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Publication Date: 02/1/2009
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Extech Intros Thermal Printer with Bluetooth
Battery operated portable printer.
Waltham, MA — Extech Data Systems is introducing the Apex 3 Direct Thermal Printer. This newest addition to the company's thermal 3-in. receipt printer line is designed to meet the mobile worker's need for a lightweight, rugged and easy-to-use printer. Reflecting recent market needs, the company has changed the standard communication options available for the printer.

Short Range Bluetooth, designed for WPAN, is standard on the Apex 3. For long range wireless connectivity, the printer has optional Long Range Bluetooth or 802.11b/g WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, LEAP, WEP64/128, TKIP, and AES/CCMP. IrDA and a 3-track magnetic card reader are also available options.

The new printer contains a powerful ARM 7, 32-bit microcontroller from ST Microelectronics. The flash-based, integrated CPU contains firmware, resident fonts, rotated fonts, downloadable fonts, graphics, logos, and bar codes. Utilizing a high-capacity Li-Ion, 7.4V, 2200mAh battery or alternately powered by an external two-bay battery charger, the unit incorporates 4MB Flash and 2MB SRAM memory that is under direct user control. New fonts are included and a number of downloadable fonts are available, particularly for Middle East and European requirements. Special Asian font versions are also available.

Lightweight but rugged enough for heavy duty field use due to its protective over-molding, the printer can be worn with a belt loop system or shoulder strap. It has an easy-to-use operator interface, and automatic thermal print contrast control to produce high-speed, high-resolution printouts. Changing paper rolls is easy and convenient, while built-in detectors monitor paper-out.

A significant new feature is the inclusion of the company's Form Fiesta utility — an easy-to-install, Windows-based page printing utility that allows users to create forms such as boarding passes and parking tickets. The utility provides an array of design functions to prepare visually pleasing and informative forms that include text, barcodes and tables.

Print utilities are available for most mobile operating systems, including Windows CE, PocketPC, .NET, WM5, Windows Vista and Palm. In-field programming is simple, allowing the user to upgrade firmware, download fonts and logos using the new Extech Bootloader.

Contact: Extech Data Systems, 285 Bear Hill Rd., Waltham, MA 02451 781-890-7440 fax: 781-890-7864 Web:

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