[CoMoDev] Re: Non-thermal mobile printers

  • From: David Beers <cervezas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dick_grier Grier <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 21:30:35 -0600

It's pretty evident in my searching around that thermal printers are the 
overwhelming standard these days.  I'm hearing the complaints about thermal 
printers through an intermediary so I'll have to probe this and find out what 
the concern is.  I remember there was a day when leaving a document printed on 
thermal paper on a sunny car seat could render it unreadable, but I expect 
that's improved.

Over the course of the day I've talked to a couple of mobile dev guys I know 
that deploy portable ink jet printers like the HP DeskJet 450CBi and Canon 
BJC-80 in the field.  Doesn't sound like a good idea to me, though.  They're 
cheap to buy but would be expensive to run.  Maybe for light duty where you 
really needed great print quality on standard paper.

Whew, you can pay big bucks these days for a new portable dot-matrix impact 
printer with 80s technology!  O'Neil has them starting at $900.

Thanks for the advice, guys.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing
Skype ID: pikesoft

On Mon, 08 Aug 2005 21:13:53 -0600, dick_grier Grier wrote:
> I agree with Darren about printers.  Impact printers will consume more power
> than thermal, are heavier, and louder -- also, they simply don't handle
> graphics satisfactorily.  I don't think there are many manufacturers in that
> market.
> Dick
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