System ID / Barcode Printers
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If you need a small barcode printer for small tasks, a big barcode printer for a big job, or somewhere in between, we have many reliable, low-cost options for you, including a full line of Zebra barcode label printers.
A barcode system isn't complete without a printer. Make sure you select the correct one that fits your specific needs. For example, do you need a thermal transfer or a direct transfer printer? What size labels will you print? Do you require a cutter, rewinder, or peeler? And what about DPI and durability? + Show More
Zebra QLN Series
There are several categories of barcode printer, each with distinctive characteristics designed to meet the requirements of different applications.
Desktop barcode printers are ideal for applications where space and budget are limited. They have a compact design that fits neatly on your desk, countertop, or POS station. A desktop thermal barcode printer creates an image by applying heat directly to a direct thermal label or tag, or to a direct thermal/thermal transfer print mechanism, which can also use a ribbon to create a more durable image. Desktop barcode printers work best with paper labels and tags which are larger than 1.5" x 0.5". A barcode label printer is also the perfect choice for printing vinyl jewelry labels. A desktop barcode printer can print on other synthetic materials, but in limited quantities. If you need to print more than 150 labels per day, a tabletop barcode printer would probably better suit your needs.
A tabletop barcode printer is also called an "industrial barcode printer" or "midrange barcode printer." Tabletop barcode printers are designed to withstand harsh environments, such as a dusty warehouse, and higher print demands. They have a larger footprint to accommodate larger rolls of media, so you don't have to reload the labels or tags as often.A tabletop barcode printer can handle a wide variety of media sizes, from very small serial labels on cell phone components to very large chemical drum labels. They can also handle a wide variety of media types, from basic paper to synthetics that are flexible enough to wrap around a vial or durable enough to withstand extreme weather conditions outdoors. A tabletop barcode printer is designed to handle higher duty cycles as well with some printers able to run 24-hour duty cycles.
A mobile barcode printer (also known as a portable barcode printer) fits applications that require labels or receipts to be printed on-site, on-demand. They are small and lightweight enough to be clipped on a belt or hung on your shoulder with a strap. Most portable barcode label printers are direct thermal only. They are available with a number of features to make your printing on-the-go that much easier, such as models that can take linerless media, reducing the hassle and mess of the used label liner. Depending on the configuration of the portable barcode printer, you have several choices for how you want to send the label information to the portable barcode printer. You could send it wirelessly via an 802.11 or Bluetooth radio, or via the IrDA ports, or simply connect the printer to a portable data terminal with a cable.
ID card printers are used for printing driver licenses, employee badges, student ID cards, visitor badges, loyalty/membership cards, gift/discount cards, calling cards, etc. ID card printers are included in with the barcode printers because the cards are printed with a barcode most of the time. There are ID card printers that can also encode information in a magnetic stripe on a card. ID card printers come in models that can print monochrome only, full color on one side only, and full color on both sides. There is also a wide variety of media for ID card printers, from disposable, inexpensive paper cards for visitor badges to thick PVC cards with security chips built-in for employee access badges. Some ID card printers can also add a watermark for increased security. You can even use a special ribbon to create scratch off boxes on gift/discount or calling cards.