Labeling Device: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our large labeling device Test 2020, where we present all labeling devices that we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best marking device for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page, which you should pay attention to if you want to buy a labelling device.

The most important facts in brief

  • Labelling devices give customers the opportunity to label and print out the desired texts in a practical and clean way. These labeling devices work more effectively and faster than typewriters or the handy marking with Edding.
  • In general, a distinction is made between labeling devices with keyboard layout for input and label printers with PC or Bluetooth connections for direct printing.
  • The handy labeling devices are perfectly suited for small and occasional needs such as household or small office use. The label printers work with a higher performance and are therefore suitable for large and industrial use.

Labeling device test: Editors’ favorites

  • The best all-rounder marking device
  • The best marking device for the PC
  • The best marking device with easy operation
  • The best labeling device for the home office

The best all-rounder marking device

The Dymo LM-160 is an electronic labeling device that offers you good legibility and durability, as well as easy operation. Dymo’s marking device is handy, comfortable and easy to carry everywhere and is therefore much sought after by many customers. It is also important that the device has a familiar keyboard layout and offers numerous tape options.

The LM -160 is a professional and practical labelling device, which you can easily operate using the familiar QWERTY keyboard on the device. The Dymo LabelManager-160 prints durable, waterproof labels to keep files, cards and tools organized for a long time.

The best marking device for the PC

The Dymo LabelWriter 450 series is a label printer that offers thermal printing technology with simple and fast operation of the device. Furthermore, the Brother device is very practical and space-saving. What is special about thermal printing is that the process is particularly sustainable.

With space-saving dimensions of 12.7 x 18.7 x 13.4 cm and a weight of 653 grams, the electronic label printer is practical and easy to carry so you can take it with you wherever you go. Whether you use the printer at work, in the office or for occasional use, this label printer will serve its purpose perfectly.

The best marking device with easy operation

The Dymo LT-100H is an electronic labeling device and offers you a wide range of font types and sizes as well as clear and easy operation. The nice handy size of the device makes for better and more comfortable labeling. Usually this device is the right choice for you if you need the device for home use or for small office needs.

In contrast to the mechanical marking device, the electronic device prints very practically and cleanly. Therefore, one gets the desired texts labeled very quickly and can stick them on immediately. In order to master the high quality printing as also the numerous possibilities of design, the electronic marking device certainly needs a stable power supply.

The best labeling device for the home office

The Brother D400 lettering device offers you a wide choice of fonts and designs, versatile setting options and excellent print quality. This device is perfect for your home office or small office needs.

The Brother D400 home office labeling device is an electronic labeling device as a desktop printer with a familiar keyboard layout. The device measures 18.8 x 17.8 x 7.1 cm and weighs 739 grams. Thanks to its handy dimensions and light weight, the D400 is relatively easy to carry and offers customers many possibilities for use.

Advisor: Questions you should consider before you buy a labeling device

What is a marking device?

A marking device is basically a type of handheld or tabletop printer that you can use to make markings.
Thanks to the specially designed keyboard, you can enter the desired texts, which can then be printed on the self-adhesive foil inside the device.

Depending on the intended use, you can choose a labeling device that is equipped with an iron-on tape or a paper, nylon or plastic tape. Here you can have not only numerous numbers, letters, but also certain special characters printed.

What alternatives are there to marking equipment?

If no labeling device is available, you can also use the other tools or methods to label the desired texts and print them out.
Edding
As a first alternative, the texts to be written on can be written on with Edding or other long-lasting pens. It still works very well and also helpful if you want to write on the spines of folders, name tags or mailboxes.
With this tried and tested method, the writing style and cleanliness are at a disadvantage. Although many users put legibility and order of spelling first, the traditional method is still helpful. The “Edding method” provides a short and painless solution for marking.

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By the way, there is no universal solution to get rid of Edding. Depending on the material, different agents can help with the removal. Agents containing acetone can be used on glass and clothing.
If you have written on wood, it helps to put white toothpaste on a damp cloth and rub it into the stain.
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Typewriter and PC

If you want to create clarity and legibility, the typewriter as well as the computer are a good alternative to the lettering device.

Basically, the typewriter and PC would be the better way to label in comparison to the traditional method. The mechanical typewriter or the modern computer ensures a clean and readable writing with evenly written letters.

All the user has to do is enter the desired text or labels via the keyboard and then print them out. The typewriter can be very useful if no labeling device is available.

What does a marking machine cost?

Labelling machines are available in all price ranges, from the inexpensive and handy model for office and household use, to a professional machine for which a three-figure sum is payable. All in all, we think that these prices are well justifiable if they are worth the money for your intended use.
In general, depending on the manufacturer, the marking machine is available for about 75 to 250 Euros. For high-quality electronic labeling devices and label printers, the price range starts at 250 Euro. Professional devices for business and industrial use are available for about 450 to 1000 Euro.

