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Zebra GX420 / GX430 / ZD500.

Zebra GX420 / GX430 / ZD500

Zebra GX420 / GX430 / ZD500 Features

GX420 / GX430 / ZD500 Printers Features

Zebra’s performance desktop printers deliver best-in-class print speeds and features for improved efficiency and profitability. Each offers a variety of connectivity options, easy upgrades and integration with ZPL® and EPL™ (GX models only) programming languages and reduced total cost of ownership as ENERGY STAR® qualified printers.

Performance desktop printers support a wide range of applications; there’s a printer for almost every environment.  Whatever your needs—from flexibility to innovative label capabilities to time savings and reduced operator training—these printers deliver. Extended media handling options include peel and present, precision cutter for labels, receipts and tags, and linerless labels.

Ideal for These Applications



Light manufacturing


Postal counter automation

High-resolution label printing

Fast print speeds. Advanced features. Performance options

to meet your needs.


This compact printer, available with direct thermal or thermal transfer, combines an intuitive design and optional LCD user interface with versatile connectivity options.


Ideal for small-label printing of text and graphics, Zebra’s high-resolution GX430 thermal transfer printer delivers outstanding quality and fast printing speeds.


The ZD500 features Zebra’s Link-OS® environment—an innovative operating system combining a powerful Multiplatform Software Development Kit and software applications—making it easy to integrate, manage and maintain from any location around the globe. Coupled with intuitive ribbon and media loading, it’s designed to be simple to set up and operate. Offering highresolution print quality and quadruple connectivity options, the ZD500 is compact and feature-packed for top performance. The ZD500 also has optional UHF RFID capabilities.

ZD500 Link-OS Environment Features

Link-OS App Benefit
Virtual Devices Support well-known legacy and competitor printer languages—in addition to ZPL and

EPL—for a future-proofed investment

Print Touch Award-winning, webpage launching features using Near Field Communication (NFC)

make it easy to access Zebra’s extensive knowledge base of how-to videos and

product support

Cloud Connect Interact securely and directly with the Cloud for printing and device management
Profile Manager Edit and manage one printer, batches of printers or all Link-OS printers across your

network anywhere in the world


Compare the features to see which printer best suits your needs.

GX420 GX430 ZD500
Print Resolution 203 dpi 300 dpi 203/300 dpi
Maximum Print Width 4” 4” 4”
Maximum Print Speed 6 inches per second 4 inches per second • 6 inches per second

(203 dpi)

• 4 inches per second

(300 dpi)

Connectivity • USB v1.1, Serial, Parallel


• Ethernet or 802.11b/g

or Bluetooth® 2.0

(Optional, replaces

parallel port)

• USB v1.1, Serial, Parallel


• Ethernet or 802.11b/g or

Bluetooth 2.0 (Optional,

replaces parallel port)

• USB v.2.0, Serial, Parallel

and Ethernet (Standard)

• Dual radio 802.11a/b/g/n

and Bluetooth 3.0


User Interface LCD user interface


LCD user interface


LCD user interface


Management and


ZebraLink™ ZebraLink Link-OS-enabled for

remote management

Media Handling


• Cutter

• Dispenser - label peel

and present with label

present sensor

• Cutter

• Dispenser - label peel

and present with label

present sensor

• Cutter

• Dispenser - label peel

and present with label

present sensor

Standard Sensors • Fixed transmissive

and reflective sensors


• Multi-position

transmissive and full

width reflective sensor


• Fixed transmissive

and reflective sensors


• Multi-position

transmissive and full

width reflective sensor


Multi-position gap and

adjustable reflective


Zebra GX420 / GX430 / ZD500 Specifications


Printer Name

GX420, GX430, ZD500

• Thermal transfer or direct thermal print methods

• ZPL programming language

• EPL programming language (GX models only)

• Dual-wall frame const ruction

• Tool-less printhead and platen replacement

• OpenACCESS'” for easy media loading

• Quick and easy ribbon loading

• Simplified calibration of media

• ENERGY STAR®qualified

Printer Name

GX Models

• Standard: 4 MB Flash; 8 MB SDRAM

• Optional: 64 MB (68 MB total) Flash with realtime clock ZD500

• 128 MB Std SDRAM memory (4 MB available to user)

• 256 MB Std Flash memory (56 MB available to user)

• Real time clock

Maximum Print Width

Printer Features

4.09″/104 mm

Maximum Print Length

Printer Specifications


• 203 dpi/8 dot s per mm

• 300 dpi/12 dot s per mm (standard on GX430t , optional on ZD500)


39.0″/990 mm

Maximum Print Speed

• 6″/152 mm per second (203 dpi )

• 4″/102 mm per second (300 dpi )

Media Sensors

GX Models

• Standard: Fixed transmissive and reflective sensors

• Optional: Multi-position transmissive and full width reflective sensor


• Multi-position transmissive and adjustable reflective sensors

Media Characteristics

Label and Liner Length

• Maximum non-continuous: 39″/990 mm

• Minimum using tear off mode: .25″ (6.3 mm)

• Minimum with label present sensor used : 0.5″/12.7 mm

• Minimum with cutter: 1.0″/25.4 mm

Label and Liner Width

0.75″/19 mm – 4.25″/108 mm

Media Roll Size

• Maximum outside diameter : 5″/127 mm

• Core inner diameter: 0.5″/12.7 rnrn. 1.0″/25 rnrn.

