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Everything You Need to Know Before Choosing a Brother Thermal Printer

Brother Industries is a multinational electronics company headquartered in Nagoya, Japan. Whether you need a printer for a home project or for your business, Brother makes a model to fit your needs. Some available models include the Brother QL-700, the Brother QL 810w, and Brother PocketJet 7 300dpi Full Page Thermal Printer W/ Bluetooth & USB PJ763.

What is a thermal printer?

It is a device that uses heat to transfer an image onto paper. Many require special heat sensitive paper for the image transfer to occur, instead of relying on ink or toner like other types of devices. These devices can be connected to your computer via Bluetooth or USB.

What are thermal printers used for?

In most cases, they are used as a thermal label printer, designed for making labels of different sizes. You can use one at home to print address labels or labels to help you organize spaces in your home. Although homeowners will find uses for this kind of device, many businesses depend on them, especially for barcode printing. Some examples include airlines using them for boarding passes, movie theaters using them for tickets, retail and grocery stores using them for tags and labels, and hospitals using them to label patient charts.

How to choose the right thermal printer?

Choosing the right device for your home or business requires considering several things:

  • Print Method: Some printers use direct printing which applies heat to specially coated paper and activates the ink on the paper. Others use transfer printing which applies heat to a coated ribbon and melts the coating while transferring the image from the ribbon to paper.
  • Print Resolution: Most printers are 203 or 300 dpi (dots per inch), but there are high resolution 600 dpi printers. The resolution especially matters when you are printing barcodes because they require a higher dpi for clarity and scanning.
  • Size: You will need to determine the size of your projects and make sure that you choose a device that fits the size paper or label that you need.
  • Volume: If you are doing high volume printing you will need a device that can handle that volume.
  • Connectivity: You need to decide how portable you want your device to be. You can connect the portable units via Bluetooth, but larger printers will need to be connected via USB.