Where can you buy a marking machine?

Labelling devices can be found both in online shops and in local stores. In the following section you will find a wide variety of options
You can find labelling equipment not only in well-assorted specialist shops, but also in numerous electrical stores and supermarkets. In addition, in recent years, labeling machines can be bought more and more often over the Internet.
If you enter the keyword labelling machine into your browser’s search engine, it will show you a large selection of many different types of machines for labelling.
According to our research, most marking machines are currently sold in Germany via the following shops:

Ebay
Amazon
Hofer
Saturn
Aldi
Conrad
Lidl
Otto
Media Markt

Which marking device is the right one for me?

It is always recommended to buy a suitable marking machine for your purpose. Here you will find some tips from us to make your purchase decision easier.
Intended use
It is best if you first consider what you need a marking machine for. Then get a good idea and form your own purchase criteria before you buy.
Marking machines are used in many areas of our lives. The simple labeling devices serve individual purposes, for example labeling of folders, drawers or bell plates. The higher-quality devices are used in various industrial sectors, for example labelling of textiles, cables, metal and wood.

Labeling devices are flexible and manageable devices that can be used effectively everywhere.

Frequency of use
The frequency of use is closely related to the intended use.
It is decisive whether you use your marking machine on a daily basis or only use it from time to time. It is not at all worth buying a really expensive device for a one-time use.
Purchasing an expensive device for a few uses only makes sense if the expensive device offers you other decisive advantages, such as aesthetic or qualitative benefits.

Decision: What types of marking equipment are available and which one is right for you?

In general, labeling devices can be divided into three different types

  • Mechanical devices
  • Electronic marking device
  • Label Printer

Which marking device you ultimately decide on depends on your intended use, whereby each type of marking device has its individual advantages and disadvantages.

A marking device is not only practical for office and private household use, but also optimally suited for various industrial sectors. In the following section, we would like to help you decide which type of labeling equipment is best suited for you.

We will also introduce you to all the types of marking equipment listed above in detail and clearly show you their advantages and disadvantages to make your purchase decision easier, so that you can find the most suitable model for you.

What is a mechanical marking device and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

While the handwritten designation does not only look unsightly and unprofessional, the marking device offers you special advantages compared to handwritten designations.

The marking device offers you special advantages over handwritten names. The marking device is therefore the right solution for you not only in everyday life, but also in various branches of industry.

The mechanical marking device is one of the classics of the product range of marking machines. This simple and handmade method provides permanent marking and is easy to use.

The designations are entered manually into the device and printed out on the adhesive foil at the touch of a button. The mechanical marking device is a cost-effective and ideal solution for customers with small individual needs.

Advantages

Low cost
Simple operation
Permanent marking

Disadvantages

Time consuming

There is only one small disadvantage with the traditional marking machine. This is that the whole usage process is relatively time consuming and laborious. This is because the respective letters, numbers or figures are printed after the individual click. Nevertheless, this mechanical machine works quite well if the user has a certain amount of patience.

How does an electronic marking device work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If you have a greater need for marking, an electronic marking device would be a perfect solution for you.

The electronic lettering machine offers a larger and more varied choice of widths, qualities and colours of the lettering ribbons. With a wide range of functions, every application can be covered with the best result. With this marking machine you can either enter texts manually or transfer the data using a USB connection. The electronic lettering device further distinguishes itself in the form of handheld devices and desktop printers.

Advantages

Large graphic display with print preview
Numerous labelling options
Perfect print result
Various types of lettering

Disadvantages

Partly high price

As the electronic marking device is very handy and therefore mobile and practical, it brings a noteworthy advantage. A small, slim and handy device helps the user to make a quick entry, so that the user can quickly enter the letters or numbers to be printed.

Although the electronic marking device in the form of a desktop printer needs a stable place, it is still space-saving. This is because an electronic marking machine in the form of a printer takes over the functions of both a computer and a printer. So you only need one device and save space on your desk. The electronic lettering system is similar to a PC keyboard and is therefore ideal for the office, home office and your home.

How does a label printer work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The label printer occupies a special place. This label printer, with its fast printing speed, offers a wide range of applications.

The marking device prints in different printing processes depending on the device and intended use. In principle, letters, characters or numbers are entered either manually or by machine. In addition, the label printer can be connected to a PC. This enables the user to use any data from the PC to print self-adhesive labels if required.

Advantages

High quality print result
Connections with USB and PC
Permanent marking
Readability and sustainability

Disadvantages

Power connection is necessary
Partly high price
Much space needed

Purchase criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate labeling devices

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate the marking machines. It will give you the opportunity to make the decision for a correct marking machine easier and better.

In summary, this is about:

  • The versatility of font bandwidth and types
  • Tastaturarten
  • Size / dimensions of the labeling devices
  • Print speed
  • The simplicity of the device operation
  • Manufacturers and brands
  • Connection options
  • Number of displayable characters, fonts and font sizes
  • Memory function
  • Gestaltung

In the points listed below, there is no fixed priority as to which criterion is more decisive than the others. The following paragraphs will help you to use the purchase criteria to provide better information about the labeling equipment and thus make the right decision.

Did you know that you can also print vertically with most labeling devices?
Only a few can’t. Underlining and bordering labels is just as common.

The versatility of the font range

Depending on requirements, the flexibility of the typeface tape options is also a decisive factor in the purchase decision. Although we have already gone into detail above about the type of type band width a marking device can offer. Nevertheless, we would like to take this opportunity to point out that the versatility of the tape options is the influencing factor in the decision to purchase the labeling equipment.

It is always a good idea to ask yourself what you need a marking device for. If you need a device for labelling only for private and individual home use, only the electronic and handy labelling machines should be sufficient.

If the labeling device covers the commercial or industrial needs, then the label printer is a good alternative for you.

The print width of a marking device is usually between 3.5 and 24 millimetres, or even up to 88 millimetres for a label printer. Not only can parcels, letters and cans be labeled, but also labels for address plates, name tags, barcodes or even folder back labels.

There are special labels for textiles, plastic, metal or even wood, which are waterproof, durable and temperature resistant. You don’t necessarily need to buy a special labeling device separately for this. With many Leitz or Dymo models, a labelling device can print the texts on the different types of writing tape.

In addition, if you opt for the Icon WLAN label printer from Leitz or Dymo LT-100H, for example, you can print the desired texts on various materials up to 88 millimetres.

It is advantageous to look at all font widths and decide according to your personal needs. It is a good idea to consider what should be written on and how often.

Tastaturarten

A labeling machine has the possibility of direct text input, therefore the type of keyboard also plays a decisive role when buying a labeling machine. But which type of keyboard is best suited to your needs?

There are basically two keyboard types: QWERTY keyboard and ABC keyboard. The typical German QWERTY keyboard works with ten fingers and provides faster and more effective text input than if the letters were sorted alphabetically.

The QWERTY keyboard is always in first place, because people have been getting used to PC or smartphone keyboards for a long time and can handle the QWERTY keyboard of the labeling device very well.

Tip: The turn and click mechanism is actually also one of the input methods of the labeling device, but this method is less known and basically only used with a mechanical labeling device. The mechanical marking device has a rotary wheel with the letter in ABC order. With each rotation, each letter is individually imprinted on the tape.

With the QWERTY keyboard you can write more easily and it is intuitive to use because it is similar to the PC keyboard. You have to get used to the ABC keyboard first.

Size / dimensions of the labeling devices

The basic rule is: the more professional and faster, the greater. However, it will not mean that the small handy device works inefficiently and slowly. The small hand-held device for labelling is also completely sufficient for private use.

While the handy labeling device can easily be put into a trouser pocket, the label printer usually requires a footprint of about 12 x 20 centimeters on the desk. The labeling device can also be about 5 to 10 centimeters high.

There are certain target groups who only need the labeling device for a small need, and the mobility and flexibility of the device is therefore extremely important for them. In contrast, a great many users need a professional label printer capable of printing at a fast print speed and high quality print resolution.

The basic rule is: the more professional and faster, the greater. However, it will not mean that the small handy device works inefficiently and slowly. The small hand-held device for labelling is also completely sufficient for private use.

Print speed

The printing speed of a marking device is given in millimetres per second. The more millimeters per second the device can print, the faster you can apply the label to the desired location.

There is a significant difference in printing speed between a handy label printer and a commercial label printer.

Basically, the normal printing speed for an individual handheld device is about 7-15 mm/sec and for a professional label printer between 30-150 mm/sec. General recommendation for the impatient: Take a device that can print at least 10 mm/sec.

The simplicity of the device operation

Ease of use is described as an important criterion in the purchase decision for a marking device. Especially for individual or private use, the model is preferred where, for example, changing the label paper is simple, fast and uncomplicated.

With each delivery, the customer receives the necessary details for operating the printer, such as label change, ribbon change and maintenance tasks. With many professional label printers, such as Brother P-touch D600VP or Epson LW-300, all this information can be stored in the printer and general instructions can be called up via the printer’s display.

Before using a marking device, it is advantageous to read the operating instructions.

Connection options

Thanks to digitization, almost all electronic devices tend to be digital. For a long time, manufacturers have been trying to offer customers added value by constantly increasing individuality, flexibility and effectiveness for customers.

There are more and more manufacturers that offer an external connection for the label printer with the computer or smartphone via Internet. Professional labeling devices especially for business applications are often equipped with a USB port and also have a Bluetooth and WLAN interface.

Many modern electronic labeling devices are additionally controlled by a smartphone or an app. For example, with Dymo LabelWriter 450 you can create and print labels directly from text in Microsoft Word or from the Mac address book.

The big advantage can mostly be found in modern label printers.

Number of displayable characters, fonts and font sizes

The number of letters as well as the number of fonts affects the variety of languages and the range of functions that the marking device can print.

The more diverse the characters, font sizes and types that can be displayed, the more languages the marking machine can print, the more practical the machine is.

Did you know that the amount of display characters varies greatly from one labeling device to another?
Some can only display 49 characters, while others can display 825 characters.

This aspect should only be considered if you need the labeling device for office or commercial use and have to constantly deal with the international context.

Memory function

Many users are also very interested in the storage capacity of the labeling device and not all labeling devices can store the used label designs.

Most of all, the label printers for commercial use have the ability to store the used labels and print them again later. The experts in this field are the models of Brother and Epson. The manufacturer Dymo offers only a small memory function but it is sufficient for a small need. While the Dymo LT-100H offers a memory size of up to 9 labels, the Epson LabelWriter-300 can print up to 30 used label designs

The turn and click mechanism is actually also one of the input methods of the marking device, but this method is less known and is basically only used with a mechanical marking device.

Gestaltung

Customers today are more demanding than those of the last ten years. For this reason, the marking device should not only be able to print well, but also master a good design and be pleasant to use.

In the following we break down for you the two decisive elements of the design of a marking device.

  • The colour of the device
  • The shape of the device

Almost all models of the handy labelling devices fit well in the hand and are pleasantly light to carry. Most devices are available in black, blue and white. Such colors are very popular for electronic devices and look professional.

There are basically two types of labelling device: the handy shape or a label printer as a desktop printer.

If you decide on a mobile and portable labeling device, you will in many cases get a handset-like device. The label printer in the form of a desktop printer gives the user the possibility to enter texts with a PC-like keyboard. What is special, however, is that the keyboard on a label printer is usually built in an ergonomic shape that supports the natural position of the hands.

The conventional keyboard forces the typist’s fingers, hands and arms into a position that causes tension in muscles. In contrast, the ergonomic keyboard provides a comfortable hand position during text input.

If you have to work with the keyboard for a long time, the ergonomic keyboard is gentler on the hands because it doesn’t put so much strain on the muscles.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about marking equipment

Trends in the labeling equipment sector

At present, the labeling devices, which have a low price, user-friendly operation and easy maintenance, are in great demand among many consumers.

Surprisingly, the trend is currently towards low-cost marking machines. Many users tend to opt for modern marking devices rather than the mechanical classics, because the print resolution and functionality of modern machines are extremely convincing.

In addition, the labelling devices, which can only be inserted by pressing a button, are also very popular with consumers.

Design and functionality are well received

The handling of the marking device plays a central role in the customers’ purchase decision.

The easy and user-friendly handling is much sought after by the demanding consumer. However, this trend is more for private use, e.g. home office, than for commercial use.

In addition, the time required to insert the roll into the marking device is also a decisive criterion for the purchase decision. Apart from technical skill and the user’s personal experience, the time required to insert the roll into the electronic marking device for commercial applications should not exceed one minute.

What is special about the industrial marking devices?

It is quite conceivable that the marking device for commercial use is much more complicated and expensive than that for small individual needs.

While the handy home labeler provides less features and limited tape options, the larger and more feature-rich commercial labeler offers a wide range of tape and label materials.

Furthermore, it is particularly important and necessary to master a professional marking machine if you work in the fields of electrical trade, data and telecommunication, auditing and security. For example, the marking machine supports the professional installation of a new network by creating clearly legible and durable labels for markings and symbols.

In addition, a professional marking device makes it easier to service and maintain products. This is because the device creates a high degree of clarity and can therefore be a great help in troubleshooting.

The aspects of sustainability and economic efficiency of professional labelling equipment for industrial use should also be considered. Almost all industrial marking devices are installed with thermal printing technology. In the thermal printing process, the desired texts as well as labels are created by the direct transfer of heat to the thermal paper.

Therefore, several labels per tape can be printed with a narrower label margin. This allows consumers to avoid a lot of waste and to take more responsibility for the environment and society.

What are the possible applications for the labeling devices?

Generally speaking, there are now only two types of uses for a labeling device.

Not only are consumers based on their intended use as one of the main criteria when deciding to purchase the marking equipment, but many manufacturers also focus their product lines on the two main purposes in order to better segment the market and satisfy customer demand. The two main purposes of a labeling device are:

  • Small, individual and private needs or home requirements
  • Professional and industrial needs (for office supplies, companies but also for service)

Now we would like to go into more detail and find out in which area an electronic marking device or label printer is really helpful. Below we list the areas in which label printers are most commonly used and the possible examples of using a labeling device.

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