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Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer

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Product Highlights
  • Battery Powered
  • USB Interface & Charging
  • Compact & Durable Design
  • No Ink or Toner

The Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer from Planon is a portable thermal transfer printer, ideal for use with portable devices and notebook computers. The printer uses a thermal transfer technology to print on special paper, so there is never need for ink or toner.

It features a USB interface for printing, making it ideal for printing travel documents from your notebook, or anything else that needs to be put on paper in a jiffy. The battery-powered printer is recharged via USB, and can print up to 100 pages on a single charge.

Print from your computer via USB
Prints text and graphics clearly
Thermal printing process means no leaking ink
Printing speed at up to 3 pages per minute
Rugged and compact design for portable reliability with minimal moving parts
Little or no maintenance necessary regardless of usage cycle
Low-cost operation
Printing Method
Printing Technology Direct Thermal Printing
Maximum Resolution 200x100dpi, 200x200dpi, 200x400dpi
Ink Palette Monochrome
Ink Type Thermal Ink embedded in proprietary paper
Performance
Print Speed 3ppm
Input Buffer None
Printer Duty Cycle None
Print Archival Life None
Paper Handling
Maximum Paper Width 8.5"
Maximum Printable Area 8.5 x 14"
Paper Sizes 8.5" wide roll
Borderless Photo Sizes None
Paper Types Proprietary Thermal Printer
Paper Capacity 1 Roll equivalent to 20 Letter size sheets
Special Media Support None
Connectivity
Computer Interface USB
Compatible Memory Cards None
Direct Print Capable No
Network Capable No
PostScript Support No
System & Software Requirements Windows XP, Vista
Physical
Status Display Indicator LEDs
Image Preview Display None
Front Panel Controls Power, Paper feed
Power Requirements Built-in Battery
Powered or Charged via USB port
Car Power Adapter (optional)
Dimensions 11 x 1.9 x 1" (28 x 4.8 x 2.5cm)
Weight 1 lb (0.46kg)
Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer
  • Retractable USB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PlanonPrintstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer
     
    4.0

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (13)
    • Compact (8)
    • Easy to setup (6)
    • Fast print time (4)
    • Reliable (4)

    Cons

    • Slow print time (3)

    Best Uses

    • Black & white documents (7)
    • Everyday images (4)
    • Black & white photos (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (5), Infrequent user (4), Frequent user (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (10), Personal (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Printstik

    I just got this Printstik last week. It's a pretty cool little gadget! I love that it has the paper roll internal so that I don't have to carry around a ream of paper...Read complete review

    I just got this Printstik last week. It's a pretty cool little gadget! I love that it has the paper roll internal so that I don't have to carry around a ream of paper with me everywhere! This printer is great for traveling! Easy to use although it doesn't work with Windows 7. It says there are updated drivers but they didn't work with Windows 7. I also wish it were color but since its a thermal I can understand that. Printing is pretty slow but what do you expect? No ink to buy wich is wonderful! Might have to ORDER the paper since i'm not sure that any store around here carries it. All the down sides to this are nothing compared to the portability of it! Very small! about the lenght of a ruler and a little bit wider. If you need to travel, I also bought the iConvert scanner which is the same length as the printer. My whole office fits into my purse! :) This printer is great!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good product,cust. service needs impvmt

    I am on the road 2-3 days a week. I sometimes work from very tight and enclosed work spaces. I rarely need to print but, when i do, it is important....Read complete review

    I am on the road 2-3 days a week. I sometimes work from very tight and enclosed work spaces. I rarely need to print but, when i do, it is important. I bought the PS900 model and am very happy with it. It is slim, light and fits right next to my laptop computer inside my leather case. The PPM count is slow (3 i think) but, i rarely need to print more that 3 pages at a time anyway. The olde time fax machine/Thermal paper takes some getting used to but, once you learn how to flatten it out, you'll be fine. So, overall, i am loving this printer. Now, for the part that i don't care for. Customer Service My PS900 printer came with a power cord and a USB cable. The power cord works fine. However, Planon packed the wrong USB cable. The one in the box did not fit into the printer. I left a VM for Planon technical support and they returned my call within 2-3 hours. They told me that any camera USB cable would work. I let them know that since a retractable USB cable was advertised, that's what i wanted. Technical support directed me to customer service. They also told be to just use any camera USB. Again, i stated that i wanted the retractable cable i was supposed to receive. The rep told me they would mail the cable to me in 3-5 business days. It is now more than a week later and i still don't have the cable. I called Planon again today, advised that i called last week and requested status. The rep could not find any record of my call so, he took down my information again and advised that i would get the cable in 3-5 business days. Well, i may get the cable next week but, i don't have a good feeling about my chances. Yes, most people who have a digital camera will have the proper USB cable lying around the house but, this shouldn't matter. I hope Planon is not running a scan by not providing the advertised retractable USB cable. We will see. -noir11

