It’s tough choosing which desktop printer suits your company or the application it needs to do; that’s why AM Labels have reviewed the best desktop printers taking in price, performance and the ideal scenarios each printer is designed for.

Renowned as being the best-in-value desktop label printer; the GK420 is reliable, durable and affordable at only £170.97.
With print speeds of up to 127mm/s it’s also a very effective and fast label printer but is only available in 203dpi. The GK420 is available in both Direct Thermal (GK420d) and Thermal Transfer (which can also be used as direct thermal – The GK420t.)
Ideal Environments: Pharmacy Prescription Labelling,  Retail Pricing, Healthcare Specimen Labelling, Light-Industrial work, Security Applications (Visitor ID, evidence tracking, parking passes), Travel/Hospitality (Boarding Passes, Bag Tags).
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Guided from customer input and with tailored designs for a range of applications, the Intermec PC43 is intuitive, flexible and ideal for customers who are new to label printing. From £153.95 it’s also shown that it’s affordable and one of the best valued desktop printers on the market.

The Intermec PC43 comes with either an Icon or LCD display and can be easily used as a stand-alone solution as it has available integrated memory – allowing you to import your label settings simply into the printer.The PC43 is available in both direct thermal and thermal-transfer and has print speeds of up to 203mm/s on a 4.09inch wide label.
Ideal Environments: Transportation/Courier, Healthcare, Retail and Hospitality markets, as well as small and medium business Manufacturing, Warehouse and Office.

A small printer with a big advantage: The e4 processes label rolls up to 152mm in diameter and standard ribbons up to 360 metres long.
The e4 also prints standard packaging labels with barcodes just as professionally as product labels with advertising or clear graphics and is ideal for short and medium runs.
The cab e4 is also available in 200 or 300dpi and can reach print speeds of up to 75 mm/s or 100 mm/s.  The e4 is renowned for its ease of use with the use of three LCD displays and additional stop, pause and cancel buttons.
Ideal Environments: Production, Warehousing, Offices or Shipping Departments

A table below shows the basic specifications of each printer in a nutshell for easy comparisons and links:

Specification Zebra GK420 Label Printer cab e4 Series Label Printer Intermec PC43 Label Printer
Software Zebra Designer eLabel BarTender Ultralite
Operation Direct Thermal/Thermal Transfer Direct Thermal/Thermal Transfer Direct Thermal/Thermal Transfer
Print Speed 127mm/s 75-100mm/s Up to 8ips (203mm/s)
Print Width 4.09 inches 4.09 inches 4.09 inches
Resolution 203 203/300dpi 203/300dpi
Price Starting from £170.97 Starting from £374.22 Starting from  £153.95
Link to Spec Sheet