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  1. NEW EPSON TM-T20X Thermal Receipt Printer

    The all-new EPSON TM-T20X Thermal Receipt Printer is now available in Australia.

    The TM-T20X is available in two models:

    The Epson TM-T20X replaces the previous TM-T20II printer and is also a 3-inch thermal receipt printer that uses 80mm x 80mm thermal receipt paper.

    It is a great entry-level printer, ideal for use on a Windows PC or Apple Mac via USB cable connection.

    Installing the Epson Ethernet TMT20X ion your local area network via network cable will make the printer available to all your devices on your LAN network.

    The Epson TM-T20X is also compatible with Square Pos on Android devices via USB cable or via a network connection.

    The Epson T20 print speed is 200 mm/sec and is fast enough to do the job of printing dockets or tax receipts for your customers if you have a low to medium volume retail store.

    The TMT20X is available in warehouses in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.

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  2. Which model replaces my Zebra Desktop Label Printer?

    Zebra has released so many new label printers in 2019 and 2029, which is a bit confusing to many people when deciding which printer model to order as a replacement for their existing Zebra label printer.

    We have identified the replacement models for the well-know Zebra label printers used in Australia:

    The Zebra ZD220D Direct Thermal Label Printer replaces the Zebra GC Series 4" GC420D. The ZD220D is perfect for printing low to medium volume shipping labels and retail labels and uses the direct thermal printing method (no ribbons required).

    The Zebra ZD220T Thermal Transfer Label Printer replaces the Zebra GC Series 4" GC420T.  The ZD220T uses ribbons and is perfect for printing low to medium volume shipping labels and retail labels where the label needs to last a very long time and uses ribbons to print on plain paper or synthetic labels, or you can just print shipping labels using the direct thermal method without any ribbons.

    The Zebra ZD420D Direct Thermal Label Printer replaces the Zebra GC Series 4" GK420D. The ZD420D is perfect for printing medium to high volume shipping labels and retail labels and uses the direct thermal printing method (no ribbons required).


    The Zebra ZD420T Thermal Transfer Label Printer replaces the Zebra GC Series 4" GK420T. The ZD420T uses ribbons and is perfect for printing medium to high volume shipping labels and retail labels where the label needs to last a very long time and uses ribbons to print on plain paper or synthetic labels, or you can just print shipping labels using the direct thermal method without any ribbons.

    The Zebra ZD620D Direct Thermal Label Printer replaces the Zebra GC Series 4" GX420D.  The ZD620D is perfect for printing medium to high volume shipping labels and retail labels that require 300 dpi high-quality printing and uses the direct thermal printing method (no ribbons required).

    The Zebra ZD620T Thermal Transfer Label Printer replaces the Zebra GC Series 4" GX420D. The ZD620T uses ribbons and is perfect for printing medium to high volume shipping labels and retail labels where the label needs to last a very long time, and the label must be printed with 300 dpi high-quality printing. The printer uses ribbons to print on plain paper or synthetic labels, or you can just print shipping labels using the direct thermal method without any ribbons.

    Both the ZD420 and ZD620 Zebra label printers have an upgradable design, that allows you to change the interface, add a cutter or peeler, and self install many other accessories or upgrades. The ZD620 is faster than the ZD420, and also has a user-friendly LCD display, to help speed up the time it takes to print labels.

     

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  3. BPA Free Receipt Paper Rolls

    In a study published by Springer-Verlag, someone who constantly handles BPA 80x80 receipt paper rolls on a daily basis, is prone to be exposed to an estimated 71 micrograms of BPA, which is 42 times less than the tolerable daily intake. These findings are reassuring, but most people still tend to be more vigilant when they hear something negative about a certain chemical.

    Using a BPA-free 80x80 thermal paper can remove the concerns your employees may have about exposure, and also provde comfort to your customers by letting them know that you care for their safety.

    The other factor to consider is that once BPA products are put into waste, it will have a negative impact to humans and or animals within the waste area. It has been shown in studies that BPA can have the same effect on animals as it does on humans, altering their ability to reproduce.

    What about print quality? BPA is excellent for making stable and clear thermal prints, but BPA-free thermal papers are still very competitive in terms of overall print quality.

    Alternative materials can be used for manufacturing thermal papers other than BPA, namely: BPS and Urea. BPS is currently the most common substitute for BPA because the latter has similar characteristics and properties to BPA, but BPA is still more harmful compared to BPS. BPS can however trigger the effects identical to BPA if some cases.

    Another BPA alternative for thermal papers is called Urea, and is the best option you want something that is both BPA and BPS free. It’s an entirely different compound that doesn't bring the negative effects of the BPA and BPS chemicals, but is more expensive.

    BPA is on many organisations ban lists for its reprotoxic and endocrine-disrupting properties, and as a consequence, BPS, has increasingly been used by paper manufacturers as an alternative to BPA, but there are concerns that it has similar effects to BPA.

    Switzerland has become the first country in Europe to ban bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol A (BPA) from being used in thermal receipt paper, after the Federal Council voted in favour of their prohibition in March 2019, and is expected to become illegal in many countries over the coming years.

    BPA-free thermal paper can save everyone from health issues associated with BPA. If you’re a business owner looking for paper rolls that are high quality and safe to use, BPA free Themal Rolls is the best option for you.

    POS'99 can supply BPA-free thermal paper in various sizes, 80x80 is the most popular for receipt printers.

     

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  4. Comparison of the Epson TMC3500, TMC7500 and Primera Colour Printers

    Pigment Inkjet Colour Label Printers

    The most popular pigment inkjet colour label printers in Australia are the Epson TM-C3500, TM-C7500, VIPColor 495 and Primera LX2000 colour label printers. These colour label printers are ideal for printing highly durable labels.

    These colour label printers print using pigment-based inks, that dry instantly, resulting in labels that do not smudge or smear.

    Pigment inkjet colour label printers also offer better resistance to chemicals, oils, water, UV light, and abrasions when printed on, for example, matte chemical label material.

    Pigment inkjet colour label printers are good options if you need to print durable labels, tags, tickets, or wristbands.

     

    Dye-based Inkjet Colour Label Printers

    Dye-based inkjet colour label printers, such as the Primera LX900, LX400, VIPColor VP485, or the Epson TM-C7500G (Gloss), are best for printing labels with much more vibrant colours as well as higher resolutions, ideal for product labels on glossy paper, polypropylene, clear labels and polyester labels.

    Dye-based inkjet printers also have the largest selection of different materials print labels with.

     

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  5. Comparison of Evolis Card Printers - To help you decide

    This article will help you decide which Plastic PVC Card Printer is best for you, as we have a lot of poeple asking us " Which ID Card printer is he best for my needs?"

    Plastic card printers are excellent for instantly issuing membership cards, ID cards, VIP entry cards, or loyalty cards.

    The main things you need to consider before you purchase is the following:

    • 1. What are you planning to print on the cards? 
    • 2. How many cards do you print per year? 
    • 3. How secure do the cards have to be?


    This Evolis printer comparison covers the main range of Evolis printers: Badgy 200, Zenius, Primacy, Avansia, and Quantum 2.  Each of these printers has a specific purpose, but we can compare them against the above-mentioned points.

     

    1.) What are you planning to print on the cards?

    Badgy 200 (260 dpi) One-Sided Printing - The Badgy prints one-sided prints at 260 dpi and prints edge to edge, but it isn't a full-bleed print, and also prints barcodes of any variety you need.

    Zenius 300 dpi One-Sided Printing - Optional Mag/RFID - The Zenius prints higher resolution than the Badgy. It also comes with options like magnetic strip encoding, an optional ethernet port, or RFID/Prox card encoding.

    Primacy 300 dpi One-/Two-Sided Print - Optional Mag/RFID - Everything the Zenius can do, the Primacy can do and also do better. The Primacy offers all the features of the Zenius, but again, at a lower price per card. It's also field upgradable to each of the features, so you can add features as you need. It also has the mag encoder and RFID options, as well as a duplexer (card flipper) option, an LCD Display option, and a high-capacity output hopper option.

    Avansia 600 dpi Two-Sided Print - Optional Mag/RFID - The Avansia has an amazing 600 dpi printing. It only comes with a duplexing, or two-sided print option. But it does have an optional mag encoder or RFID/Prox card encoder. These are purchased with the printer, and can't be upgraded later.

    Quantum 300 dpi Two-Sided Print - Mag Encoder - Optional RFID/Prox - The Quantum comes with most everything you need. It comes with a built-in three-track mag encoder. It's built to print two-sided, and 300 dpi is really all you ever need from a printer. That, plus its quick speed and workhorse performance make it a great printer for high volume.

     

    2.) How many cards do you print per year?

    Badgy 200 - Ideal for printing less than 500 cards a year

    A Badgy is ideal for printing ID badges. It can do some other things, but it's not meant to print more than a few dozen cards a year. The Badgy is great for making ID cards, or for printing on RFID or Prox cards for door access too. It comes with Badgy Badge Studio, which is excellent software for making ID badges. It also has a bunch of templates.

