As discussed in yesterday’s post, I’m really trying to clean up my workspace. Earlier in the week I ordered a Brother QL-700 label printer ($50 via Amazon) along with 1.1″ wide black on white continuous film tape ($20 via Amazon). The label maker and label cartridge arrived yesterday, and since then I have been labeling everything!
I could probably have just ordered the printer by itself and worked with the address label sample roll, but I liked the idea of film tape for two reasons. Most importantly, film tape is more durable and seemingly longer-lasting than paper. I also liked how the continuous roll allows me to make my labels as short or long as I want. On the downside, film tape is a bit pricy – you can get a roll of continuous white paper tape that’s twice as long for $6 cheaper.
I’ll post up a full review of the label printer once I’ve used it some more, but right now I am absolutely thrilled with it. I feel I made the right choice. The two other label makers/printers I considered are the Epson LW-400, which has a built-in keypad and cannot be used with a PC, and the Dymo LabelWriter 450, which is more expensive and seems better suited for postage and shipping labels.
The Brother QL-700 was connected to my Windows 7 PC in an instant and has a light version of the printing software built right into the device. There’s also a CD with the printer driver and a full version of label making software, but I don’t have a need for any of that at the moment.
I plan to use the printer for parts bag-labeling and envelope labeling in the future, otherwise the $50 investment would have been a bit steep just for this initial labeling rush.
So… this was a nice break, back to labeling I go!
(Yes, I know this means I’m going to have to show the final results of all my sorting, cleaning, labeling, and organizing efforts. Soon!)