STP1120N Part 3 – your source for even MORE information The STP1120N really shines and does its best work on difficult to image materials like synthetics, vinyls and tag stock. Even though is does a great job on paper, you are at a slight disadvantage with the cost of the ribbons. The STP1120N uses a near edge print technology that requires a wax/resin ribbon, even on paper. Once you move away from thermal transfer paper, the costs of operation is equal, but the print quality is second to none. With a near edge printer, the print-head actually floats to match the thickness of the label substrate. Meaning, if you print paper labels and then go to a thicker tag stock or synthetic material, you will not have to adjust the print-head. This printer does it automatically and you are off and printing in no time.
Direct Thermal Superstar
Another area were this printer outperforms anything else on the market is in direct thermal. When using direct thermal labels, the text and bar codes are as clean and crisp as if you were using a ribbon. The last thing I would like to mention is the quality of rotated or ladder style bar codes, they were near perfect. I have never seen a ladder style bar code look so good. I was amazed at the print quality of this printer. I believe there is a market for this printer in the areas I mentioned above.