    Zenius - Ideal for printing less than 10,000 cards a year

    The Zenius is a full-function printer that can handle some volume, but it does have some limitations. It prints one-sided cards only; and after you buy it, you can't add more features. It also comes with pretty basic software.

    Primacy - Ideal for printing more than 10,000 cards a year

    The Primacy is the bigger brother of the Zenius. It prints faster and the print cost is a little cheaper, and it comes with better software. It's also upgradable as you need. So if you buy a one-side print Primacy, you can upgrade it to two-sided printing. It is the best seller of the printers.

    Avansia - Ideal for printing more than 10,000 cards a year

    The Avansia does not print as fast as the Primacy, but it prints in an amazing 600 dpi resolution. It also offers a true edge to edge printing, or what we in the industry call "full bleed." The major advantage is that the Avansia si that it has a lifetime warranty on the print head.

    Quantum - Ideal for printing more than 50,000 cards a year

    With a similar printing style to the Evolis Primacy, the Quantum was designed to print high volume cards fast, and it has a big output hopper (comes with detachable input and output hoppers). The user loads the cards like a magazine into a pistol, and then take the completed cards out the other side. 

     

    3.) How secure do the cards have to be?

    The Badgy 200 is minimally secure

    A Badgy is not meant to make driver's licenses or ID Cards for a high-security company. It is more suited for printing ID cards for warehouse employees, as an example. The Badgy can even add barcode functionality and put photos on the cards but has no encoding options.

    The Zenius has high security

    The Zenius offers additional safety features such as holographic varnish ribbons, or encoded magnetic strips. The device can also be locked so that the secure information cannot be read off the used ribbon and the mag data can be encrypted if required.

    The Primacy has high security

    The Primacy does everything the Zenius does, and also offers two-sided print and scalability, printing faster, and with fewer card refills.

    Avansia has very high security

    The Avansia is as secure as you can get on the market. Offering the data locking features of the Zenius and Primacy. Avansia also has a keyfob inside, and when removed, will not allow the printer to print. It can also create custom UV watermarks on cards, making the cards nearly impossible to replicate.

    The Quantum has high security

    With a similar printing style to the Primacy, the Quantum has the same security, it just prints more cards much faster with minimal hassle.

     

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  6. Doordash Order Printer TSP143 TSP654

    Which compatible Bluetooth Doordash order printer should I buy? Which one is the cheapest? What is the difference between the Doordash order printers?

    These are the questions we receive the most from customers using the Doordash Order App on Android or iPad.

    The order/receipt printer models supported by the DoorDash Order Manager App with a DoorDash tablet are as follows:

    Important: Orders will not print if from the DoorDash Order Manager App with a DoorDash tablet if you are using an unsupported printer model.

     

    What is the difference between the Doordash TSP143 and the Doordash TSP654 printer?

    - The Star Micronics TSP143 is the latest Bluetooth model, with a USB tablet charging port, and prints at 250 mm per second, and is the most popular model.

    - The Star Micronics TSP654 has been on the market for 8 years, and prints at 300mm per second, ideal for a very busy restaurant.

     

    Installing the TSP143 or TSP654  Order / Receipt Printer and Enable printing in the Doordash App

    Step 1: Insert a paper roll in the printer and wait until the status light is solid blue

    Step 2: Perform a test print on the printer to ensure the printer is working and the paper is inserted the correct way.

    Step 3: Performing the self-test print: Switch off the printer, hold down the feed button, switch it back on, and hold down the feed button until it starts to print the printer settings, if you can read the print out the printer is ready to pair.

    Step 4: Establish of your printer is in Android or iPad mode. On the above test print, if the status is AUTO CONNECT ON, it is ready for paring to the iPad, if the status is AUTO CONNECT OFF, it is ready for Android tablets

    Step 5: Pair the printer to the tablet in the Settings > Bluetooth section of the tablet (Please note the pair button for the TSP654 model is red and located at the back of the printer. )

    Step 6: Enable receipt printing in the Settings section of the Doordash order App

     

     

    Troubleshooting the Star Printer:

    1. The printer is not working/pairing properly?

    Turn the tablet's Bluetooth off and back on

    Swipe down from the top of the screen. You will see a mini dashboard.

    Tap the Bluetooth icon to turn the Bluetooth off. The icon will be gray when Bluetooth is off

    Tap the Bluetooth icon again to turn it back on. The icon will be blue

     

    2. The printer is showing as paired in the Order Manager but prints are failing.

    Unpair the tablet from the printer

    Swipe down from the top of the screen. You will see a mini dashboard.

