Revolutionary Thermal Printer Designed for Today’s POS Needs Introduced by Star Micronics America

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First USB-only Thermal Printer, TSP100 futurePRNTÂ? Shipped with All Necessary Accessories to Create IndustryÂ?s Only True Plug-and-Play POS Printer.

Star Micronics America introduces the TSP100 futurePRNT, a revolutionary thermal printer that has been specifically designed to address the evolution in the Point of Sale (POS) market. The TSP100 futurePRNT represents a number of industry firsts, including serving as the first USB-only printer and the first true “plug and play” printer that is delivered with all necessary accessories, including an internal power supply, USB cable, wall and vertical mounts, driver CD, sample paper, quick set-up guide, power switch cover, and paper guide.

“The release of the TSP100 futurePRNT underscores Star Micronics’ commitment to continue deploying innovative products to the reseller channel. futurePRNT marks a new revolution for the reseller with its ease of integration into virtually any software package, providing all necessary accessories in the box at the time of purchase, plus, offering the ease of use and reliability that end users demand,” said Michael Hanson, VP, Sales & Marketing, Star Micronics America.

The TSP100 futurePRNT significantly simplifies the integration of a fast thermal printer into any POS system, creating numerous benefits for end users, resellers, software developers, and retailers. With the TSP100 futurePRNT, support calls are eliminated and set up time is dramatically reduced. The result is considerable savings in time and money for end users and resellers.

Speed is a critical factor in determining a POS thermal printer and Star has addressed the two most important variables affecting print speed – the interface and commands. As the first printer to offer only USB, the TSP100 futurePRNT has distinct data transfer benefits over printers with Serial, Parallel interfaces.. The TSP100 futurePRNT is also one of the few industry printers that is digitally signed by Microsoft, so there are no pop up windows warning of potential computer problems when the installing the driver.

Further enhancing the speed of the TSP100 futurePRNT are new drivers. Extremely powerful, the drivers eliminate the need for emulation software and take advantage of today’s computers with faster microprocessors so that elaborate receipts with extensive graphics can be printed at the same speed as conventional receipts. The drivers include the graphics to be printed after the data leaves the application and before it reaches the printer. This is a dramatic improvement over conventional printers that use complicated software to load graphic into the firmware of the printer.

The new process created by the TSP100 futurePRNT enables end users to use a receipt as a marketing device, such as incorporating logos and coupons, without losing print speed. An additional benefit is that, because all graphics are stored in the computer rather than in the printer, a virtual unlimited amount of graphics can be stored.

Complementing the drivers is intelligent software that brings “search” and “replace” functionality to the TSP100 futurePRNT. With the software, which is part of the driver package and included in the package, retailers of any size can utilize the search capability to replace incorrect information (phone number, address, etc.) or add a graphic(s) specific to the receipt being printed.

The ability of the TSP100 futurePRNT to print graphics so quickly has changed the way print speed is evaluated. Conventional specifications, such as inches per second no longer apply. Rather, today’s POS printers should be evaluated based upon receipts per minute (RPM) and the TSP100 futurePRNT delivers an industry-best 25 RPM, regardless of the type of graphics used on the receipt.

Counter space is another consideration that is addressed with the TSP100 futurePRNT. Star has been able to maintain a compact size with the TSP100 futurePRNT while also including the power supply in the standard housing. Additionally, the TSP100 futurePRNT has a flexible design that allows the printer to be easily converted into a vertical station in applications where space is at a premium. Because wall mounts are included as a standard item, the TSP100 futurePRNT can be easily hung to create additional counter space.

Despite all these advantages, the TSP100 futurePRNT’s price is comparable to a thermal printer with a Serial port.

About Star Micronics

Star Micronics America, Inc., is a subsidiary of Star Micronics Company Ltd., a world-leading producer of small printers, audio components, high-precision machine tools, and precision parts. For more information, visit http://www.futureprnt.com or call 800-STAR-OEM x109; fax: (732) 623-5590.

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