Product: Dymo LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo
Rating: Highly Recommend
Here at Unplggd headquarters (aka our home office) we send and receive a steady amount of postal material; between returning review units, sending out PR material and just our own personal mail, the last thing we want to do is wait in line at the post office. So when we received the Dymo LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo to review, we had high hopes this would be our new best friend for all things postage related...
Out of the box, the Dymo LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo can be setup to get up and running in a few minutes, only requiring a USB plug cable connection to your computer, installing a roll of provided labels, and setting up the DYMO label software on your computer. The unit's design is office-chic, blending in well with typical printer/computer accessories, if not a little bit of a dust magnet due to the shiny black finish. It's definitely hardware which is handsome enough to leave out when not in use (though, we prefer to put it away since it uses up desk space and a USB plug).
Once everything has been setup, from this point you can start designing and printing out address labels (up to 71 labels per minute, notable for home/small office owners who mail en masse). Barcodes, name badges, folder labels and address labels can all be designed on PC or OS X systems, directly from MS Word, Outlook, Quickbooks and CardScan. A wide selection of fonts and designs are available to customize labels according to your specifications and tastes, which made the mundane task of creating labels a lot of fun for the label-crazy type of personality we are.
What does require a few extra steps is setting up the Dymo LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo to print out postage. To use DYMO stamps to create USPS approved postage, you'll need to setup an Endicia.com account, which may be useful for mass mailing, but a little bit of a hassle for someone just used to non-fee printing via the USPS site. We dropped $10 credit so we could begin mailing, but wished setup was just a little more streamlined with the software itself. Otherwise, creating USPS postage is extremely easy like the rest of the design software included, with drop menu options and a selection of postage for all variety of packages/letters.
Our Twin Turbo model provides the addition of a second roll printing capability,offering users the ability to print both labels and postage without swapping out rolls like the single spool Turbo model. Both the Twin Turbo and Turbo model auto correct US addresses and zip codes with an Address Fixer software (we didn't test this, since we normally don't have issues with providing a correct addy). Another software included is the DYMO File LT Software, which converts paper documents into PDFs or Microsoft Word or Excel files, an additional feature we do not really need, but may be of use to those without this type of software.
The Dymo LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo is possibly overkill for our small home office (the Turbo model would probably suffice), as it's loaded to the gills with features we like at our fingertips, but possibly will never use. But we'd rather be offered an excess of options rather than too little, and the unit does an excellent job at what it purports to do: print labels and postage. And anything that makes office tasks easier and quicker is okay in our book.