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Citizen CT-S281

The CT-S281 can be desktop or wall-mounted and comes with either a serial or USB interface, plus a complete drivers CD and downloadable customization utility to customize print speed, darkness, and default font.

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The CT-S281 is the industry’s most advanced two-inch thermal printer.

Featuring a powerful one million cut rated auto-cutter that supports both full and partial cuts, hi-speed text and graphics, and two-dimensional barcode printing the CT-S281 packs a lot into small footprint package. Additional features include drop-in paper loading, expanded paper thickness range (0.06 to 0.1mm), and a paper out/near-end sensor.


  • Model CT-S281
  • Printing method Line thermal dot printing
  • Print width 48mm (384 dots/line)
  • Resolution 8 x 8 dots/mm (203 dpi x 203 dpi)
  • Printing speed Max. 80mm/sec
  • Number of print columns: Font A: 32 columns (12 x 24 dots) ; Font B: 42 columns (9 x 24 dots) ; Font C: 48 columns (8 x 16 dots)
  • Character size : (W × H) Font A: 1.50 × 3.00 mm ; Font B: 1.13 × 3.00 mm ; Font C: 1.00 × 2.00 mm
  • Character type : Alphanumeric, International, PC437/850/852/857/858/860/863/864/865/866, WPC1252, Katakana, Thai Code 18 ; Kanji (JIS level 1, level 2), Kana, JIS C 6226-1983
  • User-defined logo/character User-defined characters can be registered in flash memory
  • Barcode type UPC-A/E, JAN (EAN) 13/8 columns, ITF, CODE 39, CODE 128, CODEBAR, CODE 93, PDF417, QRCODE
  • Line spacing 4.23mm (1/6 inch), selectable with a command (min 1/203 inch)
  • Paper roll: Thermal paper roll: 58 × F83mm ; Paper thickness: 0.06 to 0.10 mm
  • Interface Serial (RS-232C compliant) or USB
  • Buffer size 4K bytes/45 bytes
  • Power consumption: Standby: Approx. 2W ; Printing: Approx. 18W (Approx. 26W max.)
  • Power source: AC adapter (28AD), Input: AC100-240V ; Output: DC8.5V, 3.0A
  • Weight (approx.) 630 g
  • Outer dimensions (W × D × H): 106 × 180 × 105 mm
  • Operating temperature and humidity 5 to 40 °C, 10 to 85 % RH (no condensation)
  • Storage temperature and humidity -20 to 60 °C, 10 to 90 % RH (no condensation)
  • Reliability* Thermal head: 100,000,000 pulses or 50 km ; Auto cutter life: 1 million cuts * At normal temperature/humidity with recommended paper used

Warranty & Return

Warranty & RMA Information:

  • Warranty period varies by Manufacturer and Product Range
  • Contact us for Warranty specifics for your product
  • Contact our RMA department to requesting an RMA (310) 837-5888
  • The serial number of your defective product must be provided before we can process the RMA. Serial number can be found on the product label.
  • Upon submittal of an RMA request, an email will be sent to the email address provided with instructions on returning the defective product/s.
  • Shipping: The customer will only pay for incoming shipment Manufacturer will pay for return shipment (Standard ground service). Charges may apply for expedited shipping.
  • Repair turn around time varies by Manufacturer and Product Range.

Non-DOA Returns Policy – All products

  1. NO open box returns for non-DOA products. Product box must be clean and undamaged, with no marks of any kind. This includes writing, stamps, or shipping labels, i.e., written RMA numbers. All products must be double boxed.
  2. Original manufacturer’s packaging, both inside and outside must be used. Returns must be complete with all manuals, cables, warranty cards, static bags, etc., just as the customer received them.
  3. Customers have 30 days from date of invoice to request a non-DOA return. The RMA number issued is valid for 30 days from issue date.
  4. There will be a restocking fee on returns resulting from customer error.
  5. Non-DOA configured product may not be returned.
  6. Products that show signs of use are not returnable to Peripheral Resources as non-DOA.
  7. For customers on credit terms, credit will be applied to your account when the product is received by Peripheral Resources.
  8. Customer is responsible for freight costs when returning product.

DOA Returns Policy

  1. Refer to manufacturer’s warranties and returns policies.
  2. If the product is tested and the problem is not duplicated, there may be a No Problem Found fee charged to the customer.
  3. For customers on credit terms, credit will be applied to your account when the product is received by Peripheral Resources. Replacement product will be sent once DOA item has been received.
  4. For customers on C.O.D. or credit card status, replacement product will be sent upon receipt of product by Peripheral Resources. If desired, we will send replacement product at your normal C.O.D. or credit card status and you can request a refund or credit to your card when Peripheral Resources receives the returned product.


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