The Ultimate Zebra ZD500R RFID Printer Review

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 4:30:54 PM

Zebra_ZD500rUHF RFID printing got a lot easier with the introduction of Zebra's ZD500R RFID printer. It's low cost, easy to use design and compact body makes it a necessity for a variety of businesses. The ultimate question is: does it live up to the hype? Is it the right product for your business? Look no further, this is the ultimate review of the Zebra ZD500R, we will leave no leaf unturned. 


Ideal for applications where space is at a premium, the ZD500R packs a lot of features into a compact design. It was developed from the GX series and has the same interface and the same UI as Zebra's more industrial style printers. 

The ZD500R is available in both direct thermal and thermal transfer versions and 203 and 300 DPI resolutions. It is designed to be able to encode the usual UHF RFID for EPC Gen 2.

The rear of the printer has the connectivity ports, serial, parallel, USB and Ethernet all being standard. WiFi and Bluetooth are optional.

Using the Zebra ZD500R

Loading this printer is simple and takes only seconds. It is an ideal model for a business with small-scale RFID printing needs. 

The ideal roll inside diameter is 1" while most RFID label rolls come on 3" inside diameter rolls. The printer does come with the adapters to use 3" inside diameter rolls, but the maximum outside diameter is 5". The fact that ideal roll for this printer is not the most common size may make it slightly more difficult to source, but this is a small negative in comparison the positives of this product. 

features the new Zebra link-OS operating system to easily pair and manage devices from any location.

Pros and Cons Comparison

Pros: Cons:
  • Compact Size
  • Typical high-quality performance of a Zebra
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  • Full set of connectivity ports
  • Easy to use
  • Same UI as other Zebra printers
  • Very competitive low price
  • Features the new Zebra link-OS to easily pair
  • and manage devices from any location
  • Not intented for large scale operations
  • Label roll size is somewhat unique

The ZD500R is an RFID printer for a company not looking to run a large scale RFID printing operation, but want a reliable, small and good quality RFID printer. 

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