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Five Star Reviews:
Great label printer.
July 18, 2017
I love having a label maker. I had a Dymo that only printed one label so I didn't have the option I have with this Dymo of loading 2 different size labels and printing which I needed. When you only have one, you either are reinserting different label sizes or sticking with one size label. And when you load labels, you wind up losing one as it loads, very wasteful. This way I can load address size labels on one side and package mailing labels on the other. I love it - so easy to use and the labels look great!
I would definately recommend this as it has both the options which include color labels (both sizes)
May 11, 2017
I upgraded to this from the label manager and so far I have been very impressed, it is of course much larger but I have found somewhere on my desk where it fits fine. I do like the software that comes with it too as it makes printing labels so much easier.
OCD and Can't Be Without One!
April 5, 2017
I can't live without my labeler! I purchase these for every office I set up professionally and also have one for home use. If you get within arm's-length of me, I'll slap a label on you. I have the neatest files around and love the memory and mailing options, etc. Fabulous product and every client of mine has returned to his/her office and has been thrilled with the result and convenience.
September 26, 2016
This product is a good label maker for the price. The print is bright, the paper is not expensive, and you can change the font size with the program in one click. The only suggestion I have is to take the labels out of the feeder when not in use, as the labels can get jammed when moving the machine around and if they do the sticky gets caught in the machine and is very difficult to remove.
Saved my laser printer!
January 4, 2016
This little label printer has saved my regular printer. I was constantly having to call out a technician because the constant re-use of label sheets in the printer would cause pieces to stick to the drum and vertical lines to appear on the printed pages. I love that you can use 2 different sizes of labels. I use the printer for printing file labels and 3-part postage labels. My only complaint would be that the reels for loading the label rolls can be a little finicky. I have a hard time getting them to stay put sometimes. I also dropped it on the tile floor and the lid will no longer close. But, it didn't bother the printing in the slightest. Highly recommended for anyone who regularly prints labels of a consistent size.
Another Great Printer from Dymo
March 31, 2012
This is not my first Dymo printer I have two 330 and one 400 turbo plus a 450 turbo all still in service. The oldest printers is about five years old and it still prints a well as the day I purchased it. The same goes for the other two so when I needed yet another label printer for another location it was a no brainer. This time rather than going with two printers I purchased the Twin Turbo and as always I have not been disappointed. It has the same great build quality that the other Dymo's share as well as holding two label types at one time. It saves one AC outlet and I use it on my LAN so it also saves one Print Server too. The printers from dymo last and they work just as well on our Mac's as they do on our PC's which it also a big plus for this printer. I am trying to think of a single negative thing I need to add and there just aren't any. I have used several brands of label printers and I wish all my experiences could have been so good.
Best purchase for Organizers
September 22, 2017
Very simple to operate. I tried reading the instructions, but the instructions only showed 3 steps. I swore there had to be more to it than just these 3 steps. Turned out, there wasn't. I did run into a problem the first time I used it. I choose bold text at max text size which is 24 pt. I ended up getting a label that was unreadable. I took off BOLD and the text came out correctly. It does come with a starter 1/2inX10ft cartridge, but make sure you order more because once you start labeling things, you won't be able to stop, and before you know it, you will run out of labels. Getting Dymo branded labels are quiet expensive, however you can get generic for a lot less. I got a generic 4 pack 1/2inch for 15 bucks here on amazon. If you need just a basic label system than this is for you. It has a ton of features that I don't see myself using. And if this unit has those things, I imagine the more expensive version has features I can do without. Most people just need it for basic organizing. It doesn't come with an adapter, but you do have the option to use a 9V 2A adapter. If you choose batteries, it runs off of 6AAA. It is kind of bulky, but thats fine. For some reason this thing reminds me of those package scanners UPS uses. Its just as bulky if not more. You have the option to use labels that are 1/4,3/8, and 1/2 wide. I think 1/2 is the most popular size. The starter pack labels are laminated so you don't have to worry about fading.
Dymo LabelManager 160
May 13, 2017
I bought the Dymo LabelManager 160. On a product page that lists several different models, it's important to state which one are you reviewing.I bought it sale for $9.99 (which occur pretty often).It has a full qwerty keyboard which is nice, special characters are not easily accessible (only thorough menu button).Font size ranges 8-24 points. It has Bold, Italic, 5 underlining and outlining options and it can print vertically.It can print 2 lines with up to 12 points font size.It uses 6 AAA batteries (not provided) or a 9V/2A power supply (that is not provided either).They sell it at Fry's for $34.99, crazy!
The Labeling Master!
June 8, 2016
I just needed something simple that did 2 lines and had a descent amount of clip art. It does the job, and as an added bonus, it's actually easy to peel the backing off. It splits into 2 pieces. On my last labeler, you had to work that finger nail between the backing and the tape to remove it. That required some time and patience. IT professionals don't have that kind of time. Thanks DYMO for making things easy and quick! The labeler is fun to use and comes with a rechargeable battery. It's nice to be able to keep the battery inside and recharge with a charger. No more digging out 6 "AA" batteries like in my old single line labeler. Thanks!
