ZD500R UHF RFID Desktop Printer
Advanced features and RFID capabilities in a compact, easy-to-use device
Extending Zebra’s broad range of RFID printers, the ZD500R™ delivers UHF RFID printing and encoding right to your desktop. Designed for applications where space is at a premium, the compact ZD500R offers simple, one-touch printing and encoding, straightforward loading, and automatic RFID calibration. Intuitive to use, it is an ideal choice for applications where technical support staff is not available, such as retail in-store exception tagging.
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To meet changing expectations and growing demands for devices that are mobile, intelligent and connected to the Cloud, Zebra® created a software platform to support its devices: Zebra’s Link-OS environment. This innovative solution makes Zebra printers even easier to integrate, manage and maintain than ever before — from any location.
The Link-OS environment is highly flexible, allowing new and creative ways for users to develop applications that interact with Zebra printers from mobile devices located anywhere in the world. Users can perform updates, gather data, and make smarter business choices from new analytic-driven insights.
Cutting-Edge Technology and Features. Simple to Operate.
Part of Zebra’s industry-leading line of thermal desktop printers, the ZD500R is available in both direct thermal and thermal transfer models and it’s compatible with inlays from all leading suppliers. It can be used with a variety of RFID labels and tags from small, item-level hang tags to large case and pallet labels.
Reduce media costs, waste and time spent changing rolls as the ZD500R encodes RFID inlays that are spaced closer together. ENERGY STAR® qualified, the printer saves you money throughout its lifecycle.
Able to handle the most demanding applications, the printer features standard Parallel, Serial, USB and Ethernet connectivity; large memory; and ZPL®. Choose from options such as cutter and peeler, Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi®-certified communications, and high-resolution 300 dpi printing.
The ZD500R leverages Zebra’s Link-OS® environment — an innovative software platform with powerful applications that enhance the capabilities of the printer, so you can easily integrate it into global operations and manage it from any location.
Featuring the Link-OS Cloud Connect application, these printers can connect to the Cloud directly and securely, forwarding data from any port.
With the Link-OS Print Touch™ app, you can pair the ZD500R to NFC-enabled devices with a simple tap, giving you immediate access to the data you need including Zebra® how-to videos and product support.
|• Print methods: Thermal transfer and direct thermal
• ZPL programming language
• Construction: Dual-wall frame
• Tool-less printhead and platen replacement
• OpenACCESS™ for easy media loading
• Quick and easy ribbon loading
• Simplified calibration of media
• Quad connectivity: USB, Parallel, Serial, and Ethernet
• Real time clock
• LCD User Interface
• Print Touch app
• 3” core adapter
• ENERGY STAR qualified
• ZebraDesigner Essentials – easy label design tool free at
• Two-year standard warranty
|Resolution||203 dpi/8 dots per mm
300 dpi/12 dots per mm (optional)
|Memory||512 MB Flash; 256 MB SDRAM|
|Maximum Print Width||4.09 in./104 mm|
|Maximum Print Speed||6 in./152 mm per second (203 dpi)
4 in./102 mm per second (300 dpi)
|Media Sensors||Multi-position transmissive and full-width reflective sensors|
|Maximum Print Length||39.0 in./991 mm|
|Maximum Media Width||0.75 in./19 mm - 4.25 in./108 mm|
|Media Roll Size||Maximum outside diameter: 5 in./127 mm
Core inner diameter: 0.5 in./12.7 mm, 1.0 in./25.4 mm, 1.375 in./35 mm, 1.5 in./38 mm, 3 in./76 mm
|Media Thickness||.003 in./0.075 mm to .012 in./0.305 mm|
|Media Types||Roll-fed or fan-fed, die-cut or continuous direct thermal labels with or without black line, tag stock, continuous receipt paper, wristbands|
|Label Liner and Length||Maximum non-continuous: 39 in./991 mm
Using tear off mode: 0.25 in./6.35mm
Minimum with label present sensor used:
0.5 in./12.7 mm
Minimum with cutter: 1 in./25.4 mm
|Width||1.33 in./33.8 mm to 4.3 in./110 mm|
|Core||0.5 in./12.7 mm (inner diameter)|
|Operating Temp.||40° to 105° F/4.4° to 41° C|
|Storage Temp.||-40° to 140° F/-40° to 60° C|
|Operating Humidity||10% to 90% non-condensing|
|Storage Humidity||5% to 95% non-condensing|
|Electrical||Auto-detectable (PFC Compliant) 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
ENERGY STAR qualified
|Agency Approvals||Emissions: FCC Part 15, Subpart B, VCCI, C-Tick
Emissions and Susceptibility: (CE): EN55022
Class-B, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-0 and EN55024, CCC, Wi-Fi-certified
Safety: IEC 60950-1:2005 + A1:2009, EN 60950-1:2006 + A11:2009 + A12:2011 + A1:2010 + AC:2011, UL 60950-1:2007 R12.11, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-07 + A1:2011 and TUV NRTL
10.0 in./254 mm
7.6 in./193 mm
|Height||7.5 in./191 mm|
|Weight||4.9 lbs/2.2 kg|
|• RS-232 auto-sensing Serial interface, DB-9 (standard)
• USB V2.0, bi-directional (standard)
• Centronics® Parallel (standard)
• Ethernet — 10/100 internal (standard)
• Wireless — 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 (optional)
|Quickly design a customized print solution using your business data and Zebra’s intuitive, plug-and-print design tools|
|Device Integration||Zebra offers apps and products designed to help you integrate Zebra devices into your existing systems|
|Device Management||Manage your print operations locally and globally with Zebra’s suite of device management tools|
|Developer Tools||Provides you the tools you need to create your own apps, including documentation, source code, programming languages, templates and more.|
|Web View||Connect and control Zebra barcode printers using ZPL II via the printer’s web interface using common web browsers.|
|Alert||Printers equipped with ZebraNet print servers will notify you via any emailenabled, wired, or wireless device to minimize downtime.|
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|ZBI 2.0™ — Optional powerful programming language that lets printers run stand-alone applications, connect to peripherals, and much more.
ZPL & ZPL II® — Zebra Programming Language provides sophisticated label formatting and printer control and is compatible with all Zebra printers.
|Linear Barcodes: Code 11, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, EAN-14, UPC-A and UPC-E with EAN 2 or 5 digit extensions, Plessey, POSTNET, Standard 2 of 5, Industrial 2 of 5, Interleaved 2 of 5, LOGMARS, MSI, Codabar, and GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS)
2D Barcodes: PDF417, MicroPDF-417, Code 49, Maxicode, Codablock, Data Matrix, QR code, Aztec
|Zebra OneCare SV|
|ZD500R printers are warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of 2 (two) years from the date of shipment. For the complete warranty statement, please visit:
Markets and Applications
- Item-level exception tagging
- In-store tagging of returned goods and display, promotional and other items
- Specimen tracking
- Patient identification
- Asset tracking
- Work in progress
- Case / pallet tracking
- Parts tagging
- Asset tracking
Government / DOD Compliance
- Document tracking
- MIL STD 129 compliance
- Evidence tracking
Hospitality and Leisure
- RFID wristbands
- Queue management
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Part number: SS-ZD500R 09/17/2020 HTML