- Prints high-quality color labels in varying sizes.
- Choice of four label widths.
- Reasonable print speeds.
- Relatively high running costs.
- Not suited for printing hundreds or thousands of labels monthly.
February 4, 2020
Editors’ Rating: 4.0 – excellent
A unique full-color label printer, Brother’s VC-500W Compact Color Printer ($149.99) uses the same zero-ink (ZINK) technology deployed in today’s mini photo printers, including our Editors’ Choice HP Sprocket Select or the Canon IVY Photo Printer. With the VC-500W, though, you have a lot more options, including churning out prints in varying widths and lengths up to 17 inches long, as well as Brother’s robust (albeit, at times, somewhat clunky) software. Like its pocket-size mini photo printer kin, the VC-500W is somewhat expensive to use, but it’s well-developed enough to serve both households and small businesses in printing full-color labels for varying applications, making it the first Editors’ Choice in PCMag’s new consumer color label printer category.
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