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Extech Data Systems introduces Andes 3 Portable printer

New Design Concept Inspired by Magnificent Mountain Range Extech Data Systems, a leading developer of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications, introduces the Andes 3, the first in a series of enhanced Generation 4 printers that joins its existing family of portable printing products. Uniquely designed for harsh outdoor environments, the three-inch printer is inspired by and aptly named for the majestic soaring peaks of the Andes mountain range, and is able to withstand adverse weather conditions and drops to concrete without diminished performance.

The Andes 3 unit features a highly integrated 32 Bit Microcontroller from ST Microelectronics, which incorporates 4 MB Flash and 1 MB SRAM memory under user command. The lightweight printer boasts an in-field programmable CPU containing firmware, resident fonts, rotated fonts, downloadable fonts, graphics, multiple logos, and bar codes.

Extech Data Systems' Andes 3 portable printer uses state of the art technology to ensure the operator maximum ease-of-use. Incorporating a thermal print head from SEIKO, the Andes 3 performs at a rate of two inches per second at a high resolution. Built-in detectors monitor voltage and paper out, and the unit offers automatic print contrast control. Operability is effortless with an easy load clamshell style paper load system with an easy to use, uniquely designed release for the paper door.

The user can choose to employ the power adapter option or the new extra capacity Lithium Ion battery cartridge. While charging, the adaptor automatically switches to AC power guaranteeing a long length of life. The Andes 3 is fully MS-DOS and Windows compatible with drivers available for Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP. The printer has a full-speed handshake and is compliant with Windows Mobile, .NET, CE and Palm based operating systems. A variety of print utilities are available including page printing, logo and font downloading. The Andes 3 has two sensors allowing Q-mark printing on either side of the receipt paper, tag or label stock.

With a variety of resident fonts, the Andes 3 series maintains the capability to print fonts ranging from 12 to 24 characters per inch. The unit incorporates both two-bay and four-bay battery chargers and features protective bumpers for optimum durability under harsh and adverse conditions.

About Extech Data Systems

Extech Data Systems, a division of Extech Instruments, is one of the world's leading developers of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications centered around mobile information and remote transactions. The company designs, develops and markets portable printer products, and sells its products worldwide through a global network of distributors and marketing partners. Extech printers are high speed, innovative, rugged, reliable, and easy to use. With over 17 years experience developing portable printers, Extech Data Systems has the industry knowledge, design expertise, and technological skills needed to meet customer mobile printing needs.

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