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When to choose the new Zebra S4M barcode label printer over other Zebra printers

Supplier: Peacock Bros.
30 November, 2005

The latest Zebra S4M barcode label printer from Zebra Technologies has distinct advantages over the ever popular Zebra Stripe S600 and most of the features of the Zebra Z4M barcode label printer, so which model will provide the best value for your application?

When to choose the new Zebra S4M barcode label printer over other Zebra printers

The latest Zebra S4M barcode label printer from Zebra Technologies has distinct advantages over the ever popular Zebra Stripe S600 and most of the features of the Zebra Z4M barcode label printer, so which model will provide the best value for your application?

The Zebra S4M thermal barcode printer packages ease of use, a metal frame / case, and a variety of connectivity options into a thermal printer that takes a full 203mm roll of media.  Designed for the budget minded, the Zebra S4M provides features needed to support many applications at an affordable price.  Compared to similar printers on the market, the S4M thermal printer offers an outstanding value.


The new Zebra S4M is recommended in situations when:
• The user needs and easy to operate thermal printer
• The printer has to be in a low price range
• The operating environment requires that the barcode printer be of a rugged metal construction
• Multiple connectivity options are required (including USB)
• The printer has to have a small footprint yet still support a full 203mm roll of labels
• The operator is looking for a more rugged printer than the Stripe S600
• Changing from or replacing a Datamax or Intermec printer and the customer does not want to change label formats.

How does the Zebra S4M thermal barcode printer compare to Zebra’s other products?

While the Zebra Stripe S600 printer is made entirely of plastic, the Zebra S4M printer is more robust containing a metal frame and case ideally suited for many applications, including product ID, receiving, shipping, and compliance labeling.  The Zebra S4M barcode printer has a similar duty cycle to the S600 or 2746e, but much higher than that of a desktop series printer.  The Zebra S4M printer has throughput that is superior to the S600 and 2746e, but lower than the Z4MPlus printer.  The Z4Mplus thermal barcode label printer is a commercial and industrial workhorse that is price-performance leader in its class.  The Z4Mplus thermal printer combines fast print speed, quick throughput and a high duty cycle into a rugged metal full sized printer designed to enhance productivity.  In addition, the Z4Mplus printer’s multitude of optional features and flexibility allow it to support most warehouse and business applications.

The following are some situations where the Zebra S4M printer should be used instead of the Z4Mplus:
• The application does not demand the high output, speed or throughput of the Z4Mplus
• The application does not require a high duty cycle printer
• Shorter height is required for applications such as mobile cart, forklift or constrained installation locations
• Budget restraints
• The media handling flexibility and options are not required for the application

The following are some of the advantages that the Zebra S4M has over the Stripe S600:
• The S4M has a more robust metal case
• The S4M has more connectivity options as standard including USB support
• The S4M has a higher throughput than the S600

The S4M printer is ideal for applications that need more than a desktop, yet don’t need the horsepower of a Z4Mplus printer.  Any applications that require print speed greater than 152mm per second and a higher throughput should be moved to a Z4Mplus, which supports printing at 254mm per second and thus a faster throughput. The S4M printer can handle tear off and peel without liner take-up, which is suitable for many applications, but those applications that require cutter, peel with liner take-up and rewind will have to look upwards to the Zebra Z4Mplus printer.

For more information and advice, contact Peacock Bros., your local Zebra authorized distributor on: 1300 723 282 or visit our website at: www.peacocks.com.au. If you are located in New Zealand please call: (09) 273 4455 or visit the New Zealand website at: www.labelnz.com