LX500 Color Label Printer
Volume: Up to 1,000/day
Max Print Width: 4.25 in (108mm)
Print Speed: Up to 2.5 ips
Ink: 1 tri-color dye cartridge
Cutter: Yes, guillotine-style
Voltage: 100-240 VAC
LX500 Color Label Printer
The ideal label printer for producing short to medium run labels at a maximum print width of 4.25” (108mm). Offers high print quality and uses dye-based inks.
LX500 Color Label Printer
A great label printer for short to medium runs of high quality labels printed with dye-based inks.
Volume: Up to 1,000/day
Print Speed: Up to 2.5 inches per second
Print Width: 0.75” to 4.25” (19mm -108mm)
Ink: Single tri-color dye Ink cartridge
Cutter: Yes, "pizza-wheel" cutter
Software: BarTender® UltraLite Primera Edition for PC
Make Your Own Product Labels with
Primera’s LX500 Color Label Printer.
Primera LX500 Color Label Printer:
The LX500c Color Label Printer prints full-color, photo-quality images and bar codes on highly water-resistant and scratch-resistant labels. Your labels can include full-color photos, illustrations, graphics, text and bar codes. Print them when and where you need them – in quantities you can really use! Best of all, depending upon the quantity you print, the price per label will be significantly less than labels printed on flexo or offset.
|Daily Volume:||1 to 1000||1 to 3000||1 to 3000||1 to 5000||1 to 7500|
|Print Width:||4.25" (108mm)||5" (127mm)||5" (127mm) pre-die cut labels
4.1" (104mm) die-cutting
|8.25" (210mm)||8.25" (210mm)|
|Print Speed (up to):||2.5"/sec. (64mm/sec.)||4.5"/sec. (114mm/sec.)||4.5"/sec. (114mm/sec.)||4.5"/sec. (114mm/sec.)||4.5"/sec. (114mm/sec.)|
|Ink Cartridge:||Single CMY, ultra-high yield||Single CMY, ultra-high yield||Single CMY, ultra-high yield||Single CMY, ultra-high yield||Separate CMY ink tanks|
|Ink Type:||Dye||Dye or Pigment||Dye or Pigment||Dye or Pigment||Dye or Pigment|
Top LX500 Markets
Manufacturers across hundreds of markets from specialty foods to cosmetics use Primera LX-series label printers to print their high-quality, short-run labels.
LX500 Color Label Printer
"This is our 2nd one. I felt it would be good to have a back up in case something happened to our first one. Its so easy to use and we are printing hundreds of color labels everyday without issue!!
by Mike Hummell
What's In The Box
LX500c Color Label Printers include one dye-based color ink cartridge, BarTender UltraLite Primera Edition software, printer drivers for Windows 7/8/10+ or MacOS 10.11+, starter roll of 4" x 3" (102mm x 76mm) Tuff-Coat High-Gloss Inkjet Label Stock, USB 2.0 cable and instructions. Requires an available USB 2.0 port.
|Visit the LX500/LX500c/RX500 downloads page for the latest support information.|
- What are the prices of the printers?
- How much are the ink cartridges?
- What are the main differences between the five label printers?
- Label Width:
- Label Length:
- Ink Cartridges:
- Label Rolls:
- Speed: (Expected throughput for an 8 hour work day.)
- What is the average cost per label? It depends upon the amount of coverage and the colors used in your design. If you’d like to know your specific cost per label, please send a high resolution .jpg of your actual label to firstname.lastname@example.org, specify the printer you would like us to test, and we’ll run a test through the printer’s software to give you a very close approximate cost. We can also provide this general information:
- How many labels can you print per ink cartridge or set of ink carts? It depends upon the amount of coverage and the colors used in your design. If you’d like to know your specific cost per label, please send a high resolution .jpg of your actual label to email@example.com, specify the printer you would like us to test, and we’ll run a test through the printer’s software to give you a very close approximate number of labels per design. We can also provide this general information:
- Which printers offer a built-in label cutter? LX500 has a guillotine-style cutter built-in, while LX600, LX910 and LX3000 both offer a built-in “pizza-wheel” style label cutter. LX610 has a built-in die-cutting knife blade for cutting labels into custom shapes and sizes. LX610 also has a built in “pizza-wheel” style cutter.
- What operating systems do these printers support?
- What is the highest resolution each printer is capable of printing? Native print resolution is 1200 dpi. All can print up to a maximum of 1200 x 4800 dpi, although 1200 x 1200 and 1200 x 2400 settings are usually preferred since they print faster.
- Do the printers come with software to design my labels? Yes, they come with a basic design program for Windows called BarTender UltraLite. LX610 does not include this software, but you can download Bartender for free on their website. It allows you to import graphics, logos, etc. and add things like bar codes. You can also design your labels in a full-featured design program, save them as high-resolution .jpg, .tiff, .bmp, .png or .pdf files and use our software to arrange them onto your label stock and print. Or, you can print directly out of your own graphic design software such Adobe® Illustrator® as long as that software allows you to change the page sizes to the sizes of your labels.
