Deep Dive: Sato CL4NX Plus series thermal printers – versatile and well-suited to perform in a variety of applications

Sato’s CL4NX Plus printer is a high-performance industrial thermal printer with a wide range of standard features not commonly offered by the competition

The CL4NX Plus series printers are easy to use, ideal for printing small labels, RFID-enabled, have a larger media capacity, intuitive design for routine maintenance and fast print capability.

Ideal for Printing Small Labels

Sato has designed the CL4NX Plus printers have Micro Label Print that offers high repeatability and high print accuracy for small print labels with ability to dispense labels as small as 10mm.

With SATO Application Enabled Printing (AEP), you can use the printer to direct connect to devices such as keyboards, weigh scales and barcode scanning equipment for data input.

RFID-enabled (select models)

Sato has an RFID Series of printers within the CL4NX Plus line that are compatible with UHF, HF and NFC tags/labels and encode data in their embedded chips at the same time.

The RFID Series printers checks RFID chips before the encoding process to determine fitness for use. The printers also have menus on the printers that allow for operators to make antenna adjustments without manual intervention.

Larger Media Capacity

The Sato CL4NX Plus series can accommodate up to 10-inch (254mm) OD of media and 1968-foot (600m) ribbon. This allows for increased production efficiency with fewer changeovers and less media waste.

Intuitive Design for Routine Maintenance

Operators can rely on Sato’s Smart Print head technology to identify printhead usage to determine when it’s time to clean or replace the printheads.

With Sato’s Pure Line indicator, users have a visual check for wear and tear on the the platen roller to replace the rollers at the right times.

The CL4NX Plus remains one of the most operator-friendly industrial printers to maintain as no tools are needed to replace the printhead and platen roller.


Shop OEM-Compatible printheads for Sato CL4NX Plus 203 dpi models – save big compared to OEM part numbers: R29797000 & R37901800


Fast Print Capability

The CL4NX Plus 203 dpi and 305 dpi models have print speeds up to 14 inches per second that will keep the busiest of production areas, distribution centers and manufacturing environments operating efficiently. The 609 dpi model tops out at 6 inches per second as the need for print clarity outweighs the need for increased throughput.

Product Features

  • Full color interactive LCD with Intuitive Menu Navigation
  • On-board Help Videos
  • Tool-less Maintenance
  • 10-inch media supply (Face-in/Face-out wind) and 600m ribbon (CSI/CSO) supported
  • Multiple Interfaces – Auto Switching
  • Competitive Emulations On-board – Auto Switching
  • Micro Label Print Mode
  • Print speeds up to 14 ips in either 203 or 305 dpi
  • HF or UHF RFID support with SATO RF Analyze (SRA)
  • Smart Print Head and Pure Line Platen Roller

Industries Served

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Education
  • Food Safety
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Libraries
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Supply Chain
  • Track & Trace
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Utilities
  • Wholesale

Available Models

  • Print Speed: CL4NX Plus 203 dpi and 305 dpi – 14 ips (355 mm/sec), CL4NX Plus 609 dpi – 6 ips (152 mm/sec)
  • Print Method: Direct Thermal, Thermal Transfer
  • Maximum Print Area: CL4NX Plus 203 dpi – 4.09″ (104 mm) W x 98.43″ (2500mm) L, CL4NX Plus 305 dpi – 4.09″ (104mm) W x 59.06″ (1500mm) L, CL4NX Plus 609 dpi – 4.09″ (104mm) W X 15.74″ (400mm) L
  • Memory: CPU1: 2GB Flash, 256MB RAM, CPU2: 4MB Flash, 64 MB RAM
  • Printer Emulations: SBPL / SDPL / SEPL / SIPL / STCL / SZPL / XML, Direct PDF Printing, SATO AEP
  • Interfaces: STANDARD: USB 2.0 (Type A, Type B), Ethernet (IPv4/IPv6) on Rear Panel, USB 2.0 (Type A) on Front Panel, RS-232C, Parallel Port, EXT I/O Interface, Bluetooth® Ver. 3.0, NFC, OPTIONAL: Wi-Fi® and Wi-Fi Direct® Certified, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual Band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
  • Remote Management: SNMP Ver. 3, Web Interface, SATO Online Services (SOS), All-In-One Tool (AIOT), SOTI Connect

Read Aggregated Online Reviews of the Sato CL4NX Printers

StickyPaper Company searched the web to bring you reviews of Sato’s CL4NX printer models. Note, the specific reviews may cover a previous generation or model years of the printer. The level of information and details provided by the reviewers vary greatly.

Pros: Print head opening should provide greater access to issues, especially if the label wraps around the roller.

Matthew K.’s 2015 review from newegg.com (3 out of 5)

Great printer for mass-producing high quality monochrome labels

R’s 2017 review from amazon.com (5 out of 5)

Hard to set up. Windows only, does not work with Apple. Prints nice. Sato customer service is very good.

Michael’s 2018 review from amazon.com (4 out of 5)

This unit performs very well and is easy to setup.

K D’s 2018 review from amazon.com (5 out of 5)

I bought one of these and after about a year and a half it already started to have problems jamming and missing spots. This got worse after the roller bar came out of alignment and the print head wouldn’t close on the paper.

a public profile name‘s 2019 review from amazon.com (1 out of 5)

Tried for 2 weeks to make it on on LAN port but none of my PC and Laptop can recognize it. Setting it to work on new interfaces USB or LAN is a nightmare. Don’t recommend for anyone.

Fred’s 2016 review from amazon.com (1 out of 5)

Shop OEM-Compatible printheads for Sato CL4NX Plus 305 dpi models – save big compared to OEM part numbers: R29798000 & R37901900


Product images and spec details listed in this article are courtesy of Sato America.


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