What is a thermal printer?
Quickly print receipts at the checkout counter and shipping labels or barcodes in the warehouse with a thermal printer. Many thermal printers work without ink, toner and ribbons, using small heating elements to transfer the print onto paper, while others use a wax ribbon to create prints. A direct thermal printer requires specialty paper that activates when heated, and thermal transfer printers use a thermal print head to transfer ink from a wax or resin ribbon onto paper. Help your business run more efficiently or flex your creative muscles with a printer that’s right for you.
What should I look for in a thermal printer?
Whether you run a small pop-up storefront or have shipping locations across the country, a thermal label printer can help streamline everyday tasks better than a laser or inkjet printer. Create labels and barcodes for your products, safety warnings for your facility and other small, yet widely used, items. When it comes to usage, most thermal printers keep it simple with a few buttons and a compact design that easily fits most workstations. While most only print in black and white using a roll of paper, others like the HP Sprocket thermal printer make creating vibrant color photos and stickers a snap. Learn more using our Printer Buying Guide.
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