MakerSpace at Rice University and we got this printer to make stickers with our logo and to label various chemicals. It was a bit of a learning curve at first but luckily I called Technical Support and spoke with Moses. He was so helpful and patient as he was walking me through the troubleshooting process! In addition, during my various trial and error sessions, the maintenance box’s service life ended. Since we needed these label’s fast for an event we are having this weekend, I was happy to find out that I could drive to their facility and pick one up! Moses and Stewart were so friendly and super helpful. I am so happy I chose Texas Label Printers and this printer!
Here is a link to and image of the printer in action: https://imgur.com/a/t0VrOOD
Lawrence T –
Very satisfied with our new ColorWorks AU C6500au so far. Moses in tech support has been very diligent and thorough in making sure we get what we need when we need it.
My name is Lawrence and I approved this review!
Robert D –
I am new to Label Printing. I had many questions about how to get the printer going so I can print labels. I have no experience and was looking for help. My printer EPSON 6500 was purchased from Texas Label Printers, so I called them for support. I spoke with Mosses over the phone and he told me the I could come in and get a demo on how to operate the printer. I showed up the next day and was greeted and shown how to operate my printer by very knowledgeable staff. The guys, Kenneth, Mosses and one other person (sorry cant remember name) answered all my questions and gave me some ideas for getting label business. My confidence has gone up and I am really excited to get started in my new business! Thank you and I know support is there for me should I have any questions in the future.
Heather T –
We have owned this printer for about three months. We have printed 1000’s of labels using the original ink cartridge’s, I wish I could say the same for the maintenance box, it was filled within the first 500 labels I printed. It prints faster than I expected, but you do have considerable waste when changing label rolls because you have to adjust the printers positioning. Overall I am very pleased with it, happy with our purchase, and would recommend the printer to someone looking to print their own labels.
Texas Label Printers LLC –
Thank you for sharing your experience with using the printer! Please note that the behavior that you described regarding the maintenance box is normal. We have this noted on this product page that “Epson states that when using the printer for the first time, the replacement interval for the maintenance box is shorter than usual as ink charging consumes the ink. This is why Texas Label Printers recommends that customers also purchase an additional maintenance box and an additional set of ink cartridges at the time of purchase.”
Steven H –
I have 2 other printers from a different company and they are pretty good but when I first opened my new Epson 6500A 2 days ago and a rear mounted un – winder to support larger capacity rolls of all sizes. I was surprised both were separately boxed and the first thing I noticed they were so “solid” feeling with their metal casing’s and you could tell before even plugging it in it was constructed for heavy duty commercial use, my father had an old saying when I was a kid and picked up something to show him in some store, he would ask “Is it heavy”? if I said yes, he would say then it’s “expensive put down”! the 6500A weighs more than my other printers, because they are mostly plastic. But my new Epson blows both of them away in speed and less expensive supplies. VERY! happy with my new “workhorse” because it can run all day long with no effort.. Thanks guys!!
Christal K –
I recently got this printer for my company’s brand products. So, I had to order several custom labels. The machine automatically detect gaps between stickers, and the printing quality is fantastic. Stewart from TexasLabelPrinters has helped me a lot to install the printer through a phone call and remote control. This printer is definitely easy to install and use for a beginner. I highly recommend this.
Kenneth D –
Keeping it simple, the customer service is 5* for sure, in emails and phone quick responses. answered my questions to help me decide what to do. decided on this Epson C6500AU, setup and printed hundreds labels 1st day no issues! love this printer. it was a good addition to my other printers in my shop. very happy!
Carolina A –
We haven’t had the printer for very long so I can’t give a totally honest review there (but so far it prints great and fast), but the customer service was out of this world!!! As we all know, printers are not easy to work with but I had one of the support reps, Stewart, walk me through the issues I was having and so much more! He quickly helped me learn to print our labels and manage all the settings on the Driver as well as some pro-tips.
If you’re looking for a good place to get a printer with assistance included, you’re in the right place!
Not to mention our printer got delivered in just a few days during COVID-19!
Gregg O –
We got the printer just over a week ago and have printed almost 10,000 labels without any problems. The only thing better than theprinter is buying it from Texas Label. They do all the things businesses are supposed to do: They answer the phone. They actually call you back when you leave a message. The printer is awesome, the prices are great, and the service is beyond compare.