The Munbyn shipping label printer ($199.99), referred to as the P941 on some Amazon pages and the ITPP941 on others, is aimed primarily at small businesses and individuals who need to print 4-by-6-inch shipping labels. It doesn't offer any eye-catching or standout features, and doesn't come with any label software. The Arkscan 2054A-LAN is a better label printer overall, but the Munbyn will print from online shipping platforms, and it's reasonably fast, too, making it well worth your consideration.
Buying this printer can be a little confusing, as I found out when I tried to track down its price on Amazon. Searching for "Munbyn Printer," either with or without the P941 model number, turned up at least three variations, all of which look identical and are close enough in features and price that you'll have to read the specs to know which one you're getting.
At this writing, the P941 Basic is $173.99, while the Pro model, which differs only in offering a 300dpi resolution instead of 203dpi, is $182.99. Meanwhile, Munbyn confirmed that the version it sent for testing—which is referred to as Upgrade Version 2.0, or just Upgrade Version depending on the Amazon page—is identical to the 203dpi Basic model, but adds a USB-C adapter plus a USB memory key with drivers, a user manual, and other files, all of which are also on Munbyn's website. I found it on one Amazon page for $191.87 with a pack of 500 4-by-6-inch fanfold labels, which is a little less than buying the Basic version of the printer and a stack of labels separately. So you'll want to examine the various buying bundles carefully.
Regardless of version, the P941 is shaped a little like a brick, without room to hold labels inside. Instead, they go behind it, most often in a fanfold stack, though you can also use rolls with an appropriate holder. Munbyn's roll holder ($15.82), which the company provided for testing along with the printer, can also hold a stack, or rolls over six inches in diameter.
The printer itself measures just 4.3 by 7.7 by 3.8 inches (HWD), but it needs a little extra room between the back and labels for the power and USB cables. You'll need an extra 7.5 inches of clear space behind it when using a stack or about 9 inches when using the roll holder.
The top panel offers a combination status light and feed button, along with a release button to open the top cover for loading labels. To load a stack or roll, you open the top cover, position the labels, close the cover, and press the feed button. According to Munbyn, the printer will determine the label length for a new label roll by feeding two labels and then stopping at the point where it's ready to print on the third label.
In my tests, this worked as promised for 4-by-6-inch labels, but when I installed a roll of 2.25-by-1.25-inch labels I ran into some minor problems. On most tries, several labels fed before stopping, and more often than not they stopped in the wrong position, so the printing would span two labels. This won't be an issue if you need the printer strictly for 4-by-6-inch shipping labels, but it could be annoying, not to mention a waste of labels, if you change between different label sizes very often.
The P941 accepts labels on carrier sheets from 1.57 to 4.3 inches wide, and is designed to work with any thermal paper roll or stack with die-cut labels and small gaps between them. Munbyn's own labels have the advantage of being both BPA- and BPS-free. The company's 4-by-6-inch labels come in both rolls and stacks, as white labels only. Rolls of 2.25-by-1.25-inch labels and 2-inch-diameter round labels are available in a choice of colors. The most economical choice for Munbyn 4-by-6-inch labels is the $39.98 pack of two 500-label stacks, at 4 cents per label.
The printer works with Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS. I tested it using our standard Windows 10 testbed. Setup consisted of little more than loading labels, connecting the included USB cable and power cord, and turning the printer on. Windows detected the printer, found the driver, and installed it automatically. You also have the choice of installing the driver from an included USB memory key or, of course, downloading the file from Munbyn's website as the company suggests.
The bad news: One of the reasons the setup is so easy is that there's no label program to install. If you're interested in printing shipping labels only, that's not an issue. Almost any widely used online shipper or shopping site will create labels for you. Munbyn even lists 20 popular sites (FedEx, Amazon, and Shippo among them) on its website as "only some" of the platforms the P941 works with.
However, the lack of a label program may matter if you want to print other kinds of labels. You can print from almost any program, but you'll have to work harder with most to get the right format, margins, and other details that a label program is designed to make easy. Bar codes can be a particular problem, since most programs don't support them.
Munbyn rates the P941 at 5.9 inches per second (ips), but it was a little slower on our tests. Printing a PDF file with Acrobat Reader, using the USB connection, I timed it at 3.7 seconds for a single label, 18.1 seconds for printing 10 labels, and 81.6 seconds, or 3.8ips, for printing 50 labels. As a point of comparison, the iDprt SP420, which is rated at the same 5.9ips, came in at 5.5ips on 50-label run.
Similarly, the Arkscan 2054A-LAN, our current Editors' Choice pick for a midrange, 4-by-6-inch-capable label printer with Ethernet, lived up to its 5ips rating. For context, however, 3.8ips is a pretty good clip. For the 50-label test, the P941 was less than 30 seconds slower than the SP420. For a single label, it was only about 1 second slower.
The 203dpi resolution is typical for label printers, and delivers more-than-acceptable output quality for shipping labels, with suitably dark black bar codes and well-formed text.
The Munbyn P941 doesn't offer anything to make it stand out from the crowd, but it's well worth considering. It's not as fast as the iDprt SP420, for example, but it's a lot easier to set up. Similarly, it doesn't come with a label program, but you don't need one for printing labels from online shippers or shopping platforms, and you can print from Microsoft Word or database programs if you need to.
If you need to print easily from any computer on your network, you'll want to consider the ArkScan 2054A-LAN, which connects via Ethernet and offers comparable performance to the P941. Or, consider a Wi-Fi printer like the Rollo Wireless Printer X1040, our Editors' Choice recommendation for a Wi-Fi-enabled shipping-label printer.
However, printers that can connect to a network tend to cost more than the P941, and speeds tend to be slower over Wi-Fi, leaving little reason to buy any network printer unless you actually need the network connection. For basic label printing with an emphasis on shipping labels, the Munbyn Label Printer Version 2.0 is a solid-enough choice.