Laser Printers

Laser printers that print using black toner are the most popular printers sold today.  They can be used for reports, listings, and transaction documents including packing slips, invoices, and checks.  Laser printers are very flexible in that the font size and style can be easily altered from within the application software.  Company logos, rule lines, and shading all contribute to make laser printers the preferred choice for most printing.  Reports that are too wide to print on the page in portrait format can be printed in landscape  providing more columns than otherwise would be available.

Excellware sells laser printers by Hewlett Packard and Brother.  The characteristics that differentiate these printers are listed below.  Some high end laser printers can also staple and change output stack orientation.  Contact Excellware for a printer recommendation for your particular needs.

Dynamo: Several low-end laser printers and most ink jet printers are not compatible with Dynamo.  They do not have the internal font required to print the lines and shading used on Dynamo documents such as sales orders, purchase orders, invoices, checks, etc.  Printers that require a direct connection to a PC with printing software run from the PC are also not compatible.

Pages per Minute (ppm): This rating indicates the maximum number of pages per minute the printer can print once printing has started.  It does not include the time to process the first page.  Note that when sending large graphic files to the printer, the printer may not print at its rated speed because the data cannot be sent to the printer fast enough.

Connection Types:

  • Ethernet: This is the preferred connection method which uses a ethernet cable to connect the printer to the ethernet switch, just like PC's and network terminals.
  • Wireless: Wireless printing has recently become popular.  A wireless access point or wireless router needs to be within 100-300 feet of the printer to eliminate the need for an ethernet cable.
  • Parallel: Most servers, PCs, and terminals only have a single parallel port, and the maximum recommended parallel cable length is 15 feet.  Newer PCs do not have a parallel port.
  • USB: This connection is typically used for low-end laser printers when the printer is to be attached directly to a PC.  There are also ethernet print servers that have USB ports.

Input Trays: Most laser printers have a small fold down tray that is typically used for envelopes, checks, and special forms, often referred to as tray 1.  The printers listed below with a Tray 1 paper capacity of 1 do not have a fold-down tray but rather a slot that a single piece of paper or envelope can be inserted into.  The capacity of the input tray(s) will dictate how often you have to refill the trays.  If you want multiple part forms to print on different colors, then multiple trays are required and you would place a different color paper in each tray.  Under program control, the first part may be taken from tray 2, and the second part from tray 3, etc.  Some models can be expanded by adding a fourth input tray.  Contact Excellware for details.

Duplexing: A laser printer with a duplex option can print on both sides of the paper.  This is useful for invoices, accounts receivable statements, etc. where two page documents can fit on a single piece of paper, which may reduce postage costs.  Note that these printers only print on one side of the paper at a time.  After printing on the front side, the paper is pulled back into the printer and reversed so that the opposite side can be printed.  The application software can force a new document to print on a new page and not print on the back of the previous document.  Duplex printing reduces the printing throughput due to the time it takes to reverse the paper.

Please view our printers quote for more information on printers that are compatible with Dynamo.

Zebra Label Printers

Dynamo can print small product price labels on products that do not have a UPC code pre-printed on the packaging.  Zebra Label Printers can also be used to print warehouse shelf location labels, descriptive product labels, and shipping labels.

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