Star Micronics has announced the launch of the new SM-S220i mobile printer, the latest addition to its expanding range of mobile printers. The SM-S220i has been developed in response to the rapidly growing demand for a mobile Bluetooth printer that is compatible with multiple operating systems (Windows, Android, Linux, iOS). It is Star's first printer to be approved by Apple Inc. and, unlike most printers available today, the SM-S220i can pair directly with the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch via Bluetooth. Compatibility with iOS is a result of Star's investment in Apple Inc.'s MFi (Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod) certification. The SM-S220i also supports the Bluetooth SPP protocol that allows compatibility with other common operating systems.
Its ease of use is highlighted by its ability to simply switch from iOS support to Android etc, due to front panel controls that allow configuration of the printer and selection of either MFi mode or SPP for all other operating systems. In addition to easy 'Drop-In & Print' paper loading and a print speed up to 80mm/second, the SM-S220i features an LCD display and convenient automatic sleep mode with an extended 8 hour battery life. The printer further benefits from dual RS232 ports allowing pass through communication to other devices such as NFC readers, cash drawers, Pin-Pads, etc. (serial cable included in box).
With the option of a double-sided magnetic stripe reader and a range of accessories included in the box, the SM-S220i is a versatile mobile POS printer providing high functionality at minimal extra cost. And, in terms of design, its sleek silver and black case has been designed to complement the look of devices such as Apple's iPad.
Furthermore, its compact and lightweight design that supports 2 inch (58mm) thermal paper means this mobile printer is suitable for a wide variety of applications from queue busting in retail and hospitality environments to home delivery and warehousing applications. Payment processing devices can easily be attached to the SM-S220i through its accessory serial ports making the printer very adaptable for any payment application.
As Annette Tarlton, Marketing Director, Star Micronics EMEA, states: "As one of the first printers on the market with both iOS and Bluetooth SPP protocol, the SM-S220i is a high quality mobile printer with exceptional functionality at minimal extra cost. Its versatility and design make this mobile printer ideal for a variety of applications and environments, allowing users to offer customers an efficient and personalised service without compromise."