1.375″/35 rnrn. 1.5″/37.1 rnrn. 3″/76 mm

Media Thickness

• GX Models: 0.003″/0.08 mm to 0.0075″/0.019 mm

• ZD500: .003″/0.08 mm to .012″/0.305 mm

Media Types

Roll-fed or fan-fed , die-cut or continuous direct thermal labels with or without black line, tag stock, continuous receipt paper, wristbands

Ribbon Characteristics

• Outside diameter: 1.36″/35 mm

• Standard length : 244’/74 m

• Ratio: 1:1 media to roll to ribbon

• Width: 1.33″/33.8 mm to 4.3″/109.2 mm

• Core inner diameter : 0.5″/12.7 mm

Operating Characteristics


• Operating temperature: 40′ F/4.4′ Cto 105′ F/41o C

• Storage temperature: -40′ F/-40′ C to 140′ F/60′ C

• Operating humidity: 10% to 90% non-condensing

• Storage humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing



• Auto-detectable (PFC Compliant) 100-240VAV, 50-60Hz

Agency Approvals

• Emissions: FCC Part 15, Subpart B, VCCI, C-Tick

• Emissions and Susceptibility : (CE): EN55022

• Class-B, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-0 and EN55024, CCC,Wi-Fi®-cert ified

Physical Characteristics

Direct Thermal Thermal Transfer
Widt h: 6.75″/171 mm 7.6″/193 mm
Height : 6.0″/152 mm 7.5″/191 mm
Depth : 8.25″/210 mm 10.0″/254 mm
Weight : 3 Ibs/1.4 kg 4.6 Ibs/2.1 kg


Link-OS Solutions for ZD500

• Document Design : Quickly design a customized print solution using your business data and Zebra’s intuitive, plug-and-print design tools.

• Device Integration: Zebra offers apps and products designed to help you integrate Zebra

devices into your existing systems.

• Device Management : Manage your print operations locally and globally with Zebra’s suite

of device management tools.

• Developer Tools: Provides you the tools you need to create your own apps. including

documentation, source code, programming languages, templates and more.

Software Tools

• ZebraDesigner'” Pro

• ZebraDesign er

• ZebraNet'” Bridge Enterpri se

• ZebraNet Utilities v7.0

• Zebra Universal Driver

• ZebraDesign er Driver

• ZBI-Developer’ ”

• POS Driver


• EPLT” (GX models only)

• EPL Line Mode (GX420d only)



• Web View

• Alert

• ZBI’ ”

Communication and Interface Capabilities


• RS-232 auto-se nsing Serial int erface, DB-9


• USB V2.0, bi-directional (standard)

• Cent ronics” Parallel (standard)

• Ethernet-1 0/100 internal (standard)

• Wireless- Dual radio 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 (optional) GX Models

• RS-232 auto-se nsing serial interface, DB-9

• USB V1.1, bi-directional

• Cent ronics Parallel

• Ethernet-1 0/100 internal (opt ional) offered in combination with USB and Serial interface

(replaces Parallel port )

• Wireless-802.11b/g or Bluetooth 2.0 (optional) with LCD display offe red in combination with USB and Serial interfaces (replaces Parallel port )


Fonts and Character Sets

• 16 resident expandable ZPL II bitm ap fonts

• Two resident scalable ZPL fonts

• Five resident expandable EPL2 font s (GX models only)

• Native open-type font support

• Unicode. ” compliant f or multi -language, ondemand thermal printing

Graphic Features


• Supports user-defined font s and graphics including custom logos

• ZPL II drawing commands- for boxes and lines

Barcode Symbologies

• Barcode Ratios: 2:1 (non-rotate d) and 3:1

• Linear Barcodes: Codabar, Code 11 (ZPL). Code

128, Code 39, Code 93, EAN-13, EAN-8, EAN-14

(ZPL). German Post Code (EPL). Industri al 2-of-5

(ZPL). Interleaved 2-of-5, Japanese Postn et (EPL).

ISBT-128 (ZPL). Logm ars (ZPL). MSI, Plessey,

Postnet , GS1 DataBar (RSS-14). Standard 2-of-5

(ZPL). UCC/EAN-128 (EPL). UPC and EAN 2 or 5

digit extensions (ZPL). UPC-A. UPC-A and UPC-E

with EAN 2 or 5 digit exte nsions, UPC-E, and GS1

Databar (fo rmerly RSS). EPL Barcodes are GX models only

• 2-Dim ensional : Codablock (ZPL). Code 49 (ZPL).

Data Matrix, MaxiCode, QR Code, PDF417,

MicroPDF417, Aztec (fo r EPL and ZPL except where noted)

Options and Accessories

• Dispenser-label peel and present with label present sensor

• UHF RFID capabilities help keep your critical operations running efficiently (optional, ZD500)

• Adjustable media sensor (GX models)

• Cutte r for various media types

• 300 dpi print resoluti on printin g f or fine detail and crisp images (ZD500)

• 64 MB Flash memory w ith real-tim e clock (for total of 68 MB) (GX models)

• Font Packs- Asian and other international font kits

• KDU Plus'” and ZKDU'”

keyboard display unit s for standalone printing solutions


Getting Started