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There is one thing I don't like about Christmas and that is writing Christmas cards and even worse, the addresses on envelopes. I thought I'd got around this by printing labels from Word but anyone who has done that knows it's not that easy, especially if you change label sizes. Despite specifying the correct size, unless you make the font very small, the addresses often run over the edges and you can spend hours manually adjusting and wasting whole sheets to get the job done. Grrrr ! I actually came across this reviewed in dooyoo (see - it wworks lol!) and thought this could be the answer to my prayers - luckily I was right.
In the box is:
The labeller itself
Paperwork (inc quick start guide and warranty info)
Small roll of 99012 size labels (approx 8.8 cm x 3.6cm)
The labeller is quite a smart looking and self-contained unit, about 18cm x w12 cm x h14cm. There is just a single button to feed labels if necessary. Using the Quick Start guide, I loaded the labels then easily installed the software, connecting the Dymo via the USB when prompted. For the record I run Windows Vista SP2. The mains cable (with adapter) is over 2m long and the USB is about 1.5m so it should stretch across a nice big desk.
I opened the Dymo software itself but to be honest found it a bit clunky and dated then explored further. Reading the User Guide (pdf file) I found that it had actually installed a Word add-in so I opened my Word (2007 version) doc, selected a couple of labels and clicked "Print DYMO Labels". Voila, perfectly aligned and printed labels in one second! No waiting for a whole sheet to feed through and the serrated edge makes it nice and easy to tear the labels off too. As it uses thermal printing, you don't have to worry about ink smudges or cartridges running dry either.
This is a great little device, a foolproof way to print 1 or 100 labels in seconds. The software acts as a template designer as well as address book but if your data is already in Word (or Excel), it's easiest to work from there and you won't need to duplicate your data. You can format and align the text how you want in the Dymo software and then print the label from the Word Add-in but you do not need to make any changes at all if you don't want, the printer itself automatically detects the label size thanks to the markings on the underside so you're good to go on power-up. Talking of labels, you can pick them up much more cheaply on ebay if you hunt around. I bought some non-Dymo ones for around half the price and they are just as good.
Printing from this little beaut is a cinch. The only disadvantage is it only prints in black and you need to use the Dymo software to adjust the formatting but it's worth it for the stress (and paper) it will save me this Christmas and beyond :o)
Currently just under £70 delivered from amazon
I had one of these installed at work and and 1st I thought it was a great little tool, however, I was soon to learn that it had its problems.
- Easy to use and install - an icon appears on your desk top with an electonic 'label', you simply type what you want to appear and it prints out exactly as it was on the screen.
- Cheap, generally it costs under £70 so cant really complain about the price.
- Convience: This product allows you to print out mail merges from excel document, so that you can create labels for a large number of people, without having to re type the details into the software programme each time.
- Loading new Lables into this machine needs special skill, I have had this machine for about a year now and I still cant do it.
- Very often, I will be sitting at my desk not looking at this, and all the labels will start to feed through of their own accord, as if the machine is crying for attention.
- Graphics - it MAY actually be possible, but if it is, it is VERY difficult to work out how to put a graphic, such as a company Logo on the labels you want to print.
All in all, if you have very basic needs, this may be a good machine for you, If i was buying it personaly, i think i would stick to good old mail merge on microsoft word.
I love my little dymo label writer.
This thermal printer doesn't require ink. It prints labels very quickly about 3 seconds. You can choose from loads of fonts and various colours. Theres also other attachments such as bar codes, clip ons etc depending on the job you wish to do.
My label writer cost me £70 so not cheap. I don't regret buying it. Its worth shopping around as prices for this equipment vary greatly. As I discovered going direct to dymo is not a guarantee of getting a bargain. The labels come in various sizes and shapes for different jobs and are also expensive. I have found that going to specialist computer/ office retailer costs more. Better deals can be found on amazon and ebay. I always use official dymo labels cheaper alternatives can be found that claim to be compatiable.
This gadget is idiot proof. Just plug in to your mains and you usb port and away you go. Just choose your label, font and colour any other requirements a professional looking label in seconds.
This is my second dymo. I had bought the dymo 300 (a lesser model). That broke within 2 weeks. I emailed dymo customer services which they replied immediately. After giving me trouble shooting tips in plain english no jargon they informed me my printer was broken and should return it to them (free of charge). It would take 2 - 3 weeks to get my dymo back. After 7 days and over a bank holiday. I got a new dymo back it was the upgraded version. I was delighted.
If you do end up getting a dymo its a fabulous gadget and dymo customer service is quite probably the best I've ever encountered.
The Dymo Labelwriter has been available in various models for a long time now. Many grumble at the limited use, plus the fact that you can use only Dymo labels with the device. Well, whilst this is true, you should really look at this device as a great time saving device, rather than money saving.
I picked up a Labelwriter 400 just recently. I had the next model up before, but sold it on for a very good price. Within a week of selling it, I wished I hadn't. Address and shipping labels vary in price and size, but the smaller address labels work out about 3p each. There is no ink or mess to worry about, as this is a thermal printer, so the printer makes the label react and reveal a fairly crisp 300dpi print. It is nice and fast and quiet in use.
So, imagine the scenario, perhaps like me you sell on ebay. I might only sell one thing a day, but on some days I have a dozen auctions ending. Instead of having to sit there writing out addresses, making sure I spell the awkward words correctly... I copy, paste into the Dymo application, then print. Attach the label and I am done. Probably 15 seconds, instead of one minute. So on a typical day that saves me ten minutes, or five hours a month. So in two months, I class this little printer as paid for.
Of course it is cheaper to write your addresses on packages and letters, but if you have loads to do, this is more accurate and a lot quicker.
No one should be without a dymo labelwriter. I think that in a previous review they said about the high running costs but it all depends on what you do with it. If you are sending a moderat ammount of labels then its great. If you send a really high volume then its not really worth it. This is due to the barcode reader that is installed on the dymo. I have heard a lot of positive and negative comments on this. The reason for it is that only original dymo labels can be used. While these come at a premium i would say that it is worth the money. If you look at it from a business point of view, you want your company image to look the best, therefore you dont mind paying a bit extra to have much higher quality labels. Dymo found that the compatible labels are very poor quality and i have tested them myself and they really are awful. Some people might disagree on the grounds that their sole use is to last a few days on an envelope which is only going to be recycled or put in the bin; probably the latter of the two these days. A lot of the dymo machines were actually being returned to dymo because the compatible labels were acutally jamming in the machine and breaking it, resulting a lot of downtime per unit as it would have to be sent back to dymo for repair.
All in all the dymo label writer 400 is adequate for any small office, doctors surgery, or school. I would highly reccomend it and found that the cheapest place to buy one on the net is on ebay with a seller called oeshouse who seems to sell a lot of them. They are relativley cheap and really good bits of kit. If you do decide to get one then i would advise that you need to make the black 'carrier' really tight against the label so that the machine works. I get a lot of support questions saying that they dont work when they havent actually installed the label properly. There are many other models for a higher price. But for low budges but high running costs the 400 is for you. I wouldnt go out and buy the turbo which only has a speed advantage and i think that you would agree that you dont mind waiting 1.5 second for a label rather than spend and extra £20 to get a printer which prints in 1 second.
A fast thermal printer, but BEWARE, it appears to be built to ONLY ALLOW the use of Dymo labels. presumably the Manufacturer wants to tie you into a long term claw back of revenue .Old labels stocks no longer run on this 'new' printer.Consumable costs are probably the highest factor in Printer operation. Somebody feels guilty about it, as NO MENTION of this is made that I have seen.