Friday, March 18, 2011

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Review: DYMO LabelManager Plug N Play LabelMaker (for PC or Mac)

For the past 2 or 3 weeks or so, I have been on a reorganizing rampage.  I started with the kitchen because we really needed to free up some counter space, as well as cabinet space.  I still have the spice cabinet and the kitchen drawers to go through, but I got a good start with the help of my new DYMO LabelManager PnP LabelMaker.  My previous DYMO LabelMaker was about 10 years old and weighed about 15lbs, but I still loved it.  This new LabelMaker really made my old DYMO seem like an ancient relic.

The PnP LabelMaker could not be more easy to set up and use.  It comes with a lithium-ion battery, a USB cable, and one label cartridge . . . everything you need to get started.  Once you pop in the battery and cartridge, you only need to plug the USB cable into the back of the LabelMaker and connect it to a powered USB port.  This prompts a window to open on its own, where you can open the LabelMaker software.

The software is extremely user-friendly.  It is very intuitive.  You only need to type in what you would like your label to say and click "Print".  Then the label immediately prints out of the LabelMaker.  When the label is done printing, just press the button with the scissors symbol to cut your label.  There is an option to print more than one of the same label, but the LabelMaker prints them consecutively without stopping to let you cut each individual label.  It does, however, print a dotted line between each label so that you have a guide when you cut the labels with scissors.  I found it to be easier just to print the same label individually to eliminate the need for scissors.

Here are some examples of how I used my PnP LabelMaker . . . 

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Our children's toy bins were all jumbled and overflowing with their small toys.  Hopefully, these labels will help to keep the bins in better order so that my children are not always complaining that they cannot find a specific toy.

Since the children were infants, we purchased baby wipes from a warehouse store.  Each case of wipes came with another wipes bin, so I have always used them to hold small toys.  The bins look much better with the printed labels than they do written on with a Sharpie.

This is one of our kitchen drawers that needed the most help.  Underneath the oven mitts and boxes of storage bags were a wide array of items, ranging from Post-Its to toothpicks.  Again using empty wipes bins, I was able to save some space by eliminating the half empty boxes of sandwich and storage bags and consolidating them into one wipes bin.

Two other things I love about the DYMO PnP LabelMaker are that the ink is quick-drying, so I did not experience any smudging while handling the labels immediately after printing.  Also, I found out that the labels are repositionable on plastic.  Twice I had placed the labels a little less than straight and I was very pleased that I could peel them off to make another attempt.

You can learn more about the DYMO LabelManager Plug N Play LabelMaker by visiting  This LabelMaker retails for $64.99 and can be purchased on,, the Apple Store online, Staples, and other select retailers of DYMO products.

Thank you to DYMO for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.