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Zebra ZQ500 Series Mobile Printers.

Zebra ZQ500 Series Mobile Printers

Zebra ZQ500 Series Mobile Printers Features

ZQ500 Series Mobile Printers Features

Zebra’s ZQ500 Series offers best-in-class, rugged mobile printers for applications outside of a business’s four walls. The premium 3" (72 mm) ZQ510™ and 4" (104 mm) ZQ520™ printers are Zebra’s next-generation of high-performance mobile printers. The printers’ patented, military-grade design provides exceptional durability and reliability in the toughest environments. Optimized for on-demand receipt printing in transportation & logistics and government, the ZQ500 Series can also produce labels for a range of applications. These printers can withstand the drops, bangs, bumps, accidents and environmental extremes that are common in mobile workplaces—making them ideal for on-the-go employees whose productivity depends on maximum printer functionality. With Zebra’s ZQ500 Series, you gain the peace of mind knowing your mobile printers will not only withstand the elements, but also provide the power, connectivity and reliability your mobile employees need. Qualified by a third-party laboratory per MIL-STD 810g for drop and vibration test procedures, the ZQ500 Series printers feature a unique combination of an IP54-rated design for protection from dust ingress and water spray and engineering details--making these printers the most rugged mobile printers on the market. In addition to offering easy setup, the printers are simple to manage and maintain with the Link-OS® environment, advanced Bluetooth® Smart Ready 4.0 (Low Energy) connectivity and Print Touch™ device pairing. ZQ500 printers are “Made for iPod®/iPhone®/iPad®” (MFi) and Wi-Fi Alliance certified to support connectivity to a range of Apple®, Android™ and Windows® Mobile devices. And, with best-in-class accessories that are compact and multi-purpose, the ZQ510 and ZQ520 printers can transform cars, trucks and vehicles into productive mobile offices. For more information, visit Zebra.com/ZQ500

Rugged Design

Mobile work environments can be abusive for hardware. The ZQ500 printers are lightweight, yet engineered to handle the bumps, drops and collisions that are part of the job. 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

Environmental Endurance

Zebra not only protects your hardware, but also your operational uptime. The ZQ500 printers meet IP54-rating for resistance to dust and liquids that are common in mobile environments—from dirt in the field to crumbs in a service vehicle. And with cold temperature compensation, the ZQ500 Series automatically optimizes and balances print speed and print quality in cold temperatures.

Optimized 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 batter power yet delivering fast, high-quality receipts and labels.

Simple to Use

ZQ500 printers are designed for intuitive, simple use—from the first shift to the last. The simplified user interface reduces the amount of accidentally changed printer settings, and the large buttons increase accuracy for gloved hands and fingers. Intuitive media loading reduces time employees spend changing rolls, and with sleep mode the printer wakes up when a job is sent and conserves battery power when not in use.

Reliable Connectivity

The ZQ500 Series comes standard with the latest in Bluetooth connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0. The printers also offer 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN connectivity that supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and roaming within and across bands. And, with the multiport radio, your employees can simultaneously operate 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0—meaning they 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.

Mobile-Workspace Accessories

ZQ500 accessories are designed to optimize the tight spaces of mobile work environments—such as vehicles—through small footprints and multipurpose use. With easy and reliable vehicle charging options, employees can grab their device and go. The battery eliminator enables users to rely solely on vehicle power for fixed in-vehicle applications—erasing the need to replace the battery over the life of the printer. ZQ500 Series printers also offer adapters to attach vehicle cradles to existing e-charge and settlement room brackets.

Remote Management

The ZQ500 Series offers several device management options, including Profile Manager, which allows you to manage printers anywhere, anytime via a browser. Support for industry-standard MDM utilities makes it easy to communicate with all devices. ZQ500 printers are equipped with Syslog, an IT diagnostics tool that enables the printer to save and record error events that are written and can be retrieved from a file or, for remote troubleshooting, written to an IP port.

The ZQ500 offers several Link-OS environment software solutions and tools, including:

• PrintTouch NFC technology for fast pairing and easy access to essential data

• Profile Manager to monitor and control Link-OS printers anywhere in the world—all from one PC, tablet or smartphone screen

• Cloud Connect for direct and secure connection to the cloud

• Virtual Device Support – enabling printing using non-Zebra command languages

Zebra ZQ500 Series Mobile Printers Specifications

Printer Specifications


203 dpi resolution (8 dots/mm)

Maximum Print Width

• ZQ510: 2.83″/72mm

• ZQ520: 4.09″/104mm

Print Length

Max: 39″

Print Speed

Up to 5″/127mm per second

Operating Characteristics


• Operating Temperature: -4° to 131°F (-20° to 55°C)

• Charging Temperature: 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)