April 9, 2016
Wow really? People complain about the symbols? I've used a ton of label makers and this on is far and above passes them all!OK so the symbols are on a separate button bug deal..It's the perfect sizeIt prints super clearIt has a button for clip art designs and pictures!It can write multiple lines on a single strip!It has borders you can select to put around the text!It can write horizontal and vertical!The font sizes go from 8-20 on 1/2 inch tape with selection of 2 in between!The price is 9 dollars! And it comes with tape!Don't listen to these people complaining of things like "it's such a pain to need symbols" blah blah blah.Just grab this and a 2 pack of 23 foot long rolls and you'll love the thing! I promise!Oh and did I mention it's super quiet!The tape cutter is very smooth and comes out from the top instead of the sides like other label makers!And after all that... If you turn it over you can physically see how. Much tape you have left. Kind of like a gas gague, there is a little Window. Just buy the thing quick!
It's great I guess.
November 24, 2015
I love labeling things and was so happy to receive this label maker. Within a day I was severely disappointed though, when I attempted to label Oliver and it wouldn't adhere. I guess I'll give it five stars though. Whatever.
More fun than you'd think a labeler can be.
July 25, 2014
I had an older Dymo labeler that used a specific cartridge. I bought a replacement cartridge to find that my labeler had stopped working. This is the only new Dymo labeler I could find that used that same cartridge, so I bought it and it's actually pretty cool! First of all it's quite portable and has a rechargeable battery. Second, it comes with a USB cable so you can attach it to your computer, download some free software and it becomes a real printer! No, you're not going to print out a letter to grandma, but you can create your label on your computer screen (which is easier than typing it directly into the labeler) and the coolest thing (at least with my MacBook Air) I can print a label out using any font that's on my computer!! You're not limited to the few that are native to the labeler. Want a label printed out in Ariel, Helvetica, Courier, Papyrus, Brush Script? You can do it! And you print right from the computer! Very cool! I've been putting labels on everything!
Four Star Reviews:
feed button was stuck down causing it to start out in Self Test Mode.
May 16, 2016
Out of the box it appeared to be in good condition, however after powering it on it began printing garbage onto the pre-enclosed labels inside of it. Upon unplugging it and putting fresh labels in it and powering it back on it continued printing junk on lots of labels until powering it off again. finally after another attempt and installing it on the computer it just stopped printing all together. Additionally I discovered the feed button for the left spool appears to be broken as it will not depress as it should and like the right side button does. Appears to be hardware malfunction.Upon speaking with DYMO support it was discovered that the left feed button had be stuck in the down position so that is why it was stuck in Self Test mode. After taking off the front face plate & testing the Self Test mode successfully & putin the face plate back on everything worked perfectly.
Great but not for ebay and paypal labels!
May 7, 2016
First off, this is a great label printer. very fast and high quality! If you're in the market for a label printer for printing labels from ebay or paypal, you will need a wider label or you will suffer by having to print screen labels and shrinking them to fit on the larger label. I'm dealing for now until my regular printer is hooked up.Overall, it's a great label printer to have for anyone that owns a small business that requires fast labels. You can add your logo to labels making your business look even more professional.
Great Printer But Software Needs Work
January 11, 2016
This unit is big, but what can you expect form a dual-label system. (They do make a more compact similar one.) It is fast, but the software could be improved immensely. I imported some labels and it was a PITA to get them to format correctly. I finally figured out I could only have 3 lines of text or it would make the other lines so small of a font that it was ridiculous. Also, when I would increase or decrease the font, it just didn't work right - increasing the font sometimes made the font smaller. For labels I created from scratch, it seems to work OK. Haven't tried printing from EBay yet, but am eager to try. I am moving up from a Seiko SLP 100, so this is a MAJOR upgrade. I thought it would recognize which label is in each slot, but it doesn't. You need to select the label format and then assign that to a particular label to make it print properly, so I have my 'Home' labels for the smaller one and 'Business' labels for the larger. I guess that is how it works from what I can tell.
Much needed for barcode printing!
January 5, 2014
We bought this for our store as we lacked a great barcode printer. Since then, i've used both the regular barcode stickers, as well as the square barcodes and they work wonderfully. I now prefer to use the square ones because you get more bang for your buck that way. It took a bit to get used to the Dymo printing software, and once I got it nailed down, it was less of a headache.The only issue I have, is not necessarily with the printer, but the rolls of tape I occasionally get. Some of the stickers are off center in relation to the cutout holes the printer uses to push it through. Sometimes it's offset, so you have to make up for it in the design/barcode setup. Occasional barcodes will fade after time, I don't know if it's heat that makes it fade because these items are not set in direct sunlight.I also use the D1 tape a lot, in multiple different sizes for labeling so many things in the store. Our store looks much more professional now that we have barcodes and less of a headache to deal with the old-fashioned manual price tagging gun. Overall, i'm really happy with how this streamlined projects for our retail store.
A great printer!
