Many of things we use look better when labeled, rather than simply marked on; for labels give things that “professional,” organized look. Companies have been making labeling machines for over fifty years, and their development has kept pace with those of other technological innovations. Below is a list of seven of the best labeling devices for everyone.
DYMO Corporation has been making handheld labeling devices since 1958. They have recently designed a DYMO LabelManager PnP and other USB machines that enable the user to use a computer keyboard to print labels. No special software is needed to install this gadget and the lithium ion battery recharges each time it is connected with a USB port. Once such a connection has been made, the owner can use his computer’s word processing and graphics functions to create his or her own unique label. To save time, the designers have also included a “format break” feature that enables the user to combine a set of labeling features onto a single label. The printing cartridges that go in the LabelManager PnP are resistant to water, temperature, and ultraviolet radiation. A free download of the Label™ v.8 Software is also included in the package, with batch labels from the company’s database, print logos, and other attractive items.
Six other label-making machines are manufactured by DYMO Corporation, of which three will be discussed in this article. The LabelManager 500TS deserves first mention among them; it is the company’s first standalone office labeler to have a touch screen. With it, one can do “everything he ever wanted to do with a label maker”—and do it at ease. The touch screen can be tapped to create one’s own labels and to format them quickly and efficiently. Ten fonts, thirty-two styles, twenty-five sizes, five boxes, and underline format are all available. Resolution is 300 dots per inch. The machine works much like a computer—it can be connected with one, and settings can be personalized and stored. Its batteries can be recharged. The printing speed also exceeds that of all other DYMO machines. Three types of label tape are compatible with the 500TS—D1 Standard 9 mm, D1 Standard 12 mm, and D1 Permanent Polyestertape 12 mm.
Unlike the 500TS, the 360D does not have a touch screen, but it does have a screen on which the user may see what his labels will look like before he prints them. One improvement on this product is in the user interface: There is no need to scroll down when viewing the menu. The screen is larger than those of other printers (40 × 77 mm), so that two lines of text may be viewed at a time. Special characters such as currency symbols may be printed with function keys. Only three fonts and seven styles are available, but text can be typed quickly and saved. It is ideal for the office because it is so compact and light.
This new model is not only one of the easiest to use but also one of the most versatile. It has six fonts, seven styles and eight boxes. The power turns off automatically to conserve the batteries.
The last three machines under discussion are all rated with four or five stars by Amazon. The Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker has fourteen fonts on it as well as many borders and colors, and produces up to 62 percent less waste than other labelers. “A great label maker, very versatile, highly recommended.”
The labels that can be made with this machine can use any of fifteen Deco Mode patterns. Seven framing options are also available. The text can even be adjusted to fit the tape with an Auto Tape Detection feature.
This is one of the most unusual-looking label making machines on the market, with its ultramarine blue color and tape storage area just above the backlit LCD screen. It prints by means of thermal transfer. Codes 39 and 128 barcodes are also available.
Alex Hudson is a technical advocate writing on a variety of topics including: product reviews, property ID tags, warehouse labels, and business decisions.