Comparing the QL-120 and the T-2C

Bringing your Printing In-House

Outsourcing your color label printing can be expensive. With high order minimums and long lead times, sometimes it’s best to bring your color label printing in house. If you’re considering such a switch, desktop printers are an excellent solution due to their compact size and ease of use.

This article will compare two compact color label printers: the QL-120 and the T-2C. The QL-120 is perfect for shorter runs while the T-2C excels where high-volume label production is required. The purpose of this article is to examine both printers and help you decide which is right for your business.




A table comparing the QL-120 and T-2C

Production Features

The T-2C is a production powerhouse. It includes a built-in label rewinder and space for up to five slitters. By seamlessly incorporating the slitting and rewinding processes, the T-2C makes high volume label production easy. Perhaps more impressive is the T-2C’s footprint of under two square feet, making it easy to use even in cramped spaces.

In addition to a footprint even smaller than the T-2C’s, the QL-120 boasts the lowest minimum print width in the industry. It can print on labels no wider than half an inch wide, ideal for e-cigarette labeling and other specialized applications.



With its 1200 dpi printhead, the QL-120 is a top of the line color printer, capable of printing crisp text and barcodes at any size. By comparison, the T-2C boasts an unbelievable 1600dpi printhead which delivers excellent results when printing minuscule text and barcodes.

Color Management

Both the QL-120 and the T-2C feature ICC profiling for accurate color matching. The T-2C has additional color management capabilities managed directly from the print software, including spot color conversion and global color adjustment sliders. Spot color conversion quickly changes spot colors to their CMYK equivalent for brand color consistency. The color adjustment sliders can be used to quickly adjust colors in the label artwork without leaving the software.


When assessing the cost of printing, you must consider two major factors: the printer and the ink.

Getting a printer in your door is the first step. The T-2C costs $29,995, while the QL-120 clocks in at a much more digestible $9,995. For both printers, this price includes 1-year parts and labor warranty to ensure you and your printer get off on the right foot.

Once your printer is up and running, you’ll need ink. Ink for the QL-120 comes in 240 ml cartridges and costs about $0.01/ml. If you think that’s a bargain, ink for the T2-C comes in 2-liter tanks and costs a mere $0.006/ml.

Ultimately this means that the QL-120 is a perfect solution until you need to print around the clock. If you will be running labels 24/7, the T-2C’s cost-effective ink means considerable savings in the long run.

Bottom Line

The QL-120 is an excellent entry-level desktop label printer, particularly for shorter runs and thinner labels. Its initial cost makes it ideal for small companies looking to bring their labeling in-house.

By comparison, the T-2C is an ideal solution for label converters or businesses that print around the clock. While the QL-120 is perfectly capable of running labels on a 24-hour cycle, the T-2C is a faster and more cost-effective solution for high-volume label printing.