Barcode Label Printers FAQ

Below are the most common questions we get asked about Barcode Label Printers. If you cant find an answer to your question please feel free to contact us.

What is a Barcode Printer?

A Barcode Printer is a printer specially designed to print barcodes and text on rolls of label. These printers can either use the Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer methods to print.

What is the difference between a Barcode Printer and Label Printer?

A Label Printer and Barcode Printer are the same thing. The printer prints on labels where text and barcodes can be printed.

What is Thermal Transfer (TT) Print Method?

The Thermal Transfer Printing method uses a roll of ribbon to print onto the labels. These ribbons are available in Wax, Wax/Resin or Resin allowing printing on various types of paper material. The printed label is durable and long lasting.

What is the Direct Thermal (DT) Print Method?

The Direct Thermal Print method prints directly on thermal paper labels with no ribbon. The printers print head applies heat directly to the thermal paper label which turns black where heat is applied. The print on the label does not last very long and is affected by heat, moisture etc.

What is a Desktop Label Printer?

The desktop label printers are designed to print a few hundred labels a day. These printers usually have a small footprint and have plastic covers. They are ideal for office and commercial use. They are available in either Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer.

What is an Industrial Label Printer?

Industrial Label Barcode Printers are designed to work in harsh environments and print a couple of thousand labels per day. The housings are usually made of metal and the mechanical mechanisms are more robust to with stand heavy duty printing. Ideal for Industrial, Commercial and any other application where a hard working printer is needed.

Which Entry Level Barcode Printer is best?

When it comes to entry level printers we will always suggest the Argox OS214Plus Printer. The printer comes standard with Serial, Parallel and USB Interfaces. The OS214Plus printer can be used as a Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer Printer (with or without ribbon). The printer has proven itself over the years with very little maintenance required.

Do the Barcode Label Printers come with Software?

The majority of the Barcode Label Printers come with a free Label Design Software, Drivers and Printer Utilities. The Argox range of printers come with Bartender UL Label Design Software. The Bartender UL can be downloaded from our site here.