Argox iX4-250 Industrial Printer Review

This week we had the opportunity to test and review the newly released Argox iX4-250 Industrial Label Printer.

In The Box

The printer fits snugly and securely inside the box and won’t be damaged in normal transit. The box also contains the CD with the drivers, Bartender UL and Utilities for the Argox printers. A power cord and USB printer cable is also included.

Unpacking the printer is relatively easy and was ready to test in no time.

Loading the Media and Ribbon

We used wax ribbon 110mm wide by 360m on 25mm core for testing. The iX4-250 can accommodate ribbon up to 450m in length. Loading the ribbon into the printer is easy and no different from the previous X1000V, X2000 and X2300.

There is a diagram in the lid showing how the ribbon is to be loaded. One thing to remember is – the shiny side of the ribbon is to be against the Print Head and the dull side against the paper labels.

Loading the roll of label is also no problem and similar to the previous X series printers. Care should just be taken to make sure the label goes through the guides of the label sensor. There is a diagram showing the label path.

The printer can take a label roll with a Outer Diameter of 8.26 inch or 210mm.

Operating the iX4-250

We already have the driver (Argox_2017.1_M1) installed on our test pc together with the Bartender UL (Bartender_UL_2016) label design software. The software and driver is compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Our test PC is running Windows 7.

The printer installed when we plugged in the USB cable between the Printer and the PC and switched on the iX4-250. After installation finished, we opened Bartender UL and designed a rather complex label with Text and QR Code barcodes.

The iX4-250 printed the first 10 labels perfectly at 203dpi and at a speed of 8ips.

We ran the next batch of 100 prints through the printer with the same perfect quality. Labels printed well and the alignment stayed true.

The printer runs smoothly with not much noise or vibration. We were quite impressed with the operation of the printer.

Interfaces of the iX4-250

The Argox iX4-250 comes standard with the following communication ports – Ethernet, USB Device, Dual USB Hosts and Serial (RS232). Making it ideal for most situations or applications. We tested the printer using the USB Device Port.

The iX4-250 can be further expanded with an optional WiFi module and GPIO card/Parallel port.

Conclusion 

The printer has lived up to the quality we have come to expect from Argox and does not disappoint at all. The build is solid and the quality of the frame and metal covers are good. 

We can really recommend this printer for a high volume, heavy duty application. Operation is easy and the iX4-250 label printer is not complicated at all.

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Argox direct thermal label printer

Argox D4-250 Direct Thermal Label Printer

The Argox D4-250 Direct Thermal is a new model from one of the leading manufacturers that supports a wide range of applications at an affordable price.

We often take a product and take an in depth look at its design, construction and workings. Last week it was the Argox D4-250’s turn. The printer was put through its paces with very satisfactory results.

Firstly lets look at its features.

  • Compact size, unit really has a small footprint, ideal for desks or tight spaces.
  • The Clam Shell design makes it easy to load rolls of paper labels
  • The connectivity is great! The printer has onboard USB Host, USB Device, Serial and Ethernet. Making it ideal for most applications.
  • If wired connectivity is a problem, the D4-250 can be expanded with a WiFi or Bluetooth module – Great!
  • The Argox D4-250 has received Cerner Certification!
  • The printing speed of max 6 ips produces great prints.

After testing the printer we came to the conclusion that the D4-250 really lives up to the claims made by the manufacturer and could not fault the printer and can really recommend the printer for low to medium volume use.

The cost of the D4-250 is normally *R3 698 ex vat without any discounts or special offers.

The cost of the replacement Thermal Print Head is also not excessive at *R1 445 ex vat (ARG59-D42A1-001). If care of the Thermal Print Head is taken and regularly cleaned, it can last a long time without giving the dreaded “dead lines” problem.

The cost of the WiFi module is *R3 610 ex vat (59P4201001) and the Bluetooth module is *R1 060 ex vat (59D4201001). 

*Price indicated is normal list price and correct during Feb 2018

We  recommend the Argox D4-250 Direct Thermal for your Direct Thermal 4″ label printing needs!




