DYMO LabelWriter 4XL Thermal Label Printer Review

If you run a business, it is obvious that at a particular point you may need to send out mails or organize your boxes and files. In such a scenario, it is necessary to have a label maker. A label maker adds professionalism to your outgoing mail unlike handwritten addresses and labels that don’t look good. The label maker also makes your mailing and filing tasks easier and more organized. A case in point is the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL Thermal Label Printer which is a larger version of its predecessor the LabelWriter 450The device comes with an extra wide print head that is capable of tackling extra-large shipping labels that are too big for standard label writers thus making it a popular first choice with mailrooms and warehouses.

Design

The Labelwriter measures 7 x 5.31 x 7.37 inches and accommodates labels up to 4 inches wide that other standard labels cannot print. The width of the print head also allows popular size address labels to be printed in landscape. The fact the 4XL is wider, does not mean that it will take up much of the desk space, so it will still fit into your working area.  The roll tears off the 4.16-inch wide shipping labels cleanly and easily despite the fact that it does not come with an automatic cutter like its competitor, the Brother TD-4000.

The only drawback with the design of the Dymo Labelwriter is the cumbersome activity when switching between rolls. You must remove the first roll from the single spool that the printer comes with before placing your replacement spool. This becomes an issue when you use the device to print different labels including shipping labels, stamps and mailing labels in more than one occasion in a day. The problem can however be solved with an extra purchase of other spools so that you live the rolls mounted on their own spools to make the switching exercise a bit easier. On the brighter side, Dymo offers a variety of labels to choose from compared to its competitor the Brother TD-4000.

Performance

The printer uses heat from a thermal print head to print on specially treated, heat-sensitive labels.it does not require a toner nor ink, the only supplies it requires are labels and with the 600 x 300 dpi graphics recently improved, the print characters are clear and legible. The LabelWriter 4XL is capable of printing on a wide variety of labels for commercial and office supplies, including retail, inventory control, receiving and shipping. When printing mailing labels, the 4XL delivers at the same speed just like the Dymo LabelWriter 450.The 4XL is capable of printing 50 labels per minute which is almost to what the company promises at 53lpm.

Set up and software

The Dymo LabelWriter 4XL comes with a USB port for connecting the label printer, which makes the use of labelling programs much easier and allows one to create and store label formats with full features including bar codes and automatic time stamps. The printer is compatible to several programs as it comes with a standard print driver. It is also possible to create a label using an address in a letter with add-ins for the Office XP through 2010 versions of Excel and word. For postage printing, you will be required to sign up for an account on the Endicia website. It is also not possible to print directly from other shippers including FedEx and UPS. You will however find the iabol website more helpful as it allows the 4XL to print labels for several shippers.

Conclusion

The Dymo LabelWriter 4XL is ideal for those into printing labels as large as 4 by 6 inches. However, if you are into printing smaller labels, then the LabelWriter 450 or 450 Twin Turbo will get the job done for you at a much cheaper price. For those into printing several labels, they may need a faster printer and the Brother TD-4000 suffices as the most deal one for this category. It promises to print up to 25,000 label-per-month maximum duty cycle. All said, going for a label printer entirely depends on the requirements of your business. For now, the Dymo LabelWriter 4XL suffices as a possible companion to get your done in your small enterprise.

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