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Zebra Desktop Printer Comparison


The Zebra 420 series of printers, the GC420, GK420, and GX420, are desktop printers suited for light to medium volume barcode and label printing. All of the printers in this series are 4 inch printers, available in direct thermal or thermal transfer models. They have a 203 dpi print resolution, and feature easy media loading.

The primary differences between these three lines of printers are their print speed and interface options. As you move from the GC420 to the GK420 to the GX420, the print speed and number of interface options increases.

Here is a breakdown of spec differences for these three lines of printers:

Zebra GC420 Image
Zebra GC420
This is the entry-level printer in this series, and is the most competitively priced.
Print speed: 4 inches per second
Interface options: Serial, Parallel, and USB
Replaces Zebra TLP2844



Zebra GK420 Series Image
Zebra GK420
This printer is a solid mid-range printer, and reliably prints clear labels and barcodes.
Print speed: 5 inches per second
Interface options: Serial, Parallel, USB, and Ethernet
Replaces Zebra LP2844



Zebra GX420 Series Image
Zebra GX420
The highest-performance printer in this series, the GX420 is flexible and and efficient.
Print speed: 6 inches per second
Interface options: Serial, Parallel, USB, Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth
Other features: Optional LCD screen



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