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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2008
No other stamp does automatic date/time in such a small portable package. Unlike a regular rubber stamp, you never have to set the date again after first use, and it also can stamp the time.
There are 4 fields available - date, time, message, and 4-digit or 6-digit serialized number. You can have any combination except if you use the 4-digit counter then you can have up to 2 of date/time/message, if you use the 6-digit counter then you can have up to 1 of date/time/message. For details, the manual is on Dymo's website.
The size appears to be regular 12 point font, similar to the really old cashier's receipt in purple ink, but cleaner, darker, and crisper. It takes about 2 seconds to print the date/time/etc. The only thing I had to get used to was the time format. For example, 3PM is printed out as "P03:00". There's a 24-hour time format, but I haven't used it. Other features that I haven't used are the alarm, and the locks. I have had no mechanical problems with the unit. One can refill the ink roller with a couple of drops in inkpad ink, so I imagine that you could use any color after the original purple color runs out.
I use the Dymo Datemark at work on papers that require a date stamp (e.g. packing slips, invoices received) , but also on drawings, schematics, printouts, repair tags and notes to record when a certain thing was done and how old some items really are. Makes recordkeeping a lot easier, especially for someone who never keeps in mind what the date is. Great product.
UPDATE 5/4/13 Somebody in the comments section requested a picture in the 24 hour format. While messing with the unit to try and do that, it stopped working. I had it for 4 1/2 years and thought it was still a good purchase for the amount of time I had it, but then I went to the Dymo website to see whether it had a troubleshooting section, and it did. Among the common problems was the sliding bracket not moving. I followed the instructions - removed all the batteries, moved the sliding bracket with the tip of a pen or pencil so that it moved freely, put in new AA and coin batteries (I didn't have a new coin battery handy, so I put the old one back in), then poked the reset button with the pen/pencil tip, then waited less than 1 second for the flashing "P. RESET" error message on the front display to go away, and then the unit worked fine. The new AA batteries made the unit operate with a more robust noise than before, compared to the sluggish noise of the previous set of AA batteries. I think I got the bracket stuck because the batteries were several years old, and I was pressing buttons almost as in Monkey Testing.
In addition to a picture of the 24-hour format, I uploaded images of the messages (IN, OUT, PAID, FILE, RCVD, CFMD, and REF:) and of the sequential 4-digit numbering.