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Zebra S4M

Zebra’s S4M printer proudly wears the Stripe series name. Offering ease of use, a metal construction, and a variety of connectivity options into a thermal printer that takes a full 8” roll of Zebra labels for fewer media changes. Designed for the budget–minded, the S4M has the features needed to support many applications at an affordable price.

With easy controls and proven side-loading design, it’s quick to learn, use, and load, so operators can focus on more productive tasks. The printer offers standard serial, parallel and USB connectivity, as well as optional internal 10/100 Ethernet and IEEE 802.11b/g wireless networking for simple integration and remote monitoring, plus it can be ordered with different printer programming languages. Compared to similar printers on the market, the S4M thermal printer is outstanding value.

203 dpi (8 dots/mm)
300 dpi (12 dots/mm)
4.09"/104 mm
203 dpi: 6" (152 mm)/sec
300 dpi: 6" (152 mm)/sec

Low cost light industrial desktop printer. There are two versions for the S4M. A direct thermal model (which cannot be upgraded later to a thermal transfer model) and the thermal transfer model (which has the two spindles for the ribbon).

Direct Thermal Labels for Zebra printers Thermal Transfer Labels for Zebra printers Zebra Ribbons 

Standard Features

  • Print Methods: Direct thermal and Thermal Transfer (optional)
  • Construction: Die-cast metal frame with sheet metal enclosure
  • Metal media cover with enlarged clear window
  • Element Energy Equalizer™ (E3®) for superior print quality
  • Back-lit LCD control panel
  • Parallel, USB 1.1 and RS-232 serial ports
  • Unicode™ - Compliant

Printer Specifications

203 dpi (8 dots/mm)
300 dpi (12 dots/mm)
4MB Flash, 8MB DRAM
Print width
4.09"/104 mm
Print length
203 dpi: 157"/3,988 mm and 300dpi: 73"/1854 mm (optional)
Print speed
203 dpi: 6" (152 mm)/sec

300 dpi: 6" (152 mm)/sec
Media sensors

Media Characteristics

Maximum label and liner width
0.75”/19.4 mm to 4.50”/114 mm
Minimum label and liner width
0.75" (19.4 mm)
Maximum label and liner length
Maximum non-continuous: 39”/991 mm
Maximum label and liner length (optional)
39" (991 mm)
Core diameter
8.0" (203 mm) O.D. on a 3" (76 mm) I.D. core
6.0" (152 mm) O.D. on a 1" (25 mm) I.D. core
Media thickness
0.003”/0.076 mm to 0.010”/0.25 mm
Media types
continuous, die-cut, tag, black mark

Ribbon Characteristics

Outside diameter
3.2”/81.3 mm
Standard length
984’/300 m or 1476’/450 m
2:1 media roll to ribbon ratio for 984’/300 m
3:1 media roll ribbon ratio for 1476’/450 m
Ribbon width
1.57”/40 mm to 4.33”/110 mm
Ribbon setup
Ribbon wound ink-side out
ID Core
1.0" (25.4 mm)

Operating Characteristics

Operating temperature
TT: Operating temperature 40° F (5° C) to 104° F (40° C) Thermal transfer
DT: Operating temperature 32° F (0° C) to 104° F (40° C) Direct thermal
Storage temperatures
-40° F (-40° C) to 140° F (60° C)
Operating humidity
20% to 85% non-condensing
Storage humidity
5% to 85% non-condensing
Universal auto-ranging (PFC-complaint) power supply 90-265VAC, 48-62 Hz
Agency approvals
  • IEC 60950
  • EN 55022 Class B
  • EN55024
  • EN 61000-3-2
  • EN 61000-3-3

Physical Characteristics

10.7”/272 mm
11.6" (295 mm)
18.8" (477 mm)
27.2 lbs (12.4 kg)
Shipping weight
33.5 lbs (15.2 kg)

Related Products

  • Thermal Transfer Ribbon Handling System
  • Print head 300 dpi (12 dots/mm) (ZPL Only)
  • A front mount, passive peel, w/ no take-up spindle
  • Factory installed 64 MB (61 MB user available) Flash Memory option
  • Additional scalable and smooth bitmapped fonts available
  • ZebraNet Wireless Print Server
  • Internal ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server
  • External ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server
  • External ZebraNet PrintServer II
  • Keyboard Display Unit (KDU) (EPL only)
  • Real Time Clock (RTC)
  • APL-I firmware
  • APL-D firmware
  • Factory installed full-width guillotine knife cutter and catch tray
Communication and Interface Capabilities
  • RS-232 serial port
  • USB 1.1
  • Parallel

Programming Languages

Core programming languages

Bar Codes/Symbologies

Code 11
Code 39
Code 93
Code 128 with subsets A/B/C and UCC case codes
UPC-A with 2 or 5 digit extensions
Standard 2-of-5
Industrial 2-of-5
Interleaved 2-of-5
Planet Code
RSS (reduced space symbology)
Code 49
Data Matrix
QR Code
TLC 39
RSS / GS1 DataBar family (12 barcodes)
Fonts and Graphics
  • 7 bitmapped, 1 smooth scalable (CG Triumvirate™ Bold Condensed)
  • International character sets supporting the following code page: IBM® Code Page 850 International character set
  • Support user-defined fonts and graphics – including custom logos
  • ZPL II drawing commands – including boxes and lines
    (ZPL only, other firmware languages may vary)

ZebraNet External Print Server

Print head cleaning Kit

Zebra Onsite Service

Zebra Print Heads

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