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    4.0

    amazing little printer

    By Jeri

    from Loa, Utah

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Black & white Documents

      Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

      Very compact-

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Office on the go

      By Engineer

      from New York, New York

      About Me Infrequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Print Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Black & white Documents
        • Graphics & Charts
        • Professional Documents

        Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

        I work with city agencies. They require submission of printed forms. If a form was not prepared in the office in advance, it is either search for a print shop or returning to the office, or Printstik. After years of inconvenience, I have found this small machine. I use it with an old Windows XP IBM Thinkpad with USB cable connection. You should not expect even Inkjet quality. It is not for printing photographs. It is a thermal printer, and it beats typewriter, and all fine lines in logo and seals are clearly visible, and it is fun to use. In combination with i-Phone, it gives you a mobile copier. It is an independence day for a mobile warrior.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        4.0

        Ptrinter does exactly what I expected.

        By yo

        from Nelson b.c.

        About Me Infrequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Low Ink Consumption

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Black & white Documents
          • Convenient For Travelling

          Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

          A very nice little printer. Not a replacement for a regualr printer but does a very good job while travelling.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          1.0

          Suspect open box being sold as new

          By taken

          from utah

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                The condition of the package indicated that it had been opened,,ie. torn cardboard flaps etc. Then when I tried to use the product, it did not work.. After a long troubleshooting project with Planon technicians, it was determined that the product was inoperative.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                printstik ps5000

                By duffer

                from new jersey

                About Me Infrequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Print Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Black & white Documents

                  Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                  this works better than I thought. Will be very useful when traveling.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  I recommend

                  By Luciano

                  from Brasilia, Brazil

                  About Me Infrequent User

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Slow Print Time

                  Best Uses

                  • Black & white Documents

                  Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                  This little printer is great for traveling. The thermal paper can be purchased at any office supply store. Simply wrap the cartridge.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  perfect

                  By pcolorada

                  from montevideo

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Black & white Documents

                    Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                    perfect

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Portability, Portability, Portability.

                    By Robin

                    from Massachusetts

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Long life lithium battery
                    • NO ink consumption
                    • USB chargeable

                    Cons

                    • Win 7 drivers not on CD

                    Best Uses

                    • Black & white Documents
                    • Boarding passes
                    • Travel directions

                    Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                    The printer containing its paper roll is half the size of a one pound box of spaghetti. Very convenient when traveling to print boarding passes, address directions, notes and memos. Resolution and contrast are adequate for thermal paper. Slow printing speed not a problem for above uses. Spool-up USB cable is very convenient. The tear-off serrations are okay but slide a razor blade along the top for really clean bottom edges. Win 7 users must download drivers from their web site; the ones on the CD will not work reliably. I've not used it long enough to comment on durability.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    I am loving it!

                    By Renata

                    from London, United Kingdom

                    About Me Professional

                    Pros

                    • Easy Setup
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Overall Quality
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Black & White Photos
                      • Everyday images

                      Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                      This thermal printer is great! I travel on business a lot and it's easy to carry it around as it fits to my laptop bag perfectly. Not many portable A4 size printers around! Mine is Bluetooth. If I run out of paper, I contact [...]Email: [@] You can also call them [@]

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Loving it! Easy to use

                      By Renata88

                      from London, United Kingdom

                      About Me Professional

                      Pros

                      • Easy Setup
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Black & White Photos
                        • Everyday images

                        Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                        This mobile thermal printer is great! I travel a lot on business so it's easy to take it everywhere with me as it fits to my laptop bag easly. Not many A4 paper size mobile printers are around. Mine is bluetooth.[...]

