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Top Intermec Label Printers – Infographic

Posted August 15, 2013

Top Intermec Printers

In the world of label printing, Intermec has been a long standing leader in providing  reliable, easy to use, and innovative printers. From small volume desktop printing to high capacity industrial, warehouse, and manufacturing applications, Intermec has printers to meet the needs of any environment.

With such a range of products to choose from it can sometimes be a challenge to find the perfect fit for your specific business needs. This infographic is a great introduction and breakdown of Intermec’s key printers.

For further assistance finding the right Intermec printer, contact us at BarcodesInc.


The Zebra QL420 Plus Discontinuance Notice

Posted July 2, 2013

Zebra QL420 Plus Portable Barcode PrinterZebra has announced the discontinuance of the QL 420 Plus mobile label printer. The replacement for this printer is the QLn420. The QL 420 Plus product will continue to be available through Zebra distributors until November 22, 2013, or possibly longer based upon the distributor’s available inventory. Service, parts and support will continue to be available for approximately three years from the last date of shipment (until February 22, 2017).

This is also a good time to switch to the new QLn420 mobile label printer. Remember, the new QLn420 provides all the benefits of the QL 420 Plus and more, in a smaller size!

  • Faster print speed at 4 inches per second
  • More wireless connectivity options, including Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n
  • More memory for increased storage of fonts, graphics and files
  • Higher capacity ‘smart’ battery
  • Link-OS enabled for on-going application and feature updates
  • More warehouse application accessories

For assistance updating your Zebra  mobile printers, contact us at BarcodesInc.


The Datamax-O’Neil RL4 Excels in Rugged Testing and Certification

Posted May 29, 2013

Datamax-O'Neil RL4 Portable Barcode PrinterDatamax-O’Neil announced that its RL4 portable printer has achieved standard IEC 60068-2-31, a free-fall drop test comprised of 2,000 repeated drops from 500 mm. The testing was conducted by Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, a world-leading concept-to-consumer quality assurance and compliance services provider to manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

The printer sustained minor physical damage, but continued to operate successfully following completion of the testing. The RL4 is the only 4-inch portable label printer to comply with the IEC 60068-2-31 standard. “The RL4’s ability to operate after 2,000 free-fall drops is confirmation that our efforts to design a portable printer that meets the most demanding mobile application requirements was successful and demonstrates our commitment to offer the industry’s most rugged and reliable printers,” said John Murphy, senior product manager for Datamax-O’Neil.

On the heels of passing the drop test, the RL4 also received positive comments in a comprehensive product review with two competitive printers. The review, conducted by Business Solutions magazine paired with VAR Paragon Print Systems, compared the Datamax-O’Neil RL4 with both the Toshiba TEC and  Zebra portable printers. The review, which appeared in the May issue of Business Solutions, compared the printers in five categories: setup and configuration, paper loading, battery life, LCD display and build quality. The following are comments the RL4 received in each of those categories:

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Add Mobility to your Datamac E-Class Printer with the New MPU-4000

Posted March 15, 2013

High performance, rechargeable battery pack allows desktop printer to be used in mobile printing applications

Datamax-O’Neil announced the availability of their MPU-4000, a fully integrated battery pack that attaches to the bottom of the E-Class Mark III printer, delivering enough power for the printer to operate for days without recharging.  Utilizing long lasting lithium polymer batteries, the MPU-4000 combined with the E-Class Mark III is ideal for higher duty applications that require the endurance and speed of a desktop printer but the mobility and long battery life of a portable printer.

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New Zebra iMZ Mobile Printers Connect to Apple Devices

Posted February 14, 2013

The iMZ220 and iMZ320 mobile printers build on the current MZ series with the addition of Bluetooth connectivity to Apple iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry platforms. Supporting smart phone and tablet technologies, as well as mobile computer technology, the iMZ series gives users a real choice of mobile platforms to suit their business requirements. Compact and lightweight, these easy-to-operate mobile receipt printers are a great entry-level model for printing simple 2-inch and 3-inch receipts.

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The New Star SM-S220i Is Now Available!

