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Update: Leitz Icon Label Printer Re-Review

Leitz Icon Label Printer


Pros Cons
WiFi & USB I found the software still crashes on selecting address templates
Optional battery pack I found the mobile app to be slow and in some case unresponsive
Easy to load tapes No standby or power off which could mean a flat battery

Introduction

Leitz have released a printer that dives right into the middle of the market. With die-cut, continuous, paper and plastic labels, this printer will help suit any requirement around the home, office or even a warehouse. Compatible with Android, iOS, Mac and Windows over USB or WiFi.
Please read the original review first. They were a little disappointed with the score I previously gave it. They have since updated the software, released the mobile app for Android and supplied me with the battery and some other tapes to try. Consider this review the real review.Continue Reading…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Brother P-Touch D800W Printer Review

Once again, Brother seem to have made a product without actually looking at the market to see if there’s place for it. Then they hold you to ransom by discontinuing what is now looking like its predecessor.
As you can probably tell by the tone of my first 2 sentences, I’m not a massive fan of this printer. That is to say I don’t hate it. It’s both great and terrible at the same time. The features are great on paper, but in reality it’s a different story. It’s like a cheap sofa-bed; you’ll never find one that’s great at being a sofa and a bed. This printer is neither great at being a portable printer nor a doorstop.

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TSC DA200 – The Zebra Killer

TSC is very well known for having a million and one different models of printers and Zebra wasn’t far off their tail before they did a cleanup of current models. Zebra have always been a reliable brand with prices you wouldn’t turn your nose up at. The game is getting intense though as prices are falling and new models are trying to fill a niche that is now a tiny slither, not to mention other brands wanting their share of the same already over-populated market.

Zebra has always had the attention of warehouses and courier systems as the printers are fast, affordable and get the job done right. So what does TSC have on Zebra? Let’s sum up this TSC DA200 really quickly before I get slightly more in depth. Get a Zebra GK420d, now remove the unpopular parallel port and take £60 off the price.

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DYMO XTL 300 Review & Compare

DYMO XTL 300 Label Printer

It’s the little brother!

The XTL 300 is the XTL 500’s little brother. It does nearly all the same features but in a smaller package. It prints tape sizes up to 24mm wide in a variety of materials, has a colour screen, a clicky QWERTY keyboard and rechargeable battery.

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LabelStation Design & Print Software Review: LabelDirect

Basic

Possibly the most user friendly labelling application on the market. The Basic edition of LabelDirect has many features such as text, a modest range of shapes, images and 15 types of barcodes. It also has the ability for a user prompt at the time of print so data can be changed without physically altering anything in the label design itself. In addition to the fixed fonts available in the printer this software can introduce into your label any of the fully scalable fonts provided by Windows, making artistic layouts possible with the same ease as more businesslike layouts like the one shown below, which can be useful in the retail environment. [See update below regarding this section] Like most labelling applications, LabelDirect can export labels to the printer’s flash memory where they may be accessed from a separate keyboard to make stand-alone printing possible. Even with a “dumb” keyboard like the KDU4350 it is possible for labels to include variable data fields which prompt the user for information at print time.

Professional

The professional edition includes all the features of the basic but also has database and spreadsheet connectivity. With this feature you can design a standard label template that will import the data from the selected source to print into the variable fields. A batch of labels may consist of the entire database may be printed as Either all or just the selected rows (records) by way of the “Print List” function. The print quantity for each label can be chosen at print time or controlled by a field in the database, the latter allowing full automation. It’s very convenient, when compiling a Print List, that you can use Shift+click to select a contiguous block of records and Ctrl+click to make a non contiguous selection.
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