Receipt Printer Basics
What to Consider When Shopping for a Thermal Receipt Printer?
With all the different receipt printer makes and models on the market today, it can be downright confusion for a business owner to even attempt to pick a good receipt printer form all of available options today, but don’t worry…we can help you! Our receipt printer experts have a solid printer buying guide template you can follow so you know you will be getting the absolute best receipt printer for your needs.
Receipt printer factors to consider before purchasing are….
Receipt Printer Brand: when shopping for a good receipt printer that will give you years of dependable service we recommend to buy from the following top brand names: Epson, Star Micronics, Citizen, SNBC/CRS. We consider these 4 receipt printer manufacturers to be the best on the market today. They offer competitive pricing, a solid product with proven track record, and after sales tech support when you need it. Sure there are many other so-called “bargain brands” with cheaper prices, but you will end up paying more in the long run with an inferior product that will fail quicker, and trying to get after sales tech support from generic receipt printer manufacturers can be next to impossible.
Receipt Printer Speed: Printer speed is an important factor to consider. Receipt printers on the market today range in speeds from 150mm/second up to 350mm/second print speed. If you have a store that gets long lines at the POS system, or if you print receipts that are over 8 inches long on average, then you will want to get a 300mm/second+ receipt printer like the Epson TM-T88V. Conversely, if you generally print receipts that are on average less than 8 inches long and your POS station does not usually have long lines, then you can get a 200mm/second (or less) print speed printer like the Epson TM-T20ii. (Note: the Epson TM-T20ii is our bestselling receipt printer and is a POSCatch.com top pick product.)
Receipt Printer Size: Yes, size is definitely important when it comes to choosing the right receipt printer for your POS system. If you have a tablet based (mPOS) POS system, or if you have limited space at your counter, then the Epson TM-m10 (2” inch wide printer) or the Epson TM-m30 (3” inch wide printer) would be ideal printers to choose from. These 2 receipt printers range in footprint dimensions from only 3-inches to 4-inches square, and they are both packed with advanced features and a stylish design.
Receipt Printer Color: Most receipt printers available today are available in colors black or white. So be sure to verify a receipt printer's color before purchasing.
Receipt Printer Warranty: A good receipt printer will have from a 2-4 year warranty. Both the Epson TM-T88V and the Star Micronics TSP100 receipt printer have impressive 4 year warranties. Yes, you pay a little more for these printers, but they will definitely give you a solid return on your investment over time.
The above outlines what we think are the most important factors to consider when choosing the right receipt printer for your business. If you require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and one of our knowledgeable point of sale experts would be more than happy to help you.
IMPORTANT: before purchasing a receipt printer, be sure to check with your POS software vendor first to ensure the make/model of printer you want to buy is compatible with your POS system.
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