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Primera Signature Z1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Primera Signature Z1. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and performance. The price and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the noise and size, and opinions about the print quality and durability are different.

usability, price, performance, design

reliability, size, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Primera Signature Z1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Jeffrey Fuchs (

Primera Signature Z1 review


Intro The Primera Signature Z1 thermal ink transfer printer is a small, useful, and somewhat pricey gadget for labeling CDs and DVDs. Unlike the Epson R200 inkjet printer, which is four times larger and costs about $50 less, the Signature Z1 doesn't...

Makes neat text and line art CD and DVD labels quickly; portable.

Can't decorate the whole disc; prints only one color at a time; the prints smudge when they get hot; PC only.

This portable CD/DVD printer is useful and utilitarian but more businesslike than artistic.

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : M. David Stone (

Primera Signature Z1 CD/DVD Printer


The Primera Signature Z1 CD/DVD Printer is an optical disc printer that almost anyone will find useful.

Affordable. Prints directly onto standard CDs and DVDs. Gives discs made in-house a more professional look. Ink costs only 10 to 40 cents per disc.

Prints in only one color (black, red, green, or blue).

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Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Bruce Nazarian (

Primera Signature Z1 CD/DVD Printer


Anyone who has attended one of my DVD classes or seminars knows thatwhen someone asks about using "sticky labels" on their DVDs, I throw upmy hands and run from the room shouting " No Labels, No Labels!" So what can DVD creators use instead of sticky...

May, 2005

Expert review by (extrememhz)

Signature Z1 CD-DVD Printer

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Will Head (

Primera Signature Z1


If you want to give your CDs that professional touch, designing and printing an inlay is a good place to start. With the quality of printers available on market, most would be hard pushed to tell the difference between a professionally mass-produced...

If you want to give your CDs a professional touch and are prepared to put up with its shortcomings, the Z1 will do the job. The potential for wasted CDs due to ribbon jamming isn't great but, given the cost of blank media, isn't too great a concern.

Jul, 2005

Consumer review (

Pricing is a little high


Product works well for it's design


May, 2007

Consumer review (

Better than Sharpie...


It certainly is better than a box of Sharpies ; Good clear text ; below average images ; Big deal..for the price it is the best cheap thermal out there...never had an issue with it, printed over a thousand cd's ...very few bad ; Looks nice if you take...

Could certainly use a better SW interface...poor image control ; A bit fragile on the spindle ; sometimes gets stuck

Jun, 2006

Consumer review (

Second Thoughts


I am going to ask Primera for my money back. And Primera's web site fails to supply a customer service contact point. Wonder why! Avoid this junker.

Good looking results if you have the time and money to print five disks to get one that is right

I wrote about this printer earlier having relatively little experience with it. Now that I'm trying to use it in a production mode, I am very disappointed.After labeling about ten disks, the unit choked. Today, I tried to label two disks with the same...

Dec, 2005

Consumer review (

No driver avail


Good printer

no software for vista

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

Print directly onto the surface of your discs with tough, waterproof, thermal transfer ink. Ribbons are available in black or several optional colors. Simply install the included label design software, enter your information and print. Professionally label your music, video, data and photo CDs and DVDs. Use the printer at your home, school, church or office - anywhere you burn discs. You'll never have to use sticky labels (expensive, hard to apply and potentially damaging to players) or a marking pen (not very professional looking) ever again! Use any font that's already on your PC. Upload graphics and logos. Discs are automatically rotated to print in any of four different areas on blank CD-Rs, DVD-Rs or DVD+Rs. Get up and running quickly with the USB 1.1/2.0 interface to your Windows -based PC.


Consumable Type:Print ribbon

Dimensions & Weight



Consumable Subcategory:Ribbons
Printer Consumable Class:Consumables and kits
Technology:Thermal transfer


Compatibility:Mac/Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Europe/Japan / North America
Manufacturer:Primera Technology
Model:Disc Publisher/SE AutoPrinter/Z1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Primera/Primera Bravo/Primera Signature


Category of Accessory:Printing consumables


Type: None


Type: None

Optical Storage

Installed Qty:1
Write Speed:16x (CD) / 4x (DVD)

Optical Storage (2nd)

Type: None


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Max H-Resolution B/W:200dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):CD (4.75 in)
Max V-Resolution B/W:200dpi
Media Type:CD discs / DVD discs/Compact Disc
Output Type:Color/Monochrome
Technology:Ink-jet/Thermal transfer
Total Media Capacity:1disks/20disks
Type:CD/DVD printer


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Drive Type:DVD writer
Enclosure Type:External
Interface:IEEE 1394 (FireWire)/USB
Product Type:DVD duplicator
Removable Media Capacity:50
Type:Disk duplicator

Storage Controller

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later/Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 or later / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or later/Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP

Video Output

Type: None