The Dymo Rhino 4200 has been around for a long time. I thought it would be worth doing this little review as it’s a great value printer for what it does. As I type this, the printer is on offer as £34.49 +VAT with free standard delivery which puts it in great competition with the Brother PT-E series. This printer features a great selection of tape materials and label types for any electrician or communications installer.
Information about the features of this printer are very sparse. I can’t tell you things like the print speed or print resolution, but I can tell you what I’ve found from the Dymo specification sheet.
- QWERTY keyboard.
- Backlit display.
- Label types include cable wraps, cables flags, breakers and rotated.
- Barcodes: CODE 39 & CODE 128.
- 150+ industry symbols.
- Tape size: 6, 9, 12, 19mm.
- Materials: flexible nylon, heat shrink tubing, permanent vinyl, non-adhesive tag, polyester.
With regards to the different materials, these will be suited to different applications such as using the nylon with cable wraps/flags and the polyester with patch panels.
Using the printer
Using the printer is actually quite simple, although its features are also rather simple in comparison to bigger, more advanced printers. If you’ve ever used a handheld printer before, you’ll be familiar with this almost instantly. As with all printers, it did take me a moment to get use to a new layout, new features, etc., but once I got the jist of it, I sometimes end up knowing the ins and outs of a printer better than someone who’s used it for years. I did find the layout to this printer as an almost mirror image of the competing Brother E300.
I give this printer an overall rating of 7 out of 10. For its price, the features are great in terms of the materials selection, what types of labels it produces, and the usability is right up there too as it’s not too complicated. I gave the build quality rating a 5 out of 10 because it feels a little flimsy in places and it just doesn’t feel up to scratch for the industry it’s targeted at; as a comparison if you were to look at the Brady BMP21-PLUS, which is a printer you can drop from a height of 6 foot with little to no damage received, the Dymo Rhino feels like it could break if you so much as raised your voice at it.
To find out if this printer is best for you, or to find a recommended alternative, call our sales team on 01202 681311.