Comparing Mobile Printers – Zebra’s New QLn Series vs QL Plus

Zebra’s QL220 Plus mobile label printer can be found across the country and in countless hospitals. If you’re using mobile printers, chances are, this is what you’ve been using for bedside specimen labeling. This small label printer is ideal for labeling medical records and is used in phlebotomy, laboratory, pharmacy, and even materials management.

The QL220 Plus prints labels about 2-inches wide. This series also includes 3 and 4-inch label printers (QL320 Plus & QL420 Plus). Zebra recently released a newer upgraded version of these already popular mobile printers, the QLn Series. The QLn was first introduced in 2011 but was only available with 3-inch labels. The 2-inch model was made available at the beginning of 2012.

So what’s different about Zebra’s latest mobile printer? To sum it up, the QLn series of mobile printers are easier to use, manage and configure. They’re durable, offer fast high quality printing, and have a larger, easier to navigate display.

Let’s compare. The bullet points below highlight the printer’s main differences.

Zebra’s QLn Series vs. QL Plus:

  • Larger display, higher resolution, easier to read
  • 5 way navigation keys and two software defined keys vs. two push-button keys
  • Increased user efficiency – Label sensor & more intuitive label peeler
  • Smart battery offers battery status information
  • Slightly smaller design than the QL Plus, light weight
  • Still offers  easy, drop in media loading
  • Remote diagnostics capability – Ethernet communications enable remote management, problem diagnosis & resolution
  • User alerts, status messages, and how-to maintenance information provided on display
  • 2 inch label printers offer faster print speed than previous models

Additionally, you can download our comparison sheet to see each printer’s specifications side by side: Zebra QLn™ and QL Plus™ Comparison

Contact us to find out if the QLn is currently certified for your medical software systems.