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Completely Mobile Printer

                        By John

                        from St. Louis, MO and Cruising the natlantic

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Availability of Cartridge

                        Best Uses

                        • BW mobile printer

                        Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                        I have received the Printstik printer, it was very easy to set up and prints exceptionally well. I bought the printer to have the capability to print on a boat. It works great, takes up very little room, easy to stow away and allows printing of weather maps and emails for those need it now situations.
                        Only problem is the thermal paper cartridges... NO ONE seems to have them available. 20 pages doesn't go far, and regardless of the price if the cartridges aren't available the printer is worthless. I ordered a 6 pak of cartridges from Planon, the manufacturer and THEY were out of stock! Still waiting..... if you can't get the cartridges a great idea will end up in the waste basket !

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Printstik

                        By Beckey

                        from Tacoma, WA

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Overall Quality
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Slow Print Time

                        Best Uses

                        • Emails and text forms
                        • Everyday images

                        Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                        I just got this Printstik last week. It's a pretty cool little gadget! I love that it has the paper roll internal so that I don't have to carry around a ream of paper with me everywhere! This printer is great for traveling! Easy to use although it doesn't work with Windows 7. It says there are updated drivers but they didn't work with Windows 7. I also wish it were color but since its a thermal I can understand that. Printing is pretty slow but what do you expect? No ink to buy wich is wonderful! Might have to ORDER the paper since i'm not sure that any store around here carries it. All the down sides to this are nothing compared to the portability of it! Very small! about the lenght of a ruler and a little bit wider. If you need to travel, I also bought the iConvert scanner which is the same length as the printer. My whole office fits into my purse! :) This printer is great!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

                        Share this review

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        One of A Kind

                        By Al

                        from Fort Lee, NJ

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Print Time

                        Cons

                        • Dull tones & colors
                        • Slow Print Time

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday images

                        Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                        No one makes anything like this. It uses thermographic paper, as in older technology, but no inks or toners---perfect for travel, along with its small size. I use it to print out airline boarding passes.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        3.0

                        Good product,cust. service needs impvmt

                        By Noir11

                        from Germantown, MD

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Portable
                        • Self contained

                        Cons

                        • Dull tones & colors
                        • Noisy

                        Best Uses

                        • Standard Text

                        Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                        I am on the road 2-3 days a week. I sometimes work from very tight and enclosed work spaces. I rarely need to print but, when i do, it is important. I bought the PS900 model and am very happy with it. It is slim, light and fits right next to my laptop computer inside my leather case. The PPM count is slow (3 i think) but, i rarely need to print more that 3 pages at a time anyway. The olde time fax machine/Thermal paper takes some getting used to but, once you learn how to flatten it out, you'll be fine. So, overall, i am loving this printer. Now, for the part that i don't care for. Customer Service My PS900 printer came with a power cord and a USB cable. The power cord works fine. However, Planon packed the wrong USB cable. The one in the box did not fit into the printer. I left a VM for Planon technical support and they returned my call within 2-3 hours. They told me that any camera USB cable would work. I let them know that since a retractable USB cable was advertised, that's what i wanted. Technical support directed me to customer service. They also told be to just use any camera USB. Again, i stated that i wanted the retractable cable i was supposed to receive. The rep told me they would mail the cable to me in 3-5 business days. It is now more than a week later and i still don't have the cable. I called Planon again today, advised that i called last week and requested status. The rep could not find any record of my call so, he took down my information again and advised that i would get the cable in 3-5 business days. Well, i may get the cable next week but, i don't have a good feeling about my chances. Yes, most people who have a digital camera will have the proper USB cable lying around the house but, this shouldn't matter. I hope Planon is not running a scan by not providing the advertised retractable USB cable. We will see. -noir11

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Portable & Powerful

                        By AciDSuN

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Overall Quality
                        • High-resolution
                        • Rechargable
                        • Reliable
                        • Small

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Black & White Photos

                          Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                          Possibility to print from your laptop, whatever you need, whenever you need it, with the convenience that you have always wanted. Perfect for travel documents or flight information that can change anytime. Great feature: you can even print web pages including show tickets and bank transactions.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          What an awesome compact printer

                          By Doctor

                          from Palmdale,CA

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy Setup
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Print Time

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Planon Printstik PS900 Portable Thermal Printer:

                              Easy to carry. Print quality is acceptable. Only wish I could darken the print.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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