I think Zebra was onto something when they branded this as their ‘basic’ desktop printer.
I mean, it looks quite basic.
Here’s what my first impressions of the ZD220 are:
- It’s not as small as I thought it would be
- There’s not a lot of distinction between the ZD models
- It has a simple interface
For the first printer model of the series, I thought it would be smaller. Granted, these printers have to be small enough to use 1” core direct thermal roll or direct thermal fanfold labels.
I figured, ‘basic model means basic everything’ but that’s not the case here.
And when it comes to desktop printers, they’re meant to be compact. It’s how they fit easily into any work environment.
Now, granted, the ZD620 model I have is slightly bigger because it can print thermal transfer labels.
But when I sat the ZD220 model next to it, the size difference wasn’t as striking as I thought it would be.
In fact, I noticed a lot of the Zebra desktop models are roughly the same size.
Maybe this is where Zebra’s quality lies.
For such a one trick pony when it comes to the shape and design of their printers, Zebra must be doing something right to keep producing high-quality, desktop printers.
I guess if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
Lastly, I noticed the interface: 2 buttons.
Simple. Easy. Dare I say, basic.
You really can’t mess up too much with only a power button and feed button to press. It’s like building a printer with training wheels.
And as someone who tends to be technologically illiterate, I always appreciate a little simplicity.