Printers

Center Stage Software sells thermal printers as a service to our customers. Contact info@centerstage.com or call 831-583-0641 for more information.

In theory, Wintix will print to any printer that works with Windows. In practice, the results vary. The usual solution is to install an updated printer driver. Depending on your needs, there are four brands of thermal printers we recommend:

How do you decide which kind of printer is right for you?

Here are some things to consider:

  • Your budget. That may seem like a no-brainer, but prices vary wildly, so keep it in mind. You may or may not need a more expensive printer but that depends on your needs.
  • How many tickets do you print annually? You may need a tough, industrial kind of printer if you sell a lot of tickets.
  • Do you print most of your tickets in advance or at the door? You’ll want a faster printer if you print most of them at the door.
  • Do you need a cutter built into the printer? It adds convenience, but also cost.
  • Is security an issue? The more industrial printers have an internal ticket supply that can be kept under lock and key. Less expensive models provide an external ticket supply.
  • Do you print standard tickets (2″ x 5 1/2″) or the larger souvenir tickets (3.25″ x 5.5″)? Many less expensive printers are not built for souvenir tickets.
  • Generally most printers will last for about 10 years before you will need a new print head. That’s the only thing that will wear out in time. Usage is the driving force behind print head life, not age.

With ticket printers, the two big differences are the speed and cutter. The more expensive printers print one ticket a second and cut them off. Less expensive models will print a ticket about every 3½ seconds and require you to tear off the ticket at the perforation.

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