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Nice Little Label Maker, DYMO still has an Issue with labels NOT Sticking
on April 26, 2012
I have been using Dymo label makers for over 30 years, going back to the embossed labels you cranked-out one letter at a time in the late 70's and early 80's. I am a true believer in using labels to help people put items back in the correct place, whether it be in drawers, on hangers, or electronic wires. The Dymo LabelManager 160 is the low end model of a series, and compared to several previous models I have owned, see picture, it is easier to use has easy-to-access features like bold printing, underlining, bordering, and even landscape versus portrait printing at the touch of a button, and it produces very little waste when printing labels.
It is not all peaches and cream, though, for to access special characters, you have to use one of two special character keys, and press it until you get the character you need, then press that key.
Operation-wise, it is fairly intuitive, and that is good because there are little to no instructions. A visit to the Dymo Internet site shows two pdf manuals available: one is tri-fold pamphlet that shows less than the insert supplied with the label maker (I have scanned it and uploaded it as a picture), and the other is a generalize brochure that shows their various label makers, only it does not include the 160 or its predecessor the 150. Thankfully, it is fairly intuitive. I did notice that in loading the label in the back, you need to make sure a little of the "D1" label is sticking out, say 1/2 inch, or the label will be crunched-up as it is printed the first time you use it.
I use several label makers around the house, and while I have several Dymo label makers, I do not use them as much as my P-Touch makers because the glue that holds a label to an item, either when I am labeling plastic drawers or sticking the label back to itself to label a wire, is not as good as that on the P-Touch. This month, when I saw the chance to test this new model Dymo label maker, I was hoping, since five years had passed since I last used my other Dymo label maker, the glue used on the labels would be stronger. It was a little, but a simple test of placing the new Dymo label tape along with tapes from a previous model and a P-Touch, showed the Dymo label still comes lose from itself, albeit it is not as much as what the old tape did. I have posted a picture that shows how much a label comes 'unstuck' from itself after two days.
Overall, I would say that Dymo has done a good job in making the LabelManager easy to use. Unfortunately, when I use a label maker I expect the labels to stay attached for years, not weeks, or months, or even days, when used to label wires. I have to give it only two stars in this review. Perhaps, if you want to put some other type of glue on the labels after you print them out, that would probably help, but wouldn't it be better if Dymo made a label tape that stuck to things, including itself, better?