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Dymo very kindly sent me their LabelManager 160 and LabelWriter 450 to review recently. I’m becoming quite the pro at reviewing labellers of late; you won’t be hearing any complaints from me because I love labellers!  I promised the Dymo powers that be that I would give these two numbers a thorough test drive in a typical office environment; meaning that I really gave the  LabelManager 160 and LabelWriter 450 a decent workout, and they rose to the challenge!


Want to win the LabelManager 160 with thanks to Dymo? Read on to find out! Hurry, entries only open until 11.59pm on Tuesday 11 December 2012.

LabelManager 160

First cab off the rank is the LabelManager 160. This is a handheld job that is battery-operated, or you can plug it into a power point if you have one within reach. It retails for about $60 from places like Officeworks. Handheld labellers have really improved in recent years; long gone are the days of non-QWERTY keyboards and fiddly buttons. It’s really easy to bang out a quick label, even when you’re on the run. It’s perfect for taking to events where you need to run up a name badge for unexpected attendees. My only tip is that you should probably read the instructions to understand what you can do with the labeller — I may or may not have had issues with font sizing at first! The LabelManager 160 isn’t trying to be something it’s not: it’s a straight-shooting labeller that gets the job done. If you’re feeling advanced you can still add clipart and use different fonts.

Here’s one way that I used the LabelManager 160 at work: to label cables that are prone to getting unplugged! I just printed this message twice on one label to get the “wrap-around” effect.

LabelWriter 450

If you’re looking for a desktop labeller, the LabelWriter 450 is the one for you. It retails for about $140 from places like Officeworks. This is the base model in the 450 range; there are turbo and dual-labellers if you’re willing to pay a bit more. Plug the LabelWriter 450 into your computer and integrate it into programs like Word and Excel, or you can use the Dymo software to design labels yourself. There are templates to choose for whatever label type you’re using and a respectable clipart library. It prints images pretty well for a monochrome printer, too. I’ve fast become the most popular person in the office because I can run off labels so quickly; it really does turn heads. If you’re a visual person, you’ll like the design of the LabelWriter 450, too — it’s sleek and sits unassumingly between your desktop and your phone.

Here’s one way that I used the LabelWriter 450 at my work: to label files I use for my manager to prioritise their in-tray.

And to prove just how fast the LabelWriter 450 really is, here’s a little video I took when I printed a couple of return address labels:

It’s time to win!

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for! Win a Dymo LabelManager 160 worth $60!

All you have to do is leave a comment below answering the following question:

What’s your favourite use of a labeller at work?

The most interesting/creative entry will be the winner! Thanks so much to Dymo for generously donating the prize so that I can spoil one of my lucky readers.


Term and conditions

  • One entry per person
  • Competition closes 11.59pm on Tuesday 11 December 2012
  • Entry is open to Australian residents with an Australian postal address
  • The winners will by chosen by Smarter Admins for having the most interesting/creative answer to the question “What’s your favourite use of a labeller at work?”
  • The winners will be contacted by email. If a winner does not reply within 48 hours, Smarter Admins reserves the right to select another winner. The prize will be sent directly to the winner by Dymo.

Dymo provided the LabelWriter 450 and LabelManager 160 according to my disclosure policy. This is an unpaid review, though the LabelManager 160 is being provided by Dymo for the giveaway.

The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner!

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