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Gadget Review

Dymo gives you quality labels at light speed

By Kailas Narendran

STAFF WRITER

The Dymo Labelwriter 330 Turbo is a compact, desk-corner-top label creation tool. It installs quickly and easily on a Windows or Mac system via a USB port.

The unit holds the label stock on a quick change roll, allowing you to change the labels you’re printing in less than thirty seconds. It comes with stand alone software for making labels with the option of third party integration. It also shows up like a normal printer so you can use it with any application it doesn’t directly interface to. In addition, the device shares easily over a network, making it an excellent label creation solution.

Quickest draw in the west

The most amazing feature of this product (to me) was its incredible speed and print quality. Even the most complicated labels I managed to print (Internet postage and bar codes) were cranked out in no more than two or three seconds. On top of its incredible speed, you never have to change any ribbons or toner.

The Dymo Labelwriter uses direct thermal print technology like that used in cash register receipt printers. The printer relies on a special coating on the label for printing (run your hand over a Star Market receipt and you’ll understand). Special technology from Dymo allows it to achieve 300 dpi resolution, for very nice looking labels in no time flat.

To get a slice, you buy the pie

The one drawback for this device is that you need to use Dymo Labels.

As mentioned before, the labels contain a special coating that allows them to work with the printer. It’s actually not a bad deal since you can get everything from CD Labels (just go around the inside of the CD), name badges, large package address labels, and even multi-part labels that allow you to print return and destination addresses at the same time.

Since the print quality is really sharp, you can actually use the Dymo printer for pictures to be used for identification. The labels are available in adhesive and non-adhesive varieties. The printer automatically advances the roll so you can easily rip and go. From the Web page, I was unable to find any third parties that sold the Dymo Labels. You can, however, buy all necessary accessories via the Dymo website.

Software sufficient

I’m a big fan of lightweight software that does exactly what it’s supposed to do and nothing more (or less). While you can integrate the Dymo Printer into various applications (Word, Palm Desktop, etc.), the stand alone software works great. It’s very easy to use and fast. I had no problems printing to this device over a network via its print drivers.

Cost-Benefit Analysis

You can get this label printer through Dymo’s website for $200. Dymo also makes smaller models that are a bit slower that you can get for as low as $130. After a brief Web search, I found the slower models for as low as $115 and the 330 Turbo for $180.

As mentioned before, in almost all cases, you have to buy supplies through Dymo’s website. Labels cost on the order of pennies each depending on type, roll size, etc. You can find more information at the Dymo Web site, http:// www.dymo.com.