iDPRT SP410 Thermal Shipping Label Printer Reviews

The iDPRT SP410 label printer

Why I Purchased a Shipping Label Printer

Ten years ago, almost everything I bought was bought locally. If it wasn't available in Windsor, I'd get in the truck and head to the big city. I can find almost everything I need on Halifax.

Life has changed drastically since then. Apart from groceries, medicine, and a few hardware-related items, everything I buy is delivered to my door. Although I shop frequently on Amazon, eBay, and AliExpress, I'm willing to deal with any reputable company that can ship orders.

Is this difficult for local businesses? That must be it. But life is all about change and, if a small business is to thrive, it has to roll with the punches and adjust its strategy.

How do companies adapt to today's world? First, they establish an online presence and set up routines that allow them to package and ship their products as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

Today I took a close look at an inexpensive shipping label printer that should make this task a little easier.

Printing 4 x 6 inch sticky labels

Fan-fold paper. Paper rolls can also be accommodated but must be used with an external paper stand

Description

The iDPRT SP410 weighs 2.98 pounds. It is 8.75 inches wide, 4.45 inches deep, and 4.2 inches high.

The printer case is made up of black plastic and can be opened to reveal the printheads, guides, and rollers.

This device utilizes thermal technology to print rolls or folded sheets of standard labels. It ships with a version of Seagull Scientific's Bartender labeling software.



Specification

  • Manufacturer: iDPRT
  • Model: SP410
  • Weight: 1.35 kilograms (2.98 pounds)
  • Dimensions: 22 x 11.3 x 10.8 centimeters (8.75 x 4.45 x 4.2 inches)
  • Input power: 100–240V/1.5A
  • Technology: Direct Thermal
  • Printing speed: 150mm/s (72 labels per minute)
  • Print resolution: 203 dpi (8 dots/mm)
  • Supported label widths: 50–108 millimeters (2–4.25 inches)
  • Supported label lengths: 25–300 millimeters (1–1.81 inches)
  • Printhead life: 160,000 standard labels
  • Automatic Label Detection: Yes
  • Data connection: USB
  • Software: Device drivers, utility programs and Bartender
  • Operating system compatibility: Windows, macOS, and Linux
  • Compatibility: Supports multiple systems including Shopify, eBay and Amazon
  • Packing list: Printer, mini CD, power cable, USB cable, sample label pack and user manual 

Each printer is tested before shipping. The test sheet is included in the package

Manufacturer

iDPRT is a trademark by Xiamen Hanin Electronic Technology of Xiamen, China.

This division specializes in the R&D, manufacturing, and sales of hardware and software solutions for Automated Data Identification and Collection (AIDC) applications. iDPRT manufactures barcode printers, barcode scanners, card printers, PDAs, and RFID barcode printers.

Thermal Printing Technology

Thermal printer print heads apply heat to the dye-coated paper. The high temperature causes the dye to turn black, resulting in an image.

This technique is popular for transactions involving printing packaging labels, airline tickets, retail receipts, banking transactions, school records, and barcodes.

Direct thermal printers allow you to quickly and conveniently produce high-quality labels and receipts. They are virtually silent in operation and, due to their small size, are very mobile. As a result, operating costs are quite reasonable compared to printers that rely on ink or toner.



Setup and Installation

I first downloaded the Windows Desktop driver, Windows Seagull driver, utility program and Bartender software from the manufacturer's website. Linux and macOS drivers are also available.

After plugging the printer cable into my computer's USB port, I plugged the SP410 into power and turned it on. The red light immediately started flashing, conveying the printer's desperate plea to be fed.

I adjusted the blue guides on the back of the printer to accommodate the four-inch wide label provided with this device. Note that labels of any size can be used with the SP410.

Once I started inserting the first label into the back of the printer, it was captured and positioned correctly. The warning light turns blue, and Windows announces that the printer has been recognized.

I then unzipped and ran the Windows Desktop driver.

My final step was to run the utility program and print a test page.

Printer can be opened for inspection and cleaning


View of roller mechanism and paper guide

First Configuration

I downloaded and installed Connectcode Barcodes & Labels. This is a free program available in the Window store.

Using this software, I design and print simple shipping labels. Then I experimented, adding a barcode and a photo of myself. The printer works quickly, producing multiple labels that are sharp, clear, and smudge-free. However, because the thermal printer can only use black and white, the photos are not very attractive.

Second Configuration

I uninstalled and removed the Windows Desktop driver, replacing it with the Windows Seagull driver. This particular driver is intended for use with the Seagull Bartender software.

The next step is to install the ultra-light version of Seagull Bartender that comes with this printer. Please note that this version can be upgraded.

I found Bartender very easy to use. I can quickly create and print shipping labels. Then, I printed out some samples that included different combinations of numbers and barcodes.

If you are setting up iDPRT SP410 using Windows, I recommend installing the Seagull driver and Bartender software.

Sample label using Bartender software
Simple packing label designed with Labels and Barcode software

Thermal printers are not the best device to be used for printing photographs

Overall impression

This printer is compact, fast, silent and easy to use. Just plug it into the workstation's USB port, install the software, and print as many labels as you need.

Although I use this device to print simple packaging labels, it is designed to meet small business requirements. These printers can insert additional items, such as barcodes and logos, into their labels. iDPRT SP410 is recommended.

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