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The ZQ500 Series of Mobile Printers – A Review

The ZQ500 Series of Mobile Printers – A Review


The ZQ500 Series is an extremely rugged, hard-working mobile solution for workers on the go. They are the best-in-class and offer premium print while being easy to integrate, manage and maintain.

They can easily adapt to extreme environments and perform in the widest operating temperature range in the industry. They are durable enough that they can withstand repeated drops to concrete from 6.6 feet. With an IP54 rating, they are able to withstand liquid sprays and spillages.

As Zebra’s next generation of high performance mobile printers, they have been patented with military grade design which makes them the most durable and reliable mobile printers on the market.


The 3” ZQ510, and the 4” ZQ520 both offer a dependable solution with the below key features:

Rugged Design:

Mobile work environments can be hard on hardware, and as such it is important to implement a solution that can function in the harshest work space. This series of mobile printer is lightweight to allow ease of use but is simultaneously engineered to handle all the bumps, drops and collisions, that come with a mobile work environment.

The ZQ510 and ZQ520 printers feature a patented military design that meets third-party-verified MIL-STD 810g military standards for shock, vibration and temperature exposure. The printers can withstand repeated drops to concrete from 6.6’ on multiple sides—and when paired with the optional exoskeleton case can withstand drops from 10’. And for additional protection, the ZQ510 and ZQ520 printers are designed to guard media from being ejected when the printer is dropped, keeping your workforce productive and focused while on the move.

Environment Endurance:

The ZQ500 range of printers has an IP54 rating which means that it is impervious dust and liquids that are common in mobile environments – from dirt fields to crumbs in a service vehicle. With cold temperatures compensation, the ZQ500 series automatically optimisms and balances print speed and print quality when it is in a s cold environment.

Reliable Connectivity:

The ZQ500 Series comes with the latest in Bluetooth – Bluetooth 4.0 – connectivity as standard. They also offer 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN connectivity that supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and roaming within and across bands. With the multi-port radio it is possible to operate 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 – meaning you can be constantly updated and connected. If users lose their Bluetooth connectivity while on the road, Print Touch™ via NFC technology serves as an alternate option, ensuring users are always connected. The ZQ500 Series is “Made for iPod/ iPhone/iPad” (MFi certified) and Wi-Fi Alliance-certified, offering connectivity to a range of Apple, Android and Windows Mobile devices.

Unrivalled Printing Power:

To keep your employees on task and on schedule, the ZQ500 Series are the first Zebra products to support a secondary Bluetooth communication channel, an innovative feature that allows one channel to send print jobs to the printer while a second channel performs additional functions such as device management. ZQ500 printers also feature “draft mode,” which optimizes the printing speed (5+ inches-per-minute) for text-only printing. And with Power Smart Print Technology™, the printers can anticipate what users will print, saving battery power yet delivering fast, high-quality receipts and labels.


ADC Barcode would highly recommend the ZQ500 range of mobile printers to any company that uses field engineers, or any company that uses mobile technology in a warehouse environment.

It is the best in its class and no range on the market compares.

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of barcode scanners, barcode label printers, barcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom software, EPOS systems & hardware, RFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

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