There are many models of printers in the market to look for. The most common are the dot matrix or also known as impact printers, thermal printers and multi-functional printers. However, before you decide to buy a printer for your POS system, you must consider the software requirements, hardware compatibility, device drivers, and option of receipt cutting feature in the printer, cable interfaces, environmental restrictions and added benefits.
Some of the printers will work only with specific device drivers and software applications. You wouldn’t want to buy a printer that has limited use in your business. Assuming that one of your receipt printer breaks down at one of the many POS systems you have, your printer must have the ability to fill in the place of the printer that broke down. The printer must also be compatible with the Operating System that you are currently using. It is a wise choice to opt for a printer that is compatible with multiple OS.
Even though most of the printers can work with Windows drivers, some printers will require OLE or OPOS drivers to print the receipts. Ask you dealer about the receipt printer compatibility issues that you might have with the printers and your POS.
You can replace your existing printer with a printer from any brand. Most of them are manufactured in such a way to emulate most of the other brands. However, asking your dealer about the options to replace the existing printer will be good decision.
The receipt printer can connect to your POS system through a cable interface, which can be serial, parallel, USB or Ethernet connection. All the printers will support at least the basic type of interface, i.e. the serial and parallel interface. In some of the printers, the USB interface is an option. If you think a particular printer fits your requirements perfectly but doesn’t have an interface that you are for, ask the dealer about adding an additional interface. They usually do it but at an extra cost.
Another feature to look for in the printer is the option of receipt cutting. There are two types of receipt cutting: partial and full. If you do not want a receipt cutter option in your printer, go for a manual receipt cutting option. If you run a huge business that has a streamline of customers at the checkouts, it is better to have an auto-receipt cutter option since it will save time. However, for places like a small grocery store or any other business establishments that do not have a heavy inflow of customers, you can opt for the manual receipt-cutting printer.
The printers come with the option of single color printing and 2-color printing. Printers with the option of two-color printing come with black and red color for printing purposes. Usually the logo of your company is printed in red and the remaining details of the transaction in black. You can use the red color to highlight any special deals, discounts and privileges received by the customer.