If, like most people of my generation, you use the first ten seasons of the Simpsons as a reference guide for life, you will hear the phrase “label maker” and instantly think of the Radio Bart episode in season three, where Bart is given a label maker as an awful gift and, in a fit of boredom ends up pretending to trapped down a well.
Would Bart have been as bored had he received a DYMO LabelManager PNP? Yes. Of course. He’s an 8 year old boy and label makers are not suitable toys for children. But as a 28 year old boy (plus one) working in an office environment, there is a sense of enjoyment to be have from playing the DYMO PNP – especially if you conflate “easy to use” with “fun”.
The DYMO pnp is probably one of the easiest to use label makers I’ve seen – and I’ve seen a lot of label makers (editing gadget websites is a never-ending world of fun and stationary).
The unit is small and well-built, with an integrated stand so it doesn’t take up too much space on your desk. There is a lovely big power button on the top and an equally lovely cut button that lets you chop off your new labels with a very satisfying click. The DYMO pnp packs a lithium ion battery, which you charge via you computer’s powered USB port.
Software is very cleverly installed onboard – although you can download a more complicated label software package from the basic software on the unit (nb the link from the inbuilt software doesn’t appear to work so you might have to search around the DYMO website to find the correct download link).
As you’d expect from the name, label printing is plug and play – it automagically “just works”, which is the whole point of all productivity devices. The little adhesive labels are ideal of labelling hard drives, plugs, cables and folders – but there are plenty of uses if you are in the habit of keeping things neat and tidy.
The DYMO LabelManager PnP is available to buy online at www.dymo.co.uk or from your stationery supplier with an RRP of £49.99