• Cradle Temperature: 32° to 122°F (0° to 50°C)

• Storage Temperature: -22° to 150°F (-30° to 66°C) to 150°F (66°C)

• Relative Humidity:

– Operation: 10% to 90% non-condensing

– Storage: 10% to 90% non-condensing

• IP Rating: IP54 (IP65 with exoskeleton)

Agency Approvals

Emissions: FCC Part 15, Subpart B, EN55022 Class-B, EN60950, EN55024 and VCCI class B

Susceptibility: EN55024, EN61000-4-2, EN61000-4-3, EN61000-4-4, and EN61000-4-5

Safety: CE, UL, TUV, CSA

Media Characteristics

Maximum Media Width

• ZQ510: 3.15″/80 mm +1 mm

• ZQ520: 4.45″/113 mm +1 mm

Maximum Media Roll OD

• ZQ510: 2.0″/51 mm

• ZQ520: 2.24″/57 mm

Maximum Media Thickness

• ZQ510: 0.0063″ (0.1600 mm) for labels and 0.0055″ (0.1397 mm) for tag/receipt

• ZQ520: 0.0063″ (0.1600 mm) for labels and 0.0055″ (0.1397 mm) for tag/receipt

Media Types

Receipt, Gap/Black mark Label, Tag

Physical Characteristics


Height: 5.9″/150 mm

Width: 4.7″/120 mm

Depth: 2.4″/62 mm

Weight (w/battery): 1.39lbs/22.3 oz


Height: 6.2″/158 mm

Width: 6.1″/155 mm

Depth: 2.6″/67 mm

Weight (w/battery): 1.73lbs/27.6oz


CPCL Font Specifications

• Standard Fonts: 25 bitmapped, 1 smooth, scalable (CG Triumvirate Bold Condensed*)

• Optional Fonts: downloadable bitmapped/ scalable fonts

• CPCL Asian Fonts are not supported

*Contains UFST from Agfa Monotype Corporation

CPCL Barcode Symbologies

• Barcode Ratios: 1.5:1, 2:1, 2.5:1, 3:1, 3.5:1

• Linear Barcodes: Code 39, Code 93, UCC/EAN128, Code 128, Codabar (NW-7), Interleaved 2-of-5, UPC-A, UPC-E, 2 and 5 digit add-on, EAN-8, EAN-13, 2 and 5 digit add-on

• 2-Dimensional: PDF417, MicroPDF417, MaxiCode, QR Code, GS1 / DataBar™ (RSS) family, Aztec, MSI/Plessey, FIM Postnet, Data Matrix, TLC39

ZPL Font Specifications

• Character Fonts: Standard bitmapped Zebra fonts: A, B, C, D, E (OCR-B), F, G, H, (OCR-A), GS, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V & Ø Smooth font (CG Triumvirate Bold Condensed)

• Unicode Scalable Swiss 721 is preloaded on the printers E: memory location (supports Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic and Hebrew)

• Google/ Adobe Hans (Asia SKUs only)

• Thai Angsana (Asia SKUs only)

ZPL Barcode Symbologies

• Barcode Ratios: 2:1, 3:1, 5:2, 7:3

• Linear Barcodes: Code 11, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, ISBT-128, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC-A and UPC-E with EAN 2 or 5 digit extensions, Planet Code, Plessey, POSTNET, Standard 2 of 5, Industrial 2 of 5, Interleaved 2 of 5, LOGMARS, MSI, Codabar, and GS1 DataBar (RSS)

• 2-Dimensional: PDF417, MicroPDF-417, Code 49, TLC39, Maxicode, Codablock, Data Matrix, QR code, Aztec

Optional Features

• ZebraNet® ® Certification

• Bluetooth 3.0 / 802.11b/g Multiport Radio (can be used simultaneously)

– Security modes 1 – 4

– “Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad” (MFi) certified

– WEP, TKIP and AES encryption

– WPA and WPA2- 802.1x


– 802.11d and 802.11i

– Key Bonding

• ZBI 2.x™ – powerful programming language that lets printers run standalone applications, connect to peripherals, and much more

• ESC-POS available via post-sale download

Link-OS Software Solutions

• Profile Manager – Advanced, server based device management for networked printers, operates via a web browser interface

• Cloud Connect – Secure, direct, encrypted and authenticated connections to the web for printing and device management

• Virtual Devices – Use legacy and non-Zebra command languages to print labels and tags

• Zebra Utilities – Print from iOS, Android, Windows Mobile devices

• Print Station – Driverless printing from Android devices

• AirWatch Connector – Manage from within the AirWatch environment

• Mulitplatform Software Development Kit – Simplifies printing application development with support for Blackberry, Apple, Android, WinCE®, WinMobile®, Windows desktop and Linux/Unix platforms


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