    Press and hold the Bluetooth icon

    Under Paired Devices: Tap the gear symbol next to the device name, and then Tap unpair

    Follow pairing instructions below to pair the printer again


    3. Pairing the printer

    Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on (see above)

    Open the Order Manager App on your tablet and click on the Menu icon (box with 3 stacked bars to the top left of the app) to open up the sidebar

    Tap Settings, and then tap Set up a printer

    Select “Star printer (Bluetooth)” from the drop-down

    The tablet should automatically navigate you to the Bluetooth settings screen where you can select a Bluetooth device to pair

    Turn on Printer Pairing, and then press and hold the Pair button on the back of the printer for 5 seconds (The green light should begin blinking)

    Select the Star Micronics option under the list of available devices

    Click okay when prompted for pairing request

    The tablet will now automatically navigate you back to the Order manager settings screen where you can see the connected device

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  7. Difference between the Honeywell 1450g and the 1470g Barcode Scanner

    We have had many people asking us "What is the difference between the difference between the Honeywell 1450g and the new Honeywell 1470g barcode scanners?

    From a Retail and Point of Sale general use point of view, the Honeywell 1450g will do the same job as the Honeywell 1470g. The Honeywell 1470g  Extreme Performance (XP) is backwards compatible with the 1450g, and the 1470g will perform slightly better than the 1450g.

    Honeywell Australia released the new 1470g Extreme Performance (XP) barcode scanner in September 2019.

    First of all, the new Honeywell 1470g is compatible with Vend POS using a PC or Mac. It will also work with most Windows and Mac Point of Sale (POS) software.

    The main diffrences between the new Honeywell 1470g scanner and the Honeywell 1450g is the scanning rate. The new 1470g is much faster than the old 1450g.

    Both scanners can scan in presentation mode / handsfree mode for easy of use and speeding up checkouts.

    The below table will also help with a comparison of the Honeywell 1470g vs Honeywell 1450g:

    Features Honeywell 1470g Honeywell 1450g
    Scanning Technology Area-Imaging Area-Imaging
    Decode Compatibility 1D, PDF, 2D, and DotCode symbologies 1D, PDF and 2D
    Motion Tolerance/Scanning Rate

    70 cm/s (27.6 in/s)

    10 cm/s (4 in/s)

    Connectivity  USB Cable USB Cable
    Host Interface  USB, Keyboard Wedge, RS-232, RS485 support for IBM 46xx (RS485) USB, Keyboard Wedge, RS-232, IBM 46xx (RS485)                 
    Durability (Drop)  30 1.8 m (6 ft) drops  30 drops 1.5 m (5 ft) drops
    Operating Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F) 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
    Warranty  5 Years 5 Years
    Durability (IP) IP40 IP41

     

    We trust that this article has been useful, please feel free to contact our friendly team via chat, phone or email.

     

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  8. iPad 10.2 stands for retail, customer display and Point of Sale (POS)

    Looking for the best iPad 10.2 inch stands for retail, customer display and Point of Sale (POS)?

     

    Choosing the best iPad or Tablet stand for retail comes down to a few key desicions:

    1. The security options provided by the stand, such as cable locks, screw down and permanent locks

    2. The tablet size (e.g. iPad 9.7, 10.5, 10.2, 12.9 inch)

    3. Consider a universal stand in order to future proof your stand comaptibility with the ever changing new releases of Apple and Android ipads and Tablets.

    4. Cable management that will allow for charging duting the day shift

    5. Durablity - Steel vs Plastic

    6. Movement: Rotation and Swivel functionality for a better customer expreince and to help speed up the sale process.

    7. Fitting in with your Brand and Store vide

    We trust that this article has been useful, please feel free to contact our friendly team via chat, phone or email.

     

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  9. Difference between the Epson TM-T82IIIL and Epson TM-T82III Receipt Printers

    We have had many people asking us "What is the difference between the Epson TM-T82III and the Epson TM-T82IIIL Point of Sale Receipt Printer models.

    Epson Australia released these new POS Receipt Printer models in 2019, this article will help you to purchase the best suited Epson POS receipt printer for your retail store or restaurant.

    First of all, the new Epson TM-T82III and TM-T82IIIL printer models are backwards compatible with the previous TM-T82II model, but we you recommend that you contact us before you purchase it to work with Square, Vend, Kounta, Loyverse, Mobi POS, WaiterOne and many other apps (Also please ensure that you order the TM-T82III or TM-T82IIIL model with the correct interface).

