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DYMO LabelWriter 4XL Thermal Label Printer (1755120) - DYMO
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Five Star Reviews:
Nice clear fast printing for labels
August 17, 2017
So far, I am really happy with this printer. I bought a thermal printer from stamps.com (I won't mention the brand name), It was JUNK. Lousy quality of print. I send very important documents and I can't mess with poor labels. This printer took me about 45 minutes to set up from the time I opened the box. If Stamps.com does not refund the cost of the two lousy printers I bought from them, then I will cancel my subscription. And I have been a customer of theirs for years.
You have to buy and app to make it work -which is annoying - it's a printer
May 22, 2017
We use this machine with our Shopify business. You have to buy and app to make it work -which is annoying - it's a printer, but I guess that has nothing to do with the product it self. It is a fast printer clean and easy to use. Makes the job go by very fast east to tear lables and great small machine.
Perfect for small businesses!
April 22, 2017
Printing off postage from home compared to having to make trips to the post office is a huge benefit of buying one of these devices. They're pricey but they save time (and therefore money) and gas. If you run any small business (LuLaRoe, etc) from home and ship out a lot of product from your house, this is essential! It's super quick, doesn't use ink (HUGE PLUS) and is really convenient. My wife loves it for her small business and I'm sure yours would, too.
March 30, 2017
Tried my luck with "another brand" and just ended up returning that one and getting the DYMO. Awesome Printer!!! I have a iMac, so not sure how this printer would work with a PC, but I'd highly recommend this machine to anyone who owns a business and needs label printing.
Works great and it DOES work with Paypal Labels on a Mac!
December 15, 2016
This works great for printing shipping labels! I use Paypal's to process shipments and there is a little bit of work required to get it to print with a Mac.-- First, pay for your invoice and click print.-- Go to open in PDF view.-- When in PDF view, you will want snip the shipping label portion only so go to Tools - Rectangular Selection.-- You need to copy this portion of the label so go to Edit - Copy.-- Now, you need to be able to print just this portion so go to File - New from Clipboard.Now that you have just this label ready to print, you need to make sure your print settings are correct.-- Go to File - Print. Under the Paper Size, select Manage Custom Sizes.-- In this screen click the + button and create a new custom size for your labels setting the Paper Size as 4 in width and 6 in height. Keep everything else the same (all margins set to 0).-- When you are back onto the print screen, select the Dymo 4XL and the new custom size you just created.-- Now you will want to click Scale to Fit to ensure the entire label fits for printing.That's it! I was able to use my test labels and not waste one of them to print a shipping label. Now, yes, if you have a LOT of labels to print, this doesn't make sense to do. But, you also should be using something like ShipStation anyway to save on postage and it will print fine with their system. For the one off labels, this is perfect and literally takes a few seconds for each label.
Great Printer For Creating 4x6 Ebay Shipping Labels with a Mac
January 20, 2013
I sell a lot of items on Ebay and I recently purchased this printer for the sole purpose of creating 4x6 inch Ebay Shipping Labels on a Mac. I was worried about whether I could get it to work because I've read about the various problems other people have been having getting it configured and the fact that Label Printers are not officially supported on the Mac. I'm pretty good at figuring things out so I took a chance and bought it. Long story short, I had to come up with my own solution in the end, but I ultimately got it to work quite easily. And I am now happily printing out perfect 4x6 inch Shipping Labels on a Mac. The printer is working flawlessly and the labels I'm printing are perfect. Therefore, this is a printer I highly recommend even if you're using a Mac. Below are the step-by-step instructions on how to got it to work:*********How To Print Perfect 4x6 Shipping Labels from Ebay usng the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL Printer and a Mac...Most users selling items on Ebay already have their computer set up to print labels to their laser printer and to other kinds of printers, and for PC users, that also includes to Label Printers as well, such as the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL printer. Unfortunately for Mac users, Label Printers are not officially supported. The good news is, there is an easy way for Mac users to make use of the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL printer as well, and can easily print out perfect 4 inch by 6 inch shipping labels every single time. The following explains how...For Mac users, when printing a label via Ebay, on the page that says "Purchase and Print USPS Postage", once you've clicked the button that says "Purchase Postage" to buy your label, a secondary page should open allowing you to print your label. It is on that secondary page that we will choose certain options which will allow us to print directly to the DYMO Laserwriter 4XL printer with a Mac, and we can get perfect results every time. The following are my step-by-step instructions...Step 1 - After clicking on the "Purchase Postage" button and arriving on the secondary page, click the button above the label window that says "Print Label". This will open up a Print Dialog Box to allow you to select your printing options. Note, we will NOT be printing from this particular Print Dialog Box at this time because we first have to "crop" the label. To accomplish this, ignore all settings and options in the current Print Dialog Box. Instead, at the bottom of the Print Dialog Box window, click the button that says "Preview". This will open the entire label including your receipt in a separate window in Apple's Preview program. We will now use the "Crop" tool in Apple's Preview program to "crop" the label from the page...Step 2 - Once the label is open in Apple's Preview program, you may notice that it is now oriented sideways. Don't worry about the orientation. It will still print correctly once we're done. In Apple's Preview program, choose the rectangular selection tool and select the area around the label where you want it to be cropped (I generally select an area about a 1/4 inch around the entire label). Once the area has been selected, choose "Crop" from the Tool menu (this crops out the receipt and all other unnecessary portions of the page). All that is left is your label, perfectly cropped, and ready for printing. Note, before you proceed further, make sure your DYMO LabelWriter 4XL printer is connected to your computer and turned on, and that all software has been installed...Step 3 - From the File menu (still in Apple's Preview program) choose the "Print" command. This opens up the Print Dialog box again. We will now choose certain printing options in this dialog box...a. In the Print Dialog box, from the pull-down menu that says "Printer", choose the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL as your printer. (Note, your DYMO LabelWriter 4XL must be connected and turned on at this time in order for it to show up under this menu)...b. VERY IMPORTANT - Under the pull-down menu for "Paper Size", scan down through the list of sizes and choose the preset that says: "1744907 4 in x 6 in". This option will match your cropped label to the 4 inch x 6 inch labels in the 4XL printer (otherwise, it will print at the wrong size). c. ALSO IMPORTANT - Under the Scaling Options, choose the "Scale to Fit" option and also the "Print Entire Image" option (this scales your label image down to fit within the 4 in x 6 in label space without any portion of it being cropped off).d. Under the pull-down menu that says "Preview", pull down the menu and choose "DYMO Options". For the "Print Quality" setting, change the menu from "Text Only" to "Barcode and Graphics". For the "Print Density" setting, change the menu from "Low" to "High" (this tells the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL to print the label with maximum density and with maximum contrast).e. All options have now been set. We are now ready to print. Click the "Print" button at the bottom of the window. Your DYMO 4XL printer should begin printing, and should print out a perfect 4x6 shipping label every single time...By following the above, I've been happily printing out perfect 4x6 shipping labels from Ebay using a DYMO LabelWriter 4XL printer and a Mac. And it's been working without a hitch...**********IMPORTANT UPDATE: For those of you who are using the Mac program Garage Sale when selling items on Ebay, an excellent shipping option to complement Garage Sale is the shipping program called "Endicia" (it costs about $16 per month). Not only does Endicia provide direct USPS Parcel Select support (which Ebay won't offer until March), but I've also learned that Endicia is fully integrated into Garage Sale. Meaning, once you have both Garage Sale and Endicia installed on your computer, and you then make an Ebay sale, in the Inspector Palette of Garage Sale there is an option you can choose which allows you to "ship the item with Endicia". By choosing that option from within Garage Sale, Garage Sale will then automatically find and launch your Endicia application, and the best part of all is that (...GET THIS!!!...) when Endicia opens, it will already be pre-populated with all your Ebay sale data! That's right, you won't have to copy and paste anything because all your Ebay details for the transaction will already be imported into Endicia and you'll be ready to print your label. All you have to do is just verify everything you see, make any changes needed, and then Print your shipping label. It's so easy. And did I mention that the Endicia for Mac program also offers direct support for the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL printer. That's right. Ebay doesn't offer any Label Printer support for Mac users, Paypal doesn't offer it, Stamps.com doesn't offer it, but Endicia DOES! There is a preference option in the Endicia for Mac program where Mac users can now print directly to the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL printer without any fuss or problems at all. I've been printing 4x6 labels using Endicia and the 4XL and it's been working like a charm. The 4x6 shipping labels are coming out perfect (even better than printing them via Ebay as outlined above). Endicia and Garage Sale are like a match made in heaven. I've found very few things otherwise to complain about. If you want a great Ebay shipping option solution that truly works on a Mac and is designed for a Mac, then Garage Sale and Endicia and the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL printer is your ticket.
