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PocketJet Comparisons

See how Pentax PocketJets compare with each other and other portable printers...

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The Pentax PocketJet Family High Quality Printer Offering

Regardless of the choice you make in choosing a Pentax PocketJet printer, you will find the following high quality features in all models:


Extensive experience in meeting specific customer demands for an excellent mobile printing solution has evolved into the current offering of the Pentax PocketJet family of printers.



What exactly is the difference between each PocketJet model you may be wondering...

Pentax PocketJet Printer Family Comparison

Specifications PocketJet 3 / PocketJet 3Plus
Height
Width
Depth
1.18"
10.04"
2.17"
Weight 1.12 LB with Battery
0.89 LB without Battery
Print Method Direct Thermal
Image Raster and Text (ESC/P)
Printing Resolution 203 x 200 dpi PJ 3
300 x 300 dpi PJ 3Plus
Operation Temperature 10C to 55C
14F to 131F
Flash upgradeable or
Application customization
YES
User Defined Configuration YES
Print Speed Up to 3 PPM
Interface Built-in USB and IrDA
Bluetooth NO
Power Source 14.4 VDC from battery
12-17 VDC from Vehicle Adapters
100~240VAC, 50 or 60 Hz AC adapters
Battery Type NiMH
Trickle Charge YES
Charge Type Internal battery charger
Paper Type (Thermal)
Cut Sheet
Continuous Roll
Perforated Roll
Fanfold



Competitive Commercial Product Comparisons

SPECS PENTAX
PocketJet
Family
HP
DeskJet
450cbi
Brother
MW100
Canon
BJC-85
PENTAX
Advantage
Size =
Height
Width
Depth
1.18"
10.04"
2.17"
6.5"
13.3"
3.2"
0.7"
3.9"
6.3"
2.3"
11.8"
6.2"
Small size makes it Ultra -Portable yet full function for invoice or report printing
Volume/Size
Displacement
25.7 276.6 17.2 168.3 The go-anywhere printer
Weight 1.12 LB with battery
0.89 LB without battery
4.6 lbs with battery 11 oz with battery
and paper cassette
4.5 lbs with battery Easy to transport, Small, lightweight on-the-road printer
Print Method Direct Thermal Inkjet Direct Thermal Inkjet High quality output with only one moving part, DURABLE
Printing Resolution PJ3/200: 203x200 dpi
PJ3Plus/II: 300x300 dpi
1200 x1200 dpi 300 x 300 dpi 720 x 360 dpi Fast, high-quality printing regardless of the resolution
Print Speed Up to 3 PPM Up to 5 PPM (Normal quality mode)
Up to 1.6 PPM (Best quality mode)
15 seconds per sheet Up to 5 PPM No memory limitations means no additional cost
Battery Type NiMH Lithium- ion Lithium- ion NiMH Long lasting Fast charging Extended life
Price includes Battery YES YES YES NO No additional charge
Pages per Battery charge Over 100 Not listed 100 Up to 200 Good for most full-days work loads
Time To Recharge 120 min Not listed Not listed Not listed Fast charging
Paper Type (Thermal)
Cut Sheet
Continuous Roll
Perforated Roll
Fanfold
(Plain)
20 to 24 LB bond paper
(Thermal)
Brother A7 Cut Paper (2.9" x 4.1")
(Plain)
Max. 38 LB
Pentax high quality paper with the Pentax guarantee - the only consumable needed
Page Size 100' of any size (Roll)
3" to 100' (Perf Roll)
8.5" to 100' (Perf Roll)
8.5" by 11" (single sheet)
Legal (single sheet)
Letter, cards, Executive, legal 2.9" x 4.1" sheets 2-ply carbon labels Letter, legal, cards, envelopes, transparencies Practically unlimited choice of paper size that provides you with weather resistant printing



Consumer Printer Cost Comparisons

PRINTER SHIP SET Printer COST
U.S. List
CONSUMABLES CONSUMABLES
COST PER PAGE
PENTAX PocketJet 3/ 3Plus PocketJet printer, AC adapter Charger, power cable, battery, USB cable, IrDA (built-in), 100 sheets letter size thermal paper, User Manual, Head cleaner, Vinyl carrying case $349.00 PJ3
$449.00 PJ3Plus
Paper Only As low as 6.5¢ per page for full page printing
HP DeskJet 450cbi Printer, AC adapter, power cord, battery black print cartridge, tricolor print cartridge, getting started guide $299.99 Paper, black cartridge, tricolor cartridge 7¢ per 5% page coverage with HP low cost paper
Brother MW100 Not Listed $299.99 Paper 9¢ per for 2.9 " x 4.1" (Equivalent to .70 for full page printing)
Canon BJC-85 Printer, universal power adapter, black cartridge, color cartridge, ink cartridge storage box $249.99 Paper, black cartridge, color cartridge 25¢ per 5% page coverage with BC-10 black cartridge with tank and Canon high resolution paper



