Product comes well-packed, includes extra rolls and types of labels and a cleaning sheet.
Catalogue included with other types of labels (such as for CDs and DVDs)
Extremely fast printing (just under 1 second)
Able to print up to 10 lines of labels at a time and still have labels readable.
Editor takes some getting used to.
Printer spits out label so fast you will need a catcher's mitt!
Amazon Price: $169.00 $54.97 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 26, 2014)
I have a library of over 7,000 CDs, thousands of books, and boxes and boxes of papers for my business, as well as yards of fabric, drawers full of crafting supplies, and all the stuff one accumulates running several businesses and just having been alive for a number of decades. So I was curious about the label printers, and had originally considered Dymo, but ended up getting a Brother QL-570 Label Printer that would connect to my computer, so that I could use a variety of formats and fonts.
The product comes with two rolls of labels, a CD with software, installation guide and cleaning sheet. The software installation is slow and you may think it is finished at times, when it is not. Just hang in there and eventually it will finish. Do not hook up the printer until the software tells you to do so or you will have major problems. The CD contains a help file and user guide, as well as the driver and the editing software for the printer, and several plugins for Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. The software and printer both installed flawlessly on my Windows XP SP2 laptop.
I had problems with the editor at first, figuring out the sizes and formats. Eventually I just switched over to the "Professional" rather than the "Express" tab, and was able to create the labels I wanted very fast. A 2 3/7" roll of tape will easily accomodate 10 lines of text--you simply need to keep typing and adding a return at the end of each line, and the text will readjust the size. Since label paper tends to be expensive, I was trying to use as little as possible, and I find that ten lines of text per width is readable even from a distance (useful when you're looking at boxes at the top of the closet and deciding which one to get down). Making the lines all nearly equal length will be the best use of space, so you may have to have several labels on one line to make the lines come out equally.
Having access to all the installed fonts on your computer may seem like a luxury, but when you are making gifts for others, such as jams or dry mixes in jars, you will find the more decorative fonts add a nice touch to the label. It also helps with readability and if you are labelling things (such as CD shelves) that are visible to visitors, it's nice to have them all match and be somewhat more in keeping with your decorating scheme.
Don't make the mistake I did, the first time--I cut the label with scissors and then tried to pry it off the backing. It took ages! Instead, loosen the label from the backing several times, then use your scissors, box cutter, craft knife, or paper cutter to separate the words. The label will come off much more easily and you'll save yourself a lot of time.
For people who must store a large amount of stuff, whether Christmas ornaments, paper, forms for your business(es), craft items, sewing items, books, CDs, office supplies, etc., this label printer will end up saving you a lot of time and effort in trying to remember where you put whatever it is you're looking for. I found it easy to use after a bit of a learning curve and the labels are clear, easy-to-read, and customizable to a large degree (but no colour printing). If your New Year's resolution is to get organized, the Brother QL-570 label printer might go a long way to helping you achieve your goal!