Crisp, Clean Labels. Only one complaint...
February 15, 2017
The Brother P-touch Home and Office Labeler prints very nice labels. I have only one complaint though well maybe 2 depending how others interpret this. The beginning of the strip, one inch, is wasted and the end of the label, one inch, is wasted. Two inches of wasted tape per label. My question is WHY? I have found no solution for the 2-inch of wasted tape. I have searched the Internet for the solution (Googled, DuckDuckGo'd, Yahoo'd) but found none. Another person seems to have the same issue with the label printers and suggests a work-around is to make multiple labels spacing one column between each label. So I need 5 labels. I print the first label then space between it and the next, and so on. I still have 2 inches of wasted tape but using this method its only 2 inches for the multiple labels rather than 10 inches of wasted tape if I were to print each label separately. I use sissors to cut between each label. If the 2 inches of lost tape is an issue then you and I and everyone else that purchases the label makers. From what I've read on the Internet Brother is not the only label maker that has this problem. I look at as a design flaw, but I really like the crisp, clean labels that this unit spits out. So, Catch 22. For you younger than 50 ask your parents what that means.
Love this labelmaker
August 15, 2015
I love this label maker. I ordered the adapter to go along with it so I don't have to be bothered with batteries. The numerous typestyles are fabulous. I have labeled everything from the spine of hardcover notebooks to storage bins in my closets. It's super easy to use with multiple options. I especially love that you can keep the margins extremely narrow and not waste the label tape. I wish I had purchased this when it first came out. I would've been organized sooner.
My favorite thing
February 28, 2015
I never thought this was a worthy investment as I can make labels with my computer. I was wrong. I have read over and over by organizers and time management experts that this was one of their favorite items. Now that I have one, I have to agree. I really love it. Where you COULD make a label on your computer, it's a hassle, and you won't because ONE LABEL at a time isn't worth the effort. But THIS LABEL MAKER is made for making one label at a time. This is portable. You'll take it around your house and label everything. And don't you agree . . . life is so much easier when you don't have to open every box over and over again to see what's in it!!! These labels stick to glass, plastic, cardboard, paper, metal . . . you name it. You can now label everything with expiration dates, purchase dates, toss it dates, contents, owner's names. Oh, yeah, you can label file folders with it too.
Great product! Easy to use!
February 17, 2015
This label maker is easy to use and has plenty of options for people who want to make fancier labels. I would highly recommend and in fact just bought three more as gifts.
Easy to use and makes really nice labels
January 7, 2015
I love this thing! It came highly recommended by Jennifer McGuire as a tool to mark scrapbooking supplies and that is what I have used it for so far although it will be handy all around the house. It comes with a sample tape that has lasted pretty well, and tape is available in various sizes and colors. You can read the included instructions but it's pretty intuitive if you are the type that just starts fiddling around with a new gizmo. You can dress up your labels with a myriad of little icons, and there's a selection of five or so fonts in several sizes. The tapes couldn't be easier to change -- just open the bottom, remove one cartridge and replace it with another. No threading or fussing. The backing peels off the label easily, and so far every label I've made has stayed stuck where I put it.The price seems to fluctuate every time I look at it. I paid about $20 for it here and saw it the next week for $10, but mostly it's around $30 and well worth it even at that price. The labels seem to run about $10 a cartridge and I don't know yet how long they will last.The only critique I have, and I think there's a solution for it that I haven't figured out yet, is that it ejects quite a bit of tape with each label. Seems to me that I waste about a third of the cartridge on blank spaces.
EXCELLENT LABELER - READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!
March 30, 2014
Best $10 purchase I have made in a long time! The labeler is compact, has numerous features, a QWERTY keyboard, and prints quality labels that you would expect from Brother. I assume that many of the negative reviews are from customers who did not read the operating instructions that come with the unit - especially the comments about "wasted tape" - read the instructions and adjust the margin. As far as the battery life issue, I loaded the unit with six brand new, name brand batteries and they lasted through the 4-meter sample tape and into a replacement cartridge before showing a "low battery" warning (and it's still going).The instructions advise to use brand new batteries of a quality brand name, not to mix and match brand names or rechargables, and remove the batteries if the unit is to remain idle for some time between uses. I understand that there can be quality control issues between lot numbers, and items are sometimes supplied by different vendors, so it's possible some people got a bad product, but I guarantee a few of the negative respondents unpacked the labeler, put in two new duracells, one new energizer, and three half-dead panasonics from their T.V. remotes, then cried foul when the labeler died within the hour. Six AAA batteries is a lot for one device, but all of the top brand labelers are the same in this regard. As an option, there is a $15 AC adapter that you can buy separately which saves you the battery cost and brings your total to $25, which is still a bargain for this labeler. Another reviewer advised that you could try using an AC adapter that you already have; just remember, the plug has to be the right type and the adapter has to be properly rated for it to work. You can find the adapter requirements listed in the labeler instruction manual to see if you already have one that will work.One other tip; buy replacement cartridges from Amazon or Walmart - several dollars cheaper than the office supply stores.
Four Star Reviews:
Does the job right but not worth 150+
September 6, 2017
For $150+, cheap plastic feel printer. One would think you'd get a lot o' bang for your buck. I'm not sure if this'll last for more than a year because it has flimsy feel to it and not solid. Now I know Zebra's and others are in a different league but I think Dymo should offer slightly better heavy duty product for this price point. IMHO, this type of label should not cost more than 80 bucks (period).Operation front: It does a good job in printing. It has skipped labels few times but I'm unsure if the issue is with roll or the roll alignment. We have been using this printer for a month now but to get my investment return I hope it runs at least for two years.
I chose this over a Zebra for looks. Honestly ...
July 6, 2017
I chose this over a Zebra for looks. Honestly that is the only reason why. I am running my home business in my room as opposed to some makeshift garage setup. I felt a Zebra would look out of place and I value appearance and design, especially when it's out in the open. That being said, it does do its job quite well. I have printed from both eBay and Amazon with ease. I only dock a star because the design makes you use their labels. I use HouseLabels which are cheaper, but the Zebra design allows you to use the free ones you can get from UPS. Aside from that, both form and function of this printer are 5 stars for my use.