November 9, 2013
The Dymo software is still a bit hit and miss, but the actual printers are really good. My part-time business involves a lot of shipping, which means labels and stamps, so this was the perfect all-in-one unit. I use non-Dymo labels available elsewhere on Amazon since they're a fraction of the price and work perfectly.This replaced a single-feed 450 that I had (and which still worked perfectly). The convenience of two label feeds was worth the extra money. I guess it does print faster as well (the "turbo" bit), but honestly that really doesn't make a big difference unless you're printing 100's of labels, in which case this isn't the printer for you.It lost a star purely because of the Dymo software, sometimes it cannot 'find' the printer, and generally speaking it's a bit clunky for what it is. Also, Dymo would much rather you use their own labels at 2 or 3 times the cost of the generics you'll find on Amazon, and that's just annoying.
The labeling is TERRIFIC, postage labels on the other hand....
January 25, 2012
....have proved to be a bit of a problem for me. I thought about giving this product three stars, but the initial problems I had with printing stamps have been addressed. I recently began selling quite a few books, records, etc. online. Rather than go to the Post Office once or twice a day, I decided to purchase this machine. The product arrived quickly (Amazon Prime free two day shipping), and it installed with minimal effort. Besides the actual machine, included are two rolls of labels: one regular and the other for postage. There is a Quick Start guide, and an installation CD (which you should use BEFORE installing the machine). You need only take care to make sure your labels are installed correctly: flush to one side with the other wheel pressed tightly against the labels.Once installed, I used the labeling device and it worked GREAT. Perfect labels in a variety of formats. Text can be adjusted in numerous ways. I can copy and paste addresses right into the labels with ease. THEN, I attempted to use the postage labels and here is where I ran into problems. To purchase postage, you need to create a password for the actual device, another password for use on the Dymo website, and lastly a THIRD password for the third-party site that sells stamps. I purchased $25.00 of postage, read the directions clearly and printed out two practice labels without any postage. They both printed out okay..not great, but certainly legible. I added postage for a package I needed to mail in a specified amount. The machine mangled the stamp and it was unreadable. So I printed out another practice postage stamp which was a little crooked. I adjusted the roll of postage stamps, printed out a practice postage label and it was okay. It wasn't a great label but it was certainly readable. I tried it again. This time the postage label printed out so that only a portion of it was on the actual label. So now I'm out a couple of bucks. I took the labels completely out, reinstalled them, and once again printed out a practice postage label. It wasn't perfect, but at least it was legible and everything that needed to be on the label was there. So I printed out a 45 cent stamp this time. The postage label was a little better this time, but the print was still slightly fuzzy and there was a portion that didn't make it on to the label. The online technical support is quite helpful. I can send the postage stamps that didn't print correctly to the company for reimbursement. After some adjustments, the last couple of days I have successfully printed out two postage stamps. I find that printing out one or two practice labels first really helps. While NOT as crystal clear as the plain labels, they are good enough for the USPS. For the time being I am only using it to send standard letters until I am sure it prints correctly. If any more problems develop with postage stamps, I will return it and purchase the device that only prints labels.P.S. I went to a brick and mortar store to price this machine. They wanted $200.00 (plus sales tax). The Amazon price was almost one-fourth that price and it came in two days, with free shipping because of Amazon Prime. I really do not know how retail establishments can charge so much when they must know online sites are selling products at such deep discounts. I probably would have purchased it at the retail store if it had even been close to Amazon's price.
Useful, but not Great
June 15, 2017
I got this for the purpose of organizing my film making gear. It's useful to have batteries, etc. labeled when you have multiple copies of the same batteries for multiple copies of the same camera so that you can more easily track your kits, charging, etc.I also use it to label drawers and compartments in my Stanley Fat Max to help keep things organized when I need someone to put something away and they're not familiar with my set-up.The labels are clear and seem to be durable and the label maker itself is light years beyond the old-fashioned ones that embossed the characters on the tough plastic strips.However, this is a battery (6AAA) hog and the interface is somewhat clunky.
Great label maker
May 19, 2017
I bought this label maker to label all my spice jars in order to to make easier to read. This label maker works wonderfully and prints out with out any issue. I also love the fact that the label has a little tab on the back to make it easier to remove the backing as I was worried i would be spending hours trying to remove the label. The only issue i had was initially loading the cartridge as when I loaded it, the printed label would not come out the label maker. It would just go back into the reel. Not exactly sure how i solved it, but it is working.
makes nice durable labels
May 6, 2017
I use this label maker to label my plants. The labels hold up under New England weather. My only complaint is that there is no way to wipe out the last word you printed except to backspace and it is a pain. There should be a reset button or something to start a new label. Also I dropped my last one and a piece broke off so now the labels bunch up inside the machine and I had to buy a new one.
Simple. Plug and Play. Prints good quality self-adhesive labels.
March 4, 2017
Very simple to use. There are many types of labeling tape available. It's not too difficult to pull the backing off the self adhesive labels. Just curl them and pull the backing off from the center. Pulling it up from the edges is difficult. You don't have to install any software to use this. When you plug it into a Windows 10 computer, the printer shows up like a USB drive and you can run the software from there. I installed the full version of the software and didn't see anything it did that the lightweight version didn't. The only thing that bothers me about this printer is that it wastes way too much label material by putting large margins at the beginning and end of each label. I don't see any reason for that except to force the consumer to buy more supplies. That is the only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5. I've been using this a lot.
