Rimage Thermal CD/DVD Printer Analysis

By · Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Rimage Everest 600 & TEAC P-55C Thermal Disc PrintersWhen it comes to thermal disc printing, Rimage is one of the biggest names in the business. Their line of Everest printers are known throughout the industry for their excellent quality and reliability. But how does the Rimage Everest measure up to the competition?

To answer that, we’re going to compare the Everest against Rimage’s biggest competitor, the TEAC P-55C. TEAC also produces a line of photo-quality thermal disc printers. But which of the two printers is the best? Let’s examine the facts and find out.

Both machines use a high-temperature print head to transfer images and text directly to the surface of thermal printable CD and DVD discs. Instead of ink, thermal printers use a ribbon that contains a pattern of four panels: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, which repeats hundreds of times per ribbon. Each time a disc is printed, all four panels are used to produce a full color image.

This four-color print process has excellent color reproduction and very little (if any) variation from the first print to the last. That’s why thermal disc printers produce such excellent quality! The TEAC P-55C is rated at 400 dpi resolution, while the Everest 600 is rated at 600 dpi. When it comes to resolution, the Everest 600 is the clear winner.

But what about the costs of running each machine? Both of them require thermal printable DVD or CD media for the best possible print quality. However, the TEAC can print on other types of media (including inkjet and shiny silver discs) with the special VersaMax ribbon installed. This optional feature gives the TEAC an advantage that the Rimage unit does not have.

Another factor related to the operating costs is the cost-per-print using thermal ribbons to produce each disc. Rimage Ribbons are around $130 each for the Everest 600, while they are approximately $175 each for the P-55C.  Since both ribbons produce exactly 500 prints, that works out to a cost of $0.35 cents per print for the TEAC and $0.26 cents per print for the Rimage.

One final point to examine is the cost of the machines themselves. The Everest 600 weighs in at a cost of $6,950 dollars, compared to just $5,250 bucks for the TEAC machine. That’s a difference of $1,700 dollars. Is the Everest worth the additional cost? I set out to compare these two machines head-t0-head and find out which one is the best. If you want the best price, TEAC is the answer. However, if you want the highest resolution, the lowest cost-per-print, and the best overall value, the Everest 600 is the winner.


Based on this, payback on the $1700 difference in price for the Rimage Everest printer is 19,000 prints.

If you print 500 discs a week, the difference in purchase price is paid for in less than 9 months. From then on, you’re saving money every time you print!

So, if the only reason to buy Epson is purchase price, even that becomes a non-issue in less than a year for most users.