Zebra ZD500 Thermal Transfer Monochrome Label Printer ( ZD50042-T012R1FZ )

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The Zebra ZD500 Thermal Transfer Printer delivers the best quality with the fastest speed and the greatest features. It offers a wide range of connectivity options, simple upgrades, and integration with its programming languages and reduced total cost of ownership as Energy Star qualified printer.

Zebra ZD500 Badge Label Printer Features

The ZD50042-T21A00FZ Zebra ZD500 standard features include thermal transfer print mode, 4" print width, tear bar, RS-232 auto-sensing serial, Centronics parallel, 10/100 Ethernet, EZPL, USB cable, North America Power cord. Printers are shipped with windows drivers & multi-language user documentation CD Rom.

  • Thermal Transfer Print Methods
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity (802.11 b/g - Replaces Parallel)
  • Cutter - The Cutter is used to cut accurately between each die-cut label.
  • LCD Display
  • Tool-less Printhead and Platen Replacement
  • ZPL Programming Language
  • Dual-wall Frame Construction
  • OpenAccess for Easy Media Loading
  • Quick and Easy Ribbon Loading
  • Simplified Calibration of Media
  • Energy Star Qualified

The Zebra ZD500 Badge Label Printer Ideal for These Applications

  • Retail - Coupons, receipts, price tags, retail inventory labeling, and even prescription labels.
  • Security - Parking labels, tracking labels, workers, staff badges, and visitors pass.
  • Healthcare - Patients, visitors, workers, vendors, staff, volunteers, and even contractors badges.
  • Travel - Valid pass and driver identification.

The ZD50042-T21A00FZ Zebra ZD500 Badge Label Printer Link-OS® environment an innovative operating system combining a powerful Multiplatform Software Development Kit and software applications—making it easy to integrate, manage and maintain from any location around the globe. Coupled with intuitive ribbon and media loading, it’s designed to be simple to set up and operate. Offering high-resolution print quality and quadruple connectivity options, the ZD500 is compact and feature-packed for top performance. The ZD500 also has optional UHF RFID capabilities. It supports the widest range of applications and can be integrated into almost any environment so that you can improve efficiency and profitability, save time, and reduce operator training.

The Zebra ZD500 Badge Label Printer Environment Friendly

To meet changing expectations and growing demands for devices that are mobile, intelligent, and connected to the Cloud, Zebra created a new 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 analytics-driven insights.

Zebra ZD500 Global Badge Label Printing Solution

Supports Microsoft Windows keyboard encoding (and ANSI), Unicode UTF-8 and UTF 16 (Unicode Transformation Formats), XML, ASCII (7 and 8 bit used by legacy programs and systems), basic single and double-byte font encoding, JIS and Shift-JIS (Japanese International Standards), Hexadecimal encoding, and custom character mapping (DAT table creation, font linking, and character remapping).

A complete suite of free software applications and drivers to configure printer settings, design, and print labels and receipts, get printer status, import graphics, and fonts, send programming commands, update firmware, and download files. Clone printer settings and send graphics, files, fonts, and firmware (updates) to one or more Zebra® Ethernet and locally connected printers with ZebraNet™ Bridge.


Zebra ZD500 Badge Label Printer Resolution
203 dpi/8 dots per mm
300 dpi/12 dots per mm (Optional)

Zebra ZD500 Memory
128 MB Std SDRAM memory (4 MB available to user)
256 MB Std Flash memory (56 MB available to user)
Real-time clock

Zebra ZD500 Badge Label Printer Maximum Print Size
Printer Maximum Print Width: 4.09" (104 mm)
Printer Maximum Print Length: 39.0" (990 mm)

Zebra ZD500 Badge Label Printer Speed
6" (152 mm) per second (203 dpi)
4" (102 mm) per second (300 dpi)

Zebra ZD500 Printer Media Sensors
Multi-position transmissive and adjustable reflective sensors

Zebra ZD500 Communication and Interface Capabilities
RS-232 auto-sensing serial interface, DB-9
USB V2.0, bi-directional (standard)
Centronics Parallel (standard)
Ethernet - 10/100 internal (standard) offered in combination with USB and Serial interface (replaces Parallel port)
Wireless - (802.11 b/g - Replaces Parallel) with LCD display offered in combination with USB and Serial interfaces (replaces Parallel port)

Zebra ZD500 Badge Label Printer Compatible Software
ZebraDesigner Pro
ZebraNet Bridge Enterprise
ZebraNet Utilities v7.0
Zebra Universal Driver
ZebraDesigner Driver
POS Driver

Zebra ZD500 Firmware
EPL Line Mode
ZPL ll
Web View

Zebra ZD500 Graphic Features
Supports User-defined Fonts and Graphics - Including Custom Logos
ZPL ll Drawing Commands - for Boxes and Lines

NOTE: Wi-Fi replaces parallel port. All configuration options are factory installed only.

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