Primera Technology Inc. has announced its Signature Z1, a compact desktop printer that prints directly onto CD-Rs and DVD±Rs with waterproof thermal transfer ink. Up to four separate areas of the disc can be printed with Signature Z1. The Signature Z1 connects to any PC running Windows® 2000/XP via USB 1.1/2.0. Enter your data, import graphics and logos, and print. The printer's label design software can utilize any font on the PC and over 250 clip art images are included.
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.