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Thermal printing is a digital printing process in which coated thermochromic paper is selectively heated while passing over the thermal print head, and the coating turns black in areas where it’s heated thus generating your printed images. Dual colour direct thermal printers achieve black as well as one additional colour by applying heat on the thermochromic paper at two different temperatures.


Thermal transfer printing utilizes a heat sensitive ribbon instead of paper and apart from this is similar to thermal printing.

When compared to dot matrix printers, thermal printers are a lot more ideal for portable and retail applications as they make less sound, work faster, consume less power and are relatively less bulky.

They are also required for commercial applications as filling station pumps, voucher printers in slot machines, information kiosks, point of scale systems, print on demand labels and also for recording live rhythm on hospital cardiac monitors.

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Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One
Brother MFC-J5720DW
Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab
Epson WorkForce WF-100
HP Envy 5540 All-in-One
Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One
Brother MFC-J5720DW
Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab
Epson WorkForce WF-100
HP Envy 5540 All-in-One
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Apr 2015
Nov 2015
Mar 2015
Oct 2015
Printer Type
Ink Jet, All-In-One, Standard All-Purpose
Ink Jet, All-In-One, Standard All-Purpose
Ink Jet, Dedicated Photo
Ink Jet, Printer Only, Standard All-Purpose
Ink Jet, All-In-One, Photo All-Purpose
Output Type
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
Platform
Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Mac OS, Windows
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Horizontal
1200.0 dpi
1200.0 dpi
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Vertical
4800.0 dpi
6000.0 dpi
Average Rating
 3.7 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.4 stars
Ease of Use
33% Positive
67% Negative
87% Positive
13% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
77% Positive
23% Negative
44% Positive
56% Negative
Quality
100% Positive
28% Positive
72% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
Economy
100% Positive
80% Positive
20% Negative
22% Positive
78% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
Performance
16% Positive
84% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
Scanner
100% Positive