The Green Sheet Online Edition
December 26, 2007 • Issue 07:12:02
Card printer of a different stripe
As the marketplace becomes increasingly stratified and complex, with consumers demanding more choices and greater flexibility in their purchases, businesses are tailoring products to accommodate this ever-changing customer landscape.
Zebra Card Printer Solutions has come up with a highly adaptable and budget-friendly card printer to meet this demand.
The Zebra P100i prints single-sided full color or monochrome cards for a variety of applications, including employee and student ID, loyalty, gift and membership, and transit and recreational passes.
One card at a time is fed into the front of the printer, where it is printed and encoded, and then dispensed from another tray at the front of the printer.
This front feed and exit option is especially handy for retail applications such as personalized gift and membership cards.
The device prints one monochrome card (black, blue, green, gold, red, silver or white) in 6 seconds and a multicolored card in 35 seconds, both at a print resolution of 300 dpi.
But the P100i has optional features not typically available in its product class, namely USB plug-and-play and Ethernet connectivity, and smart card and magnetic stripe encoding.
The Zebra i Series is compatible with Microsoft 2000, XP and Vista operating systems, but its Ethernet connection allows the P100i to be integrated into other platforms, too.
Its advanced connectivity enables merchants to deploy and manage card printers at remote offices and branch locations.
The printer's smart card and mag stripe encoders are compatible with MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc. financial applications, and it has received regulatory approval in the United States and Canada.
Compact and lightweight, the P100i takes up little counter space. And it uses a drop-in ribbon cartridge, LCD screen for status and diagnostic messaging, and three integrated card storage bays for up to 100 cards.
Zebra Card Printer Solutions, a division of Zebra Technologies Corp., advises only Zebra ribbon cartridges be used on the i Series printer, with Zebra's patented TrueColours reportedly supplying a more accurate color reproduction.
One thousand cards can be printed on a single-color ribbon cartridge; four-color ribbons are good for 200 cards. Zebra ribbons are also extra wide for better edge-to-edge printing.
The P100i is sold through authorized Zebra card printer resellers worldwide and comes with a two year warranty.
Zebra Card Printer Solutions
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