The rise of online purchases was already evident before the pandemic, and with the global period of stay-at-home, this trend experienced a significant surge. This increase in shipped packages inevitably led to a higher demand for labels, making it crucial for businesses, whether small or large, to invest in efficient and cost-effective label printers. Positioned squarely in this product space is the Nelko Bluetooth Thermal Shipping Label Printer 2.0. Let’s delve into its features. Let the gadget exploration begin!
The Nelko Bluetooth Thermal Shipping Label Printer 2.0 is a compact thermal printer designed specifically for printing shipping labels. It offers the flexibility of both USB wired and Bluetooth wireless connections.
Moving on to the contents of the box, the Nelko Thermal Label Printer is packaged in a recyclable cardboard box adorned with simple product images and specifications. Inside, you’ll find the following items:
- Nelko Bluetooth Thermal Shipping Label Printer 2.0
- Power adapter
- Power cable
- USB-C cable for printer connection
- U-disk (USB stick)
- USB-A to USB-C adapter
- User’s manual
- Quick tip cards
- Pack of 4″ x 6″ fan-fold test labels
Now, let’s explore the hardware specifications of this printer:
- Model: PL70e-BT
- Printing method: Thermal printing (requires thermal paper, no ink or toner)
- Connection: Bluetooth and USB
- Supported OS types: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
- Print resolution: 203 dpi
- Print speed: 150 mm/s (approximately 6 in./s), up to 72 labels/min
- Label width: Ranges from 1.57″ to 4.1″ (40-104mm)
- Power input: 24V, 2A
- Dimensions: 8″ long, 3.125 ” wide, 3.5″ high
Turning our attention to the design and features, the Nelko Bluetooth Thermal Shipping Label Printer 2.0 immediately impresses with its simple yet solid design. Its matte black finish provides a minimalist appearance without compromising on quality. With dimensions of only 8″ long and 3.125” wide, this printer takes up minimal space, making it ideal for desks with limited available space.
Examining the rear of the printer, the design philosophy remains consistent—simple and functional. The paper inlet allows easy loading of labels, with blue width guides for precision. The power switch and ports for the USB and power cables are strategically placed.
Moving to the top of the printer, an oval-shaped LED light serves as the connection indicator, accompanied by a feed button. A blue slider on one side releases the top cover, providing access to the print head, adjustable paper guides, and paper platen.
The Nelko Label Printer includes a “U-disk” containing drivers and additional materials, along with a USB-A to USB-C adapter.
Now, let’s delve into the printer setup process. The first step involves adjusting the label width guides to match the desired label size, which ranges from 1.57″ to 4.1″. Once adjusted, loading the labels is a breeze, with the printer automatically pulling them inside.
With the printer set up physically, the next step is software installation. The Nelko Bluetooth Thermal Shipping Label Printer 2.0 supports printing to both mobile devices and computers.
For mobile devices, the “Shipping Printer Pro” app is downloaded from the app store, compatible with iOS and Android. Connecting the app to the printer is seamless, with a straightforward process of selecting the printer from the list of Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Transitioning to computer setup, the process mirrors that of mobile devices. Download the “Shipping Printer Pro” app from the computer’s app store, install it, and create templates for specific label sizes.
Printing from the app is fast, and the Nelko Label Printer outpaces traditional printers in speed. However, occasional timeouts were noted, requiring manual intervention to remove and re-feed labels.
The final output—a clear and legible 4″ x 6″ label with a 203 dpi resolution—demonstrates the printer’s capabilities. Thermal printing eliminates the need for ink or toner, although special thermal paper is required.
In conclusion, the Nelko Bluetooth Thermal Shipping Label Printer 2.0 is a reliable product with notable features. Its compact size, easy setup, fast printing, and lack of toner or ink make it a worthwhile investment. While occasional printing hiccups were observed, they did not overshadow the overall positive experience. For those frequently printing shipping labels, this product offers a practical solution to save both time and costs.