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Zebra S4M
Zebra’s S4M barcode printers proudly wears the Stripe series name. Offering ease of use, a metal construction, and a variety of connectivity options into a thermal printer that takes a full 8” roll of Zebra labels for fewer media changes. Designed for the budget–minded, the S4M has the features needed to support many applications at an affordable price. With easy controls and proven side-loading design, it’s quick to learn, use, and load, so operators can focus on more productive tasks. The printer offers standard serial, parallel and USB connectivity, as well as optional internal 10/100 Ethernet and IEEE 802.11b/g wireless networking for simple integration and remote monitoring, plus it can be ordered with different printer programming languages. Compared to similar printers on the market, the S4M thermal printer is an outstanding value.
Zebra S4M barcode printers Specifications

Standard Features

  • Print Methods: Direct thermal and Thermal Transfer (optional)
  • Construction: Die-cast metal frame with sheet metal enclosure
  • Metal media cover with enlarged clear window

More Standard Features
  • Element Energy Equalizer™ (E3®) for superior print quality
  • Back-lit LCD control panel
  • Parallel, USB 1.1 and RS-232 serial ports
  • Unicode™ - Compliant

Printer Specifications

Resolution: 203 dpi (8 dots/mm)
300 dpi (12 dots/mm)
Memory: 4MB Flash, 8MB DRAM
Print width: 4.09"/104 mm
Print length: 203 dpi: 157"/3,988 mm and 300dpi: 73"/1854 mm (optional)
Print speed: 203 dpi:
6" (152 mm)/sec
300 dpi:
6" (152 mm)/sec
Media sensors: Reflective, Transmissive

Media Characteristics

Maximum label and liner width: 0.75"/19.4 mm to 4.50"/114 mm
Minimum label and liner width: 0.75" (19.4 mm)
Maximum label and liner length: Maximum non-continuous: 39"/991 mm
Maximum label and liner length (optional): 39" (991 mm)
Core diameter: 8.0" (203 mm) O.D. on a 3" (76 mm) I.D. core
6.0" (152 mm) O.D. on a 1" (25 mm) I.D. core
Media thickness: 0.003"/0.076 mm to 0.010"/0.25 mm
Media types: continuous, die-cut, tag, black mark

Ribbon Characteristics

Outside diameter: 3.2"/81.3 mm
Standard length: 984'/300 m or 1476'/450 m
Ratio: 2:1 media roll to ribbon ratio for 984'/300 m
3:1 media roll ribbon ratio for 1476'/450 m
Ribbon width: 1.57"/40 mm to 4.33"/110 mm
Ribbon setup: Ribbon wound ink-side out
ID Core: 1.0" (25.4 mm)

Operating Characteristics

Operating temperature TT: Operating temperature: 40° F (5° C) to 104° F (40° C)
Thermal transfer DT: Operating temperature: 32° F (0° C) to 104° F (40° C)
Direct thermal Storage temperatures: -40° F (-40° C) to 140° F (60° C)
Operating humidity: 20% to 85% non-condensing
Storage humidity: 5% to 85% non-condensing
Electrical: Universal auto-ranging (PFC-complaint) power supply 90-265VAC, 48-62 Hz
Agency approvals

  • IEC 60950
  • EN 55022 Class B
  • EN55024
  • EN 61000-3-2
  • EN 61000-3-3

Physical Characteristics

Width: 10.7"/272 mm
Height: 11.6" (295 mm)
Depth: 18.8" (477 mm)
Weight: 27.2 lbs (12.4 kg)
Shipping weight: 33.5 lbs (15.2 kg)

Related Products


  • Thermal Transfer Ribbon Handling System
  • Print head 300 dpi (12 dots/mm) (ZPL Only)
  • A front mount, passive peel, w/ no take-up spindle
  • Factory installed 64 MB (61 MB user available) Flash Memory option
  • Additional scalable and smooth bitmapped fonts available
  • ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server
  • Keyboard Display Unit (KDU) (EPL only)
  • Real Time Clock (RTC)
  • APL-I/APL-D firmware (contact Zebra Development Services for additional details)
  • Factory installed full-width guillotine knife cutter and catch tray
  • ZebraNet Wireless Plus Print Server
  • ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server
  • ZebraNet b/g Print Server

Communication and Interface Capabilities

  • RS-232 serial port
  • USB 1.1
  • Parallel
  • ZebraNet Wireless Plus Print Server
  • ZebraNet b/g Print Server
  • ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server

Programming Languages

Core programming languages: EPL-Page Mode, ZPL I/ZPL II

Bar Codes/Symbologies

Linear Code 11
Code 39
Code 93
Code 128 with subsets A/B/C and UCC case codes
UPC-A with 2 or 5 digit extensions
Standard 2-of-5
Industrial 2-of-5
Interleaved 2-of-5
Planet Code
RSS (reduced space symbology)
2-dimensional Codablock
Code 49
Data Matrix
QR Code
TLC 39
RSS / GS1 DataBar family (12 barcodes)
Fonts and Graphics

  • 7 bitmapped, 1 smooth scalable (CG Triumvirate™ Bold Condensed)
  • International character sets supporting the following code page: IBM® Code Page 850 International character set
  • Support user-defined fonts and graphics – including custom logos
  • ZPL II drawing commands – including boxes and lines
    (ZPL only, other firmware languages may vary)
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