We had the opportunity to test out the new PrintPAD 99EX from Datamax-O’Neil. In this article, I discuss the features of this new mobile printer and the PrintPAD line and my experience testing the unit. If you have questions, please leave them in the comments and I will be happy to answer them!

The new Datamax-O’Neil 99EX print cradle is the latest addition to the company’s popular PrintPAD line, extending the line’s compatibility to include the Honeywell Dolphin[TM] 99EX mobile computer.[1] The PrintPADs are a “carry, charge and communicate solution” for mobile workers in route accounting, direct store delivery and other field service applications (indoor and outdoor).

Some of the PrintPADs great features include:

  • Charges both the printer and mobile computer simultaneously
  • Can be truck-mounted and charged via a cigarette lighter adapter
  • Reliable connection between the handheld and printer
  • Optional magnetic stripe card reader to accept credit or debit payments
  • DEX capabilities for direct store delivery
  • Survives multiple 6-foot drops to concrete

I had the opportunity to test out the new PrintPAD (the day of its launch!) and I was impressed with its durability and quick response. At the bottom of the terminal, there is a quick release button to remove the mobile computer from the cradle, and the unit slid out easily when I needed to take it out. The best part was, when the computer was connected to the cradle, it was locked in securely. We were allowed to hold and shake the unit (with significant force) and even tilt it upside and shake it and the computer did not budge. This is a great feature for mobile workers who move quickly — they don’t have to worry about picking up the unit and dropping the computer.

What is your experience with the Datamax-O’Neil PrintPAD line or other comparable products? We look forward to reading your feedback in the comments.

Interested in finding out more about the Datamax-O’Neil Printer line?

Datamax-O’Neil Printers are equipped to handle stationary, mobile and field applications. You can find out more about the Datamax-O’Neil printer line at our web site

[1] The Datamax-O’Neil PrintPADs are also compatible with Motorola – MC9000-S, MC70 and MC75, and Intermec – CN3, CN3e, CN4 and CN4e.

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