Demo Video of the PostBase 45 Postage Machine
Description of the PostBase 45 Fully Automatic
The Postbase 45 is a very special low price, fully automatic solution for those who want an automatic postage machine without paying hundreds of dollars per month for it. As with all units in the PostBase series, it includes a full color touchscreen as a standard feature. The PostBase 45 Fully Auto comes standard with RemoteOne software for interfacing directly with a computer. Alternatively it can also plug directly into a LAN line to download postage or update rates in seconds rather than minutes. The PostBase 45 Fully Auto is the first in the PostBase lineup to include a sealing mechanism as a standard feature. The PostBase series is the only completely upgradable and downgradable system on the market. With other companies, you sign a document and commit yourself to years of the exact same postage machine. With PostBase, you have the flexibility to increase or decrease speed, scale capacity, account capacity, and differential weighting, and even make it fully automatic or semi automatic at any time! It is the only postage system on the market capable of growing and shrinking with your mailing needs. The PostBase series can also take not only the standard yield ink cartridges (up to 4,000 impressions), but also the much larger and more economical plus size cartridges (up to 22,000 impressions). In either case you will save hundreds of dollars per year on ink costs with the PostBase system. As with all postage machines, Whitaker Brothers is the only dealer to offer the Pay What You See Guarantee.
Compare all three models
|PostBase 30||PostBase 45||PostBase 65|
|Moistener||Optional||Yes||N/A (handled by Feeder/Sealer)|
|Processing speed (pieces per minute)||30||45||65|
|Integrated scale, capacity in lbs||5lb (optional 10lb or 15lb)||10lb (optional 15lb)||15lb|
|External scale (NTEP)||Optional 30lb/70lb||Optional 30lb/70lb||Optional 30lb/70lb|
|High speed postage download (LAN)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Analog modem postage download||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|RemoteOne (PC control software)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ReportOne (account management)||Optional||Optional||Yes|
|MailOne (mail management & shipping)||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Accounts||5 (optional 10/20/50/100/200)||20 (optional 50/100/200)||50 (optional 100/200)|
|Customizable meter advertisements||12||20||30|
|Free standard meter advertisements||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Customizable SMS text messages||8||10||12|
|Max Mail Thickness||10mm|
|Procesing Speed||45 pieces per minute|
|Postage Download||LAN with optional Analog modem download|
|Print Technology||HP Inkjet|
|Imprints Per Cartridge||Up to 4,000|
|Integrated Scale Capacity||10lb. Options available for up to 15lb and external scales.|
|Accounts||20. Options available for up to 200 accounts.|
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List Price: $99.99
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The setup we chose to go with was the PostBase 45 Fully Automatic with the MailOne software running on a nearby computer. I was absolutely finished with [competitor redacted] for all the years they overcharged me so Whitaker seemed like the better way to go.
Installation went cleanly. The technician was on time and had the postage machine running in about 15 minutes. The software took an additional 30 minutes to setup. He spent about an hour training my coworkers and making them feel comfortable with the machine before he left.
When we're not using the MailOne software the machine is a breeze. Its all touch screen and highly intuitive. The sealer gets the job done and the choice of color was a nice touch. Really not much to say - it's a solid postage machine.
When we do use the MailOne software it 'takes over' the machine. So once you connect the computer you no longer use the small touchscreen on the postage machine, you just use the computer. The learning curve is pretty gentle on the software, after 30 minutes of fooling around I had it figured out. We're billing back 150 clients for postage used and the reporting features are all we could ever ask for.
When it's all said and done you would think when you choose the cheapest vendor you will get the cheapest equipment. Not the case at all! The PostBase is the best postage machine we've owned in the last 25 years. I give it a solid give stars.
- Not pleased that it took 2.5 weeks for delivery but otherwise this has been all we hoped it would be. This works exactly the way we expected it to and was the least expensive solution of the three quotes that we had to gather to make the decision.
Non Profit Savings
- I don't find postage meters very exciting but when you manage a non-profit every penny is more valuable. So that initially attracted me to the Postbase. The machine is easy for me to use and I am happy we got it. My only complaint is that the instruction manual is written half in German and the glossary isnt very helpful.
By EdAdams hyattsville
- I guess the biggest concern when saving a ton of money is "where are they cutting corners?" So far everything looks to be exactly as promised. I thought I would have to pay for the setup and training on site but they said that was also included in the price. My administrative assistant gives it very positive reviews and is especially thankful that it works over the internet instead of an old phone line. When we went VOIP it forced us to carry it downstairs and plug it into the fax machine to add money to the meter but that's not necessary anymore.
- FEDEX destroyed our first unit in transit and it took four days for a replacement to arrive. Had to pay to outsource a big mailing that we planned to run that week which wasn't cheap. Ownership since then has been smooth.
I'm worried this will be too slow for my needs. What is your policy on upgrading?If you think it's too slow there are options to crank it up to 65 pieces or 85 pieces per minute. It's a very reasonable one-time cost and the process is very quick, usually only taking about 24 hours. Speed should be the least important consideration when evaluating a postage machine though. As another reviewer said, if you put a stack of mail on the machine and walk away, who cares if it takes three minutes or five minutes to pull it all through?