Power supply sold separately
July 20, 2015
Why did no one mention it requires a power adapter sold separately (mentioned in a blip) or a bunch of AAA batteries?Here's the link for those that want to grab it at the same time so they're ready to roll when their product arrrives:http://www.amazon.com/HQRP-compatible-LabelManager-Electronic-Labelmaker/dp/B007PP90TA/See photo with a note added to the label maker via a sticky note. It's like raiiiiin, on your wedding day... an unfortunate coincidence.
Nice handheld label printer with QWERTY keyboard.
March 23, 2012
Most of the handheld label printers are built using ABC keybaords vs. the QWERTY keyboard, and that was a key factor in my decision to buy this scanner. Some people have claimed that using DYMO label makers vs. Brother label makers will save money as the DYMO does waste less label when printing, this is both true and false --- I will explain more further down in this review.I would like to add to this review a comment about batteries, there has been multiple comments about this label maker "eating batteries"; I have used up trial cartridge and many labels into my second cartridge and have not changed the batteries in this unit. I am using Eneloop Rechargeable batteries and they have performed flawlessly. Keep in mind that this would be a higher drain type of device when printing and cheap "Super Duty" (Non-alkaline or cheap Rechargeable) batteries are probably not going to work well. As always, I recommend the investment in Eneloop batteries with a good charger (LaCrosse BC-700)PROs:- Handheld form factor- Easy to use- Prints nice looking labels- QWERTY KeyboardCONs:- NO access to any special charactors except via menus (i.e. if you need a "-" or a "." on your label, there is NO button for this and you have to go into the symbol menu to find the symbol you want) ... This is annoying and is the reason that this label maker looses one star (most of my labels include "-" or "." in them)******************************************************************************************* The truth about actual label costs (Pictures will be attached to this review) *******************************************************************************************I printed out labels using a Brother P-Touch PT-2030 and the DYMO LabelManager 160 and these were the results of my findings:As of the time of this writing, the DYMO 1/2" D-1 label roll is selling for $14 and includes 23 feet (276 inches) of labelAs of the time of this writing, the Brother 1/2" P-Touch label roll is selling for $11 and includes 26.2 feet (314 inches) of labelI printed two labels that had this text in 24pt BOLD "TEST-XX-01"The DYMO label that was printed including wasted space on both sides was 2.75" in length which would allow 100 labels to be printed on a $14 roll *** $0.14 per labelThe Brother label that was printed including wasted space on both sides was 4" in length which would allow 78 labels to be printed on the $11 roll *** $0.14 per label*** TIE ***I printed two labels that had this text in 24pt BOLD "255.255.255.255"The DYMO label that was printed including wasted space on both sides was 3.375" (3 3/8") in length which would allow 81 labels on $14 roll *** $0.17 per labelThe Brother label that was printed including wasted space on both sides was 4.5" in length which would allow 69 labels on a $11 roll *** $0.16 per label*** BROTHER WINS ***The DYMO would win with smaller labels, it seems that my first label tested is about the tie breaker in size.Bottom line:If you print SMALL labels, you will get more for your money using a DYMO label printer with less waste per labelIf you print larger labels, you will get more for your money using a BROTHER label printer even though it waste more per labelThe DYMO generally prints more labels per roll than the brother, even though there is less label per cart, however the Brother label is cheaper at this time.There is also the consideration that you might be ok with the extra tape used by the dymo, and that you might hate how much extra tape is used with the brother, ... How much time might you spend trimming brother labels because they are huge?They are both great label makers ... I hope this review helps someone make an informed decision!
Three Star Reviews:
I got a recycled unit
September 18, 2017
The unit was OK but I think it had been a recycled product. It came in the manufacturers box but the printer was in bubble wrap that didn't appear to what the manufacturer would do. In addition, the D1 roll was not in the normal packaging and seemed to have been used. It was torn but I was able to repair it.
$10/mo. minimum to Indicia to print Dymo stamps!!!
February 14, 2017
The Twin Turbo was purchased with extra labels for convenience in future ordering and the product came with a roll of stamps for printing. However, Indicia no longer supports the Dymo printer stamps without a monthly subscription of $10/month minimum as the free service ended early February, 2017. So don't buy any stamps unless you print enough postage to make the cost of $10/mo. worth the convenience of printing postage at home.
Product must use label rolls that have holes between the ...
August 25, 2016
Product must use label rolls that have holes between the labels for it to work correctly. Have to return it, since our system needs to use specific labels and our management system is not working with the printer.
Will not install on Vision Quad Core
September 8, 2015
First, I like the the Dymo printer and it installed OK on an A10 machine. However, it will not install on a Vision Quad Core machine. Both of these computers are AMD devices and I suspect that the problem has to do with Dymo's x86 driver. Downloading Dymo's latest drivers and software was no help nor was starting over from scratch a few times.Searching on the issue was also no help. The Dymo support site has "heavier than normal" wait time so at some point you have to ask yourself how much your time is worth versus what you spent.Maybe I should stick to Intel devices, but I'm taking off a star or two and will just have to settle for putting this printer on another computer where it will not be as helpful for me.
