This is a great label maker! I own quite a few label makers (other than this one, I have a desktop DYMO LabelWriter, 2 DYMO handhelds and a Brothers handheld). I definitely use this one most often.
The unit came with 2 sample tapes, a 12mm width black on white, and a 12mm black on yellow table, they are 4m long. It also came with a power lead, although the unit can also be powered with 6 AA batteries.
(1) It is easy to use - you don't need to use the instructions much, the symbols on the keypad are quite self explanatory!
You can switch between various languages - mine was initially set to French, but can easily switch to English. (You can download a pdf instruction from Epson website). I use mine with batteries so I can carry it around the house to the kitchen, to the study etc...
I've been using it for the last 2 months (used up 2 9m tapes!), but the battery indication still shows full battery.
(2) The Epson tapes are pretty good! Generous 9m long! There are various colours and width.
The one I used the most often is Black on Clear (strong adhesive), 12mm wide, for kitchen labeling.
I use the 9mm black on clear for office labeling (folder headers and suspension files) and a 12mm black on yellow for cable tidy/label.
Overall, a great unit! I'm considering getting rid of my other ones now! no point having them as this one can do it all!