Printronix S828

The unbreakable IBM-compatible, quiet desktop print solution built to excel in the most rigorous office & industrial environments.

  • Heavy-duty with unbreakable metal construction enclosure
  • Lowest noise level in its class: 54dBA
  • Genuine IBM IPDS (optional)
  • Best in class 800M character printhead life
  • Extended ribbon life: 25M Characters
  • Heavy duty 6-pin tractors deliver superior form feed reliability on up to 8-part forms
  • Optional second front feed tractor
  • 18 pin printer: 800 cps @ 10cpi
  • Fully automated and configurable zero-tear form feeding
  • High visibility attention light
  • Support for 18-pin emulations used by legacy IBM & Genicom printers
  • Powerful remote printer management
  • Standard Interfaces: parallel, serial, USB & Ethernet
  • Enclosed pedestal (optional)




The Printronix S828 sets a new standard for the ultimate in rugged desktop reliability. More than a high performance serial matrix printer, the S828 builds upon the workhorse tradition of Printronix industrial printers delivering maximum uptime, low cost of ownership, and reliable operation across a wide range of environments. In addition to heavy-duty 6-pin tractors for optimal forms feeding reliability, and industry leading printhead life, the most defining feature of the S828 is the highly functional & durable metal construction designed to outlast any other printer in this category.


At 54dBa the S828 delivers best in class acoustics. Around 50% quieter than leading competitors, it is unrivaled in noise reduction. The S828 also combines 800 cps print speed performance (@ 10 CPI) with a high function multi-lingual operator interface for efficient and intuitive operation.

Plug & Play Compatibility

Time is money, and the ability to fully automate & customize forms handling will maximize user efficiency through eliminating key presses and expediting forms retrieval. For larger distributed environments, the S828 includes a powerful remote printer management utility to empower IT to view real-time status updates, remotely configure multiple printers, and to access a fully functional virtual operator panel. The S828 also supports a 2nd front feed forms path.

Genuine IBM IPDS

For IBM environments, the S828 offers genuine IBM IPDS for absolute compatibility and functionality. In addition to standard Ethernet, USB, Parallel and Serial, the S828 supports ANSI 3.64 and the 18-pin emulations used by legacy IBM & Genicom printers to allow for plug & play compatibility without requiring driver or application changes.


Print Technology

18-pin serial dot matrix printer – 136 columns @ 10cpi

Throughput (ISO/IEC 10561 – @ 10 CPI)

  • DIN Letter Up to 660 PPH
  • Spreadsheet Up to 450 PPH
  • (PPH = pages per hour)

Throughput (Draft Mode @ 10 CPI)

  • 40 CPL 450 LPM
  • 80 CPL 330 LPM
  • 136 CPL 250 LPM
  • (CPL = characters per line / LPM = lines per minute)

Print Speed @ 10,12,15 CPI

  • DP Mode: 800, 960, 1200 CPS
  • DP Text: 480, 576, 720 CPS
  • NLQ: 232, 278, 348 CPS
  • (CPS = characters per second)

Line Length (number of characters)

  • 10 CPI – 136
  • 12 CPI – 163
  • 15 CPI – 204
  • 17.1 CPI – 233
  • 20 CPI – 272
  • 24 CPI – 326
  • (CPI = characters per inch)

Media Handling

Front feed 6-pin tractor with jam sensor. Optional second front feed 6-pin tractor with jam sensor.

Media Specifications

  • Media Type: Continuous form, front loading
  • Width: 76 to 432 mm (3” to 17”)
  • Length: 78 to 610 mm (3” to 24”)
  • Max Thickness: 0.635mm (0.025”)
  • Copies: 1+7
  • Weight: Top form: 55 to 150 g/m2
  • Attached Sheet: 45 to 75 g/m2

Horizontal Spacing

10, 12, 15, 17.1, 20, 24 CPI & proportional

Vertical Spacing

  • 6, 8, 12 lines per inch
  • 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 lines per 30mm

Graphics Resolution (DPI)

Horizontal: 60, 72, 80, 90, 120, 144, 240

Vertical: 72, 144

(DPI = dots per inch)

Draft, Courier, Gothic, OCR-A, OCR-B


Codabar, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC/EAN ADD-ON 2 and 5, Code 2 of 5, Code39, Code128, Code11, Code93, CodeGP, CodeBCD, C25-3BAR, Postnet, MSI, Intelligent Mail barcode


Input buffer: 128 Kb


USB 2.0, Parallel, Serial RS232, Ethernet 10/100 (optional IPDS)

Ribbon Life (@ Draft)

Extended Life Ribbon: 25 Million Characters

Printhead Life

800 million character yield


Pages per month: 57,000

Physical Dimensions & Weight

  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 450 x 730 x 350 mm / 17.7 x 28.7 x 13.8”
  • Weight: 33 Kg / 72.6 lbs

Power Requirement

100 – 240V, Auto Range, (60 Hz – 50 Hz)


MTBF: 20,000 hours


Remote Printer Management Utility

Power Consumption
120W Printing, 30W Standby

Operating Environment

  • Temp 10° to 40.6°C (50° to 105°F)
  • Humidity 10% to 90% Relative Humidity
  • Storage Temp -35° to 65°C (-31° to 149°F)
  • Humidity 5% to 95% Relative Humidity
  • Noise <54dBA


Win10 (32/64), Win8 (32/64), Win7 (32/64), WinServer2008 (32/64), Win2003 (32/64), WinNT, WinXP

Emulation Types

Epson® FX Series, IBM® Proprinter III XL, IBM Personal Printer 2381, ANSI 3.64, S828 native commands

IPDS: IBM 4224, IBM 4230 and S828 native command

Special Functions

Auto paper path switching via operator panel or software commands. Auto forms thickness adjust. Auto fanfold position for zero tear-off. Auto paper parking.

Supplies & Accessories

Second Front Feed 6-pin Tractor

Optional second tractor allows the customer to have two separate forms loaded into the printer at the same time. This is valuable for any customer who is frequently switching between two separate forms as it allows them to have both forms loaded into the printer at all times.

Available on: S809 & S828


Installable chip enables the customer to print IBM IPDS jobs

Available on: S828

Enclosed Pedestal Printer Stand

This printer stand supports up to two separate input forms, and has a rear output tray

Available on: S828

Extended Life Ribbon

Yield: 25M Characters

Available on: S809 & S828

Printer Consumables

Printer Consumables

Since supplies are a critical element of your printing system, their design, specification and selection are very important. We’ll ensure that you’ll receive the exact materials required to maximize the performance of your Printronix printer. Genuine Printronix Supplies are pretested and ready to perform – right out of the box.