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Budget Receipt Printer Comparison


Three of the most affordable thermal receipt printers available are the POS-X ION Thermal 2, the Epson TM-T20II, and the Star TSP100III*. Overall, all three are great printers suited for different needs.


POS-X ION Thermal 2 Image POS-X ION Thermal 2
Starting price (USB and Serial model): $145
Speed: 8.7 inches/second
Other interfaces: Ethernet ($225)
Print resolution: 180 dpi
Features: Compact design, 3 year warranty with excellent support
Overall: The ION Thermal 2 is the most basic of the three printers, but it's also the most compact, and comes with a 3 year warranty with excellent support.

 

Epson TM-T20II Image Epson TM-T20II
Starting price (USB and Serial model): $139
Speed: 7.9 inches/second
Other Interfaces: MPOS ($149), Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth (Starting at $220)
Print resolution: 203 dpi
Features: 2 year warranty
Compatible with (Ethernet model only): Aldelo mobile
Overall: The TM-T20II is our best selling printer. It’s not quite as fast as the ION Thermal 2, but it an excellent printer for the price.



Star TSP100III Image Star TSP100III*
Starting price (USB model): $198
Speed: 9.8 inches/second
Other Interfaces: Ethernet ($256)
Print resolution: 203 dpi
Features: 3 year warranty
Compatible with (Ethernet model only): Square, ShopKeep, Aldelo Touch, Ambur
Overall: The TSP100III is the cheapest receipt printer that’s tablet-compatible. It's fast and works with a variety of tablet software.



*The TSP100III Ethernet replaced the TSP100 Ethernet
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