Zebra S4M Barcode Printer

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


  • Affordable, metal printer with full 8″ media roll capacity
  • Simple to use through a streamlined front control panel and a proven side-loading design
  • Simple to integrate by offering a variety of ways to connect

Zebra’s new S4M printer packages ease of use, 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 802.11b 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.

Printer Specifications
203 dpi (8 dots/mm)
300 dpi (12 dots/mm)

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

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

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

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

10.7”/272 mm

11.6″ (295 mm)

18.8″ (477 mm)

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 Wireless Print Server
  • Internal ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server
  • External ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server
  • External ZebraNet PrintServer II
  • Keyboard Display Unit (KDU) (EPL only)
  • Real Time Clock (RTC)
  • APL-I firmware
  • APL-D firmware

Communication and Interface Capabilities

  • RS-232 serial port
  • USB 1.1
  • Parallel

Programming Languages
Core programming languages

Bar Codes/Symbologies
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)
Code 49
Data Matrix
QR Code
TLC 39

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)

Getting Started

User’s Guides and Manuals