Instead of writing on discs with a marking pen or using CD labels, Signature Z1 prints directly onto CD-Rs and DVD±Rs. The thermal transfer ink is highly scratch- and smudge-resistant as well as completely waterproof. Signature Z1 sells for $139.95, including the printer, a black ribbon, USB cable, AC adapter, label design software, operator's manual, and several sample CD-Rs.
Replacement ribbons cost $19.95 and will yield 400 print areas. A full-coverage disc has four print areas, so if only two print areas are selected such as the top and bottom of the disc, printing cost per disc is ten cents. Ribbons are available in four colors: black, red, blue, or green.