General Specifications of the Argox D4-250

 Printing Resolution 203 dpi(8 dots/mm)
  Printing Speed Max. 6 ips
  Printing Length Max. 100”(2540mm)
  Printing Width Max. 4.25”(108mm)
  Memory 32 MB SDRAM, 16MB Flash ROM (USB storage up to 32GB)
  CPU Type 32 bit RISC microprocessor
  Sensors Reflective sensor x 1 (movable) & Transmissive sensor x 1 (fixed, 6.27mm offset)
  Operation Interface LED Indicator x 2, Botton(Feed) x 1
  Communication Interface USB device, RS-232, Ethernet, USB host
  Fonts Internal character sets standard 5 alpha-numeric fonts from 0.049”H ~ 0.23” H (1.25mm ~ 6.0mm) Internal fonts are expandable up to 24×24 4 direction 0 ~ 270 rotation Soft fonts are downloadable Ability to print any Windows True Type font easily Support scalable font
  Wireless Security N/A
  1D Barcodes UPC-A, UPC-E, JAN/EAN, CODE39, CODE93, CODE128, GS1-128 (UCC/EAN128), CODABAR (NW-7), ITF, Industrial 2of5, MSI, UPCadd-on code, POSTNET, GS1 DataBar Omnidirectional, GS1 DataBar Truncated, GS1 DataBar Stacked, GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional, GS1DataBar Limited, GS1 DataBar Expanded, GS1DataBar Expanded Stacked
  2D Barcodes QR Code, PDF417 (includingMicroPDF), DataMatrix (ECC200), GS1 DataMatrix, MaxiCode
  Graphics PPLA: PCX, BMP, IMG, HEX,GDI PPLB: PCX, BMP, Binary raster, GDI PPLZ: GRF, Hex, GDI
  Emulation PPLA, PPLB, PPLZ
  Software-label Editing Windows Driver (Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10), BarTender® from Seaguall Scientific
  Windows Compatibility N/A
  Software-utility Printer Tool
  Media Type Roll-feed, die-cut, continuous, fan-fold, black mark, tags, ticket or plain paper label
  Media Max. width: 4.65” (118mm). Min. width: 0.88” (22.4mm). Thickness: 0.0024”~0.0075” (0.06mm~0.19mm) 5”(127mm) OD on a 1”/1.5” (25.4/38 mm) ID core; Dealer Option external media stand 8” OD on 1”/3” ID Core
  Ribbon N/A
  Drop Resistance N/A
  Printer Dimensions W 183mm x H 225.9mm x D 166mm
  Printer Weight 1.76 kg
  Power Source Universal Switching Power Supply Input: 100V~240V±10%, 1.5A, 50~60Hz, Output: 24VDC, 2.4A
  Battery N/A
  Operation Environment Operation Temperature: 41°F~104°F (5°C~40°C), 0% ~ 90% non-condensing, Storage Temperature: -4°F~140°F (-20°C~60°C)
  Real Time Clock N/A
  Standard Item N/A
  Optional Items Guillotine-Full Cutter / Partial Cutter, Dispenser , External media stand, Bluetooth, WLAN

 

 

Argox O4-250 Label Desktop Printer

This new model Barcode and Label Printer from Argox is ideal for low to medium general purpose use.

The O4 series offers a user friendly clamshell design that allows users to simply open the cover and easily load thermal ribbon and media.

The O4-250 prints at 7 inches per second or 17.78 cm per second. Printing at this speed it still maintains the perfect print quality.

The O4-250 comes with built in Ethernet, Dual USB hosts, USB device and RS232 (Serial). WiFi and Bluetooth modules can be purchased making this a versatile printer ready for any low to medium volume applications.

The O4-250 prints at 203dpi (8 dots/mm) and can be used as a Thermal Transfer or Direct Thermal printer. The maximum printing width is 108mm and maximum print length is 2540mm. It has 1 Media Transmissive Sensor, 1 movable Media Reflective Sensor, Ribbon end sensor and a head open switch.

The following media types can be used: Roll Feed, Die Cut, Continuous, Fan Fold, Black Mark, Tags, Tickets in Thermal or Plain Paper.

It facilitates Thermal Ribbon from 25.4mm to 110mm wide and the maximum length is 110m with a core size of 13mm which is standard on the Argox Desktop Label Printers.

The O4-250 prints all the standard 1D barcodes and the following 2D codes: QR Code, PDF417 (including MicroPDF), DataMatrix (ECC200), GS1 DataMatrix, MaxiCode

The O4 series printers ship with Windows Driver (Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10), Bartender UL from Seaguall Scientific and Printer Tool.

A Full Cutter, Partial Cutter, Peeler, External media stand can be purchased as optional accessories.

The printer has a relatively small footprint at Width 209mm, Height 179.2mm, Depth 266mm and weighs 2.2 kg.

For pricing on the Argox O4-250 contact us today. The printer will be on Promotion during the month of September 2017. Email sales@jnstech.co.za or Call 011 425 5439

Argox Barcode Printers Sales and Repairs South Africa

JNS Technologies is your one stop shop for Argox Barcode Printers. We are able to supply printers from the Entry Level OS213OD right through to the Heavy Duty X2300. We are excited about the newly released Argox CP-2240 printer and am confident that it will become one of our popular printers soon.

Quick summery of Argox Printers in order of popularity.

os214odArgox OS214Plus is our best selling barcode printer. It is our entry level Thermal Transfer printer that comes with USB, Serial and Parallel ports. Maximum print width 104 mm and minimum print width 25 mm. Good value for money medium volume printer. 1 Year Warranty.

 

argox_cp_2140Argox CP-2140 is also a popular printer. It takes a 300m ribbon which is ideal for larger printing demands. It has a USB and Serial port with an optional Ethernet port on the CP-2140E model. Maximum print width is 104 mm. 1 Year Warranty.

 

Argox X1000V is our entry level industrial strength barcode printer. The all x1000vmetal housing protects the printer in harsh environments. Maximum print width is also 104 mm. Printer comes with USB, Serial and Parallel ports. 1 Year Warranty.

 

Argox X2300 is our best selling heavy duty industrial strength barcode printer. It includes a LCD display which offers easy installation and argox-x2300operation. Printer can be used as a stand alone printer. Printer comes with USB, Serial and Parallel ports. 1 Year Warranty.

For more information on the range of Argox Barcode Printers contact our sales team on +27 (0) 11 425 5439 or sales@jnstech.co.za