Zebra RW420 direct thermal mobile printer

Code: RW 420

Zebra RW420

Direct thermal mobile printer


Designed for the Road Warrior, the Zebra RW 420 is a mobile printer ideal for printing delivery receipts and invoices on the go. Its modular design allows users to choose among wireless options, card readers, and integral accessories such as vehicle mounts for simplified route printing. Its convenient vehicle mounting and charging options, as well as its user-intuitive interfaces and angled display, allow for easy use while on the go!

As the only mobile printer to meet the stringent IP54 dust and water resistance rating, the RW 420 can withstand the harsh demands of a number of Route Accounting and Field Service printing applications, including: Invoices, Delivery Receipts, Service Estimates, Sales Orders, and Inventory Management.


Zebra RW420 direct thermal mobile printer benefits

Rugged and Easy-to-Use Printer
  • IP54-certified for resistance to windblown water and dust
  • Damage-resistant to multiple drops of up to 6 feet to concrete
  • Weight of 1 1/2 to 2 pounds for effortless mobility
  • Resistant to extreme hot and cold temperatures 

Ergonomically Designed to Fit Comfortably on the Hip 

  • Single push-button media access for simple re-loading
  •  Angled LCD for easy viewing of printer status comes standard 
Smart and Sophisticated Operation
  • Print using the same commands as your Zebra tabletop or desktop printers with common language support.
  • Choose the wireless connectivity module that suits your needs: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, dual radio support—for using Bluetooth ®  and WLAN in the same printer (RW 420 only)
  • Quickly and easily print complex labels, symbologies and graphics thanks to the RW series’ fast processor and large memory. 

Standard features

  • Print method: direct thermal
  • Rugged design
  • 4-button angled LCD (standard)
  • Standard serial and USB interfaces
  • Advanced 32-bit architecture for high-speed processing
  • Enhanced battery management

Print speed

  •  76.2 mm per second

Maximum print area

  • Width:104 mm
  • Lenght: continuous


  •  203 dpi


  • 8 MB Flash
  • 16 MB RAM

Media characteristics

  • Max. Roll Size (O.D.): 2.25”/57 mm
  • Max. Media Width (RW 420): 4.12”/105 mm
  • Max. Media Width (RW 220): 2.37”/60 mm
  • I.D. core: .75”/19 mm or 1.38”/ 34.9 mm
  • Thickness: .002”/.05 mm to .0063”/.16 mm
  • Media Types: direct thermal tags or receipt paper, synthetic media, UV coated media, limited label support

Core programming languages

  • Wavelink Avalanche ®
  • Motorola ®  MSP 
  • Native CPCL with ZPL ®  and XML support (standard)

Fonts and graphics

  • Standard fonts*: 25 bitmapped, 1 smooth, scalable (CG Triumvirate™ Bold Condensed)
  • Optional fonts: downloadable bitmapped and scalable fonts
  • International character sets (optional): Chinese 16 x 16 (trad), 16 x 16 (simplified), 24 x 24 (simplified); Japanese 16 x 16, 24 x 24, Hebrew/Arabic

Barcode symbologies

  •  Linear Barcodes: Code 39, Code 93, UCC/EAN- 128, EAN-14, Code 128, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, EAN-14, UPC and EAN 2-of-5 digital extensions, Plessey, FIM Postnet, Interleaved 2-of-5, MSI, Codabar
  • 2-Dimensional: Aztec, Data Matrix, GS1 DataBar™ (RSS) family (12 barcodes), MaxiCode, PDF417, QR Code 
  • *Contains UFST from Monotype Imaging, Inc.

Physical characteristics

  • Width: 160 mm
  • Depth: 76 mm
  • Height: 175 mm
  • Weight: 0.907 kg


  • Magnetic stripe reader and EMV-certified smart card reader
  • Lithium Ion Fast AC Charger
  • Lithium Ion Quad Charger
  • Cigarette lighter charger (for in-vehicle charging)
  • Vehicle cradle for docking and charging
  • RW 420 4-Bay Power Station
  • Ram Mount Kit
  • Route Palette (RW 420 only)
  • Shoulder Strap/Hand Strap
  • Environmental Soft Case
  • Fanfold media support (RW 420 only)
  • Linerless label support (RW 420 only)
  • XML Support Applications and Documentation utility CD

Networking and connectivity

  • Bluetooth ®  v. 2.0
  • 802.11b/g Zebra Performance Radio
  • Native wireless security support: VPN, WPA/WPA2, WEP, Kerberos, WPA-PSK, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, EAP-FAST, LEAP, PEAP, 802.11i
  • RW 420 can be configured with dual radios (Bluetooth and WLAN)

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

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