Non-thermal label printer


I'm looking for a non-thermal label printer and was wondering if anyone knew of a good relatively low-cost model.

We've tried thermal label printers (brother, dymo, etc) and they work fine. Only problem is that the labels are off-white (slightly yellow?) and so they don't blend into white envelopes too well. We tried transparent labels and found that those aren't really transparent, they have a yellow tint. I think the yellow probably has to do with the coating they need to apply on top of these thermal labels.

I'm being picky I know, but presentation is very important for us.

At the moment we're using our laser printer to print sheets of labels but that's not very convenient for one-off labels.

So we think a non-thermal (either laser or ribbon-based) printer might be the best solution.

Any ideas?

Thanks for your help.

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We use the zebra 2844. These are direct Thermal or thermal transfer. Only seem to yellow when in the sunlight for long periods of time with the direct transfer.
amrshalabyAuthor Commented:
Hi Nyradel,

Thank you for your comment. I didn't realise that there were two types of thermal printers like you mentioned (direct thermal and thermal transfer). Seems like I should be shopping for a thermal transfer label printer.

Does the Zebra 2844 use any paper / label roll or do you need to buy manufacturer specific labels?

There are multiple vendors who sell the rolls and ribbons. You are not stuck to one supplier. We have always used the vendor supplied products. It was between 2 and 5 cents a label.


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