Competitive Industrial Product Comparisons

SPECS PENTAX PocketJet Family Syscan ZFT-3 Friction Intermec 6820 O'Neil MicroFlash 4T PENTAX Advantage
Size =
Height
Width
Depth
1.18"
10.04"
2.17"
5.6"
15"
4.3"
15"
16.5"
5.13"
7.37"
6.82"
2.67"
Small size makes it Ultra -Portable yet full function for invoice or report printing
Volume/Size
Displacemet
25.7 361.2 1269.7 134.2 The go-anywhere printer
Weight 1.12 LB with battery
0.89 LB without battery
Not listed 12.25 lbs 39.6 oz with battery
and paper roll
Easy to transport, Small, lightweight on-the-road printer
Print Method Direct Thermal Impact Impact Direct Thermal High quality output with only one moving part, DURABLE
Printing Resolution PJ3/200: 203x200 dpi
PJ3Plus/II: 300x300 dpi
    203 dpi Fast, high-quality printing regardless of the resolution
Print Speed Up to 3 PPM 288 CPS Draft Elite 2 PPM 2" per second No memory limitations means no additional cost
Battery Type NiMH N/A Lead Acid (2) Sony 7.2V Lithium-ion Long lasting Fast charging Extended life
Price includes Battery YES NO YES YES No additional charge
Pages per Battery charge Over 100 N/A Dozens of Tickets Replaceable Good for most full-days work loads
Time To Recharge 120 min N/A 60 min N/A Fast charging
Paper Type (Thermal)
Cut Sheet
Continuous Roll
Perforated Roll
Fanfold
Fanfold 4PLY
(Depends on Form Construction)
Carbonless NCR Paper
1-3 ply Fanfold
(Thermal)
Roll Labels
Pentax high quality paper with the Pentax guarantee, Your only consumable
Page Size 100' of any size (Roll)
3" to 100' (Perf Roll)
8.5" to 100' (Perf Roll)
8.5" by 11" (single sheet)
Legal (single sheet)
Not listed 7.5" to 8.5" x 11" 4.41" on a Roll of1,560" Practically unlimited choice of paper size that provides you with weather resistant printing



Industrial Printer Cost Comparisons

PRINTER SHIP SET Printer COST US List CONSUMABLES CONSUMABLES COST PER PAGE
PENTAX PocketJet 3/ 3Plus PocketJet printer, AC adapter Charger, power cable, battery, USB cable, IrDA (built-in), 100 sheets letter size thermal paper, User Manual, Head cleaner, Vinyl carrying case $349.00 PJ3
$449.00 PJ3Plus
Paper Only As low as 6.5¢ per page for full page printing
Syscan ZFT-3 Friction Not listed $1,100.00 Ribbon Cartridge & Paper 3¢ per page*
Intermec 6820 6820P, 50 sheet, LS AC Foot/RS Handle, 700 Series Hldr, Std Top Cover, Std Fonts, Std Flash $2,475.00 Paper, black cartridge, purple cartridge 3¢ per page*
O'Neil MicroFlash 4T Printer, Serial and IrDA, Standard Beltclip $619.00 Paper 1¢ per page for 4" x 6" Standard paper (Equivalent to .04 for full page printing)
* Syscan ZFT-3 Friction and Intermec 6820 cost-per-page was determined by using the cost of a 3-part form that has not been preprinted.



Glossary of Terms

Mobile Worker:

  1. A worker who must perform work that requires mobile communication.
  2. A worker who is away from the office or desk more than 20 percent of the time.
  3. A worker who has a job with no desk or office.


Portable Printer: A printer that provides image quality, portability, and durability with the ability to adapt to changing environments.

PPM: Page Per Minute defines the maximum number of sheets the printer can physically output each minute.

CPS: Characters Per Second defines the maximum number of characters the printer can physically output each second.

Consumable Cost Per Page: An estimate of the cost of consumables (such as inks, paper, ribbon) for each page output generated.

Resolution: The quality of print expressed in dots per inch (dpi) on paper.

Dots Per Inch: (dpi) a measure of resolution that states the number of dots that the device can print in a linear inch.

Direct Thermal Print Method: Creates permanent images that do not dissolve in the presence of water. The image is heated directly onto a specially coated paper stock without the need for ink, wax or die. The only moving parts in the design are those necessary to move the paper through the printer. There are no moving print heads or ribbon feeders.

Font: One complete collection of letters, punctuation marks, numbers, and special characters with a consistent and identifiable typeface, weight (roman or bold), posture (upright or italic), and type size. The term often is used incorrectly in reference to a typeface or font family.

Inkjet Print Method: A non-impact printing method that emits ink from nozzles as they pass over the page. A print head scans the page in horizontal strips, using a motor assembly to move it from left to right and back, as another motor assembly rolls the paper in vertical steps.

Impact Print Method: Also known as Dot-matrix print method or line printers, this method strikes a ribbon that presses against the paper or print medium to form characters. This method can be used to print multiple part-forms.

Ir: Infrared port that enables exchange of data with infrared-capable devices.

IrDA: Infrared that meets the specifications for infrared wireless communication set by the Infrared Data Association.

NiMH Battery: NiMH is the abbreviation for nickel-metal hydride, a compound used to create rechargeable batteries that do not include toxic substances. This type of battery offers superior performance.

Parallel: A port connection for the synchronous, high-speed flow of data along parallel lines to the printer. Parallel ports negotiate with peripheral devices to determine whether they're ready to receive data, and report error messages if a device isn't ready.

Plug and Play (PnP): An industry-wide hardware standard for add-in hardware that requires the hardware to be able to identify itself, on demand, in a standard fashion. Plug and Play uses both hardware (a Plug and Play BIOS) and software (a Plug and Play-compatible operating system).

Raster Graphics: Printing pictures as opposed to text by using bit-mapped graphics. A Bit-mapped graphic is a graphic image formed by a pattern of pixels and limited in resolution to the maximum resolution of the printer.

Resolution: (dpi) the number of dots that the device can print in a linear inch.

Serial: A port that synchronizes and manages asynchronous communication. The serial port not only sends and receives asynchronous data in a one-bit-after-the-other stream, but it also negotiates with the receiving device to ensure that no data is lost when it is sent or received. The negotiation occurs through hardware or software handshaking.

Text: Data composed only of standard ASCII characters, without any formatting codes.

Text Mode: A mode in which the printer prints only those characters contained in its built-in character set.

USB: Abbreviation for Universal Serial Bus port.

WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get. This term is regarding windows applications translating what you see on the computer screen to what the printer prints.



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