This would be great if it did not suck in almost every conceivable way
April 14, 2017
Update - After significant configuring and hoop jumping this product works like a dream. The 10-12 hours spent getting it there was extraordinarily frustrating.I could not be more disgruntled with this product. I have spent hours trying to get it to print and function properly...This included having to use Terminal on my mac and then going to a hidden page on my computer to manually change settings that the print drivers should have handled - with 4x6 labels I am unlikely to ever print 8x11 - yet that is what it defaulted to. Forget making these changes from the printers screen at system preferences - it is required that you google to find this page...Ok great, all the settings are changed, and the computer recognizes and seems to want to speak with the printer...No such luck, as now the printer is sending the message to the computer that it is out of paper. Back to Google and find out that this company has decided in order to get people to pay $.07 per label that they will add whizbang technology that determines if the paper was sold by them - in this case I am using the roll of paper that came with the printer but it has outsmarted the technology some how...Lots of plugging and unplugging and reloading and retesting and resetting and other total wastes of time before some web forum somewhere suggests to delete the drivers and reload them... At this point I was game for anything so went through that process...Only to be back at square one... computer did not recognize the printer... ok I know how to fix it - go back to the super secret CUPS page and change the settings... and amazingly enough it printed... then it scrolled through 7 labels at 7 cents per label this printer should never waste a single label....So more fiddling and googling and tried a number of things - once i got it to only scroll 5 times - but once it went 12 and then my most recent print was half the label before it stopped scrolling at all... best i can figure is that it is the sensor that is trying to prevent counterfeit labels absolutely sucking at its job...I realized from the start they had not sent many labels and thought that it was very cheap of the company - but each time I would tear off 5/7/10/12 labels without really thinking about it... So I am now out of labels to even keep troubleshooting and being asked to pay for more - FAT CHANCEHonestly this reminded me of the stupidness that was Windows 2 & 3 where we had to change settings in config.sys and autoexec.bat just to get new software to run...My very first thought when opening the box was I was shocked it was not wireless, before I even started I went and googled how much it would be to get a wireless USB dongle to get it wireless - i now understand why these guys guys have not fiddled with the cutting edge wireless protocols from 2003, they might in fact be rubbing sticks together to make fire that is about the technology sophistication I have seen from them.I am sure this is an amazing product for some - but after something like 8 hours of dedicated frustration I am looking at other solutions instead of this...
Good printer, though some problems with networking through Airport Base Station
February 22, 2016
So far this printer is working fine on my Mac. Print quality is better than I expected it to be (compared to the LabelWriter 450). One star deducted for Dymo's strong-arm practice of requiring you to buy their overpriced labels in order to use the Dymo Stamps service. Sorry, but no... I'll use these much more reasonably priced labels: MFLABEL Dymo 1744907 Shipping Labels Compatible LabelWriter 4XL 4"x6" of 220 Postage Labels (BPA free) (4 Rolls) and buy my postage through PayPal or VIPparcel.As others have mentioned, printing PayPal labels with the 4XL on a Mac requires jumping through a few hoops. There is word that PayPal is working on implementing a PDF-based system to replace the current Java method (the source of why Macs can't print directly to label printers). If this is the case, printing from a Mac will need a few less steps (though it will supposedly add a step for PC users). I've also tried using a relatively new service called VIPparcel (Google it to find their site). They offer nearly identical postage pricing as PayPal, but their labels are ready to print straight to the 4XL (the only TINY change that needs to be performed is changing the print scaling to 99%, or specifying in the print box that you only want to print page 1, as apparently the label size generated is just a little bit bigger than the 4XL's print area, prompting this extra white space to carry over to a second page).One troublesome issue I ran into is with setting up this printer on my network via the USB port on the Apple Airport Base Station. I've successfully used my LabelWriter 450 for years in this manner. Adding a LabelWriter 4XL to my setup, I bought a small USB hub so that both could be connected at the same time (some sources said this would not work, but Apple's own documentation said it would work fine). While both printers did indeed become accessible and could be printed to, I found that the 4XL would periodically "freeze up" and refuse to print (with "Airport printer is busy" being reported by the OS). Turning it off/on would restore functionality, but after printing a few more labels, it would again stop printing.I also tried JUST the 4XL connected directly to the Airport (no USB hub), and also tried using an Airport Express I had laying around, but these yielded the same result (though I could usually print more labels with these setups before the printer locked up, while when connected through the hub alongside the 450, usually just 1 or 2 labels could be printed).I don't actually need these two printers to be accessible from multiple machines... I only networked them because the location I preferred to place them was not near the computer. But with the 4XL not working reliably through the Airport, I reluctantly moved both printers to my desk so that they could be connected directly to the Mac's USB port.Though I find it odd that the 450 works fine through the Airport while the 4XL does not (for me at least), I did not deduct any stars for this, as it quite possibly could be Apple's fault. Then again, given Dymo's tactic of requiring you to buy their labels if you want to use Dymo Stamps for postage, it wouldn't surprise me if they intentionally created an incompatibility with the Airport in order to force you to buy their print server.
How I print from USPS website
January 12, 2016
We ship exclusively by USPS Priority Flat Rate and I purchased the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL as I had read it has the ability to print directly from the USPS website. Not so! I was unable to configure the printer settings, or USPS website settings, to get the correct orientation for printing. Very Frustrating!I called DYMO Tech Support and was told they do not offer support of their product when used with USPS. They only offer support when you use their DYMOstamps site or another site that charges a monthly fee.I was close to sending it back, but decided to look around for a fix. After more time than I care to admit looking for an answer, I pasted together the fix below that is not ideal but works for me as I am not shipping everyday. I'm using my PC for printing.How To Print From USPS Website to DYMO LabelWriter 4XL:1. From the USPS Website choose PDF instead of Print Label.2. Open or Save PDF (I open the PDF to save steps, but you can Save if you want to print later). Your file will likely open with Adobe Reader.3. Choose View --> Rotate View --> Clockwise (or counterclockwise, or 90 degrees - just be sure the image is in Portrait view)4. Choose Edit --> Take a Snapshot5. Select/Highlight the label's 4x6ish area.6. Right click in the highlighted area and select Print.7. Choose the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL from your printer options and print. Voila, a perfect print every time!Also under your Printer --> Properties --> Advanced, be sure to set the Paper Size to 4in x 6in (1744907).This takes about a half dozen clicks to get the job done, but it beats the old paper, print, scissor and tape method I was using for so long.I hope this saves someone time and frustration. Feel free to let me know if you have a better fix!The 4XL was easy to install and connect, and it does print quickly and quietly.
Great time saver
June 3, 2015
I use to print labels off of my normal printer (two labels per page). As i only have one tray, i had to constantly get up and feed the labels the correct face down each time. I had to then trim the label for smaller packages. If i only needed one label of the two per sheet, it got a little tricky and took some time or i wasted labels.With the DYMO printer, my prep time has been cut considerably. The labels are the perfect size for my small packages and the printer is small enough to sit on my desk. The labels print quickly and quietly. If you do any amount of stamp or label printing, this is the solution.I use stamps.com and no issue whatsoever.The only thing that seems to be an issue is that this printer needs to be the default printer (at least as far as i could tell) so when switching applications and needing to go to my work printer, i have to make sure i print to the correct device and ensure my page layout is correct.
March 17, 2016
By and large, this is an excellent label maker. It functions as you would hope it would. It has numerous customization options that make it more thrilling, and personally I love anything that aims to increase organization. With the PT-D200, you’re able to go from printing a very plain label to a very decorative label if you like. I might not recommend this labeler to someone who is looking for something simple and straightforward. Though you can make very simple and unadorned labels, I imagine that it could be somewhat overwhelming to someone who isn’t very skilled when it comes to technology.Although I am a big fan of this label maker, it is wasteful when it comes to tape. In others’ reviews, this has been mentioned many times, but I thought I would give it a shot anyway. Even with the narrowing of margins and chain print, I’ve found that it is still rather wasteful. However, after reading reviews for several other label makers before purchasing this one, I have discovered that this is a common problem, and I’ve chosen to move past it. It operates great for me.
