Zebra 105SL direct thermal and thermal transfer printer

Code: 105SL

Zebra 105SL

Direct thermal and thermal transfer printer


The Zebra 105SL combines enhanced memory, processing capacity, and features with rugged and reliable all-metal construction. Proven platform longevity plus fast processing and print speed make it the choice of experienced users who value reliability, productivity, consistent print quality, network compatibility, and superior service and support.

The 105SL offers flexible connectivity solutions including ZebraNet® Wireless Plus Print Server for 802.11b/g wireless connectivity that frees you to move or reconfigure the printer without costly recabling, plus ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server, which offers a complete wired solution for the 105SL when using 10Base-T, 100Base-TX, and fast Ethernet 10/100 auto-switching networks. And with the new ZebraNet™ Bridge, gain the efficiency of centralized printer management.


The 105SL is ideal for moderate- to high-volume printing applications (including distributed, batch, or single format) in:
  • Manufacturing and compliance labeling
  • Logistics and inventory control
  • Product identification marking
  • Work in process

Zebra 105SL direct thermal and thermal transfer printer benefits

  • Delivers longevity and a proven printer platform
  • Provides centralized printer management
  • Offers flexible connectivity solutions

Standard features

  •  Print methods: Thermal transfer or direct thermal
  • Construction: Steel frame and cabinet with metal interior components
  • Single-level Element Energy Equalizer™ (E 3 ™)for superior print quality
  • Fast 32-bit processing
  • Selectable print speeds up to 8”/second
  • Transmissive media sensor
  • Standard 2-line, 16-character LCD control panel
  • Internal real-time clock
  • Unicode™ compliant
  • XML-Enabled printing—direct-connect integration for bar code label printing; eliminates license fees and print server hardware and lowers customization and programming costs 

Print speed

  • 203 dpi: 203 mm /sec
  • 300 dpi: 203 mm/sec

Print width 

  • 104 mm

Print lenght 

  • 203 dpi: 2,692 mm
  • 300 dpi: 1,651 mm


  • 203 dpi
  • 300dpi


  • Standard: 6 MB SDRAM; 4 MB Flash
  • Optional: Up to 256 MB—PCMCIA card or CompactFlash ® (CompactFlash not supported with ZebraNet 
    Wireless Plus) 64 MB Flash memory (factory installed)

Media sensors 

  • Transmissive (standard) and reflective (optional)

Media characteristics

  • Maximum label and liner width 20 mm to 115 mm
  • Maximum label and liner length 991 mm
  • Maximum roll diameter 203 mm O.D.
  • Core diameter 76 mm I.D. core
  • Media thickness .076 mm to .305 mm
  • Media types continuous, die-cut, fanfold, (black-mark optional)

Ribbon characteristics

  • Outside diameter 81.3 mm
  • Standard length 300 m to 450 m
  • Ratio 2:1 and 3:1 media roll to ribbon
  • Ribbon width 20 mm to 114 mm. Ribbon is recommended to be at least as wide as media
  • Ribbon setup Ribbon wound ink side out
  • ID Core 25.4 mm


  • ZPL II ®
  • Global Printing
  • APL-I™/APL-D™ (Contact Zebra Development Services for additional details)
  • Web View
  • Alert
  • XML-Enabled printing
  • ZBI 2.0™

Fonts and graphics

Fonts and Character Sets
  • Standard Fonts: 7 bitmapped, 1 smooth scalable (CG Triumvirate™ Bold Condensed)
  • Sets: IBM ®  Code Page 850 International character set
  • Contains UFST ®  from Monotype Imaging, Inc.

Graphic Features

  • Supports user-defined fonts and graphics—including custom logos
  • ZPL II drawing commands—including boxes, circles and diagonal lines

Barcode symbologies

  • Linear Bar Codes: Code 11, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128 with subsets A/B/C and UCC Case Codes, ISBT-128, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC and EAN 2 or 5 digit extensions, Plessey, Postnet, Standard 2-of-5, Industrial 2-of-5, Interleaved 2-of-5, Logmars, MSI, Codabar, GS1 DataBar (RSS) 
  • 2-Dimensional: Codablock, PDF417, Code 49, Data Matrix, MaxiCode, QR Code, MicroPDF417, GS1 DataBar (RSS), Aztec 

Physical characteristics

  • Width: 283mm
  • Depth: 394mm
  • Height: 495mm
  • Weight: 25kg


  • 300 dpi printhead
  • Full width cutter with orderable catch tray
  • Internal rewind spindle
  • Peel/liner rewind (for print-and-apply)
  • Reflective media sensor
  • Fanfold bin

Communication and interface capabilities

  • Centronics ®  RS-232 RS-422*, and RS-485* serial ports; IEEE 1284 bi-directional parallel

Please Note: specifications and options vary according to printer model and are subject to change without prior notice.

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