Zebra GX Series Barcode Label Printer Review (Benefits, Features, & Cost)

Zebra GX Series Barcode Label Printer Review (Benefits, Features, & Cost)

Label Printers | 13 August 2018

Posted by John Masica

Zebra GX Series Barcode Label Printer Review (Benefits, Features, & Cost)

At Computype, we have a team that specializes in barcode label printers, printer processes, and printer troubleshooting. Our team works extensively with a variety of makes and models of label printers and has firsthand experience with the Zebra GX printer series.

Our team’s skills extend beyond basic functionality and includes knowledge of how this printer series actually performs in different environments and for various applications.

Computype is a licensed distributor of the Zebra GX printer series; we actively promote and provide Zebra printers to our customers because we believe in their quality and performance.

While we would not sell this particular series of printers unless we thought them to be 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.

There are two models that comprise the Zebra GX printer series:

  • GX420t
  • GX430t

Today, we will be reviewing the Zebra GX430t, as this is perhaps the most commonly utilized printer for on-demand printing of barcodes and labels.

Basic SpecsGX430

Print method

Thermal transfer

Print resolution

300 dpi

Print speed

4 in/sec

Print width

4.25 in

 

 

 

 

 


Benefits & Features Of Zebra GX Printer

The Zebra GX430t is a compact desktop printer meant to be used for lower volume printing applications, as this label printer was not engineered to print 24/7. This printer is the most widely known and widely used thermal transfer printer in the world.

The small desktop size is a notable benefit enabling you with the ability to integrate it into almost any process, anywhere. You can set it on a desktop, lab bench, library desk, or in a manufacturing plant.

Loading of the material and ribbon is also extremely easy with this printer, simply popping into place. The strength of the wireless server is another aspect that has proven to be a huge benefit, as it gives the printer the ability to standalone and work independently.

There are also options to upgrade this printer which many companies can profit from including an adjustable media sensor, cutter, or peeler.

These allow for automatic peel-and-present or automatic cutting to reduce tedious tasks often associated with printing barcodes or labels on-demand.

The Zebra GX430t thermal transfer barcode label printer does not have a display.

This lack of technology can actually be an advantage, as when you configure the printer  to certain settings (such as heat or speed), others cannot go in and simply change the settings compromising the quality of the print job.

Limitations

While some companies will appreciate the simplicity of no LCD display, others might consider it an inconvenience. If you’re used to working with more interactive technology, the lack of being able to visually navigate printer functionality may feel frustrating. There are less than a handful of buttons and controls on this printer, which, depending on technical expertise and preference, can either be perceived as a positive or negative.

If you like to have personalized and readily available interaction with a printer, its configurations, and its settings, this probably is not the best printer option for you.  

Additionally, with a compact printer size, comes a small media roll.

With this printer, you will not be able to put an eight inch media roll in the printer, it reaches its limit at five inches.

This is usually a non-issue with the applications for which this printer is utilized; however, if you need more print width or a printer to accommodate large rolls of labels, this is not the printer for you.

Another limitation or configuration spec that could prove difficult is the fact that the label roll holder and media guide are one construction.

This makes the label roll prone to telescoping, which is when the outer edges of the label roll move away from the printer. When this occurs, you are likely to experience slight print drift.  

Applications

The Zebra GX430t printer can prove functional in many industries.

It is popular in the healthcare industry and is used for printing blood bag labels, cryo labels, and  on-demand labels on patient records in hospitals.

It is also often used in the manufacturing environment to print product labels and in retail environments to print receipts.

Finally, we have also seen it successfully used to print a variety of barcodes and labels in the transportation, logistics, library, and dry cleaning industries.

As you can see, the Zebra GX430t printer’s small size and versatility allows it to benefit companies with various processes. It thrives in applications where it will be used every day, but it is not fit to be printing 24/7.

Cost

The cost of this printer will depend on where you purchase it from; you can buy from an online retailer, hardware seller, or value partner.

From an online retailer, the prices start at around $450.00. With this option, there will be a limited warranty on the hardware and no service options included.

If you choose to source from a hardware reseller, prices will start at around $515.00. Warranty and service options vary by reseller, so it is important to do your research before making your purchase.

The last option is to buy from a value partner, such as Computype. This option can be a bigger investment, typically starting at $600.00. Extended warranty is guaranteed with this option, as well as dedicated service and quality validation.

Computype takes every printer received out of the box, plugs it in, and tests it to ensure it functions properly prior to shipping to customers.

The Zebra GX430t is the most economical thermal transfer printer that still produces consistent quality. Check out our Top 10 barcode label printers blog and video to compare and contrast the cost and quality of the best barcode label printers available.

Final Verdict  

The Zebra GX430t is a high quality, versatile thermal transfer printer that can serve businesses in a wide range of industries. The adaptability of this printer allows for use in many different environments and to be utilized for different tasks.

We hope that this review gives you an objective look at the benefits and features, along with the limitations of the Zebra GX430t, so you have a better idea of its ability to serve you and your business processes.

To learn more about Computype’s versatile labeling options, arrange a call back from one of our printer experts

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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.