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 www.pikesoft.com 719-963-2319 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 > > Richard Grier (Microsoft MVP - Visual Basic) > Hard & Software > 12962 West Louisiana Avenue > Lakewood, CO 80228 > 303-986-2179 (voice) > 303-593-9315 (fax) > > Author of Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to Serial Communications, 4th > Edition ISBN 1-890422-28-2 (391 pages) published July 2004. For faster > service, contact the publisher at http://www.mabry.com/vbpgser4.