Pros and Cons
August 1, 2015
I like this unit for its qwerty keyboard and general ease of use. The tze label tape is quite easy to find in stores if you run out. The cons I see are in a rather dim screen that is sensitive to viewing angle and also, like most label makers, it is designed to waste a lot of expensive tape out of the box. Do yourself a favor and go into the menu and dial down the margins before use. It also pays to type in every label you want to print all at once. Separate each label string by a few spaces and cut them apart afterwards.
Great little machine but wastes tape if you're not resourceful. Read further for great tip!
July 29, 2013
Just got my labeler about 2 weeks ago and it's awesome. The only complaint I have is the wasted tape. When the machine starts creating the label you will see there is a 1 inch space at the beginning of the label and when you cut the label there is a 1 inch space at the end. This makes 2 inches of wasted label. I've been reading reviews on other brother models and those machines have the same problem. I think it's a given when you buy this brand. Still it's a nice machine, gets the job done and is easy to use.One tip I can offer is if you are making several labels I wouldn't print them individually. I'd print them all on one single tape this way you don't waste that much. Here is an example...last night I was organizing my cleaning supply cabinet. I made the following 4 labels:Pest ControlFloor/Glass/Carpet cleanersVacuum Bags/FiltersCloths/Pads/TowelsWhen I typed out the name of each label, I spaced twice so that when I print them all on one single label I would have just enough room to take my scissors and cut in between the titles resulting in 4 individual labels. Yes there was still that extra one each blank wasted label in the beginning of the tape and at the end but if I had printed them individually I would have wasted approximately 8 inches of tape. So all in all it's a great machine and I don't regret my purchase. Hope this review helps.
Easy-to-use and Yes, you CAN control tape waste
July 25, 2013
I bought this because I was looking for a low-cost basic labeler to create labels for my manilla office folders. Before buying, I read all the reviews that mentioned tape waste and excessive draining of batteries. I found there is a setting that enables you to control the width of the margins and thereby minimize tape waste. Once this setting was used, the amount of tape wasted was comparable to what I experienced with a Casio labeler I used for years; I did not find it excessive.I noted the warnings about excessive draining of batteries and decided to purchase a Brother power adapter with my Labeler. Unfortunately, the cost of the power adapter was greater than the cost of the labeler itself. Even though the Brother-branded power adapter was more expensive than other available adapters, I bought it because it has a 6 foot cord and I thought it might be safer than off-brand adapters (that latter point might not be accurate but it influenced my decision). Everything is working out fine, however, potential purchasers of this configuration should be aware that when you unplug the Labeler from the adapter, you will lose the settings you have saved in your labeler. For example, if you set up your labels to be created with narrow margins with a specified length of 3.4 inches so that it matches the tabs on 1/3 cut letter-size manilla folders, when you unplug the labeler from the adapter, you will lose those settings since there is no battery power available to maintain those settings. The instructions that accompany the labeler suggest that users who purchase a power adapter to supply power to the labeler when creating labels should also use batteries in order to maintain the storage of label settings between uses. If you follow this suggestion, you will need both an adapter AND batteries, however, I would imagine the batteries will last longer than they would if you used battery power to generate the labels as well as to maintain memory settings.Finally, be aware that being connected to the power adapter does impose a small amount of inconvenience when compared to running entirely under battery power since you are always tethered to a wire and you can't easily carry your labeler to another location. That is a personal decision you will have to make when deciding between using only batteries or using a power adapter when generating labels.
Really useful machine, but uses a lot of tape
January 23, 2013
I really like the Brother PT-D200. It has a huge variety of items you can customize to make the perfect label. However, my only problem with it is that is uses extra tape. You can't print a short label without it using a leader portion of about 3/4" and the same size tail after your text. I contacted Brother for support on the settings to check if this was something that could be adjusted and they said the chain feature might be an option for this problem. The chain option DOES HELP. That's in the manual or on their website if you would like to look it up. I'd buy it again, no real problems with it. The extra tape feed is a problem on all of these portable label makers. No big deal.***However: If you need to print a bunch of labels you can get away with just putting a space between the words and then printing them all at once. It holds a bunch of characters so you can get a few out depending on the length of the text. You can just cut them with scissors afterward.**
October 27, 2012
I bought this to label all the stuff my 3 yr old daughter takes to preschool, mainly sippy cups and plastic food containers for her lunch box. They were disappearing one after the other and I was tired of replacing them.I considered the cheaper handheld models that did not offer a print preview, but finally found this one on sale for an extra $10 and went for it. I'm really glad I did.-It is extremely easy to use. I would have preferred if the instructions came in a small booklet rather than an huge paper sheet folded in 10 and a separate sheet with all the different templates and pictograms. But the instructions themselves are good. The interface is intuitive, I only had to read the instructions once to figure out how it works.-It is not too bulky. It is comfortable to hold with both hands and use your thumbs to press the keys, just like you would text on a phone. I also really like how easy it is to cut off the label once it's finished printing: Stretch your index , press the green corner cutter, et voilà!-Yes, it does waste an inch of tape every time you print, but personally I found it has so many other perks that I quickly got over that. if you need several copies of the same label, you can print them all at once and it will only waste 1" for the whole lot. It also came with a free laminated black on white tape, which I wasn't expecting.-The preview feature is a major plus. It gives you a pretty good idea of what you are about to print. It tells you how long the label is going to be. So you can adjust the font size or pattern to fit the length you had in mind.-You have the option of having 2 lines of text.-What I like most about it is the variety of symbols and pictograms you can add to your labels (600 in total). I'm talking anything from professional looking ones to really cute kiddie stuff: cute animal faces, vehicles icons like cars, trains, planes, helicopters, boats, etc, sport icons, stars, hearts, flowers and birthday cakes for the little girls, all kinds of office related icons, and many many more. The preview mode doesn't give them justice, once printed they look as sharp as they do on the template reference sheet. Between the framing options that also offers a few nice patterns and the variety of pictograms, I am having a lot of fun designing cute labels for my daughter. She loves them too!-I have washed the labeled items several times in the dishwasher and the labels are still like new.-There is a Fabric Iron On tape (Ref # TZFA3) which is compatible with this machine (I verified on the Brother's website) which I can't wait to try to label my daughter's clothes, before she starts losing them too! :)-Although i am not using this for professional use, there is a wide variety of professional templates and icons to choose from.All in all I'm very excited about my new gadget. I'm going to be using it for many years to come as my children grow.The only cons in my opinions are:-The waste of tape-The flimsy instruction sheet-There are only 8 fonts to choose from, a good mix of professional and fun ones, but still, when you're used to word processing, 8 fonts is limited.I highly recommend it, especially if you intend to label kids stuff.