Great idea, you can load two type on labels
January 17, 2015
Dymo label Writer 450 Twin, two printers in one. Great idea, you can load two type on labels, and print the one that you need. The problem is that the software looks at it as one printer and you need to choose the left or the right one. It remembers the one that you used last time, and you waste labels as you print to the wrong side. Also you must change the type of the label when switching.Smart software would memorize the type of label in each side, and show it as two separate printers.Bottom line it take twice the space on your desk, and you end up using one side only.
Affordable but easy to jam
July 14, 2013
Our office used smart label printers for years. Then we went paperless so we phased them out. Now we are in the age of online postage so I purchased this for our receptionist. It has a nice design and we had used the dymo labels in the smart label printers. But this has flaws. It's awkward to tear the labels and somehow she gets them jammed and the labels get stuck on moving parts and the sensor inside. The lever you pull when you try to clear a jam is flimsy and she bent it. And the labels get stuck when it jams. One side became totally useless after about 3 months of use. The other side has held up okay for a little over a year now but it still jams every other month. I don't know if it is user error because of the way she pulls the labels. I've switched her over to sheet stamp labels for the majority of her postage but I'm not sure that I would replace it with the same brand when she jams it beyond repair.
I am not overly impressed with this label maker.
October 10, 2017
I am not overly impressed with this label maker. The first one I received was faulty, it did not print at all, though did make noises like it was trying to. I attempted to use two different sets of tape and neither worked. So I switched it for a new one of the same thing through Amazon. This one I just received, and while it does print now, the largest size lettering (which is what I wanted to use) prints extremely poorly, with lots of uneven-ness as if it's running out of ink. Also tried two different sets of tape on this device, both did not print correctly. Images attached include prints from both tapes at pt.24 font size.At pt.20 font size the printer will print decently, still not perfect, but it's at least easily legible and doesn't look like complete garbage. So I will probably keep this one just to print what I need and never use it again. I would probably recommend spending an additional 10 bucks to get a much better label maker than this.
It's ok, but I'm not wild about it.
March 6, 2017
I use this daily to label bead tubes. I find the buttons are somewhat difficult to push and often either don't push it hard enough (skipping a letter) or push a little off center and end up getting the letter next to the one I want. Maybe I've gotten spoiled by my touch screen but the buttons are tricky.One thing I don't like is I can't clear an entire line with just one touch of a button. I have to back space alllllll the way back which is a pain is I have two full rows of text to erase.
Dymo LabelManager 280
May 30, 2016
Like the labeler and the concept of a rechargeable battery. Just too bad that after less than one year, the battery went south.Not going to pay for a replacement battery that costs more than the original purchase price of the entire unit.Have a Dymo LabelPoint 100 for over 10 years and am still using it. Thought that my purchase would have been a great alternative to replacing 6 AAA batteries. I was wrong!!Update:Contacted Dymo and was impressed with their service. They're sending me a replacement battery. No questions asked!Went from 1 star to 3 stars . . . will see what happens once I get the replacement. Still, if you want a spare battery, it costs more than the whole unit from Amazon!
Needs "clear all" option
March 13, 2016
Needs a "clear all" option. So painful having to slowly backspace over everything between labels- pretty much a deal breaker unless you plan on printing the same label over and over or don't mind having your productivity cut in half. Why not just have a long press on backspace clear everything?Workaround: press down to go to the end of the text and hold backspace 5-10 seconds until all your text is gone ಠ_ಠ
This replaces an old Brothers label maker I have. And have since been replaced by the Brother P-Touch PC Connectable Label Maker
October 28, 2015
This replaces an old Brothers label maker I have. At 30 bucks and it works with Word AND it will print anything you can think to type AND insert a picture or graphics make this product my new best friend. The small foot print means it on my desk permanently.UPDATE: 7/7/17 - This unit stopped working due to a low battery. A replacement battery sales for over $30, about the price of the unit itself. This had me questioning as to why there is a battery in the first place, the unit is ONLY PnP. This will only work with a healthy battery. This is an underhanded way of getting you to buy their proprietary battery. Buy a Brother P-Touch PC (PT-P700) instead.
Nice Labelmaker for the price
February 26, 2015
I bought this label maker to label children's toy bins around the house. I think the QWERTY keyboard is nice and I like how it remembers your text even after you turn it off. The issue I have is with the tape dispensers. It seems like they very easily get "off track" and then you waste a lot of tape printing out labels that were crooked. Not sure why this happens, but it seems to happen most when I change the cartridge.
Two Star Reviews:
Dymo used to be the gold standard for reliabilty. Not anymore. Sad!
January 16, 2017
I've used Dymo label printers for more than 20 years, and they used to be simple to set up, easy to use, and bullet-proof. Not anymore. I'm having problems on three different PCs (one desktop and two laptops) with drivers not installing properly in Windows 7 64-bit. I've been having these problems for months: mysterious printer uninstalls, disappearing printers, printers no longer working that worked fine last week, and worse.I can't tell you how disappointed I am about this because Dymo used to be the gold standard for reliability. They had one of the most reliable product sets in all of computing, which is why for years I recommended them to friends who needed to print labels. Never again. Now they're an incredible pain to set up and use. I've had to uninstall and reinstall the Dymo software and 64-bit drivers over and over and over and over and over again. I keep getting the dread "USB device not recognized" error message. Dymo printers simply do not work consistently on 64-bit Windows 7.It's all part of the crapification of everything these days, I suppose. Create a great product that works well and eventually some idiot in corporate headquarters will cut software testing and support to the bone so the product doesn't work well anymore, all to save a few bucks. Go to hell, Dymo executive, and take your crappy label printers with you.
