When I was asked to feature the EPSON LabelWorks LW-400, the timing couldn’t have been better. We are doing some serious spring cleaning around our house in addition to turning a spare room in to an office for me. After the tidying and organizing has been complete, I’ve been going around and labeling everything because I am not going through this again next year.
We are all working hard to create a little sliver of order. ‘A place for everything, and everything in it’s place’ has been my mantra over the past month. And I’ve found the easiest way to communicate what goes where is with labels.
Let’s start in my new (soon to be done), home office. I have a tendency to fall behind with my paperwork. I never have it organized and it usually just sits in a pile. I ended up getting myself a hanging paper file and thanks to this label maker, I was able to create some nice, looking labels instead of my chicken scratch. Now all of my papers are organized and I know just by looking at my file folder, what I need to do first.
You’ll notice in the image I have on the left that in addition to the text, there are also symbols. These particular symbols are from the ‘Office’ symbol group. There are a total of 23 different groups of symbols that you can print out, each carrying a number of symbols within their group.
This label maker can also print a frame with or without 89 different images around your text. A sample of the frame is below in my recycling image.
The LabelWorks is getting the most use in my home office, but there are other areas of our house that has benefited (or will soon) from this amazing item.
Here are just a few ideas of other uses (the list is practically endless though):
- label DVD / TV / Tuner remotes so everyone knows the difference. We have about four or five different remotes and it can get confusing for guests who need to rely on your to turn the channel for them.
- label items for people who don’t live in my house. My parents will be visiting Edmonton this summer in their RV for a couple of months and when they drop by for a visit, the easiest thing to do is to label some parts of our house, so they don’t feel lost. To make recycling easier on everyone, we have labeled our bins so that everyone knows what goes where, and so that my husband doesn’t have to sort through everything to separate it when he takes it out to the garage.
- stickers for kids: our oldest has been asking me to print out some of the awesome symbols that this label maker can create because she wants to create a zoo scene. Let me explain, the EPSON LabelWorks is that cool that they even have a symbol for about 35 different animal images. She asks me to print some and she sits quietly, peels the backings off of the label and creates her art while I make dinner. Quiet time, I’ll take it.
- label wires for transportation or just to tell them apart. Have you ever needed to unplug one thing and had to follow the wire from the item to the plug because there were so many wires? This label maker has an amazing flag function and wrap around function that allows you to label wires properly.
Other features of the EPSON LabelWorks LW-400:
- Accent marks – you can add any accent character so labeling in non-English languages is very easy, and accurate.
- Change font size.
- Choose from 14 different fonts.
- Large variety of symbols (over 300) and frames (over 75) including seasonal, kids, office, safety, around the home and much more.
- Cartridge tape sizes come in 12mm and 18mm sizes and in various background/text colours.
- Ability to make a font, bold, italic, outline, shadow, or a combination of these (like shadow, outline and italic together). There are 10 different styles and style combinations.
- Change font width from normal to narrow and to make the spaces between the characters narrow as well.
- Create vertical or mirror image text.
- Print up to four lines of text on one label.
- Ability to create an index tab label, flag label and wrap label.
- Ability to create your own barcode labels.
- Not only are there a lot of different sizes and colours of labels and text options for this unit, but there is also iron-on labels for marking kids clothes, bags, uniforms, etc.
- There is a built-in memory to store up to 50 label design files which is great for storing things like kids names for clothing labeling.
- Two features I like are on the back of the unit.
- little window to see what colour ribbon is in the unit without taking it out or printing a test strip
- quick tips listed on the back of the unit so you don’t have to look for the manual all of the time.
The instructions included with the LabelWorks unit are very detailed and easy to follow and the cartridges are extremely quick to remove and replace. They click in and out of position and you don’t have to feed the little label through anything.
The LabelWorks LW-400 comes with an AC adapter. Alternatively, it can take six batteries so it can be used in a more mobile capacity.
Disclosure: I received the EPSON LabelWorks LW-400 in order to post this feature. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.