- Does the printers do bar codes? Yes, for Windows users they come with BarTender UltraLite software, which includes just about every type of bar code used in business and industry worldwide, including 2D bar codes. LX610 does not include this software, but you can download Bartender for free on their website.
- Are the labels waterproof? We hesitate to use the word “waterproof,” but several of our label substrates, when printed onto by LX600, LX610, LX910 and LX3000 with dye ink, are highly water-resistant. The LX3000 dye ink and 053013 Ultra Dye ink, when paired with our white gloss BOPP material, is extremely water-resistant. We do not recommend LX500/RX500 for labels that will be exposed to water. The black on LX500/RX500 is made by mixing cyan, magenta and yellow. That much ink saturation can smear when it gets wet no matter which label stock you use.
- How long will my images last? All inks, whether dye or pigment, will begin to fade over time. Dye ink generally is recommended for indoor use on products that will be consumed in less than a year. If exposed daily to direct sunlight or bright indoor lights, dye inks can start to fade in a number of months. Dye inks deliver the best range of bright, vibrant colors so they are usually preferred over pigment ink for products that go onto food, wine and other consumable products. Pigment ink has superior UV resistance. Primera’s pigment inks have been tested outdoors for more than a year with little noticeable fading. Pigment ink is usually selected if many years indoor or up to two years outdoor life is required with little fading. Labels printed with pigment ink will be slightly less vibrant, so are usually selected for more industrial-types of projects such as GHS labels, tags, photo ID badges, bin labels and much more.
- Do I have to buy my labels and ink from you? Continuous label stock for LX610 (used for digital die-cutting) must be purchased from Primera or one of its resellers. This material is chipped and perfectly matched with the printer for digital die-cutting. Any inkjet coated label material for pre-die cut labels may be used. For all other Primera desktop label printers, you are free to purchase them from anyone you choose. Labels just need to be coated for aqueous inkjet printing. For non-Primera labels, you’ll see varying levels of water-resistance, gloss and other characteristics. Remember to always test first! Our ink carts are designed specifically for our printers. So, you won’t generally find them at brick-and-mortar retail stores. However, thousands of online resellers have them in stock, as does Primera’s e-commerce site www.primera.com.
- Are your ink cartridges refillable? No, they are not. They are designed and manufactured for one-time-only use.
- Are any of your printers wireless? LX3000 does not have built-in wireless but can be made into a wireless printer with a low-cost to Ethernet to Wireless adapter. Customer Care reps can email you a list of currently-supported 3rd-party adapters.
- Do you offer any financing? Yes! We have relationships with both PayPal and Credit Key. Ask your sales representative for more details on these programs.
LX500: the single cyan/magenta/yellow (CMY) cartridge is $59.95.
LX600/LX610/LX910: the dye-based single, ultra-high capacity cyan/magenta/yellow (CMY) cartridge is $76.95, and the pigment-based single, ultra-high capacity CMY cartridge is $79.95. For increased water resistance and a darker black print, a new CMY+ Ultra Black dye cartridge is now available for $84.95.
LX3000: Dye and Pigment print heads are $77.95 each. The three color ink tanks are $66.95 each.
LX500 will print on a label from 0.75” (19mm) up to 4.25” (108mm) wide
LX600 will print on a label from .5” (13mm) to 5” (127mm) wide
LX610 will print on a label from .5” (13mm) to 4.1” (104mm) - die-cutting and .5” (13mm) to 5” (127mm) - pre-die cut
LX910/LX3000 will print on a label from 0.50” (13mm) up to 8.25” (210mm) wide; minimum liner width is 1.5” (38mm) and can be up to 8.375” (213mm) wide
LX500 will print a label from 0.75” (19mm) up to 24” (610mm) long
LX600/LX610 will print on a label from 0.5” (13mm) up to 12” (305mm) long
LX910/LX3000 will print a label from 0.50” (13mm) up to 24” (610mm) long
LX500 and RX500 utilize a single Cyan/Magenta/Yellow (CMY) ink cartridge that combines colors to make a process black.
LX600/LX610/LX910 use a single, ultra-high capacity CMY ink cartridge for dye for vibrant prime labels, and one for pigment that possesses UV- and water-resistant qualities.
LX3000 has separate CMY ink tanks in both dye and pigment inks. You also save money on ink since only the tank that runs out of ink needs to be replaced.
LX500 and RX500 have a 2” (51mm) core with label roll Outside Diameter (OD) of 5” (127mm).
LX600/LX610/LX910/LX3000 have a 3” (76mm) core with an OD of 6” (152mm).
LX500 – 500 to 1000 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) prints per day
LX600/LX610 – Up to 3000 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) prints per day
LX910 – 3000 to 5000 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) prints per day
LX3000 - 5000 to 7500 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) prints per day
LX500: at 50% coverage on a 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) label at default print resolution, cost per label can range from $0.05 to $0.10.
LX600/LX610/LX910: at 50% coverage on a 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) label at default print resolution, cost per label can range from $0.03 to $.07.
LX3000: at 50% coverage on a 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) label at default print resolution, cost per label can range from $0.005 to $.03.
