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  • Achieved two industry’s first (*1) !Release of two thermal printers “MCP31C” and “MCP31CB” capable of fast charge and communication with Android™ devices and Windows tablets, and wired connection to Internet

Achieved two industry’s first (*1) !
Release of two thermal printers “MCP31C” and “MCP31CB” capable of fast charge and communication with Android™ devices and Windows tablets, and wired connection to Internet

June 19, 2020

-New lineup of mC-Print®3 series, MCP31C and MCP31CB -

Star Micronics releases two new models, MCP31C and MCP31CB, from the 3-inch thermal printer “mC- Print®3” series of the mPOS (*2) peripherals brand “mCollection® to the overseas market in advance.

These products have achieved the following as the industry's first printers equipped with a USB-C® Power Delivery compatible port.

  • ① Fast charge and communication by supporting USB-C Power Delivery
  • ② Capable of wired connection to Internet via a printer by connecting a device to the USB-C port

The function ② is the “SteadyLAN™” solution, which was previously available only with iOS (*3) devices via the Lightning-USB cable.

Recently, the use of Android™ (*4) devices and Windows tablets are increasing in the mPOS/mobile order market. On the other hand, device manufacturers are accelerating support for USB-C Power Delivery and it is expected that devices capable of fast charge by supporting this standard will become more popular in the future. We launch these new printers in order to quickly provide the user benefits of this latest technology to the mPOS/mobile order market.

The existing models of this series (MCP31L/MCP31LB) can use “SteadyLAN™”, which enables both fast charge of tablets and printing, and wired connection to the Internet via the printer, only with the iOS devices. However, there is a problem that this function cannot be used when the device is other than iOS.

To solve this problem, the new printers are equipped with the industry’s first USB-C port supporting USB-C Power Delivery, which enables both fast charge and printing and wired connection to Internet via USB cable with Android™ devices and Windows tablets.

Because of their advantages such as simple installation with simple cabling, improved communication stability by wired connection to Internet, stylish design and enhanced connectivity with peripheral devices, MCP31C and MCP31CB can be used not only as a receipt printer but also for various applications such as a kitchen printer, mobile order reception, even at stores using an Android™ device or a Windows tablet.

We are already proud of a high market share in mPOS printers, and we will enhance related products in the mPOS and mobile orders fields and aim to expand our market share via this new product launch. We will continue to support store operations by providing various store solutions.

-Main Features of New Products-

【Two Industry’s Firsts】

  • -Fast charge and communication via USB-C® Power Delivery port.
  • -“SteadyLAN™” solution for wired connection to Internet via USB-C port of the printer with Android™ devices and Windows tablets.

【Stylish and Compact Design】

    -Following the design of mC-Print®3 series, compact product size while maintaining functionality. Available in two luxury colors, white and black.

【Stable Connectivity】

In addition to multiple interfaces (USB/LAN/Bluetooth® (*6)), stable wire connection with a USB cable is available. Capable of charging a tablet device.

【Various Peripheral Devices】

A scanner, customer display and a cash drawer are available, using mC-Print®3.
※The mCollection® lineup will be expanded to meet market needs.
The USB port (Type-A) to connect peripheral devices supports USB HID class (keyboard mode).

【Splash- proof/Insect-proof Design for Kitchen Use】

Designed for a kitchen environment. Easy setting of LAN fixed IP address.
Capable of setting through USB and Bluetooth®.

【Paper Saving Function】

Paper saving function to minimize the top margin of receipts even when the partial cut setting is selected. Ideal for short order sheets.

【Smart Receipt Issuing】

De-curl function (to avoid giving curled paper).

【Multi-language fonts】

Equipped with Japanese fonts, ANK, Simplified Chinese fonts, Traditional Chinese fonts and Korean fonts.

【Enhanced Connection Development Kit】

SDKs for diverse operating systems including iOS, Android™ and Windows are available free of charge. Printing from both the native app and the Web app is supported.

【Easy setup】

Easy setup guide, dedicated utility application and online manual are provided for any mPOS users to set up communication with network and mobile devices.

【Cloud Ready Function】

AllReceipts®, the free electronic receipt service is supported.

*1 According to the investigation by Star.
*2 mPOS(mobile Point of Sale). Normally tablets are used in this POS system. Compared to a conventional POS system and to those with a PC, initial installation costs can be lowered.
*3 IOS is a registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.
*4 Android is a trademark of Google LLC.
*5 To enable both fast charge and communication, the device connected to this product must also support USB Power Delivery.
*6 The Bluetooth® word mark is owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such word mark by Star Micronics Co., Ltd. is under license.

【Product Specifications】
Series mC-Print3
Model Name MCP31C MCP31CB
Interface USB-C x 1 USB-C x 1
USB-A x 2 USB-A x 2
Ethernet x 1 Ethernet x 1
 - Bluetooth®
DK-Port DK-Port
Body Color White/Black
Media Presentation Front Paper Exit
Printer Method Direct Thermal Line Printing
Emulation StarPRNT
Print Speed Up to 250 mm/second
Print Width 72mm / 50.8mm / 48mm
Paper Specifications Print Width 80mm / 58mm (Using Paper Guide)
Roll Diameter Max. φ83mm
Thickness 53~75μm
Auto-cutter Cutting Method Partial (Guillotine)
Life 2 Million Cuts
Power Supply DC24V±10% Adaptor: PS60A-24C (included)
Reliability 60 million lines (MCBF)
Dimensions 132 x 140 x 125mm (WxDxH)
Weight Approx. 1.3㎏ (excluding roll paper)
Accessories included in the box Power Cable, AC Adaptor PS60A-24C, USB-C Cable (C-C), Paper Guide, Sample Thermal Roll Paper
Options Wall Mount Kit (WB-MC30)
Peripheral Devices (USB-A port)
Barcode Scanner: BCR-POP1
Customer Display: SCD222U
Peripheral Devices (DK Port)
Melody Speaker, Cash Drawer

July 2020 in US and EU market. The release in the Japanese market is undecided.