We carry a wide variety of thermal receipt printers, all offering different feature sets designed to maximize your investment. Various features, such as two-color printing, print speed, auto cutter reliability, and printhead life all affect the experience at your pos station for your customers and your employees.
Single Color vs Two-Color Printing
Choosing between single or two-color printing is almost entirely an economical decision. Two color printers require special thermal paper that displays a different color at a lower temperature, usually giving you black and red in your printouts. This givees you the ability to printe color graphics on your receipts, or highlight changes to orders, such as returns or add-ons for restaurant printing. This two-color capable paper is much more expensive than single color, so you definitely want to make sure your POS software supports two-color printing before making the investment.
Thermal receipt printers have gotten remarkably fast, far outpacing impact printers. At the top of the line, you have the Epson TM-T88V, printing out at nearly one foot per second, fantastic for high-volume retail or businesses who might print out longer than normal receipts. Energy efficient printers, such as the Epson ReadyPrint TM-T20 and Star TSP100ECO, sacrifice some print speed to minimize electrical need, usually printing at around 4-7 inches per second. For most retailers, however, print speed is a personal choice.
Auto cutters are a sharp knife that cuts most of the receipt at the end of the print out, making it easy to remove the receipt to give to the customer. With lifespans rated in millions of cuts, auto cutters usually correlate to the overall lifespan of your printer.