Primera Signature Z1 CD/DVD Label Printer

$20.00

Primera Signature Z1 CD/DVD Label Printer – No power supply adaptor or ink ribbon cartridges included.

  • Print labels directly onto your CDs and DVDs
  • Thermal transfer technology for professional look
  • Prints both text and graphics, uses any font or graphic on your PC
  • Automatically rotates to print in 4 areas of the disc
  • USB interface, includes cables and software

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Description

Primera Signature Z1 CD/DVD Label Printer – No power supply adaptor or ink ribbon cartridges included.

  • Print labels directly onto your CDs and DVDs
  • Thermal transfer technology for professional look
  • Prints both text and graphics, uses any font or graphic on your PC
  • Automatically rotates to print in 4 areas of the disc
  • USB interface, includes cables and software

 

 

 

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 7.25 × 9.25 × 2.75 in
OVERVIEW

The Primera Signature Z1 thermal ink transfer printer is a small, useful, and somewhat pricey gadget for labeling CDs and DVDs. Unlike the Epson R200 inkjet printer, which is four times larger and costs about $50 less, the Signature Z1 doesn't rely on special printable CDs and DVDs. Instead, it prints water- and (presumably) beer-proof designs directly onto standard lacquer discs. But don't spill tea on them, because heat can smudge the prints. Artistic types will prefer the six-color printing skills and CD Print software of the Epson R200 over the Signature Z1's one-color-at-a-time output and limited Primera Print design software, which supports only text and line art. The Primera Signature Z1 printer is roughly the size and shape of a fat novel, so it slips easily into a backpack or a briefcase. This gadget ships with a power cord, a small laptop-style power adapter, an installation and software CD, and one black-ink cartridge. The exterior is deadly dull, putty-colored plastic, with a smoky gray, matte-and-clear-finish plastic cover. While it may be slick to own a machine that relieves you of a permanent marker, the ho-hum looks of the Signature Z1 won't turn heads at a party.

This printer has a dedicated on/off button in the upper-right corner, with ports for power and a USB 2.0 connection in the back. Inside the front cover of this device rests a disc holder for one CD or DVD, with the print cartridge holder to the left. Simple instructions for installing ink and removing discs are printed on the cartridge holder for your convenience.

As its simple design would indicate, the Primera Signature Z1 printer is easy to set up. The 30-page user guide has clear, step-by-step instructions for installing the software and the USB driver and connecting the Signature Z1 to your computer. The only tricky part is preparing the ink ribbon cartridge: you have to travel backward in time to the era of cassette tapes and typewriter ribbons and find a pencil or another long, thin object with a sharp end to tighten the ribbon. We're not kidding; that instruction is in the manual alongside the warning, "The printer will malfunction if the ribbon is slack." But don't worry, if you're just going to use the black cartridge, you won't have to bother with this often. However, if you order the three color cartridges (red, blue, and green), you'll have to keep that sharp object handy.

The Primera Print labeling software is simplistic but good for text. With it, you can access all of your computer's fonts and import JPEG, BMP, PNG or TIFF images from anywhere, including programs such as Windows Paint or Adobe PhotoShop. If you want to rotate, stretch, or invert your images, you'll have to use image manipulation software such as Windows Paint, because the only image tinkering Primera Print allows is to choose from one of three dithering intensities: Threshold, a high-contrast version of the image; Error Diffusion, which renders everything in dots; and Edge Detection, which outlines images.

The Primera Signature Z1 has a maximum print resolution of 200 dots per inch (dpi), which is fine for text and simple line drawings but won't display photographs with much detail. Printed text was a bit ragged around the edges but still better than handwriting. In our informal tests printing on all four areas of a disc, it took about one and a half minutes for the Signature Z1 to print a mixed text and graphics label, about one minute for text only, and half a minute to cover half of a disc with text.

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