DYMO LabelManager 160 Hand Held Label MakerI adore label makers. I thrive on labeling my bins and shelves to keep things organized. It's the only way I can survive. I've tested many label makers in the past. How does the DYMO LabelManager 160 Hand Held Label Maker hold up?
First, it is meant to be hand held. So its design is to help you carry it around with you. Most label makers I use and test fall into this category, but it's fair to say if you're used to a larger label maker, you might be challenged here. There are going to be compromises based on its smaller size.
So I'm only going to compare it against other hand-held units.
I found the keyboard less than wonderful. Yes I love the QWERTY layout - but many other label makers also have QWERTY, and they also have more distinction between the keys. Here they keys almost run together, they are so jammed up against each other. That makes typing letters less than easy. Also, there are no symbols at all on the main keyboard. No dot or dash. I use the dot and dash CONSTANTLY so to have to keep digging into the symbol menu to find them is annoying.
Instead, they give you instant access to bold, italics, and underline. I really don't use those items enough to warrant that. My labels are simply that - labels of names of things. They don't need to be italicized.
My other labelers usually had a quick "clear all" button in order to rest back to a fresh screen. I didn't see that here. I admit maybe there's some keystroke combination that can do it that I don't know about. But with other devices, it was easy and intuitive. Since I clear the screen between each label, that would be a really good one-button option to have.
Now, that all being said, it does of course make labels. You type in what you want the label to say, you hit the PRINT button, and out scrolls your label. The cutting-button is easy to use. The labels are easy to apply. They stick. So it does do all of those basic functions that a labeler should do.
I think if there weren't other better options that I adore that I'd be reasonably happy with this. After all, the end function is good. But since I have other labelers that have much better keyboards and that have all the items I need right there, I wouldn't have any reason to use this one. It makes my labelling task just a bit more annoying, and there's no need for that.
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