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Published on November 2nd, 2005 | by Greg

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Labels, Stamps, Fast

The US-based Dymo seems to have taken a page from Avery, and taken a huge slice of the once-king of their market as well. For fast, advanced, easy-to-use label printing, you can’t do much better than Dymo’s latest model, the Labelwriter 400 Turbo. It’ll set you back around $130, but if you plan on printing batches of labels, it’s an excellent deal.

Label printers haven’t changed much in the last few years- they still print thermally (which means no smudging ink, no cartridges to replace)- but they are much, much faster than before. The Labelwriter 400 is able to churn out basic labels at 40-50 per minute, and features easy integration with ACT, Word, QuickBooks, and Outlook. It’s PC and Mac compatible, and we found it easy to share on our network (as simple as any regular printer).

One of the best ways to use a label printer is as a stamp machine- for a fairly exorbitant monthly surcharge, one of the several post office-approved vendors will help you print your own stamps. Dymo’s printers work well with these services- despite attempts at misaligning and misfeeding labels, not a single stamp failed to print. The included software is a snap to use, and the additions of automatic barcoding and address checking make the labels professional-looking and accurate.

And, of course, there are a wide variety of label types that work with the machine- but you’ll have to buy compatible labels, which run from 5 to 25 cents each. You can occasionally find deals on labels on eBay or at various office supply stores- it makes Christmas much easier when you can just print your address book to labels.


About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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