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Zebra ZD500R UHF RFID Printer (203/300 dpi, USB/Serial/Parallel/Ethernet/WiFi)

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Zebra ZD500R UHF RFID Printer (203/300 dpi, USB/Serial/Parallel/Ethernet/WiFi)

The ZD500R extends Zebra’s broad range of RFID printers by adding UHF RFID printing and encoding to Zebra’s line of industry-leading thermal desktop printers. Designed for applications where space is at a premium, the compact ZD500R offers simple, one-touch printing and encoding, straightforward loading, and automatic RFID calibration, making it ideal for applications where technical support staff is not available, such as retail in-store exception tagging. The printer supports both direct thermal and thermal transfer printing and is compatible with inlays from all leading suppliers. The ZD500R can be used with a variety of RFID labels and tags from small, item-level hang tags to large case and pallet labels. By encoding RFID inlays that are spaced closer together, the ZD500R enables lower media costs, less media waste and fewer roll changes. The printer can handle the most demanding applications with standard features that include Parallel, Serial, USB and Ethernet connectivity; large memory; and Zebra programming language. Options include cutter and peeler, Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi®-certified communications, and high-resolution printing. The ZD500R leverages Zebra’s new Link-OS™ environment—Zebra’s innovative software platform with powerful applications that enhance the capabilities of the printer, making it significantly easier to integrate into global operations and manage from any location. Featuring the Link-OS Cloud Connect application, the ZD500R can connect to the Cloud directly and securely, forwarding data from any port. The Link-OS Print Touch™ app allows users to pair the ZD500R to NFC-enabled devices with a simple tap, giving them immediate access to the data they need, including Zebra how-to videos and product support.

Data Sheet  Zebra ZD500R UHF RFID Printer (203/300 dpi, USB/Serial/Parallel/Ethernet/WiFi)


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What's included?

  • Zebra ZD500R RFID Printer Unit
  • Power Supply
  • One Year Warranty

Why buy this printer?

The ZD500R is a low cost UHF RFID thermal transfer printer that offers 203 or 300 dpi, 4 inch print width, LCD display, and USB/Serial/Parallel/Ethernet/WiFi interfaces.


  • Thermal transfer or Direct Thermal print methods.
  • ZPL programming language.
  • Dual-wall frame construction.
  • Tool-less printhead and platen replacement.
  • OpenACCESS for easy media loading.
  • Quick and easy ribbon loading.
  • Simplified calibration of media.
  • Connectivity: USB, Parallel, Serial, Ethernet, and WiFi.
  • Real time clock.
  • LCD User Interface.
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified.
  • Link-OS-enabled.
  • Print Touch app.
  • 3" core adapter.


The Zebra ICA service is targeted to be a one-time, structured call/ web support service focused on assisting the customer in achieving a successful, rapid printer installation. Formally, it is a two-month Service contract that must be purchased at the time of the printer purchase. The contract will be processed with the printer order and the customer will receive a copy of the contract and the ICA Instruction Sheet via the customer provided email. At the end of the two-month timespan, the ICA contract will expire and in order to have continued support, the customer will need to purchase either a TSS or Z1C service.The ICA instruction sheet sent with the contract provides all the information for obtaining the most efficient deployment of your new Zebra printer. A short overview of the ICA Service experience and procedures are listed below:

  • Purchase printer with ICA service.
  • Receive ICA contract and Instruction Sheet.
  • Review Instruction Sheet and perform set-up recommendations, fill-out pre-questionnaire and send to Zebra.
  • Call the provided Zebra Call Support number at a convenient time for printer installation - the targeted time-frame to have the printer installed and running is within 30 minutes.
  • Call Support will lead you through the 12 step installation process.
  • Call will conclude with satisfaction of the printer install.
  • Receive a concluding email from Call Support with access to the final printer configuration.

Zebra OneCare Support Service for Printers

The Zebra OneCare Essential Support Service is a foundational service offering, with comprehensive coverage that includes printer cleaning and adjustment, technical support during your local business hours, and 3-day turnaround time on repairs. Zebra's user assessment and learning resources help you educate your users on how to use our devices, driving the rapid device adoption that allows you to begin reaping the benefits of your Zebra solutions faster.

Note: Zebra OneCare can be purchased any time prior to Zebra’s published end of service date (prices vary for renewal services and previously installed printers). The pricing listed above applies to new printers purchased within one month of the sale date. Purchase of any Zebra OneCare Support Service voids the included standard one-year warranty, resulting in a coverage of three (3) years total. Contact us today for more detailed information.


Product Details

Air Interface Protocol:
EPCglobal UHF Class 1 Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C)
Operating Frequency:
Global (860-960 MHz)
Data Interface:
USB, Serial, Parallel, Ethernet, WiFi
Power Source:
Power Supply 100-240 VAV, 50-60 Hz
203 dpi or 300 dpi
Print Width:
104 mm (4.09 in)
Max Outer Diameter:
127 mm (5 in)
ID Core Options:
12.7 mm (0.5 in), 25 mm (1.0 in), 35 mm (1.375 in), 37.1 mm (1.5 in), 76 mm (3 in)
193 x 191 x 254 mm (7.6 x 7.5 x 10 in)
2.1 kg (4.6 lbs)
Operating Temperature:
4.4° to +41°C (39.92° to +105.8°F)
Host API: