Zebra LP 2824 and TLP 2844 Barcode Printer Demonstration


Hi it’s Camille with POSGuys.com. Today we’re
taking a look at two Zebra barcode printers. We have the LP2824 and the TLP2844. They can
both print up to four inches per second, the LP models are direct thermal and the TLPs
are thermal transfer and the main differences is the width of the labels they can print
so two inches versus four inches. So I’m going to walk you through how to change
the media and take a look inside. Just push the button on the left side here. When you push it forward the printer will
move up. It locks in place so you can’t accidentally snap your fingers
inside of it. The LP2824 has the same button on the side pops right open. For your media the barcode label is here. This is a four inch label. This just slides open. Pop it in. Fits on there just like that. You want to slide it into these black notches
so that it doesn’t slide around when you are printing. You can tighten those down by rotating this dial, right here. Tighten in place right there. It will keep your registration better. Moving on to the 2824. This is a smaller area for your roll. You can pull
it open just like that. It goes in the same way as the big one it’s
just a smaller roll. It just pops on there just like that, I imagine
you’d probably have a larger roll than this but it’s all I’ve got right now and then you want to slide it under the notches. You want it to be held in place so your registration
is better. Then you just close it up and it’s good to
go. That is the direct thermal one so it should
be ready to print just like that. This one because it is thermal transfer you
have to have a ribbon. This is where the ribbon goes. I’ll just show you how to add ribbon. Here is our thermal transfer ribbon. When you get the printer it should come with
a take-up roll which if you can see inside there it is that cardboard
roll. Don’t throw this away. It’s that cardboard roll, you need it to take
up your ribbon. It just slides around back here and you can slide it in the back I’m beating the ribbon up a little bit but
it’ll work out. It snaps in place and then you just roll it
up and do the same thing in the front. It fits in place a little bit like loading
toilet paper. It snaps right in place. Now if you take a look at the side here we
have some dials. Yuo can take in the ribbon, it will make sure that your tension is correct
so that your printing is going to come out even all the way around and there you have it, you have your thermal
transfer ribbon in place. I’m just going to show you an example of the
printing on the TLP2844. So File Print and we’re just going to do one copy on the
TLP2844 and we hit print it’ll come out down there we’re using a demo so it changes the printing
on us. Now this is set to one of the slowest settings
right now and it’s coming out a little bit light. So if when you get the printer it comes out
a little bit light and is slow don’t get discouraged you can actually change this in the printer
settings and I’ll show you how to do that. So we’re gonna go do the same thing, hit print
and then instead of just printing with the default settings we’re gonna go to document
properties up here, we’re going to change the speed, we’re going to put it higher and the darkness we’re going to go to 14 darkness which is
just under the darkest setting. Keep in mind this is going to be different
for each type of software like if you have a different
software from us then it may look slightly different you may
have different options. So now we’re just gonna go ahead and hit print and it should definitely come out a lot darker
and a lot faster than the last one. You should be able to see the difference there. The barcode is a lot clearer. The black is
just a lot darker. We’re gonna put the LP2824 through a really
fast speed test. So it should print off twenty labels. Twenty labels in no time at all. The two models I have here today are both
the original. So the TLP2844 and the LP2844 are both original which mean they EPL programming
language. There is a Z-Series available which does ZPL programming language and also a Plus
series which does both. Now most barcode labeling programs will handle
either or so it’s probably not a big deal but if you have custom software that is something
you want to think about before purchasing a model. We have ribbons here and I forgot to show
you earlier that you can have smaller ribbons on a four inch core. You don’t actually have
to have a four inch ribbon which will save you some money. For the smaller 2824 if you have the TLP2824
you can actually have a smaller ribbon here. We have a variety of media available on POSGuys.com.
We can help you pick out the correct supplies for your printer if you’re not sure what to
get. The direct thermal printers will of course need direct thermal labels and media so you’ll
have to get the actual direct thermal paper. The thermal transfer will just have thermal
transfer paper which is a little bit cheaper. Now I mentioned that this is thermal transfer
printer earlier but it’s actually dual. All the TLPs will do thermal transfer and
direct thermal so it’s up to your choosing which one you want to do there. The warranty on these is one year. They are
available in all the standard interfaces, parallel, serial, USB. There are even some
ethernet options, give us a call if you are interested in that. If you want more info or would like to buy
the TLP2844 or the LP2824 call us at 855-POS-GUYS or visit www.POSGuys.com


