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This label printer is a so-called thermal printer. Now I'm not an expert on these printers but I understand that this means that the labels are being printed by using heating at very small areas as they create a letter or image. This is similar to inkjet printer but instead of that inked is sprayed on, they use heating. The big advantage is that you never have to replace ink or something. This printer is bluntly a double execution of the LabelWriter Turbo and means that at the bottom is another printer specifically for plastic labels (The label printer can print 6, 9, 12.19, 24mm D1 Labels).
After connecting the label printer on to a free USB port of the computer it's only a matter of installing the drivers and the software which you get with the label printer. This will only take up a few minutes and then the label printer is ready to use. We use both labels as well as the normal for printing addresses and the plastic labels because these are a bit stronger than the paper ones. You can use the label printer on two different ways; straight from the program Microsoft Excel or through the software called Label Editor from Dymo. We use the label editor and when you start the program you see a white area where you can fill in directly the text you want to print. You can also import your address book from example Outlook. You can choose if you want to print on the paper and plastic label. You can quite a few options with this software and so you can create your own label design with pictures but it's something we don't use.
The labels are being printed quite fast. When you select 'print' on the computer it takes around 10 seconds before the label gets printed. I would say it prints around 50 a minute. The normal labels can be tear off of the label roll. The plastic labels are cut off by the label printer itself so they come out of the printer one by one.
Replacing the labels is quite easy. The upper roll is easy to replace by opening the top and you can just take the roll out. Nothing difficult about it. The lower one is even easier by pressing a button and the part were the roll sits in comes out and you can just take it out. There are different kind of labels you can get for this label printer but we just have the simple white variants but there are all kind of types, sizes and colors.
I don't really have much experience with other types and brands of label printers but I'm very satisfied with this one. You can two years warranty when you buy it. The label printer doesn't come cheap and we paid around 200 pounds for this one. You have the regular version which is about 60 pounds cheaper. For us this one works perfect and therefore five stars.
Thermal Label Printers / 51 labels per minute (LW 450) / 71 labels per minute (Turbo, Twin Turbo & Duo) / 600 x 300dpi print resolution / 180dpi on D1 tapes (Duo only) / 56mm maximum print width / 60+ label templates / Prints on 13 label varieties / Prints on D1 tapes (Duo only) / Label alignment guide / USB / Network compatible (Requires Printer Server S0929090) / Enery efficient Sleep Mode
|Product Description:||DYMO LabelWriter 450 Duo - label printer - monochrome - direct thermal|
|Printer Type:||Label printer - direct thermal - monochrome|
|Max Media Size (Standard):||Roll (6.2 cm)|
|Max Media Size (Custom):||62 mm|
|Print Speed:||Up to 71 labels/min - B/W|
|Max Resolution ( B&W ):||600 x 300 dpi|
|Media Type:||Labels, thermal paper, plastic tape|
|Compatible Tapes:||D1 tape|
|System Requirements:||Microsoft Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits)|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||12.7 cm x 19.7 cm x 18.4 cm|