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Top 10 Best Barcode Label Printers of 2020

Top 10 Best Barcode Label Printers of 2020

Label Printers, Best of 2020 | 1 November 2019

Posted by John Masica

Top 10 Barcode Label Printers of 2020

Here at Computype, we offer more than just barcodes and labels, we also offer a variety of label printers to ensure that your in-house label printing processes are optimised and meet the demands of your application, budget, and throughput.

After the decision has been made to print labels on-demand, we often get asked “What are the best barcode label printers and how do I know which is right for me?” The answer to this question certainly depends on your specific work environment, and the needs of your organisation. 


Different printers have different capabilities and printing technologies that could better suit your needs. There are four different types of print technologies available for the printing of barcode labels:

  • Thermal Transfer
    Thermal transfer print technology uses heat to transfer the ribbon to the label material.

  • Inkjet
    Inkjet uses ink and is more prominently used for printing in colour.

  • Laser
    Laser is similar to inkjet, but uses coloured powder and a laser to fuse ink onto the label material.

  • RFID
    RFID print technology writes data to RFID chips embedded in smart labels. The printer is typically able to transmit the data to the chip and encode it.

Read about the strengths and weaknesses of each technology here >

Regardless of technology, below we gave examples (in no specific order) of printers that we believe to be top of the line for on-demand barcode label printing.

1. cab SQUIX

Cab SQUIX Label Printer

The cab SQUIX barcode label printer combines innovation, ease of use, accuracy, reliability, quality and speed into one label printer. This is an industrial printer and prints in black and white through thermal transfer technology. 

A great feature on this printer is it has an interactive screen, similar to an iPhone that provides video instructions for how to stock your printer, clean your print head, and print labels. Another benefit of the cab printer is that there is an adapter where you can add a cutter piece, or a peel and present, both in which include time savings for your company.

Watch our detailed review video here >

2. Zebra ZT Series

zt400 series

The Zebra ZT Label Printers are great printers if your operations require labels to be printed day and night. The printers are designed to accommodate your needs, and promotes flexibility, integration, ease of use, and simple management.

With the compact design, you are able to obtain high resolution labels up to 6” wide, printed at up to 6” per second. The printers accommodate printing of both linear and 2D barcodes, and illuminated media and ribbon paths enable easy internal inspection.

3. cab XC Series

Cab XC4

This series of printers consists of the cab XC4 and XC6. These are special thermal transfer printers that allow you to add a colour to your label scheme with additional ribbon. Because of the colour capability, these printers allow for printing of any graphic elements to fit the specifications to satisfy your company needs.

The printers also house a high-resolution print head that adds unrivaled quality to your labels. Additionally, it is especially beneficial for GHS compliance practices, as the unit ensures crucial information is communicated clearly, effectively, and placed with precision.

4. Epson C7500Epson C7500

Epson printers, different from Zebra and Cab, are inkjet printers rather than thermal transfer. This allows for colour to be printed on your labels. The Epson C7500, specifically, is extremely fast, and provides very clean, clear colour.

This is a good printer for you if you need to print colour labels often; if you do not run frequently, maintenance uses up a lot of ink. Hundreds of label formats are able to be uploaded to the printer, and changeover is easy and infrequent, as ink cartridges are large.

Watch our detailed review video here >

5. cab EOS

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The cab EOS label printer allows for versatile label printing and has the unique feature of a touch screen interface that includes training videos. This feature also makes it easy to queue label formats, add variable or fixed data, and print-on-demand with no need to connect to a PC. This printer can recall various label formats, or even save data to a USB stick. The compact design of this printer also increases ease of integration into your current processes.

Watch our detailed review video here >

6. cab Hermes+Cab Hermes

The cab Hermes+ is a printer with an option to upgrade to also include a label applicator feature, offers precision placement, and increased efficiencies. This printer greatly increases productivity and efficiency in the plant as it is very fast and volatile. This printer is best for industrial applications.

7. cab Mach 4SCab Mach4S

The cab Mach 4S offers the highest-class print quality and up to 8 inches per second in print speed. Additionally, this printer has RFID printing capabilities. With this thermal transfer print technology, you gain quality with up to 600 dpi print resolution, gain versatility, and achieve dependable performance.

8. Zebra ZD Series

Zebra ZD 620As an upgrade to its fan favorite predecessor, Zebra ZD Series label printers  bring the same high quality and efficient thermal transfer printing abilities as the GX series with a longer list of options.

Just like the GX, the ZD series features a compact clamshell design. Optional cutting, peeling and an adjustable media sensor to better accommodate your processes.

However, unlike the GX there are multiple interface options, one including a color screen for at a glance status recognition. Additionally, these printers offer improved speeds and an optional healthcare model that can withstand harsh sanitization processes.

9. Epson C3500

Epson C3500

The Epson C3500 is another inkjet label printer that offers many high efficiency features and full colour printing. This printer is well fit to boost productivity while speeding up your processes, printing up to 4 inches per second.

There is no pre-printed label inventory required, you are welcome to print what you need, when you need it. Easy paper loading and LCD display with printer status readouts also allow for clarity and efficiency in your plant.

Sato CL4NX Label Printer

10. Sato CL4NX

The Sato CL4NX is different from the other 9 label printers as it is a 2D barcode printer, but it is also an RFID label printer.  It comes in 3 different DPI options to determine how small and clear it can print. This printer is very durable, and has great print quality. Additionally, the printer will confirm that it is able to write to the tag or barcode before printing; should there be an issue, it will show an error on the printer screen.

 

We hope that you now have the basic knowledge to help determine the right printer for you and your business. If you have any additional questions about the models listed here send us a message, or schedule a free consultation with one of our label pros to discuss your specific printing needs. 

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John Masica

Based in St. Paul, MN, USA, John Masica is Computype’s Technical Support Specialist. Specialising 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.

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