17 Responses

  1. POSGuys.com

    March 6, 2013 6:32 pm

    That would depend entirely on the barcode printing software used to interface with the Zebra printer. If you give us a call we should be able to better understand your needs and help direct you to a solution. 1-800-903-6571

  2. POSGuys.com

    June 6, 2013 3:35 pm

    You can print labels up to 4" wide and 11" long. We offer a variety of label sizes, please give us a call for more info. 1-800-903-6571

  3. POSGuys.com

    August 16, 2013 10:16 pm

    If your point of sale software supports label printing, or you have label software that can connect to your inventory database, then you should be able to print barcode labels formatted to specific products. We carry a variety of software that can print custom labels. Give us a call and we can help set you up! 1-800-903-6571

  4. POSGuys.com

    December 7, 2013 2:50 am

    The TLP2824 and TLP2844 are single color barcode printers. You can't print a full color graphic or photo on them. What should be possible is to find a single color ribbon in something other than black. Certain barcode colors, like red, can make scanning very difficult. Test that your color codes scan before printing them all out.

    Contact us at POSGuys.com and we'll help you find what you need.

  5. Rafael Mata

    January 15, 2014 4:53 pm

    Yes they can, you can use either Zebra Designer Pro or the paid version of Bartender. Those are the two label design softwares we sell the most.

  6. Rafael Mata

    January 15, 2014 4:55 pm

    Yes that is possible but you'll have to design a template and load it onto the printer so it "knows" to look for the scan before printing.

  7. POSGuys.com

    April 28, 2015 6:13 pm

    The Father's House you can add the cutter module by purchasing part number G105910-028 and installing. We added it to our 2844 printer page for you here http://posguys.com/barcode-printer_1/Zebra-2844_415/?src=pgyt.

    We don't have a cutter module in house so making a video to show how to install is unfortunately not possible. We did however do some research that might help you out. The basics of using the cutter (not installing) are on page 25 of the User Manual which you can download here http://posguys.com/download/tlp2844-ug-en.pdf. That doesn't give very much information on how the cutter functions though so take a look at this page by Zebra https://km.zebra.com/kb/index?page=content&id=SO7300&actp=LIST_RECENT which has more detail and even a diagram of how the labels fit into the cutter. (diagram https://support.zebra.com/cpws/docs/gseries/GX_CutterLoad.pdf – Please note that the printer they show here is the GX series but it is the same procedure for the TLP2844.)

    Physically the cutter module attaches to the front of the printer. Successful results look like this. https://youtu.be/M0UUuoxN_0k. If you purchase the module from us you can call 800-903-6571 Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm PST and we'll work with you to get it setup on your printer. Travis from POSGuys suggests buying a new printer as the cutter module itself is almost the cost of some desktop printers. Please call or email sales if you would like help selecting a printer or purchasing the cutter module! 800-903-6571  – [email protected]

  8. alsMAHAN77

    April 28, 2015 11:22 pm

    thanks for your quick response.  i actually have the cutter with the cable connection, but when i opened the unit, i couldn't figure out where to connect it.  We have another printer with a cutter so i looked at that one to see how it was connected, but the connectors were different on the circuit board of the one that we already had working.  i was hoping to see a video or talk to someone about how to do it… i also have a LP 2844 that i thought i could put it on, but i couldn't figure that out either.

  9. liberty hanson-wild

    May 31, 2016 8:05 pm

    Hello, our zebra lp 2824 is printing out gibberish when I try to print tags. The printer was getting stuck, printing barcodes andtags that were incomplete and then it began doing this. Can you tell me what to do try to remedy this?


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