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Fits-in-your-palm Dymo LabelWriter is a solid sender

October 23, 2003|By Candus Thomson | Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF

The season for sending is creeping up like an ivy vine.

Hands begin to cramp at the thought of holiday cards and packages in need of addresses and homemade CD compilations requiring identification.

Enter the Dymo LabelWriter, a fits-in-your-palm unit that can handle home projects as well as small office applications, such as file labels and name tags.

The printers come in three models - the 330 Turbo ($200), which can spit out 32 labels a minute; the mid-grade 330 ($170), which can handle the same 2.3-inch-wide labels as the Turbo, but prints half as fast; and the entry-level LabelWriter 315 ($130), which gives you eight labels a minute and is limited to 1 1/2 -inch-wide labels.

Each of the LabelWriters uses black-and-white thermal printing on Dymo labels, so you'll never have to buy ink or toner refills. The printer head produces 300 dots per inch - surprising quality for something so small.

Setup is a breeze. The entry-level unit plugs into the Universal Serial Bus port on your PC, while the other two models use a serial port. A roll of labels, 400 to 750 to a spool, loads easily.

LabelWriter enables you to import addresses from your PDA or other computerized database. Choose a type face and print size, add a logo or small picture, and you're ready to go. The software resizes all of the work to fit.

Dymo recently released a free QuickBooks-integrated add-in that makes printing even easier and includes "Address Fixer," which checks and corrects and adds the ZIP-plus-4 code to all U.S. addresses.

Labels cost from $15 to $20. For the holidays, you can get rolls of 100 for $10 that are decorated with elves, candles, Christmas trees, and holly and ivy.

Information: 800-426-7827 and www.dymo.com.

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