Handheld Label Making at Its Simplest
The Epson LabelWorks LW-400 is a portable, handheld label maker that offers 14 font types and 10 font styles. Many styles of labels are accommodated, from 6 mm to 18 mm, and including reflective, glow in the dark, iron-on, and barcode labels.
When Width Is Important
Wide-format printers can handle paper that's wider than typical consumer or commercial printers. They're typically used by companies that have a specific need for this kind of printing, since they tend to be very expensive.
HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer--A Handy Tool for Road Warriors
Road warriors will find a dependable friend in the HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer, which offers long-lived battery power and easy to set up Bluetooth printing. It's not the smallest mobile printer I've seen, but it does print in color and gives remarkably good results considering its size.
How 3-D Printing in Silver Works
Shapeways, a company that lets consumers create and print their own 3-D creations, can print using a variety of substance, from plastic to glass. But when they offered pure silver, it was time to learn more about how that could possibly work.
Brother P-Touch PT-2730 Electronic Labeling System
The Brother PT-2730 Electronic Labeling System is a portable label maker that can work independently or be connected to a PC for advanced functionality. The machine can work on batteries or with the (included) AC power cord. Users can choose from eight fonts, 17 frames, and a wide array of type styles and symbols.
Planon Printstik PS905 Portable Printer
The Printstik PS905 is indeed very portable, battery powered, and can print via Bluetooth, which may make it convenient for those on the go who absolutely can't wait to print something out. But the low quality of the prints is probably not worth the convenience to any but the most dedicated road warrior.
HP Officejet H470 Mobile Inkjet Printer
The HP Officejet H470 could be really convenient if you need a nearly full-size printer that can run off a battery and connect wirelessly or via Bluetooth. But since I'm having trouble identifying when precisely you'd need that combination, and since the printer is slow, expensive, and seems error prone, I'd spend the same amount of money that...
Brother P-Touch PT-2430 PC Label Maker
The P-touch PT-2430 adds a few small but important conveniences to the lower-end versions of the P-touch line, such as an included AC cord and automatic trimming of the labels. These may not sound so important, but if you plan on making a lot of labels, they'll save a ton of time. And if you do use it a lot, I think it's worth the extra $30 or...
Brother P-Touch PT-1230 PC Label Maker
The P-touch PT-1230 PC is a handy and compact label printer that works with a PC. It has a limited range of functions, but for a label printer, it did everything I needed it to do--print labels in a variety of sizes and fonts. I appreciate that it didn't require administrative privileges to get it working, and I'm sure many home users will feel the same way. For basic labeling purposes, the PT-1230 is a great choice.
Brother P-Touch PT-1280 Label Maker
The new Brother PT-1280 P-touch Electronic Labeling System is no little toy; it's a seriously useful piece of office (or home) automation. It's not big (you could probably get four of them into a shoe box) but it has a large, easy-to-use keyboard and a 15-character LCD display. The printer can create vertical or horizontal labels on four sizes of tape, using dozens of symbols and in nine different type styles (bold, shadow, italic, and so on).
Review of Shapeways: Print Your Own Cuff Links
Looking for a cool gift for Father's Day, a birthday, or just something cool for yourself? Why not create a customized gift? Shapeways allows you to print your own cool-looking cuff links. I printed a pair with my initials on them and they came out looking great--now I can't wait to wear them!
Review of the Pandigital Digital Photo Greeting Card
The Pandigital Digital Photo Greeting Card looks like one of those large greeting cards with music--but instead, it has a small (1.44 inch) LCD screen and holds 50 digital photos in a slideshow. The card comes in all major holiday versions--birthdays, Valentine's Day, and so on--and is easy to set up. The screen is small, about an inch square. But for the cost (about $10 each), they're not much more expensive than regular cards (and far less annoying than music cards).
Just How Tough Are These Labels? Plenty
Brother electronic labeling systems are handy and easy to use, but that won't help you if the labels start peeling off in a few weeks. But Brother claims their labels are nearly invincible, and sent along a torture test to prove it. To my surprise, I couldn't get ink to smear or a corner to lift.