Lynx C Price Gun Review

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Summary

The Lynx C pricing gun is both sturdy and reliable, and we recommend it for high-usage environments.

It's our most expensive single-line price gun, so what makes it so attractive when compared to other models?

Let's find out.


Build Quality

Lynx price guns are manufactured in the EU, with a build quality you'd expect of western manufacturing standards.

The machine feels strong due to a thicker plastic body and is much more resilient to drops and knocks than rival price guns.

It uses the same label feed system as the reliable Sato Kendo 26, using cuts in the backing paper between each label. Though unlike the Kendo 26, the Lynx has some modifications to the label feed process which makes loading and operation the most reliable of any of its rivals.

A feature of the Lynx is a wide, clear path to load the labels through the main body. The dust cover ensures your labels and the machine don't get dirty in a dusty environment. The cover is translucent so you can see at a glance how many labels you have left on the reel.

The ink replacement system is standard for most price guns, flipping out from the front of the machine. The Lynx pricing gun is supplied with a plastic tool to aid replacing the inks so you don't get any ink on your hands, though it is a little fiddly when compared to Sato's Kendo models.

It's worth noting that the print bands themselves are very smooth and adjust reliably. This is often the falling point of guns that get a lot of use as dust/dirt builds up inside the mechanism and ends up jamming the bands. This is almost unheard of in Lynx labelling guns.

The print position is simple to adjust, there's a screw in the bottom of the gun which moves a plate. Usually this is obscured beneath the backing paper of your labels, but you can simply punch through with your screwdriver to adjust the plate.


Lynx C6 Band Layout
Lynx C8 Band Layout

Band Layouts

This model features two popular layouts, a six digit version or an eight digit version. The six digit band characters are larger, but can only show prices up to £99.99 or dates in short format 010416. The eight digit layout allows for prices up to £999.99p and can show either full dates 01042016 or easier to read short dates 01 04 16.

Lynx do offer customised layouts are available, though they will incur a much higher price. For example a Lynx C10 uses 10 bands, but costs £5 more than the C6 or C8 models.

This also for letters to be used alongside numbers or other information. There's far more customisation in the bands than can be easily shown here, so contact a merchant for more advice on customising the bands.


Print Examples

ct4 label priced by a lynx C8

To the right you can see an example of the C8 8 digit gun printing a price on the popular "wavy edge" 26x12mm label.

ct4 label priced by a lynx C6

The text is of a higher quality than other rivals, though the difference isn't much it's easily seen in a side-by-side comparison.

The next label is the same as the above, but using the C6 6 digit gun instead.

ct4 label short-dated by a lynx C8

To the right you can see an example of the C8 8 digit gun printing a date on the popular "wavy edge" 26x12mm label.

ct4 label full-dated by a lynx C8

You can get the C8 to print the year in full as seen on the left, but it can look cramped.

 


Summary

What we like

  • Robust plastic frame.
  • Smooth print adjustment.
  • Excellent print quality.
  • Obvious focus on resilience for heavy-duty use.
  • Uses the popular 26x12mm label, either rectangular or "wavy".

What we didn't like

  • Ink replacement is a little fiddly even with the use of the tool.
  • Adjusting the print position through the backing paper is not easy.
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