Answers to questions assured that this printer was compatible with ...
May 11, 2016
Answers to questions assured that this printer was compatible with Stamps.com. IT IS NOT COMPATIBLE. After spending an hour on the phone with Dymo getting the most up to date software and then with Stamps.com, Stamps.com confirmed that this printer is not one that is supported by Stamps.com.
I received package on time. I have yet been ...
September 12, 2015
I received package on time. I have yet been able to use it. The cd for installation included is defective. It appears to be brand new, but will not read in any pc or laptop I try. There was a power cord included however there wasn't a usb cord. I will track down a usb cord and will try to find another cd online or maybe try online installation. It is a bit of a hassle. However if I am successful I will upgrade the review.
Not as sold online :(
July 29, 2014
After working with Dymo tech support, you cannot load this as two separate printers like other dual tray printers. You have to use the Dymo software that comes with it to print two different types or size of labels. Otherwise, only load one size of label and it will switch rolls when empty. I was going to use this with a third party software to print various size labels, but had to return it and get two separate label printers at this point in time.
Printer is great; Software not so much
July 27, 2014
this is two printers in one form factor.I wanted it preloaded with folder labels and address labels.it does that, BUT the software has not caught up with hardware and does not remember what label type is in each side.this is not a problem with the single printer version, which I truly love, but they just added another printer and did not update the s/w so it only remembers last label printed, not last label for each side.I talked to the vendor, and they have heard this before, and claim it is in development.oh, and btw, the stamp unit, if that is your interested is a completely separate program and not integrated, something else they claim is also in development.a bit of shame as the printer itself is outstanding.so if you are in hurry, as i was, for a dual printer, just keep in mind that when you select the printer (there is a graphic at the bottom for you to click the left or right side) just keep in mind that you also need to select the correct size label, too.
Unfortunately did not work correctly
July 27, 2013
Unfortunately did not work correctly. I followed the installation and use instructions very carefully on 2 different computers. Never worked correctly on first PC. Worked for several days on second PC before malfunction. Spent numerous hours over several days trouble shooting without success. Returned and will try a different brand after more research.
I'm new to the lable printer game and I learned my lesson
September 28, 2017
The user interface is terrible for a label printer this size. I wish I'd gone with a model that has a true qwerty keyboard. Having to go three layers deep to get a backslash is painful. Seriously, the steps you have to go to get a simple dash is mind-numbing. If you are only printing one label it's not too bad but anything over that and you better have a drink and cancel all your appointments for the rest of the day.I can't recommend this if you are looking for an easy functioning qwerty keyboard label printer. If you don't care for that, just get the next model down. It's in the $10.00 range with a smaller handset, which you would expect to have to go to special function buttons to finish your label.
Sort of Works...
September 2, 2017
This label maker has some problem. After using it on both Windows and Mac it seems to have similar limitations on both.1 - The print head on the device will not always engage. After clicking "print" it is not uncommon for the mechanically lifted to remain retracted while the tape is fed and ejected, still blank. This problem can be overcome if the user opens the side panel, pushes and holds the print head to engage before clicking "print."2 - If the USB device is ejected, the computer must be re-started before the Label Maker can be 'discovered' again. This may be a driver problem but it occurs on both Win and Mac computers.3 - Dymo Label Maker software is not intuitive. Labels require multiple clicks before the text is editable. The interface seems to be the same for both Win and Mac.When it works, the labels are nice and clear. Small, black and white,-user made graphics can be added. The variety of color tapes is nice.
Beware, it has a battery....why, it's plug and play I thought???
May 2, 2017
It's a great label maker if speed is not an issue, but the battery leaves much to be desired. I barely made it through one day and one drawer of files and the battery indicator became low and it became very temperamental with it's printing and charging? I figured since it was plug and play it got power from my computer so why did it need a battery? I don't want anything battery dependent when it comes to label printing, I want that label maker to be quicker than I can type it, and this label maker disappointed me. You have to type it, print it, cut it by pushing another button, peel the backing (paper split in the middle - two slits to peel), then stick it. I guess if you have the time all this is okay, but I do file organization and want something a bit more dependable and faster.
Unable to print standard 12-digit UPC barcodes.
April 8, 2015
I ordered this label printer specifically to print UPC-A bar codes. UPC-A bar codes are standard product UPC codes that consist of 11 digits and a calculated 12th digit. However, I am only able to enter 11 digits into the label maker. I assumed it would automatically calculate the 12th check digit and print all 12 digits. But it only prints 11 digits. This is not a usable UPC code. I can't use this at all.I am assuming this is some sort of user error so I submitted a help ticket. Dymo gets back to me and says that I enter 11 digits and the 12th digit is automatically assigned upon generation of the barcode.But it doesn't print the 12th digit. I follow-up again and wait a week. No response. Then I get another form email saying they question was answered. It wasn't. I need a physical label printout showing a 12 digit UPC code.I'm still not sure if it is something I'm doing wrong. I'm giving two stars because of the lack of support, weeks of waiting for a non-response and the seemingly inability to print 12 digit UPC-A barcodes. (I would give it 1 star if this is confirmed).I'm attaching a photo to show what result I'm getting. For demo purposes, I simply used the exact bar code on the Dymo box.For general label printing, this is fine. But there are many other options if all you need is a general label printer. Not many hand-held UPC printer options.
