Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Epson LabelWorks LW-400

I used to have an old Dymo Label Maker.  And I still have parts drawers with labels I made in the 70's.  But it's long gone, and who knows if they even make the tape anymore?

So when I finished my variable power supply, I started looking for new labeler, and decided to try the Epson LabelWorks LW-400. 

The verdict: pretty good for about $25.  It can print either 1/2" or 3/4" tape, 1 to 4 lines tall.  It can print horizontally or vertically.  It can even do barcodes and cable tags.  It has a few features I'll probably never use like fancy fonts and borders.  But I like it because it gets the job done and didn't cost too much.

It came with white on black tape, which is probably better on light colored items.

I ordered a white on black tape, for almost as much as the labeler.  So, that's how they make their money.  But I wanted to re-do the labels on the power supply:

I think it looks better.  There are a lot of tape and print colors to choose from, I think the white on black is probably the best for black plastic project boxes.  Then again, the gold on black might look pretty good too.