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What is the difference between UniNet iColor 700 and Primera CX1000 color label printers?

What is the difference between UniNet iColor 700 and Primera CX1000 color label printers?

Both printers use laser print technology. The UniNet is a single pass 4 color LED laser printer. The Primera CX1000 is a dry toner color laser. The Primera CX1000 prints at a higher resolution (2400 x 600 dpi versus 1200 x 600 dpi for the iColor 700. That said, the iColor 700 is nearly twice as fast with a print speed of 30 feet per minute compared to the CX1000’s 16.25 feet per minute.


Both are comparable as far as their media handling goes with just minor differences in terms of media width, print width, and media sensing. However, the iColor 700 accepts media from 6” to 8.5 while the CX1000 is limited to 8.5 inches.


The iColor 700 allows you to print pre-die cut labels with the matrix removed as well as continuous roll labels whereas the Primera CX1000 only supports pre-die cut labels with the matrix in place.


The iColor 700 also includes a white toner option, allowing you to print white on clear polyester or black labels. The CX1000 does not. The Primera CX1000 has a larger color toner capacity of roughly 16,500 pages versus the iColor 700’s 11,500. Meanwhile the iColor 700 has nearly twice the color drum capacity of the Primera CX1000.


The main benefit of the Primera CX1000 over the iColor 700 is its ability to print at 2400 dpi.


In contrast, the benefits of the iColor 700 over the CX1000 are numerous and include the following:

  • The iColor 700 prints twice as fast as the CX1000.
  • The iColor 700 prints label widths of up to 8.24” wide compared to just 8” on the CX1000.
  • The iColor 700 prints pre-die cut labels with or without matrix on.
  • The iColor 700 prints on continuous label rolls, which can then be finished using a digital finishing system like the Scorpio Finishing System.
  • The iColor 700 uses a separate toner and drum unit, which reduces consumable cost. The Primera CX1000 uses a single toner and drum unit, which increases the printer’s consumable cost.
  • The iColor 700 uses media from 6” to 8.5” wide and the Primera CX1000 only uses media that is 8.5” wide. If you wanted to print a 4”x 3” on the Primera CX1000, it woud have to be printed one across. Therefore, the Primera CX1000 would produce 1,800 labels. With the iColor 700, you could run the same job in two ways:
    • o   Using 6” wide media, you could run the job one across to also produce 1,800 labels – but at a lower cost since your media was only 6 inches wide.
    • o   Using 8.5” media, you could run the job two labels across, thereby producing 3,600 labels – twice as many labels compared to the Primera CX1000.
    • The iColor 700 will save you money because of its lower consumable cost related to both toners and label media (less wastage).
    • The iColor 700 uses the media gap sensor to detect the presence of the matrix. Gap detection labels with matrix removed are generally cheaper to produce versus labels with matrix on and a black eye mark on the back.
    • The iColor 700 has the option to add a white toner and drum kit, allowing you to print white on clear polyester or black label material. The Primera CX1000 does not support white toner printing.

How do the iColor label printers compare to their competitors?

We’ve created a printer comparison page comparing the iColor 700 and iColor 900 to competing color label printers. Click the links below to jump directly to the printer comparison of your choice: