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A great piece of kit
on 11 December 2011
My inner geek has thoroughly enjoyed using this gadget for making all kinds of labels for both my garden and office supplies.
Using the labeller
It's very portable and easy to use. Labels can be produced quickly without really needing to read the enclosed instruction leaflet as it's very much like using a calculator. However, if you want to make full use of the functionality available, then the leaflet is most useful. For example, gardeners may want to use italics and quote marks so their labels follow plant naming conventions.
Text entered and any setting adjustments are saved when the machine is switched off, so it's worth getting into the habit of resetting everything at the start of the next session. This is very easy to do, as is using the function keys to select fresh settings or using the special characters available. The back of the unit has a handy quick function key and shortcut reference label, so it's easy to quickly get to and adjust the particular settings you want.
Up to 9 labels can be stored in memory, which is particularly useful for producing name tapes without having to type them in time after time. I've been given a reel of the special iron-on tape available and I'm anticipating using this over the Christmas period to label some of my niece and nephew's new schoolwear. Note: there's lots of different types of tapes, plus a range of sizes and colours available.
How to ensure the tape lasts as long as possible
It's very easy to quickly use up the reel of tape provided with the machine and as replacements are relatively expensive to buy (as other reviewers have noted), I found several ways to conserve tape via a combination of:
1. adjusting text size and width
2. adjusting margin width (though unfortunately this only adjusts the margin on one side)
3. printing on 2 lines (only available with the larger sized tapes, which mine was)
4. using the repeat label (up to 9 at a time) or chain label (for different names) options
5. using the smallest label size setting (mini DVD) which restricts the maximum label width to 42mm (NB an error message appears if the text won't fit)
6. simply keying names one after the other with minimal spacing between them
If several of these options are used together, then the readability of the text on the label needs to be weighed up against the amount of tape saved. And if the last option is used, then I recommend using the preview function to make sure everything is spelled correctly!
Note: to see how much tape you have left, you need to take the back off the labeller and look in the little window in the tape cassette.
Things to watch out for when using
1. Batteries aren't included as standard and you'll need 6xAAA ones
2. when using the 2 line option, the space between the word at the end of line 1 and the beginning of line 2 can be omitted, otherwise the start of line 2 is indented
3. when using the chain print option, say yes to the tape feed option presented after the last label, otherwise it'll be cut in half. Say no to the tape feed option for your first label through to the penultimate one to minimise tape wastage
4. the error message explanatory text in the leaflet doesn't really explain how to correct the problem encountered. I found resetting the machine is usually the answer
This is the kind of thing you might not see the need of because your usual label + pen/pencil approach usually works fine. But then when you get one, you fall in love with it. It would make the perfect Christmas present for a gadget loving gardener.
Small businesses will also find this a useful piece of kit, particularly if portability and/or label durability is important. Any community group or other society needing to label lots of items e.g. for plant sales will find a good use for it.