cab SQUIX Printer Review (Benefits, Features, & Cost)

cab SQUIX Printer Review (Benefits, Features, & Cost)

Label Printers | 17 March 2021

Posted by John Masica

Cab SQUIX Printer Review (Benefits, Features, & Cost) (1)

The cab SQUIX is a printer I have come to love and recommend to customers in all the industries we serve. Its sleek design, robust engineering and adaptability make it one of the most versatile and effective solutions in our portfolio.

Our team has extensive knowledge of a variety of makes and models of label printers, with over 40 years of experience curating, adapting and troubleshooting complete barcode label printing solutions.

Computype is a licensed distributor of the cab SQUIX printer. We believe in the quality and performance of the many cab products we offer leading us to recommend printers like the SQUIX to many of our customers.

While we wouldn’t offer this particular series of printers unless we felt it was a top-notch product, we will be as objective as possible in this article to provide you the transparency you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

The cab SQUIX series is comprised of three different versions and three different sizes. Today, we will be taking a deep dive into the cab SQUIX P.

Basic Specs

cab SQUIX P Features
Print Technology Thermal Transfer
Image Resolution 300 or 600 DPI
Print Speed up to 9 in/sec
Media Size Compatibility  .157-2.48 in
Media Capabity 8 in
Optional Features Peeler, dispenser, cutter, rewinder, applicator, scan & verify

 

Benefits & Features of the cab SQUIX P

The cab SQUIX P printer is an affordable and versatile thermal transfer label printer, proven to succeed in various environments and applications.

The number of capabilities this printer boasts is unmatched by any other label printer. The “P” in cab SQUIX P stands for peel. As the peel and present option of the series, this printer enhances user experience by reducing operator effort.SQUIX_with_applicator_S3200-587492-edited (1)

With its modular construction, you can add a cutter, perforator, stacker, and even convert this barcode printer into an applicator. That’s right! The SQUIX is capable of print and apply operation for increased throughput volumes while removing the tedious task of label application from your skilled employees. 

The SQUIX serves as the base for the S3200 microwell plate label applicator, giving you all the benefits of the SQUIX printer, while eliminating time and effort spent manually labeling. Check out our video demo to see it in action!

There are many options when it comes to how you want to print your labels, you can:

  • Hook it up to your network
  • Print from an information system
  • Connect via USB
  • Print labels with a stored format
  • You can even connect and print from a mobile device!

The construction of this printer promotes ease of use for the user with the LCD display, bi-fold cover, and color-coded adjustments.

The LCD display on the printer mimics a smartphone display for familiar and intuitive operation. On the LCD screen, you have access to various tutorial videos, keeping important set-up, use and maintenance instructions right at your fingertips.

The bi-fold door of the printer allows it to fit in a tight spot while still allowing for easy consumable replacements and printer adjustments. The color-coded adjustments make the construction very easy to understand:

  • Any green adjustment is a tracking adjustment
    • Tracking adjustments ensure your label prints to the best of its ability.
  • Red adjustments are media tracking adjustments
    • Red Adjustments ensure the actual materials to be printed on the label are in place and ready.

If a label were to get stuck or there is adhesive buildup on your media sensor, your printer will notify you. If you get a notification you can simply open the printer, fix the problem, and reinsert the labels to get back on track ASAP.

Find out how to properly load your cab SQUIX printer with labels here

Finally, the cab SQUIX P allows for reduced label inventory by giving you the ability to store formats that can be recalled at any time. Additionally, if you only need a small quantity of labels, you could print as little as one roll at a time.

Limitations

As with any barcode labeling printer, it can’t do everything. There are three main limitations our experts have noticed and want you to be aware of:

  1. The adjustment tool can easily end up in the wrong hands

There is a tool in the interior of the printer which allows an operator to adjust the printhead and pressure. In the wrong or inexperienced hands, the printer can be misadjusted causing print quality issues that may go unnoticed. We recommend this tool be removed and kept with a trusted employee to avoid this situation.

  1. The bi-fold cover is plastic

While the bi-fold cover proves very nifty and convenient to access the internal components of the printer, it is plastic. Our team would prefer there was at least a metal option for industrial applications where it may need to withstand harsher treatment and environmental factors.

  1. The bi-fold cover is often misused

Lastly, as the bi-fold cover opens so simply, some tend to leave it open and use it as a shelf for consumables and other tools. This printer is meant to operate with the cover closed, so do your best to consciously keep it that way. This helps prevent dust or lint from making its way to your labels, and keeps the printer clean and in working order for the long haul.

Read our 5 tips to keep your thermal transfer printer running at optimal  performance >

Applications

The cab SQUIX P is the “Jack of all trades” printer in my own opinion. You can use it in industrial environments and it is beneficial in labs as well for printing small labels, such as those used on tubes, vials, microwell plates, or histology slides. It can also be used in manufacturing where someone may be handling and labeling products at the same time.

Cost

We are well aware that cost is always a major consideration when making an investment in equipment such as a barcode label printer. However, cab takes pride in offering this multi-functional printer at an affordable cost. The starting price for this printer is around $2,100, but can increase depending on your intended specifications and added features. cab products are only available through their trusted distribution partners, including Computype.

Final Verdict

The cab SQUIX P is a thermal transfer barcode label printer that offers much versatility and high quality output. The options with this printer seem endless and it is capable of suiting your needs now and in the future. We hope this review gives you an objective look at the benefits and features, along with the limitations, so you have a better idea of its ability to meet your current needs and future goals.

To learn more about this printer, download the cab SQUIX Label Printer Data Sheet.

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John Masica

Based in St. Paul, MN, USA, John Masica is Computype’s Technical Support Specialist. Specializing in label printer maintenance and engineering, John is the go-to person for all things label printing. Through his 24 years here at Computype, he has learned many tips and tricks to make your label printing easier and more efficient.