So, you have just discovered Royal Mail Despatch Express, you want to print barcoded address labels to despatch your items and your wondering which thermal printer to use.

Good news, Royal Mail Despatch Express has been designed to work with any thermal label printer! You have a full choice of all the manufacturers’ printers (with a minimum of 200dpi resolution).

Depending on how many labels you want to print in a day, depends on which printer you will require. A desktop printer is normally enough for most companies printing up to 1,000 despatch labels per day up to 4.09 inches (104mm) wide.

The best value desktop printer for this is the Zebra LP2844, this printer is being replaced by a faster model with more memory in December 2009:

These new replacement printers are available for immediate delivery.

  • Zebra GK420d - Serial and USB Interfaces, 5 inches (127mm) per second print speed
  • Zebra GX420d - Serial, Parallel and USB Interfaces, Optional 802.11b/g WLAN or Bluetooth, 6 inches (152mm) per second print speed.

If you are printing more than a 1,000 labels a day, you may want to consider either the Zebra S4M (up to 10,000) or the Zebra ZM400 (up to 60,000) that are suited for more demanding applications.

For more information about the best thermal printer for you, please call 01536 414222.