LX500: at 50% coverage on a 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) label at default print resolution, you’ll get about 600 to 800 labels per ink cartridge
LX600/LX610/LX910: at 50% coverage on a 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) label at default print resolution, you’ll get about 1300 to 1800 labels per ink cartridge
LX3000: at 50% coverage on a 4" (102mm) x 3" (76mm) label at default print resolution, you’ll get about 7000 to 8500 labels per set of ink tanks
LX500: Windows 8/10/11 or MacOS 10.13 – MacOS 14 (Sonoma)
LX600: Windows 8/10/11 or MacOS 10.13 – MacOS 14 (Sonoma)
LX610: Windows 8/10/11 or MacOS 10.13 – MacOS 14 (Sonoma)
LX910: Windows 8/10/11 or MacOS 10.13 – MacOS 14 (Sonoma)
LX3000: Windows 8/10/11 or MacOS 10.13 – MacOS 14 (Sonoma)
For Mac, we don’t include software since most Mac users prefer to print directly from programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. If you are not a designer, an easy to use software package we recommend for Mac is Label LIVE software. You can download a free trial on our website.
It is important to match the right substrate for your particular application. This is especially true for water-resistance. Before ordering a large quantity of blank labels you should try out some printed labels on your products in the environment in which they’ll be used. In general, we suggest a synthetic substrate for high-humidity or wet environments. Vinyl, BOPP and polyester label stocks are ideal.
The most water-resistant substrate we sell is the clear and white polyester labels. However, they are also the most expensive. Vinyl and BOPP are great alternatives but again should be tested before ordering a large quantity of blank labels. Vinyl is also ideal for very small or irregularly-shaped containers since it is very soft and conformable. For applications where water isn’t a concern, our TuffCoat Gloss White paper labels perform exceptionally well and are affordable, too.
|Print Resolutions:||4800 x 1200 dpi, 1200 x 1200 dpi, 600 x 600 dpi|
|Ink Cartridge:||Color (CMY)|
|Color Matching:||Z-Color™ Color Matching Software|
|Print Width:||0.75" (19mm) to 4.25" (108mm)|
|Print Length:||0.25” (6mm) to 24” (609mm)|
|Media Width:||1" (25mm) to 4.25" (108mm)|
|Media Types:||Roll-fed pressure-sensitive labels, roll-fed tags, fan-fold labels or tags|
|Media Sensing:||Moveable see-through sensor for die-cut labels; Reflective for labels and tags with black stripe; Continuous label stock; Preprinted label stock.|
|Supply Roll:||5" (127mm) maximum diameter on 2" (51mm) core. Core has additional restrictions - see manual.|
|Ink Level Warning:||Calculates actual number of prints remaining based upon ink usage of graphics being printed (patent-pending)|
|Indicator Lights:||Power, Ink|
|Controls:||Pause, Load/Feed, Unload|
|Operating Systems:||Windows 8/10/11 or MacOS 10.13 - MacOS 14 (Sonoma)|
|Recommended Minimum System:
For PC: Pentium® IV computer or better, 512MB RAM, 5GB free hard drive space, USB port
|For Mac: 1 GHz Intel processor or higher, capable of running Mac OS X v10.8 or higher, 1GB RAM, one available USB port|
|Label Design Software:||BarTender UltraLite Primera Edition included for PC Only. Can also be used with most other popular label design and graphics software programs.|
|Electrical Rating:||12VDC, 5.0A|
|Power Requirements:||100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz, 60 watts|
|Certifications:||UL, UL-C, CE, KC|
|California Prop 65:||WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Toxin - www.p65warnings.ca.gov|
|Weight:||7.0 lbs. (3.2 kg)|
|Dimensions:||10.4"W x 15.3"D x 7.1"H (closed), 17.4"(open) 264mmW x 389mmD x 180mmH (closed), 442mmH (open)|
|Included:||Bartender Ultralite software for Windows, 4”X3” Tuffcoat™ High-Gloss Paper starter roll and starter tri-color cartridge.|
|Label width:||4.25" (108mm)||.75" (19mm)|
|Liner/media width:||4.25" (108mm)||1.0" (25mm)|
|Label height/length:||24" (610mm)||
|Gap between labels:||10" (254mm)||0.10" (3mm)|
|Width of thru-hole opening:||0.5" (13mm)||0.25" (6mm)|
|Distance from edge of media to edge of thru-hole:||2.25" (57mm)||0.20" (5mm)|
|Reflective/Black Mark Width*:||N/A||0.1" (3mm)|
|Max Outer Diameter (OD):||5.0"(127mm)||N/A|
|Inner Core Diameter (ID):||2.0" (51mm)||N/A|
|Total Thickness (Liner + Label)**:||0.010” (10 mil)||N/A|
|Distance from edge of media to edge of label:||Printer driver assumes 2 mm gap. However, this is adjustable via the left margin offset.|
* The Reflective/Black Mark should be opaque to infrared light. The mark should be between the labels. The end of the mark should correspond with the beginning of the label.
** This is the recommended maximum. There are two factors that determine whether the printer will accept any particular stock thickness.