The Star SP742MD Serial Impact Receipt Printer is ideal for printing receipts in the kitchen where heat and humidity can degrade the type on thermal receipt paper.
Dot matrix printers are generally recommended over thermal printers in kitchen environments.
The SP742MD is one of the Star SP700 line of dot matrix receipt printers. It has an the auto cutter and prints in 2 colors (black and red).
Serial printers like the SP742MD are used in kitchens when the printer can be located medium distances away from a single point of sale terminal. Serial printers are often picked for their moderate savings in cost. If used in a multiple terminal environment, serial printers must be connected to a single terminal and then shared across a network. If the connected terminal goes down the remaining terminals will not have access to the kitchen printer.
It is highly advised that an Ethernet connected printer
be used in multiple terminal environments.
The Star SP700 series printers are a great value, and have a long history of reliability in harsh kitchen environments.