Three Star Reviews:
Saves time: For the cost it doesn't match 5 star standards though
October 14, 2017
This is unfortunately a necessary evil that helps with small business that ship. The printer is far more expensive than anyone really needs outside of a business. USE: Business only MAIN BENEFIT: Time Saving COST EFFECTIVE: How much is your time worth?The reason this receives 3 stars is due to printer issues that occur every so often. It fails to print at times and you have to power it off and then power it back on again by unplugging it to get the thing to chug on again. This takes time (which the printer is suppose to help save) and is an inconvenience, so I felt the need to dock it 2 stars due to the price point ratio to quality build item. If it was 50 dollars, then I would say ya, it is a 5 star product, but it is not! That said: it is a nice item to have for small business that frequently ship. It has saved a lot of time instead of printing on a laser printer and taping it onto boxes. We might have just paid for the machine with time savings after a year of use. The rolls of tags are not cheap though, so keep that in mind. It is again cheaper to purchase tags you can use on a laser printer, but again that takes more time to put together when printing. (so how much is your time worth?) I recommend going for the medium cost rolls as DYMO brand is of course way over priced and the cheapest rolls will only give you headaches, which you buy this machine to not have... I have had no issues with these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JQOPGQO/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0 (I recommend them out of experience and have never received free products or solicitations from them.)
Works sometimes and sometimes doesn't
April 7, 2017
I really like the idea of just having a printer for labels only. The main issue is that out of nowhere it stops working and I have to unplug the electric cord and wait a few minutes than re plug and it will work. This gets frustrating when I am trying to print a lot of shipping labels quickly. they really should do something about the connection. I also waste labels when this happens, as I send to the printer twice or push the front button to make sure it works. Too bad, because when it works it's great but this slows down my production. From what I have read this has happened a lot. That's how I knew to unplug and plug back in.
Waste of Time and Money for My Shipping Purposes
February 21, 2017
I wanted to give this label writer a good review, as I have friend who swear by it; however, it is cumbersome, works only with iMac and macbook (not iPod or iPhone), and I wrestled with the newest version of 8.6 demo label software for weeks before finally contacting support. Apparently there's a bug in the new software, so they sent me directions to uninstall and reinstall 8.5.3. SO FRUSTRATING... this, after I chewed up a half a roll of labels trying to make it work. Now that it works, the screen capture for the labels consistently produces blurry/ fuzzy printouts, and all I can think of is how much I prefer the MUCH CHEAPER laser printer (HP) with half sheet labels that work so well wirelessly from ALL of my devices. I consider this a waste of money and of time. The only thing it does do for you is eliminate the need for scissors and glue if you've been doing labeling old-school. You can create your own professional looking label in their software, but considering my plan for use was mostly for printing prepaid shipping 4x6 labels from eBay (makeitclear), Poshmark (ringleader), and Tradesy (discountdesigner) sales, it's just a waste of time and money with the other options available with wireless printers. That said, I do leave KUDOS for their support team and chat feature. What problems I did have were efficiently cared for when I finally decided it wasn't my fault that the printer wasn't performing properly. I can see this printer becoming obsolete if they don't step of the game of accommodating more auto-imported labels.
this printer is the best. Regardless of what brand of label you use
May 11, 2016
When it works properly, this printer is the best. Regardless of what brand of label you use, this printer will continuously feed labels non-stop after printing the first one. Probably the most frustrating aspect of this printer. I've tried every suggested fix, different types of labels, printing with the top open, printing with the top closed, only feeding 5 or less labels and the end result 90% of the time is blinking blue light coupled with a miss feed. Like I said, when it works like it is designed to...greatest printer ever, but those moments have been far and few between.
Excellent printer for small time user, but has its bugs
February 17, 2016
This printer has been a godsend for my eBay shipping and the minor shipping I do for our products on Amazon. It worked perfectly and I absolutely loved it but then something went a bit haywire and I cannot print just one label using the roll anymore. I print one and then the sensor does not catch that it is one and the roll of labels just rolls and rolls and rolls-nothing prints on these extras but it is a real pain. I am only using their brand of labels, cleaned the sensor as recommended and also tried to get it handled with customer service. But no luck.So now I have to cut out just one label, insert just one label and print that one label. It is the only method that works. For me it is not an issue, just a bother, as I don't print huge quantities of labels.That being said, I do love this printer and it has been a great value for me but could be a real pain for someone that needed to print a lot. But, in that case, I suppose they would invest in a more expensive pro printer.I do recommend buying it for the small time user and hopefully you won't have the problem I have had, but it is solvable with a bit of bother.
Okay for domestic labels, cuts off international labels (when it works, that is)
August 5, 2015
I bought this printer almost 9 months ago to print shipping labels exclusively for my Etsy shop. Through Etsy, there is no additional fee to print shipping and it usually works fine.I haven't found a way to print postage directly from USPS. If possible, I like to pay online to get the lower price and the option of scheduling a pickup instead of running to the post office. My workaround is printing the USPS label to a PDF, cropping and resizing the PDF in Adobe Illustrator, and then printing to the DYMO from PDF. That's a pain, but I can live with it since I knew ahead of time there is a monthly charge to use with stamps.com or other programs.So why only 3 stars?1. It was a pain to install the first time and I had recurring issues with my computer not finding the printer and printing on it correctly from the get go.2. Many expensive labels were wasted because the machine was NOT aligning the top of the label with the hole in the label (which I thought was the point of the hole), so the postage was printing mostly on one label and about an inch on another label. Waste of 2 labels. This happened repeatedly until it somehow became better aligned.3. I've NEVER been able to get my international postage to center on the label. Every single time it cuts off the "ship to", "ship from", and the first part of the description of the contents. This has led to some confusion by postal handler during pickup and packages have been delayed. I don't have this issue for domestic shipping labels, only international. I don't understand why it would cut off one label type but not another when they're supposed to be formatted to fit the 4x6" label size. I have spent hours trying to figure it out (online forums, playing with the settings to try to shrink the print area) to no avail. It looks unprofessional and is a waste of time to have to write in the first couple letters of someone's name or the contents when they should print correctly to begin with.4. I recently installed Windows 10 on my computer and DYMO disappeared from my printer list. I spent a couple hours trying to troubleshoot and find the printer from the "add a printer" menu. Finally I reinstalled the printer and it started working again. All of my other printers were automatically detected and didn't need to be reinstalled.5. Cost of buying DYMO brand labels. You're only supposed to use DYMO brand labels, but with the number of labels this printer wastes, I eventually went with an off brand, which works just fine. I've used both DYMO and off-brand labels and the issues above were present with both brands.Luckily I got this printer on Amazon for a much lower price than on some other websites. Still, for the price I paid, I expect it to do it's one basic function without so many technical difficulties. I did a lot of research before buying this printer and now think I should have gone with something else.
it's probably the best value you'll find for this type of label maker
September 17, 2015
This product is not nearly as satisfying as the smaller, green Brother PT-65 that it replaced. However, for the price, it's probably the best value you'll find for this type of label maker. Having owned this for more than a year, there are two aspects that I find frustrating: 1) The default settings waste the consumable label type like you wouldn't believe. You can mitigate this by minimizing the margin settings and chaining labels together - printing them one after the other, then cutting between them with a scissors. But why should I have to do that? So profit on label tape can be maximized. That's why. 2) It also consumes batteries like you wouldn't believe. It takes 6 AAs. I've lost count of the number of times I've reached for it to find that it won't turn on because the batteries need to be replaced. It's happened enough that I'm careful to turn it off after using it. It still dies unexpectedly quickly. Never mid-use. Just one day you need it and it doesn't work and needs 6 batteries. It's like it sips off them in stand-by or something. This is to get you to buy the optional 9v plug-in adapter.I kinda hate it and I want my PT-65 back. And I'm tempted to try a different brand altogether.
but I got one anyway because tape supply seemed much better than others (notably I was comparing to Epson LW-300) ...
