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Datamax-O’Neil’s RL4 portable printer achieves certification for ruggedness and receives excellent product review

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The RL4 portable printer from Datamax-O'Neil has successfully passed a gruelling free-fall drop test and also received positive comments in a comprehensive product review of competitive printers.

A global provider of industrial grade label and receipt printing solutions, Datamax-O’Neil announces that its RL4 portable printer has achieved standard IEC 60068-2-31, a free-fall drop test comprised of 2,000 repeated drops from 500mm. The testing was conducted by Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, a world-leading concept-to-consumer quality assurance and compliance services provider to manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

Though the 4-inch portable printer sustained minor physical damage, it continued to operate successfully following completion of the test.
According to John Murphy, senior product manager for Datamax-O’Neil, the RL4’s ability to operate after 2,000 free-fall drops confirms their ability to design a portable printer that meets the most demanding mobile application requirements.

Along with the certification, the RL4 also received positive comments in a comprehensive product review with two competitive printers. Conducted by Business Solutions magazine paired with VAR Paragon Print Systems, the review compared the Datamax-O’Neil RL4 with the Zebra and Toshiba TEC 4-inch portable printers in five categories: setup and configuration, paper loading, battery life, LCD display and build quality.

The review was published in the May issue of Business Solutions.

Key findings: 

  • Setup and Configuration: Datamax-O’Neil printer found to be more user-friendly when setting up the wireless connection
  • Paper Loading: Datamax-O’Neil units easy to load with the orange release level easy to spot on the side of the unit. Loading a roll can be completed in as little as 10 seconds
  • Battery Life: Datamax-O’Neil printer slows when printing in batches to cool the print head and extend battery life
  • LCD Display: Featuring a large LCD display, Datamax-O’Neil printer was the only printer with battery life indicated as a percentage value on the display. Warning also displayed on the LCD screen when the battery needed to be charged
  • Build Quality: The Datamax-O’Neil printer was selected as the most rugged of the three units. VAR also reported the unit was comfortable when worn on the hip, with the Datamax-O’Neil belt clip providing the most natural movement of the three. A rubber boot protects all four sides of the unit, and its base allows the printer to stand straight up and down on its own, making it ideal for cart applications where the printer may be mobile but not worn by the operator. The unit also has a fan-fold slot for external media loading

 

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