A versatile labeller from Dymo

Inside the box of Dymo’s LabelWriter Turbo 400 is a thank-you note for making the purchase. This is a small touch, but I appreciated it.The instruction booklet is very clear that the printer needs to be installed at the right time during software installation. I found this to be well done. Manufacturers need to tell buyers more than once that is a key part of installation.
This warning is repeated on the USB cable bag. I do not know what would happen if I did not listen to the instructions. It will always be a mystery to me.
The software installation wizard actually waits for you to plug in the USB cable and the power cable. The cables are a bit unsightly coming out of the unit, but I can’t figure out a better way Dymo could make it neater.
It took a full seven minutes to finish the install, which is not bad.

On a roll
Loading the sample labels was literally a snap as you remove the spool and slide in the label paper roll. The labeler does the rest to automatically load the roll.
After a couple of hiccups I generated my first label with logo. In total it took a mere 18 minutes from opening up the box to printing out my first label. Dymo should be applauded for creating a product that is easy to use and works fast.
The device is quite fun to use once you drill into the software. You can print labels for everything from 8mm video and audio cassettes to price tags. Of course, the usual file folders, badges and mailing labels are a standard part of the software.
You can add a rectangular box or line, or a barcode with a specific numbering scheme, along with the date and time.
By simply clicking on the add address icon the software inputs the address chosen.
The Dymo labeler is also intelligent enough to know that if you number the first label with 001 the second one will be 002. The date was automatically added.
You can design your own labels and Dymo provides so many system tools that it is a virtual smorgasbord of options.
At $139.99, the 300 dpi printer is a fast affordable way to print labels, badges and address from your Outlook, QuickBooks and Act!.

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