Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label PrinterI am a strong believer in owning a label maker. Life is so much easier and efficient if items are labeled. From basement containers to attic boxes, from binders of notes to jars of items, labels make daily life stress-free.
I had owned the Dymo LetraTag Plus LT-100T Label Maker when Amazon Vine sent me the Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Printer to review. I adored my Dymo, so I was interested to see how they compared side by side.
First, the Epson came with six different ribbon sets. This may not be the "typical package" - it may have been a Vine special - but I did enjoy all the options and I'm sure these ribbon sets can be bought separately no matter how someone gets their initial label maker. They had a glow int he dark ribbon! They also had an iron-on ribbon for clothes. These make the label maker extremely multi-functional. However, for most of my uses, I need a simple white backing and black ink. My purpose in labeling items is to quickly and easily get at what I need.
The machine itself is easy to use. The buttons are easy to press, the font selector and size selector work in clear, obvious ways, and the label prints and cuts smoothly. I have to caveat that the fonts do not always seem "perfect". Sometimes the letters are a little higher or lower than other letters, or they squish together or stretch out oddly. Still, in my case I'm not seeking perfection. These are not on display in a store. They are simply my storage item tracking system. So depending on how you are using the labeler, you may care or not care about that.
I found it a bit heavy. Part of the appeal of the Dymo is that it is light and easy to carry around as I move around on my cleaning and organizing tasks. Not that this Epson unit is *extremely* heavy of course, it's not a giant gold brick. Still, it's noticeable to me.
I've been using this for a while to do my testing and giving a lot of thought of which one, going forward, I will use. For whatever reason, I still feel as if I'll go back to using the Dymo even though this is the fresh, clean, new labeler in the house. It really comes down to something about the buttons and the weight. For me the Dymo is just more totable and quick-use ready. I don't use all the symbols and fonts. I don't need lots of special features. I just need to label and go.
Still, this is clearly a solid, functional unit, with lots of cool bells and whistles. So for someone who wants to have "fun" with their labeling, I can see this being a good choice.
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