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The Best Alternative for Discontinued Datamax-O’Neil I-Class Mark II Printers

Maximizing Efficiency and Quality: How SATO CL4NX Plus Compares as a Successor to Your Datamax Printer.

The Datamax-O’Neil I-Class Mark II printers (by Honeywell) have been stalwarts in the world of mid-range industrial barcode printing. Serving a diverse range of industries, from manufacturing to logistics, these printers were not just tools but integral parts of complex operational processes.

Despite their popularity and success, the I-Class Mark II thermal label printers were discontinued at the end of 2021, marking the end of an era for the entire Datamax-O’Neil printer lineup. With the supply of spare parts slated to cease by the end of 2025, numerous businesses are facing a pressing need to find a reliable and efficient replacement.

This article guides you through selecting the perfect successor: the SATO CL4NX Plus printer. Offering more than just a substitute, the CL4NX Plus enhances overall performance with faster speeds, advanced features, and improved efficiency. We’ll explore how its ’emulation mode’ makes it a seamless replacement, allowing it to effortlessly interpret and print using the DPL (Datamax-O’Neil Printer Language) codes that your existing systems are accustomed to.

Let’s discover how the SATO CL4NX Plus is not just a replacement but a significant upgrade to your printing capabilities.

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Replacing end-of-life Honeywell I-Class Mark II with SATO CL4NX Plus

When it comes to industrial printing, the Datamax I-Class printers have set a high standard with their comprehensive range of features. These printers have been the backbone of numerous operations, known for their reliability and versatility. However, as we bid farewell to these end-of-life models, the focus shifts to finding a worthy successor.

Stepping into this pivotal role is the SATO CL4NX Plus series, a line of printers engineered to redefine industrial printing standards. Far from being just a substitute, the CL4NX Plus represents a culmination of SATO’s long-standing expertise in industrial printing, offering a significant upgrade in technology and performance.

Building on their extensive experience, SATO has designed the CL4NX Plus series to surpass the capabilities of traditional printers, including those previously offered by Datamax-O’Neil. The series excels with faster print speeds and on-board help videos, enhancing both efficiency and user-friendliness. Equipped with a variety of media handling and connectivity options, the SATO printers provide an advanced, versatile solution for your end-of-life Datamax thermal printer.

Matching Datamax (Honeywell) I-Class Mark II models with their SATO CL4NX Plus equivalent

Datamax I-Class Mark II printerSATO CL4NX Plus printer
I-4212eCL4NX Plus, 203 dpi
I-4310CL4NX Plus, 305 dpi
I-4606CL4NX Plus, 609 dpi

What is the best replacement for the discontinued Datamax Honeywell I-4212e Printer?

The Datamax Honeywell I-4212e has been a reliable workhorse in industrial printing, known for its 203 dpi printing capability. In its place, the SATO CL4NX Plus 203 dpi model stands out as an excellent successor. What sets this replacement apart is not just its similar dpi output, but its enhanced speed.

The CL4NX Plus prints up to 14 inches per second (ips), a noticeable improvement over the I-4212e’s 12 ips. This increase in speed, nearly 20%, means more labels in less time, boosting your production efficiency without sacrificing quality.

What is the best replacement for the discontinued Datamax Honeywell I-4310 Printer?

For those who have relied on the precision of the Datamax Honeywell I-4310’s 300 dpi printing, the SATO CL4NX Plus 305 dpi model emerges as the ideal upgrade. This printer not only matches the I-4310’s resolution but also surpasses its speed.

Printing at up to 14 ips, compared to the I-4310’s 10 ips, the CL4NX Plus offers a substantial 40% increase in print speed. This enhanced performance ensures that high-resolution labels are produced more quickly, making it a perfect fit for environments where both detail and efficiency are paramount.

What is the best replacement for the discontinued Datamax Honeywell I-4606 Printer?

The Datamax Honeywell I-4606, known for its high-definition 600 dpi printing, finds its match in the SATO CL4NX Plus 609 dpi model. This printer not only replicates the high resolution of the I-4606 but also introduces additional advanced features.

While maintaining the same level of detail and clarity, the CL4NX Plus brings to the table the benefits of modern printing technology, like enhanced media handling and improved user interface. It’s an upgrade that respects the quality the I-4606 offered while propelling your printing capabilities into the future.

Comparison of I-Class Mark II I-4212e and CL4NX Plus 203 dpi option

The comparison between the I-4212e, one of the most popular models in the Datamax I-Class Mark II series, and the CL4NX Plus 203 dpi, a leading choice in the SATO lineup, showcases how far industrial printing technology has evolved. The SATO CL4NX Plus, a significantly newer and more advanced model, stands as a testament to this progress, exhibiting remarkable improvements in performance, functionality, and user experience compared to the Datamax I-Class Mark II.

The detailed table below offers an in-depth view of the enhancements the CL4NX Plus 203 dpi option brings over the I-4212e, showcasing advancements across various aspects of its design and capabilities.