There is no way to not love this Dymo, it is one of theee Dymo's I have, and my favorite.
October 6, 2014
Read Update:This label maker blows away all others in flexibility, portability, and function. The software you need to use it, is loaded from the device when you connect it to the computer. It shows up like a standard USB drive. The software it comes with can do it all, and even though I have the full version for my other Dymo printers, this is by far my fastest, most favorite Dymo .Why do I like it so much? The software will let you do multiple lines, and print so small that you need a magnifying lens to read it. You don't have to print that small, but if you print 4 lines on it, yes, it will do it, but you will need to wear strong glasses to read it. . You can paste graphics into the editor window, Printing graphics that you can find on the internet under Google images is fantastic. if I wanted a fancy arrow, I just searched for arrows, and sized it for the label. If you need a lot of labels that will run in a sequence, use Excel to generate the data, then past each cell into the label maker and print. This is a great product for what it is, it does not need to be better, it is great for what it is.Update: I now have two of these that are door stops, the reason being that they charge as much for the battery that it needs, as nearly what the printer costs to buy in the first place. So why buy the battery when you can have a new model under warranty? I'm being sarcastic here, the printers are good, the batteries are bad. I'm going to dissect mine to see if I can remove the charging circuit, and use a wall wart, or external battery to power the print head. After all, the printing head must need the extra power from the battery pack. You would think they would give you a cable to use two USB ports, or a powered usb port to get away from the battery, even better would be the use of two double AA alkaline batteries, they are cheap in comparison.. Buy a model that does not need batteru, and save yourself the aggravation of finding that this battery is unique and cost around $22.
Good first version, but could be improved
August 14, 2014
So close but still misses a few simple things. Like if you want to put a symbol right next to text you can't, even if you go into the properties of both the image and the text and reduce its boarder to 0 there is still a minimum of 1/8" between them. Its really frustrating to not be able to lay out a design as desired. This could be fixed in software later.As other have said, it is limited to .5 inch labels which is clearly labeled but really going to 1 inch would have been really nice.Also the closest you can print to the edge of a label is 1/16" so that 1/2" label is really 3/8" of printed text. That means 1/8 of the total space is wasted on margins. I know it doesn't sound like much but it is really noticeable. This is my biggest gripe.Finally small deal, they only sell it with 10' of tape, not the full 23' in a normal cartridge. I understand it is to save money but still.All and all it is a good first go at a product like this. It is still incredibly better then the old style with its own keyboard as you can really see what you are printing. I'm not happy with it, but it was a good buy.-- Edit after a few days of working with it. If you download the full version of DYMO Label v.8 you can set the margins to negative numbers (which freaks it out a bit) and fixed Length you can get it to print right up to the printers up/lower margin limits. Also if you want to know what kind of company DYMO is, they disabled Arial Narrow! Yup, to help you waste tape they disabled narrow fonts. LabelLightV2 still has it (for now), but Label v.8 doesn't.
One Star Reviews:
June 21, 2016
The printer lasts about a year or less and stops working. I have gone through quite a few of them by now.
The customer service SUCKS - You wait on hold for everything -- here ...
January 7, 2016
I have has one of these machines for 4 years - the old on bit the dust and purchased this one - If this is for personal use or you are a small business who does not have a staff of IT people DO NOT PURCHASE THIS. The customer service SUCKS - You wait on hold for everything -- here is the FACTS -- I started a chat session at 11:15 EST -- 01/07/2016 - the chat person had me go through a bunch of BS started with Endicia - software ( now this is all a sick game - I suspect Dymo owns endicia or via versa or something ) but If you Start with endicia - then they will say Oh this is a Dymo problems --- spent 77 minutes on chat Was escalated. waited 41 minutes -- do not believe me check YOUR LOGS !!! - then the rep told me it was a Dymo Problem - Called that number and waited the lady was nice and we worked several minutes.. but still did not work --- we got a win32 error and of course SHE COULD NOT LONGER HELP ME because it was a windows update program... she was nice enough to send me the way to possibly fix the program -- Right now I am heading for the post office to buy stamps .. I think there are a lot of other alternatives I would NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT because over the last 4 years their service had deteriorated -- CP Kazor
Won't print labels properly aligned
December 10, 2015
Setup was fairly easy. I installed the factory-provided address labels, but the printer rejected them as 'unsupported.' Then I tried file folder labels, and it printed them off the edge of the label and refused to center the text. I spent over 90 minutes on hold/support with two different representatives. They fixed the problem of the unsupported label type, but no one seems to know why file labels print with the top and left side of the text cut off. They tried to blame it on my antivirus software. Now I'm going to ship the whole thing back. It's useless to me if it can't do file labels.
