A common printer in field service applications, the rugged 4-inch mobile label printer was a class of printers we were eager to test for VAR and ISV (independent software vendors) readers. To determine which brands of printers to test, we relied on the results from January’s Best Channel Vendor survey. For this review, we partnered with VAR Paragon Print Systems to leverage the company’s years of bar-coding expertise and facilities. Paul Aldridge, sales manager for Paragon Print Systems, found that each of the three printers tested had its own pros and cons. Full article.
Datamax-O'Neil RL4 Product Review
To Aldridge, the Datamax-O’Neil RL4 felt the most rugged of the tested units. It was also the heaviest. Still, the VAR reported that the unit was comfortable when worn on the hip. Indeed, he says that the Datamax belt clip provided the most natural movement of the three and seemed the most durable. Read more.
Toshiba TEC EP4DL Product Review
The Toshiba’s base allows the printer to stand straight up and down on its own, making it ideal for cart applications where the printer may be mobile but not worn by the operator. The unit has a fan-fold slot for external media loading and is the only unit tested with a side-loading battery. Read more.
Zebra QLn420 Product Review
Aldridge found the Zebra QLn420 easy to load. Loading a roll of labels could be completed in as little as 10 seconds. He also says that the Zebra unit’s media access door opens at the widest angle of the three, making it more accessible when loading media, especially when gloves are being worn. Read more.