August 30, 2015
I have read the reviews posted on this product and I was concerned about the label margin issue and others, but I got one anyway because tape supply seemed much better than others (notably I was comparing to Epson LW-300) - variety, availability, and price. For the battery issue, I bought about $10 adapter with it. After a few use cases I won't be able to say I'm happy with it; I would give 3.5 stars. The unit is bigger than I anticipated which is purely a subjective matter, but nonetheless I post a photo to give you some idea in comparison to a CD disk.The unit works well as a label maker, but the waste issue is not to be taken lightly. The tape waste issue is not so much of 'waste in economical sense', but it translates to inconvenience in usage. After all the tapes cost less than other brands (I felt somewhat significantly) and not everything can be to your liking in general. After some experiment it seems clear that the unit is designed to feed one inch to dispense the label (print head, feed, and cutter are located such that there is no way to dispense a label without space in between). See the photo supplied to see the consistent one inch spacing no matter what you do. Epson claims they solved this issue, and I'm curious how they were able to accomplish this (obviously a clever solution - having the print head and cutter right on the edge, or roll back tapes after cutting possibly?). So much for the mechanics... Because of this issue, I felt that my overall experience in the end is **annoying** for a couple of reasons.1. In a standard mode, you will end up having one inch margin in both side of label text (i.e. the label length will be 2 inch and greater). With half or narrow margin settings, one inch space/margin is placed to the left followed by a colon cutting mark to aid manual cut, then the content margin (be it half or narrow), the text, then the right margin (half or narrow). This means you will have to have a pair of scissors to do the cutting which can be annoying after so many labels.2. The second point is actually related to the first point. Since the standard mode will be hardly ever used in my opinion (one inch margin in both sides seems too much for most label application), I set the setting to 'narrow'. But as noted by other reviewers, this setting is reset after power down, which means you will have to re-configure the setting every time you turn on the unit.For these reasons I'm planning to try out Epson LW-300 even though I did not like the tape supply (variety, availability of some tapes - out of stock, and the overall price)
Check the features carefully - this may not fit your needs
May 28, 2015
After this experience, I will never forget to check the one-star reviews before making a purchase.This label maker, though it was not technically malfunctioning, is ideal for only a certain type of user.The ideal user for this product would be looking for the following features:- decorated labels- large print- font selection- printing a large number of labels at onceIf you're into crafts, or labeling a large number of items with the same information, this is the ideal product for you.However, I do not need fancy fonts, emoji, or decorated frames. I bought this for my hanging-file system. I need small margins, uniform text, and the ability to quickly create individual labels. This product does not fit my needs at all.The greatest issue I had with this label maker is the lack of ability to adjust the margins. There is a "margin" feature, however it is only effective if you are printing a batch of labels, not for an individual label.
Eats batteries, even when turned off.
April 18, 2015
I had to add what I see a lot of other people have mentioned about this labeler. It eats batteries like nobodies business. I've had other Brother labelers and none of them ate batteries like this. I don't use mine all that often, and I keep it in the trunk of my car to use at my client's sites (I'm a computer network consultant) and I used to be able to leave my old labeler in the trunk, turned off, and it would always be ready to go. Maybe if I hadn't used it in several months the batteries would be dead. But I can use this once, put it in my trunk and the batteries will be dead in a week. I've taken to just pulling out the batteries after using it and putting them in a baggie with the labeler. But that's annoying. I don't need all the bells and whistles that this has, it has lots of extras and cute fonts. I wish they still made the labeler that I used to have. I will be spending the $13 for the AC adapter that fits this model.
Not the best labeler, but it's cheap.
January 12, 2015
I wanted a labeler for occasional office and household use, so this Brother model got my attention due to the low price. Right off the bat, I didn't like the large size of the unit. The print outs are also quite wasteful and inefficient unless you're printing with the default margin size. If you use any margin smaller than the default size, you have to manually cut the rear end of the label down to size. The labeler prints a ":" sign indicator telling you where to cut it. For an occasional user like me, it's not a big deal. However, I am normally an efficient person and I hate wastage, so if I had known about this ahead of time, I would have thought twice before buying the PT-D200.After some browsing, I found that there's a Dymo unit for the same price, and the Dymo power adaptor is only $7 compared to this Brother unit's $20 price tag. Too bad I didn't do my homework and compare the PT-D200 to a Dymo...
Not bad - but could be better
August 20, 2013
These things are what I do not like about this:1. You need scissors to cut the starting end (even with narrow margin setting). The print starts at about a half inch in.2. Because the printing starts at about a half inch in, you waste that tape each and every time you print something.3. The unit should have an on-board mechanism to help you cut this extra tape, having to lug around a separate tool (scissors) is not ideal.4. The LCD display is not an accurate depiction of the font choices. Oh, they try. But it's not even close. You have to actually print them in order to see what the font actually looks like. Which is wasteful of tape.It feels like they designed this to waste tape so they can milk you for more money over time.What I like about this:1. Prints nicely, very crisp and clear.2. Quiet3. Adheres well, and removes well too (for as good as it sticks, I'm surprised it removes in one piece).
Two Star Reviews:
It is astounding how bad this thing sucks. Purchasing it is one of the profound regrets of my entire life.
June 6, 2017
DO NOT BUY! This thing is not really a printer. It is a scam to burn through very expensive labels. Everything you do wastes labels. EVERYTHING. No matter what you do you'll end up wasting 20-50%. Amazon will frequently only let you buy one roll of labels at a time, and if you do any shipping at all you will burn through them more quickly than you will replace them.The ONLY reason I gave this product two stars is because some sites allow vendors to discard so many 1 star reviews per month.I cannot overstate how much I HATE this device and everything it stands for. I cannot overstate how much I feel like all that I did by purchasing it was open a funnel for DYMO to reach into my wallet. It is the only printer to offer a mac based driver for some popular apps like Shipstation. Do NOT LET THIS FOOL YOU INTO BUYING THIS PILE OF CRAP. You will easily save the purchase price of a dedicated printer PC compatible machine and all the power to run it by not having to purchase labels for this junkpile.YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Too many bugs to justify keeping it
April 28, 2017
This is a nice machine...when it works...however my experience has been mostly frustrating. I have to unplug the power daily in order to get it to print. Previously I would hit print and nothing would happen. It would say the printer is active and online but would never be able to print the labels. I would be able to print to my laser printer and other devices, just the DYMO would not work. I am pretty disappointed in DYMO given their reputation for this field. I would recommend a Zebra or another machine instead of this buggy printer.
handy WHEN it works
March 29, 2017
This printer is definitely handy WHEN it WORKS. I have had multiple problems including the printer randomly wasting 4+ labels at a time & the USB not being recognized; other times it works perfectly. Makes no sense to me. I look forward to finding a better alternative without all of the issues. It's a label printer... in 2017... these kinks should be worked out by now.
Works really well - until it doesn't!
February 27, 2017
The DYmo LableWriter 4XL is an incredible label printer. It has saved me an enormous amount of work, money and time. When everything is going smoothly, I couldn't be happier with the printer.Unfortunately, it rarely goes smoothly. The printer will be working fine, and all of the sudden it will just start spewing out dozens of blank labels at a time. I then have to go through several processes to try and fix it. Feed the paper back into the paper (because I don't love the idea of wasting so much money on blank labels - it's ridiculous how expensive the Dymo labels are), reinstall the drivers, do a hard reset, etc. Most of the time, it takes a good 2 hours to get this stupid thing fixed. Most of the time, I press the "feed" button and it spews out a label and a half, making it impossible to setup everytime I need to switch labels.I am using the actual Dymo labels, so it has nothing to do with unlicensed labels. Like I said though, when I finally get it back up and running, it works incredibly well. Unfortunately, I know it's just a matter of days, sometimes just hours, until the problem arises again.
you have to use their special labels) and what's worse is it randomly prints a new label spanning over ...
October 27, 2016
It works, but it's very sketchy. I use this product for printing 4x6 shipping labels. I've owned better/more expensive Zebra printers in the past, but decided to give the DYMO a chance because it's smaller and cheaper - well, you get what you pay for. This thing is junk. It prints, but consistently doesn't see the end of the label and keeps spooling out paper, which you cannot retract to save it. So, you end up wasting labels (which because it's DYMO, you have to use their special labels) and what's worse is it randomly prints a new label spanning over 2 4x6 stickers, further causing me to be frustrated and disappointed i wasted my money on the piece of garbage. GET A ZEBRA, you'll be glad you did.
Definitely not impressed.
December 10, 2014
I have a mac. I did figure out how to set up the printer to work though and it wasn't too difficult (with paypal). The issue I had was that that little scissor line that prints out on paypal labels was printing onto a second label wasting it. I attempted to reverse the label feed to suck that label back in so that I could reuse it. The label came off of the paper and stuck onto the roller. Let me just say, no one on earth has fingers small enough to get into this machines little spot where the roller is. I did manage to unstick it though. Feeling accomplished, I put the thing back together and tried to feed the label paper back onto the roller. Well what do you know? The roller is now super sticky! Yes, anything and everything stuck to it. Another paper jam. I left it be before I chucked it at the wall. Can't return something all busted up you know. I came back a while later and used a cloth and windex and fiddled with the contraption until the roller felt unsticky. Indeed it was unsticky. However, the labels would not feed right. They went to one side, then the other and jammed up and the machine made a horrendous noise. Back in the box this went and I will continue to use my stone age laser printer along with my label sheets until this thing dies. What a headache! Oh, and I would have had to pay shipping to return the extra roll of 220 labels so now I'm stuck with them.
Great concept. Kills batteries.
November 3, 2016
This is a cute little device with a good concept. However, there is a design flaw where it drains your batteries, even when the machine is off. So, if you're like me and only need to label things once-a-month or so, unless you remember to take out your batteries, you're gonna need to put in fresh ones (6 AAA's) with each use. That ain't cheap, considering you only need the label maker for about 5-10 minutes at a time.I'm going to buy the AC adapter now to compensate, but then of course, you lose the portability factor which was part of the original appeal. My advice would be to look elsewhere (I know there is a newer model, perhaps that one doesn't have the same problem).
Incredibly Flawed Design that Wastes Label Material
November 27, 2015
I own another smaller Brother label maker and purchased this model as an upgrade. The quality of the printing is superior on Brother label makers, which was the motivation for purchasing another Brother model. Unfortunately this model has an extreme flaw in the design that causes a HUGE waste in label material. My guess is this was intentional. It's the razor and razor blade strategy. Sell the machine cheap and make a profit on the tape. This model spits out a whopping 1" of label material at the head and tail of the label. My other smaller Brother model has less than half that. The manufacturer explains the 1" comes from the design of the cartridge. There is a 1" distance from the print head to the cutting blade. Well I'm an industrial designer and after looking at both designs I can tell you this was controllable. Obviously the manufacturer wants to sell more label tape. They give you the option of reducing the margins around the printing and then using a pair of scissors to cut off the excess at one end. What a cludgy solution. I give this item 2 stars based on the awful design and waste of label material. The labels themselves (once you trim them) work OK. The print quality is good.
Great while it lasted (less than a year)!
December 4, 2014
It was great until one day it would not turn on. I figured it just needed new batteries, although I was surprised at how quickly the batteries died since I really hadn't used it that much. I still didn't even use up the sample cartridge that came with it. Well, I finally came around to replacing the batteries and it still wouldn't turn on. It turned out not to be the batteries after all.Update 12/9: I reset it using a special key combination and it turned on, but gave me a "dead battery" message (I still got this message with trying 2 different packs of fresh batteries). I was able to type letters, but then when I went to print, it wouldn't let me. Brother support couldn't help, so I ended up throwing it away.
I just printed two 5 inch labels and wasted a total of six inches of tape
July 3, 2014
Well, I found out for myself just what others have complained about. I just printed two 5 inch labels and wasted a total of six inches of tape, 3" each. The only way I found to print separate labels with different names is to make the label length long, type in a name, space 3 to 5 times, then type the next name, and so on. It's a hit and miss way to have to do it. For the next time, count the spaces needed and compute the length needed.I guess the old saying "you get what you pay for" is true. No wonder it is so cheap.So far I have wasted more label tape than I have printed.I won't buy anymore label tape. I'll put the money toward a different label printer.Good service from Amazon with order and delivery.
December 30, 2013
The prints look good and the options are nice but..After using it once, the batteries died while not being used for a couple of weeks.Uses 6 batteries. 3 die and 3 are normal.. strange..I found a contact had corrosion.Maybe I got a defective unit.Maybe they all do this.I am not happy.I am buying a different model and hoping for the best.
Would Be Great if it Didn't Waste Tape
December 23, 2012
In a recent mood to become more organized, I purchased two of these label makers - one for my home, and the other for my office. I'm now wishing that I would have paid much closer attention to other user reviews.I was looking for a label maker that would quickly print off one label at a time, mostly to put on file folders. What I didn't realize, is that this label maker prints out a large (1 inch) margin every time that it prints a label. Even if adjusting the margins to the smallest possible, the labeler will push out this extra tape. Not only is that a waste of tape, but I now have to cut off the extra blank take before putting it on my file folder - otherwise the label won't fit on the folder. This may seem like a minor annoyance, but after having to dig around for scissors, trim off the extra, and then throw it out, it seriously takes away from any desire to use the labeler in the first place. I won't even bother to mention the cost of this tape that's being wasted...Second, this thing uses batteries much too quickly. A desktop model like this should come with a power adapter without having to pay extra for it. Enuff said...
One Star Reviews:
Broke in less than a month of use.. (Maybe 15 Labels)
August 11, 2017
Received this Dymo machine the end of June and I have literally printed less than 15 labels (8/11/17), last night I sent 1 label to it and it started printing and would not stop! Its a good thing I still have the started roll in the machine because I could not stop it until I pulled the power, by then the roll had emptied and it print the one label again every two blank labels so none of them could be salvaged. To make matters worse I called Dymo and they had me run some tests only to be told I needed to send them the machine because they can't fix it, they will send me a REFURBISHED machine back.. WTH!! I paid $179 for this less than two months ago and now I am getting a machine that has already been returned!! When I questioned why I was not getting a new machine back I was told they are on backorder... Cannot send it back through Amazon because its over 30 days... Seriously! I am pissed beyond words...
Amazing printer! ... When it was working.
March 23, 2017
I purchased my printer on November 7, 2016, and have been using it steadily for a few months. Today (March 23, 2017), my label writer decided to stop working completely. For no reason! I had just printed several labels on it, but after trying to print the next, it simply won't connect to my Mac. I've uninstalled the driver, reinstalled it, unplugged everything, replugged everything, restarted my computer -- all to no avail. After attempting to eject the label roll I was using from the printer, it turns out, my Dymo LabelWriter 4XL can't even do that! The only thing that seems to "work" on it are the lights, and that's it.I've tried emailing Dymo, but their website gives me an error when I do this. I've tried calling, but they aren't available. I spent a lot of money on this printer. I'm really upset. :(When it DID work, it was a dream! It printed quickly, made my life easier -- I thought I was set. No more needing to buy ink cartridges, no more needing to tape paper labels to my packages -- I could just stick Dymo labels on with ease! But if this thing starts malfunctioning (like it has for several other users) just a few months later, what's the point?Please make this right, Dymo.