Printer refuses its own paper, and won't center text
December 5, 2015
I set this machine up according to instructions, using a roll of address labels supplied with it. When I tried to print a label, I got an error message saying that the paper is incompatible with this model. So...the paper packed WITH the labeler won't work. I tried some DYMO file folder labels in the other side of the printer. They will not print centered, either horizontally or vertically. Print is always cut off either on top or the left side. I have the settings correct but labels will not print properly. I am waiting to hear back from DYMO support; if they can't resolve this I'm sending it back because it is useless to me.
Don't expect it to work properly.
February 27, 2015
The printer is supposed to do two things: print larger shipping labels and smaller tape labels (for file folders, etc.). The shipping label part works just fine but the smaller tape label doesn't work at all. We were told that we should buy different tape cartridges and we did just that - to no avail, which pushed us a few days beyond the return date on Amazon. We purchased a DUO - meaning two-function - and got a MONO, meaning one-function. This is not acceptable.
April 16, 2014
I don’t know how it does it. The address labels are blurred and compressed. It even prints words that are not on the screen. It recently printed a halfway decent label and printed vertical text in the middle of it obscuring the zip code. And the postage labels are worst. Not only do you have to pay for labels in addition to the postage, it doesn’t like to print postage unless it feels like it. Both sides tend to feed extra labels after messing up a printing. Consistent problem with the postage side is having a printer error in the middle of a job and having to shut the computer down completely to get the job to print. Yes the postage has already been deducted whether the job finishes or not. And another thing, the lights on the LabelWriter flash when other programs not tied to them perform actions. For example, using email program to spell check this post. After spell check was complete both lights flashed.
August 16, 2017
I got two of these things; one of which was a replacement. Neither worked with AC/DC adapters and would literally go through a whole set of new batteries in a matter of SECONDS. Not even one label could be printed before they would die because of dead batteries.
Doesn't work as advertised and causes lots of frustration to fix.
December 1, 2016
This product worked great for the first 20 labels then it stopped doing anything except make a mess out of the rest of the label tape. I really needed a good quality label maker and instead bought one filled with hours of frustration and blank labels. I'm not sure if I can return this but I was expecting much better quality from DYMO since I had previous label makers from them before. The screen is nice and large and the ability to cut of each label is a nice bonus if it worked correctly.I did my usual thing of taking the case and cleaning it out to see if there was an obstruction. I changed the batteries. I changed out the label cartridge. Nothing worked to get this device to print properly.
Waste of money and excitement.
November 25, 2016
I got this a few minutes ago and excitedly tried it out. The system is fairly intuitive - insert cartridge and batteries. Type and print.The first three tries produced barely visible print. On the 4th try, the low battery light came on. Yes. 6 brand new energizer batteries didn't last 2 minutes.
Worked great initially but stopped working after 2 weeks
October 19, 2016
I mainly bought this to label my daughter's bottle for daycare which require the current date of its contents. Therefore, handwriting all those labels everyday got to be a pain. I was so happy when I first got this and started printing out labels. I really liked the features such as being able to choose different font, text size, bold/underline, etc. You can also save commonly used labels which is a nice bonus. Unfortunately, something with the inner spool doesn't seem to catch the cartridge tape anymore and it does not print any labels. As of 10/19, I submitted the issue to the DYMO Customer Support so we'll see how it gets resolved. In the meantime I'm back to hand writing daily labels.
Stopped working on Macbook Pro
February 14, 2016
Haven't used it in awhile, and then when I did need it, not working with my Macbook Pro now, even though there are no app updates showing. Now computer is showing 'not connected' even when it is, and it nothing more than a paperweight. Guessing something happened when the OS upgrades took place.
BUYER BEWARE - Great unit until the battery dies.
November 17, 2015
I would have given this a five star rating...but after five months, the "replaceable" battery has died, and the ONLY place to get a replacement, it seems, is the DYMO website, where the battery costs more ($25 plus shipping) than an entirely new unit.I've perfectly printed out hundreds of labels with this unit, but now it's a paperweight on my desk, as "Battery level is too low to print" is the only message I get when I try to print anything.Since the unit is constantly plugged in to a computer's USB port, I can't understand why it wouldn't stay charged perpetually.Shame on DYMO for designing a proprietary battery. The battery case seems to be glued shut, so replacing the cells does not seem to be an option.
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2-year limited warranty
Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.
Create and print up to 71 address, shipping, file folder and barcode labels, name badges and more per minute.
2 spools let you breeze through labeling tasks, without switching rolls.Printer automatically starts the second roll when the first one is gone
Prints on easy-peel, split-back D1 tape (1/4-, 3/8-, or 1/2-inch sizes). Thermal printing creates labels with no ink or toner.
Connect to PC or Mac, and you're ready to print labels right from Word, Excel, Outlook, QuickBooks and other programs.
No software to install. Just plug the label printer into your PC or Mac, and you're ready to create great-looking, durable labels.
Easily create labels in a variety of formats: text, barcode, and graphics and with specialized features such as dates or serialized numbers.
Uses easy-peel, split-back D1 tape (1/4-, 3/8-, or 1/2-inch sizes). Thermal printing creates labels with no ink or toner.
Portable label maker's powerful lithium-ion battery charges quickly and lasts long. Recharge via USB or adapter.