Posted December 21, 2012

Star SM-S220i Portable Barcode PrinterStar Micronics is proud to bring you the SM-S220i portable Bluetooth printer. The SM-S220i is an industry first, with the ability to connect using Bluetooth to not only devices running operating systems such as Windows and Android, but to devices running iOS, such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The SMS220i’s agile features make it the perfect solution for mobile point of sale and payment applications.

Thanks to MFi certification from Apple, the SM-S220i is able to pair with iOS devices unlike common Bluetooth printers which only support the iOS incompatible SPP Bluetooth protocol. You may have seen other MFi certified Bluetooth printers on the market, but Star’s SM-S220i is the first to support both iOS and the SPP protocol meaning one printer will work with all devices. Customers will no longer need to purchase separate models, one for iOS and one for Android. Instead, customers can purchase a single model, the SM-S220i, and be assured that it will work with any Bluetooth enabled device.

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Powering Your Printer: What You Need to Know About Lithium-Ion Batteries

Posted December 12, 2012

Datamax-O’Neil printers are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion is the fastest growing battery chemistry type in the world. In less than two decades, it has progressed from the research and development domain to more widespread use, to the point that they are rapidly becoming the world’s most popular portable secondary battery chemistry. They’re the battery of choice in everything from cell phones and digital cameras to printers and portable PCs and tablets. Lithium-ion batteries are a family of rechargeable batteries in which lithium ions move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode when discharging, and in the opposite direction when charging. They have been referred to as “rocking chair batteries” because of the back-and-forth ionic action during charge and discharge.

Chemistry, performance, cost, and safety characteristics vary across lithium-ion battery types. Unlike disposable lithium primary batteries, lithium-ion electrochemical cells use an intercalated lithium compound as the electrode material instead of metallic lithium. The positive electrode material is typically a metal oxide with a layered structure, such as lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2), or a material with a tunneled structure, such as lithium manganese oxide (LiMn2O4), on a current collector of aluminum foil. The negative electrode material is typically a graphitic carbon (also a layered material) on a copper current collector. In the charge/discharge process, lithium ions are inserted or extracted from interstitial space between atomic layers within the active materials.

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The Star SM-S220i – New Portable Bluetooth Printer Compatible with iOS Devices

Posted November 19, 2012

Star Micronics has announced the latest advancement in its portable printer line, the SM-S220i Bluetooth printer compatible with the Apple iOS devices.

The SM-S220i portable receipt printer is Star’s first printer approved by Apple, Inc. The SM-S220i printer, unlike most printers, can pair via Bluetooth with the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. The SM-S220i printer has made it easier than ever to print from the Apple iOS devices that have become ubiquitous in the Point of Sale and Payment industries.

Not only can Star’s SM-S220i printer pair with iOS devices but it also supports the Bluetooth SPP protocol, meaning it can pair with devices running most other common operating systems as well. As one of the first printers available with both of these Bluetooth technologies in one device, the SM-S220i will make it easier for resellers to offer a simple hardware solution to merchants that is compatible with all of the popular mobile platforms.

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Datamax Apex 3 Now Available with USB

Posted October 23, 2012

The Apex 3 line of printers is one of the most popular mobile printers on the market today due to its fast, reliable printing at a great price. Designed specifically for your mobile workforce, it  can meet your mobile printing  needs without sacrificing on quality and performance. The Apex 3 is an affordable way to meet the constantly changing requirements connected to field service, transportation, retail and law enforcement applications.

Historically this printer has been only available with an RS232 connection, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.  With the added USB support to the line you can be sure that this printer will be a great fit for any application.

For more details and pricing on the new USB models, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Start a Mobile POS With Citizen and Socket

Posted October 19, 2012

Citizen & Socket: A Mobility Match

With the growing popularity of Android, iOS, and Blackberry devices there are more and more ways you can put theses devices to use.  One of the most common, is bringing the point of sale outside the 4 walls.  Mobile POS software is available for almost any mobile device but one of the biggest challenges is incorporating barcode scanning and receipt printing. You could always email a receipt or use the camera on your device as a scanner but many customer will want a physical receipt copy and your camera is a poor substitute for a proper scanner.

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