Printers for these functions are any printer capable of understanding the common printing language called PCL5. The language must be part of the software embedded in the printer; if the language is understood by the operating system driver, that printer will not work. Most business / enterprise class printers support PCL5 and have the language in the embedded software. It is also highly recommended that this printer have a built-in network card, capable of either JetDirect or LPD protocols.
As of January 15, 2015 we sell HP LaserJet Pro 400, HP LaserJet 602N, and Lexmark MS720 printers for this category. We usually recommend the Pro 400 only if customers also use the Small-Format labels described later as the Pro 400 struggles with printing laser labels.
Thermal labels are a relatively new feature to our system; it was developed and made available to customers about 4 years ago. The main benefits of them over laser labels is that they are cheaper per-label to print, they print faster, and require a much smaller printer. Most customers who use these small format labels purchase the cheaper laser printer, the HP LaserJet Pro 400, for their reports and other plain paper print jobs. To print small format labels, the printer must understand the ZBLII printing language developed and maintained by Zebra. And, like the PCL5 requirements of Report and Laser Label printers, the ZBLII language must be embedded in the printer and not be only part of the operating system driver. Also like Report and Laser Label printers, we highly recommend this printer have a built-in network card, capable of either the JetDirect or LPD protocols.
As of January 15, 2015 we sell the Zebra GX420d printer for this category.