Frequently Asked Questions Disc Publisher Series
1. What are the main differences between the two disc publishers?
- Disc Capacity:
- Disc Publisher SE-3 has a 20 disc capacity.
- Disc Publisher DP-4051 has a 50 disc capacity.
- Disc Publisher DP-4100-Series has a 100 disc capacity.
- DP-4100 Autoprinter has a 100 disc capacity.
- Disc Publisher SE-3 has 1 recording drive.
- Disc Publisher SE-3 Autoprinter has no recording drive. Printer only.
- Disc Publisher DP-4051 has 1 recording drive.
- Disc Publisher DP-4101 has 1 recording drive.
- Disc Publisher DP-4102 has 2 recording drives.
- DP-4100 Autoprinter has no drives. Printer only.
Disc Publisher SE-3 utilizes a single Cyan/Magenta/Yellow (CMY) ink cartridge that combines colours to make a process black.
DP-4100 Series and DP-4051 have separate CMYK tanks so you get true black which then uses less ink. You also save money on ink since only the tank that runs out of ink needs to be replaced.
- At medium print speed, Disc Publisher SE-3 burns and prints CDs at 15 – 20 per hour and DVDs at 7 – 10 per hour. (USB 3.0 allows for BD-R’s to burn almost twice as fast)
- At medium print speed, DP-4100 Series and DP-4051 burns and prints CDs at 30 – 60 per hour and DVDs at 16 – 20 per hour.
Disc Publisher SE-3 and DP-4100 Series are available wether with CD/DVD drive or with CD/DVD/BD drive.
2. What is the average cost per disc?
It depends upon the amount of coverage and the colours used in your designs.
Disc Publisher SE-3: at 50% coverage at medium print resolution, cost per print can range from 0.03 € to 0.28 €.
Disc Publisher DP-4100 Series: at 50% coverage at medium print resolution, cost per print can range from 0.03 € to 0.20 €.
A few examples of disc costs you can also compare here: Disc Cost Comparison.
3. How many discs can you print per ink cartridge or set of ink carts?
It depends upon the amount of coverage and the colours used in your designs
Disc Publisher SE-3: at 50% coverage at medium print resolution, you’ll get about 300 to 500 prints per ink cartridge.
Disc Publisher DP-4100 Series: at 50% coverage at medium print resolution, you’ll get about 1000 to 1400 discs per set of ink cartridges.
4. What operating systems do these printers support?
Windows: 7, 8 and 10+
Mac: OS X v10.7+ (Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, El Capitan)
Regarding Windows XP, our printer drivers will still work on it.
However, since Microsoft has ceased support for XP, we have no choice but to also no longer support XP.
5. What is the highest resolution each printer is capable of printing?
All models can print up to 4800 dpi. The only difference between them is that the Disc Publisher SE-3 has a 5pl droplet size and the Disc Publisher DP-4100 Series has a 3pl droplet size. The print quality difference to the average person is imperceptible.
6. Do the printers come with software to design my labels?
Yes, it comes with a basic design program for Windows called SureThing™ and a basic design software for Mac called DiscCover. It allows you to import graphics, logos, etc. You can also design your labels in a full-featured design program, save them as high-resolution .jpg, .tiff, .bmp, .png or .pdf files and use our software to arrange them onto your media size and print. Or, you can print directly out of your own graphic design software such Adobe Illustrator as long as that software allows you to change the page sizes to the sizes of your CD-layouts.
7. Does any software come with the printers?
Yes. Disc Publisher SE-3 and DP-4100 Series come with software for both Windows and Mac. The included Windows software is PTPublisher and SureThing CD Label Software. For Mac users we include PTPublisher for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher with Disc Cover design software.
8. Do I have to buy my discs and ink from you?
No, you are free to purchase discs from anyone you choose. They just need to be coated for aqueous inkjet printing. We recommend our white gloss WaterShield and WaterSafe or white matte discs, as they are Primera certified inkjet printable media, and designed for high resolution printing on on-demand disc printers. Detailed information can be found here: http://primera.eu/en/pages/optical-media.html. For non-Primera discs, you’ll see varying levels of water-resistance, gloss and other characteristics. Remember to always test first! Our ink carts are designed specifically for our printers. So, you won’t generally find them at brick-and-mortar retail stores. However, thousands of online resellers have them in stock as does Primera distributors.
9. Are your ink cartridges refillable?
No, they are not. They are designed and manufactured for one-time-only use.
10. I have more questions. How can I get them answered?
Primera has one of the best online Knowledge Bases available in the industry. You can access it 24/7 at primera.eu or, call sales or support at +49 611 927770. Email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or use the online live chat on our website.
11. Who is Primera?
Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Primera Technology, Inc. is the world‘s leading developer and manufacturer of specialty printing equipment including Disc Publishers and Label Printers.
Primera distributes its products in more than 200 countries with service and support for North America and South America from Plymouth, Minnesota. EMEA customers are serviced and supported from Wiesbaden, Germany through Primera Europe. Primera Asia Pacific, located in Hong Kong, serves customers in Asia Pacific.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.