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- Getting organized!
The solution: a labeler!
But they really suck!
- Label cables/power bricks to match them up with the devices they belong to
- Label drawers that store various types of cables/other objects
- Label file folders
Enter the Epson LabelWorks LW-600P App-enabled, Portable Label Printer!
- Lousy little rubbery keyboards
- Tiny, faint, barely visible display
- Very limited selection of fonts, no capability for images, etc.
- 6x5x2 inches
- Fairly heavy (about 1.5 lbs, but that’s with batteries in it)
- Large door on the side of the machine where you load the tape cartridges
- Windows on both the side and front of the device, let you see what kind of cartridge you have loaded
- Connections on the rear for power and USB
- No keyboard or display – that’s because it’s app enabled!
- Can print on labels between from 1’4″ wide to 1″ wide
- Can print over USB from Windows and Macs
- Can print from mobile devices over Bluetooth
- App supports text, graphics, and barcodes (both 2D and 3D)
- Single line or multiline text, variable font and font size, and can add a border
- Wide variety of label types are available
Printer knows what size of label is inserted (so you can’t print on the wrong size)
Printer can be powered either by AC or battery
App supports many different label types (plain old text, graphics, barcodes, etc.)
App comes with a lot of standard labels (warning/safety labels, etc.)
A lot of customizability in the app
- Standard stick-on labels
- Extra strong adhesive labels
- Cable wrap labels
- Different colors (including clear)
Excellent build quality (even though it’s made of plastic, it’s very tough plastic and it feels solid)
- Use images from their clip art library, or use your own
- The conversion to B&W for your own images is very customizable
- Cartridges can’t be hot-swapped (means you have to turn it off/on, and then reconnect the Bluetooth)
- The app can get a bit wonky
- Not iPhone 6/6+ optimized (I’m sure they’re working on it)
- Sometimes gets into a mode where all the menu choices disappear
- Somewhat clunky and weirdly organized UI
- Sometimes doesn’t detect the printer – only happened to me once, and fixing it was as simple as force-quitting and relaunching the app
- At $100 it is a bit steep compared to most dedicated labelers ($10-30) but compared to higher end systems ($50-70) it is competitively priced considering the customizability and features
- Label cassettes are a bit pricy (around $25 a pop) but they do last a long time
- A great, solidly built and versatile labeler that makes really nice looking labels
- The app is a bit wonky but it works reasonably well in general, and I’m sure the glitches will be fixed
- This thing has other uses too
- Luggage tags, “if this item is lost, contact me” tags, conference badges, etc.
- Labels with barcodes!
Check it out at the link in the show notes
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- Product labels (i.e. if you are a small time retail store)
- QR codes that advertise your website or whatever, that you can stick on flyers, promotional materials, etc.