Datamax I-Class Mark II I-4212eSATO CL4NX Plus, 203 dpi
Print speed12 inches per second14 inches per second i
Print resolution203 dpi203 dpi
Max. label roll diameter8 in.10 in. i
Maximum print width4.10 in.4.09 in.
Media width1.0 in. to 4.7 in.0.98 in. to 5.16 in.
Dimensions12.6″ W x 18.6” L x 12.7” H10.7″ W x 17.9” L x 12.6” H i
Weight45 lbs33.28 lbs
Media sensing“See through” for liner-backed die-cut labels and tags, reflective
sensor for black mark label media
Top Sensor, Adjustable Transmissive Sensor for Gap, Adjustable Reflective Sensor for Black Mark, Paper Out, Ribbon Near-End/Out, Label Near-End
USB settings cloningNoYes i
Standard communication portsSerial RS-232, USB 2.0, parallel bi-directionalUSB 2.0 (Type A, Type B), Ethernet (IPv4/IPv6) on Rear
Panel, USB 2.0 (Type A) on Front Panel, RS-232C, Parallel
Port, EXT I/O Interface, NFC
Display128 x 64 LCD3.5″ Full-Color LCD
On-printer maintenance help videosNoYes i
RFID optionNoYes
Emulation modesDPL, ZSim2 (comparable to ZPL), PL-I (comparable to IPL)SBPL, ZPL, DPL, EPL, IPL, TPCL, XML

Why choose SATO CL4NX Plus as a replacement for I-Class Printers

In the realm of thermal industrial printers, the SATO CL4NX Plus series stands out as a best-in-class option that surpasses expectations in crucial areas like precision, speed, continuous usage, connectivity, and usability. These printers are designed to enhance and streamline operations in even the most demanding environments.

For bustling production lines, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities, the CL4NX Plus models with 203 dpi and 305 dpi offer an impressive print speed of up to 14 inches per second. This capability ensures that even the busiest operations maintain peak efficiency. On the other hand, the 609 dpi model focuses on exceptional print clarity, delivering a maximum speed of 6 inches per second. This trade-off between speed and precision caters to needs where high-quality, detailed printing is paramount.

The SATO CL4NX Plus series goes beyond just speed and resolution. With a 30% increase in ribbon length compared to standard printers, these models promise enhanced longevity and fewer interruptions. This is particularly beneficial when printing intricate micro labels, ensuring uninterrupted precision.

SATO’s advanced AEP 3.0 technology makes these printers incredibly flexible and customizable. This means you can significantly reduce printing costs, labor expenses, and errors, all while enhancing efficiency. The user-friendly nature of these printers is further exemplified by their full-color interactive LCD, offering intuitive menu navigation and on-board help videos. These features make the printer both approachable and easy to maintain, even for those with minimal technical expertise.

Key features of the SATO CL4NX Plus Series:

  • Full-color interactive LCD with intuitive menu navigation for ease of use.
  • Handy on-board help videos for quick troubleshooting and maintenance.
  • Toolless maintenance design for easy upkeep.
  • Supports a 10-inch media supply (Face-in/Face-out wind) and a 600m ribbon (CSI/CSO), enhancing operational longevity.
  • Multiple interfaces including USB, Serial, and LAN, with auto-switching capabilities for seamless connectivity.
  • Equipped with competitive emulations on board, facilitating easy integration into existing setups.
  • Micro Label Print mode for high precision in small label printing.
  • Versatile print speeds, with up to 14 ips available in the 203 or 305 dpi models.
  • HF or UHF RFID support for advanced tagging and tracking.
  • Smart print head and pure line platen roller for consistent print quality.

Whether you need fast-paced label production or high-definition printing, the SATO CL4NX Plus series is an ideal replacement for I-Class Printers. It’s not just a replacement – it’s an upgrade that introduces a new era of efficiency, precision, and user-friendliness in industrial printing.

To find the perfect match for your specific printing needs, see the Complete range of CL4NX Plus printers and discover a model that aligns with your operational requirements.

Datamax I-Class Mark II printer upgrade guide

Upgrading from your trusted Datamax I-Class Mark II printer to the advanced SATO CL4NX Plus series doesn’t have to be a daunting task. This guide is designed to simplify your transition, ensuring that you select the most suitable model for your needs, effortlessly integrate it into your existing system, and resolve any initial setup queries.

From understanding the specific features of your current printer to navigating the innovative emulation mode and troubleshooting, each step is crafted to provide a seamless upgrade experience.

Let’s walk through the key stages to ensure your transition to the SATO CL4NX Plus is as smooth and efficient as possible.

Selecting the right model of CL4NX Plus thermal printer

The process of upgrading your Mark II begins with understanding the specific needs of your operation. Here’s how you can match your existing printer’s capabilities with the right SATO CL4NX Plus model:

  • Assess print resolution: Determine the dpi (dots per inch) of your current printer. It could be 203 dpi, 300 dpi, or 600 dpi.
  • Check communication protocols: Identify any special communication requirements, such as WLAN.
  • Material handling preferences: Understand your current material handling method, be it standard, peel and present, or cutter.

Once these specifications are clear, our configuration tool can assist you in building a SATO CL4NX Plus that mirrors the capabilities of your Datamax I-class Mark II, ensuring a seamless transition.

Emulation mode

Your new SATO CL4NX Plus comes ready-to-use with “auto-emulation” mode. This innovative feature allows the printer to automatically recognize and interpret Datamax O’Neil’s control codes (DPL), making label printing effortless from the get-go. Additionally, this mode is compatible with other popular printer languages like Zebra Printer Language (ZPL), ensuring versatility across different printing platforms.


Encountering issues in the initial setup? Here’s what to check:

  • Communication mode: Ensure the CL4NX Plus is set to the correct communication mode. For example, RS-232 mode for RS-232 cable connections, or the appropriate network settings, like the correct IP address, for network connections.
  • Language setting: To exclusively use Datamax O’Neil (DPL) printer codes, navigate to “Applications” on your CL4NX Plus, and select “SDPL”. This setting ensures the printer will only accept and process DPL codes, providing focused and precise printing.

If you’re ready to make the shift from Datamax I-class Mark II to the state-of-the-art SATO CL4NX Plus, or if you have any questions about the process, we’re here to help. Our team is dedicated to ensuring your transition is as smooth and effortless as possible. Contact us to explore your options, receive expert advice, and take the first step towards upgrading your printing capabilities with confidence.

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