Start labeling with the miniature Epson Labelworks LW-1000
Byline: By Daryl Tan
I’ll have to admit I felt a little out of depth when I first received this. I had never seriously considered the merits of a printer, much less one purpose-built as a label-printing type. If it pushes out decent outputs, I’d usually consider it mission accomplished. Nevertheless, we’ll soon find out if the little Epson is any good.
The Epson Labelworks LW-1000is a particularly small machine. Of course, for something that prints labels, you’d expect it to be smaller than regular printers but I had still been caught off-guard when I saw just how portable the device really is. Setup was fairly painless and with the advantage of wireless LAN along with its small size, finding a location to set the Epson down is a delightfully fuss-free affair.
Like most printers, the Epson Labelworks is compatible with a wide array of operating system. Most importantly, it even works with Android and iOS, through the iLabel app. This allows for extremely efficient usage as there is no need to lug around a computeror even consider the spooling process. Sending over the required info on my iPhone is relatively straightforward and what I needed to do for the Epson to chug out all manner of labels before my eyes.
The labels, whether it be price signage, item codes, or even name tags are all handled with aplomb by the Epson. Regardless of the paper used or colour selected, text came out crisp and clear. The wide range of tape widths accepted by the printer also allowed great flexibility to suit any kind of surface intended for the label. I only had the printer for a relatively short period of time but I’m sure the print would stand up to months of wear and tear.
Compared to offerings of its competitors, the Epson Labelworks has proven that it’s a worthy contender – featuring sharp prints, relatively speedy production times, and efficiency in its ink usage. The ability to work with mobile devices further enhances its utility in all sorts of circumstances. If you’ve been wondering if you need a label printer then stop right now and go with Epson. You owe it to yourself to give this printer due consideration.
Dimensions: 123 x 153x 139mm
Technology: Thermal Transfer
Tape Width: 9, 12, 18, 24, 36mm
Printable Dot Numbers: 384
Max Print Height: 27.1mm
Max Print Speed: 35mm/sec
Connectivity: USB, Wired LAN, Wireless LAN
Support: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
Verdict: A lightweight label dream machine.
Total Score: 8/10