Most printers on the market today are capable of printing barcodes. Laser and inkjet printers can print readable barcodes, although Dot Matrix printers do not print at resolutions high enough to create barcodes that can be read by scanners.
While most printers are capable of printing readable barcodes, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages for each. Standard laser and inkjet printers are excellent for printing barcodes onto label sheets, and this is usually the preferred method for tasks that include creating tags for retail or inventory purposes. Label roll printers are a better option in situations where shipping labels are being printed, or other labels with barcodes that will be printed one at a time.
Label roll printers are usually either thermal transfer or direct thermal printers, and there are some important differences that a potential buyer should be aware of before moving forward.