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Understanding Epson Endorsement, Slip, and Validation Printing

Posted September 10, 2013

2013-09-10_1033As a long standing POS printer manufacturer, Epson has provided some of the most capable and flexible printers in the market. The most common need at the POS for printing is usually a basic customer receipt, but handling things like checks, deposit slips, prescriptions, and returns will require a multi-functional printer like the TM-H600iv. These types of printers have multiple means to print on externally feed documents making them the perfect all-in-one solution for financial institutions, pharmacies, and general retail applications.

Understanding the differences between the 3 types of printing (Endorsement, Slip, and Validation) can be confusing at first but we’ve broken it down in these simple definitions and included diagram.

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CognitiveTPG Sets Reliability Benchmark for POS Receipt Printers with the A798

Posted August 1, 2013

CognitiveTPG A798 Receipt PrinterCognitiveTPG sets new reliability benchmark for its POS Receipt printers, A798 and A799, increasing specifications on printhead life, knife cuts, and print lines.  More importantly, CognitiveTPG is offering exceptional pricing on the A798 printer that will agree with any price sensitive budget.

With the only self-sharpening ceramic knife in the industry, both the A798 and A799 now boast the highest knife life available at 3 million cuts, 72 million printlines, and 242 km printhead life, taking them well beyond the A798’s new 3-year warranty and the A799’s 4-year warranty.

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Introducing Star’s New Receipt Printer the TSP650II

Posted June 7, 2013

Star TSP650ii Receipt PrinterIn continuing with its Always-Leading-Always Innovative corporate philosophy, Star Micronics is proud to announce the release of its latest thermal receipt printer, the TSP650II, which is replacing the TSP650.

Updated to exceed and further enhance one of Star’s most popular printers, the TSP650II boasts a lightning fast print speed of 60RPM (receipts per minute) (300mm/second). The TSP650II also features an improved Guillotine Cutter (2 million cuts), easy “drop in and print” paper loading and a small footprint.

The TSP650II ships with Installation CD (printer driver/ manuals), setup guide, wall mount bracket, vertical mount pads, 58mm paper guide, power switch cover, start-up paper roll and external power supply included in the box. Interface options available include Serial, Parallel, USB, Ethernet and the recently released iOS compatible Bluetooth printer. In addition, the TSP650II comes with Star’s 3-year Limited Warranty.

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How to Print from an iPad to a Star iOS Receipt Printer

Posted May 3, 2013

Star has been a leader in the receipt printer industry due to their efficient designs and ability to keep up with current technology trends all the while making products that are easy to use.

The POS world has seen a big shift towards using iPads and other tablets instead of a traditional desktop and with this comes the challenge of printing receipts easily. Lucky for us, Star is well prepared to support iOS and Android devices with any of their Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or mobile printers.  This video is a great step-by-step explanation of how to pair and print with your iPad to any Star printer.


Star Launches its First Desktop Bluetooth Receipt Printer with the TSP650II BTi

Posted May 1, 2013

Star TSP650ii Receipt PrinterStar’s new TSP650II BTi Desktop Bluetooth printer compatible with Apple iOS devices.

Star Micronics expands its “i” Series of printers with the launch of its first desktop Bluetooth printer. Apple MFi certified, the TSP650II BTi receipt printer is approved for use with the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. With operating system support for iOS, Android and Windows, the TSP650II BTi features the best of both worlds by coupling the comfort of legacy products with the speed and connection options demanded today in fast-paced point of sales environments.

The TSP650II BTi’s “JustWorks” SSP profile makes the pairing process very simple to use. It allows for a quick connection without the hassle of a passkey or having to choose between iOS and Android modes. Quick and ready to use, no user interaction is needed to pair the TSP650II BTi.

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Getting Started with the Star Wi-Fi Power Pack

Posted March 29, 2013

With everything becoming wireless and mobile, getting existing POS hardware, like receipt printers, onto your wireless network often means getting a new printer. Luckily, Star has their Wi-Fi Power Pack to turn any of the Star LAN based printers into fully wireless capable units. The Power Pack is easy to install and is a very cost effective option for businesses that already have Star printers in place and don’t want deal with long cable runs. This also enables the Star printer using the WiFi Power Pack to connect with tablets, smart phones and other portable electronic wireless devices.

This video is a great intro and how-to explanation of how to set-up the Wi-Fi Power Pack  in just a few simple steps.


The New Apple iOS Compatible Star SM-T300i Printer!

Posted March 5, 2013

Star SM-T300i Portable Barcode PrinterTo meet rising demand for mobile friendly POS printers, Star Micronics has announced the addition of its SM-T300i to their “i” Series of printers which started with the popular SM-S220i Bluetooth printer. The SM-T300i portable receipt printer is approved by Apple, Inc. through MFi certification for use with the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad.

In addition to its ability to pair with iOS, Android and other popular mobile platforms, the SM-T300i has easy drop in & print paper loading, a reliable and quick print speed of 75mm per second, and an intuitive LCD display. Dust protected and splash-proof resistant (IP54 Certified), the SM-T300i is rugged enough for outside field workers requiring handhelds to seamlessly print from a mobile device to a durable portable printer. The SM-T300i also allows for restaurant servers and clerks working in demanding retail and hospitality environments to print standard three inch format receipts wherever they need to. Its rugged and splash proof design combined with standard three inch receipt printing and a long battery life make the SM-T300i a welcomed option.

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How to Use Square Up with Star Ethernet Printers

Posted February 6, 2013

Star TSP100LAN futurePRNT Receipt PrinterWith the popularity of tablets today many businesses are finding more ways to integrate them into everyday operations.  One of the most common applications today is turning your iPad into a Point of Sale terminal with easy to use applications like Square Register.

While processing a payment and transaction is easily handled by the iPad and Square, there is still the challenge of providing a printed receipt to your customers. Fortunately, Star is leading the way with a variety of receipt printers that will easily work with your Square system.

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How Do I Change The Swappable Interface On My Star Printer?

Posted December 13, 2012

As a leading POS printer manufacturer, Star Micronics provides support for Serial, Parallel, USB, Powered USB, and Ethernet printing. We understand that systems, configuration, and POS software can change, which can result in a desired or necessary upgrade to POS hardware. Star printers have been affectionately coined by our customers as “Workhorses” because of their long operation lives and high reliability… Purchasing a new printer just to upgrade the interface is a costly and unnecessary expense to store and restaurant owners, which is why Star supports swappable interface connections for many of its models. This feature is especially convenient for users upgrading from old systems requiring serial interfaces to new systems that support USB or Ethernet connections.

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Datamax-O’Neil Extends the microFlash/PrintPAD Series Printhead Warranty to Two Years

Posted December 6, 2012

Datamax-O’Neil, which is the only thermal portable receipt printer manufacturer to stand behind its claims of ruggedness and durability by offering a full 2-year warranty on its microFlash and PrintPAD series printers, is now extending the 2-year warranty to the printheads as well. This warranty is four times longer than competing printers. The table below provides the warranty comparisons:

Datamax-O’Neil will extend the original printhead warranty on new microFlash and PrintPAD printers from 1 year to 2 years effective December 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2013.


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