    The main diffrences between the printers are the volumes it can handle, and the TM-T82III has an additional year of warranty.

    Main differences between the Epson TM-T82IIIL and Epson TM-T82III POS Receipt Printers are:

     

    Epson TM-T82IIIL (Low Volume)

    • - Ultra Low print volume model - Perfect when you are printing low volume receipts or orders in a small store
    • - 24 month warranty (2 years)
    • - Interfaces available: Dual Interface (USB & Serial) OR Single Interface (Ethernet)
    • - Built-in Power Supply
    • - Maximum print speed of 200mm/second
    • - Printer Thermal Head Life Span of 100 kilometer
    • - Wireless printing: The Epson TM-T82IIIL Cannot print wirelesly - Please purchase the TM-T82III network model

    Epson TM-T82III (Low to Medium Volume)

    • - Ideal for Low to Medium Print volume for busier, small to medium size business
    • - 36 month warranty (3 years)
    • - Interfaces available: Dual Interface (USB & Serial OR USB & Parallel OR Ethernet & USB)
    • - External power supply (Can be replaced in the future)
    • - Maximum print speed of 250mm/second
    • - Printer Thermal Head Life Span of 150 kilometer
    • - Wireless printing: The Epson TM-T82III work with the Epson Wireless Dongle (optional extra)

     

    Shared functionality and features on the Epson TM-T82IIIL and Epson TM-T82III:

    Both the Epson TM-T82IIIL and Epson TM-T82III models have a Cash Drawer (Drawer Kick / DK Port) for use with 24 Volt  Cash Drawers, and allows the cash drawer to open automatically once a transaction has been finalised. Both the Epson TM-T82IIIL and Epson TM-T82III use 80x80 Thermal Receipt paper rolls.

     

    Conclusion: Which Epson T82III printer model should you choose?

    The obvious choice is the Epson TM-T82III , as it has better specifictions and will last longer. It also has Wifi capatility and the power supply can be replaced in the event of a power surge, as opposed to preplacing the whole printer, as is the case with the Epson TM-T82IIIL.

     

    The below table will also help with a comparison of the Epson TM-T82IIIL vs Epson TM-T82III:

    Features Epson TM-T82IIIL Epson TM-T82III
    Print Volumes Ultra Low Low to Medium
    Warranty 24 month 36 month
    Interfaces

    USB & Serial

    OR

    Ethernet only

    USB & Serial OR

    USB & Parallel OR

    Ethernet & USB 

    Power supply Internal (Non replaceable) External (Replaceable)
    Maximum print speed  200mm/second  250mm/second
    Thermal Head Life Span 100 kilometer 150 kilometer
    Wireless printing None Epson Wireless Dongle (optional extra)

     

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  10. What is the difference between the Zebra GK420 and the Zebra ZD420?

    So many customers ask us "What is the difference between the Zebra GK420 and the Zebra ZD420 label printer models. With this article we hope to compare the two printers in such a way that it is easy to understand and make an informed choice before you purchase the new model.

    Zebra released the Zebra ZD420 label printers to the Australian market in 2019. There are two main categories of printer models in this range namely the Direct Thermal ZD420D (Replaces the GK420D) and the Thermal Transfer ZD420T (Replaces the GK420T).

    The Direct Thermal ZD420D that is replacing the GK420T prints Direct Thermal method only (Cannot print with ribbons).

    The Thermal Transfer ZD420T that is replacing the GK420D prints Direct Thermal OR Thermal Transfer methods. (Prints with or without ribbons on Plain paper or Thermal paper).

    The main differences between the printers are the print speeds and the size of the ribbon. The new ZD420 prints at 6 inches per second, compared to GK420 with 5 inches per second print speed. The ZD420T Thermal Transfer model can hold the current 70-74 meter long GK420T ribbons, as well as larger 300m meter long ribbons to help save time with fewer ribbon changing events. The new ZD420 also has many more optional features such as a Wifi and Bluetooth interface.

    There is also a cartridge version called the ZD420C, but we only recommend buying this model where changing ribbons is important for time saving purposes, as the cartridge ribbons are costly and limited to the Zebra brand only. The healthcare version of the ZD420C is very popular in hospitals and doctor practices around Australia.

    The below table will also help as a comparison of the older GK420 pritners, and the new ZD420 printers.

     

     

     

    We trust that this article has been useful and helped to make the right choice between the GK420 vs ZD420 . Please feel free to contact our friendly team via chat, phone or email.

    We carry stock in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, please call to confirm availability.

     

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