Nothing but trouble with Dymo
January 18, 2017
This is the 2nd Dymo Thermal Label Printer I have had since Sept. I print hundreds of labels a month from stamps.com. Both started out well, and then with each of them the trouble started. They skip labels, print partial labels, print double labels (with 10 blank labels in between), spew out 100 blank labels at a time, and don't stop at the correct tear zone. Now I am returning this second one, which I purchased from Amazon in November. I won't be trying Dymo again.
Utterly disappointed by this printer
December 18, 2016
We bought this to print shipping labels for our coffee roasting business and after spending 3 days trying to get labels printing correctly through Shiprobot (exhausting the tiny roll of labels that came with the remarkably expensive unit), I had to go back to printing sheet labels on our laser printer. There is no documentation or software in the box, downloading from the DYMO site took more than an hour (was like being connected to a site via dial-up) and there is absolutely NO support documentation that I could find on their "support" site other than a generic user guide.
Absolute waste of money. I'm beyond disappointed.
November 4, 2016
Absolutely HORRIBLE product. I can't even believe this product is as expensive as it is. For this price, you would think it would work FLAWLESSLY. This has been the hardest time I've ever had trying to print labels in my life and customer support did absolutely nothing to help! I'm actually super disappointed in this product and this company. The very first time I used this product, through stamps.com to print labels, it did not recognize that any paper was in there and when I finally got it to recognize paper (after wasting 2 labels) it would print the sample and them when I print the actual label, it doesn't print all the way and then feeds through 2-4 EMPTY labels and then says there is no paper in there again when there clearly is. I literally wasted a WHOLE roll of labels and only successfully printed NINE labels!!!! What a waste of postage through stamps.com as well!!! This is absolutely ridiculous. I would not recommend this product to anyone. When I called Dymo for help she said I had to buy another roll of labels for her to troubleshoot it! 1) why would i buy a WHOLE other roll of paper when this machine ate up my whole first roll for 9 labels??????? and 2) why would i buy a WHOLE other roll if I might not even want this horrible product. This is seriously just unacceptable. I'm very disappointed.
If you want to use this for Stamps.com on a Mac, don't waste your time.
August 12, 2015
I tried for 2 hours to get this label printer working. I completely wasted those two hours and wound up with a pile of ruined label paper.I have a Macbook Pro, Yosemite OS, Version 10.10.3. I was trying to use this label printer with Stamps.com.First, I tried installing the software on the disk this came with. When that didn't work, and labels still came out messed up, I uninstalled it, and tried reinstalling the latest driver on the DYMO website. When that still didn't work, I uninstalled it and tried the older driver. Nope. The oldest driver? No. Every time I tried to print, the printer would burp up about 1/4" of the label, print job terribly garbled, then the print would halt. The print settings would say, "Unable to send data to printer". Nothing I did would give me a label. No settings and no software helped. Huge waste of time.
Power supply and batteries not included
September 3, 2015
I've always been a big fan of Brother, but they really let me down on this one. Optional power supply and batteries not included? For as little as both of those things cost, and to find out that Brother wants $30 for a $2 9V 1A power supply, I can't help but feel they're taking customers for a ride.(edit) Wanted to add after using it for a few weeks: Get something else. The waste is ridiculous with this machine. My advice if you already have one is to print off multiple labels at the same time. Just use the space bar in between. There is a good 1-2" of label wasted on each print, maybe more.Brother: I was a big fan of you before this product. Mistreat your customers for the sake of trying to make a dirty quick buck, and you lose them for life.
Wasteful, stupid, don't buy it
July 31, 2014
STAY AWAY. STAY VERY FAR AWAY. This product is designed to waste your time and money (and label tape). It requires you to print either very large margins -- RIDICULOUSLY LARGE MARGINS -- or if you choose a "narrow" margin, it gives a narrow margin on the right side but requires you to cut the label on the left side. The only purpose of this is to use extra label tape. This is a waste of money and make you have a scissors around all the time. Don't support this bad business practice and purposely flawed design. Shame on Brother. I bought it and am returning it.
One of the worst products I've ever bought
April 30, 2014
Maybe I got a lemon but all I'm able to do with this is print out a few short labels and then I get the message that all the batteries are dead.
Sometimes simpler is better. Avoid the aggravation and choose the PT90 instead.
November 13, 2013
I still have the basic model P-Touch labeler (PT90) at home but decided to buy this fancier version for the office. Ugh. Whatta mistake. Where do I begin? Too many buttons, too many choices. Difficult to change type size quickly. Difficult to delete previous entry. Have to hit button twice to print. Tape is expensive and spits out 1" blank with EVERY label (no, you can't avoid that by changing the settings). Tape is laminated (I think the machine bonds a clear layer inside which may give a longer lasting label but is also thicker which can be a problem for some applications). Ready to toss this one away the moment we use up the tapes I bought.
November 11, 2013
I ordered 2 of these label makers for our office. The first one only lasted maybe a few uses before it keeps flashing 'Battery Dead'. I changed the batteries (even though the set that was already in the label maker was just fine), I was able to print one label and then it flashed 'battery dead' again. Although we have only used it a handful of times, I am beyond my return period. Very disapointed in this product, complete waste of money. Brother is normally a great brand to buy. I am opening the 2nd identical label maker today. I am praying this one doesn't break as well. If anyone has a trick to get this thing to work and not say 'Battery Dead' please let me know. I would definitely NOT buy this label maker again.
Buy this and lose 1 inch on each LABEL
June 25, 2013
While this unit provides a lot of nice benefits for labels and has a label save feature so you can bring them back up there are two things that makes this a waste of money.1. All of the labels I had saved were gone as soon as the batteries died all where erased.2. This is a money pit for the tape. The lead before the label actually prints is 1 inch. Every label you print will have 1 inch of tape that is wasted. As a designer of 20 years that is the worst design that I have ever encountered. Yes, you could print several labels at once but how many times will you have more than one or two labels to print at once, I don't.I contacted Brother by email and asked them if there is a way to adjust that label lead (I knew there is not, but had to ask) and they told me "that is the way it was designed". When you see the price on this at $20+ one thinks you are getting a great buy, I did, with all it will do. It is because they make money on the tape. I have the P-65 but bought this for all the features. DO NOT BUY THIS UNLESS YOU WANT TO put a fortune into their tapes.The pictures are from their manual. I added the 1 inch to show their design.
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Includes DYMO Productivity Software. DYMO's fastest and highest-capacity LabelWriter label printer also prints the widest variety of DYMO LabelWriter labels, including address, shipping, file folder, name badge, and media labels.
Print postage and shipping labels right from your desktop and labels up to 4.16 inches wide. The printer's 300 dpi resolution ensures precise barcodes and clear, legible text and graphics.
Prints up to 129 labels per minute and has a capacity of up to 1050 labels per roll.
It easily prints the 4- by 6-inch labels used by many online shipping services at 3.2 seconds per label, making it ideal for shipping departments and warehouses.
Uses thermal print technology, so you never have to spend money on toner or ink cartridges. The only supplies you need are the labels themselves
Product not compatible with UPS labels
One-touch keys for quickly accesssing fonts, symbols, frames and patterns
Graphical Display allows you to see how your label will look!
8 professional fonts for label variety
Uses Laminated "TZe" Tapes up to 12mm wide
Operates on 6 x "AAA" batteries or AC adapter (neither included)