I resolve to... streamline my office
Even a casual reader of this site knows how excited we get about organization. And, if you saw our daily comings and goings you would completely understand why. Like most parents, we are extremely busy with two small kids, work, a blog, and very busy social lives. So, whether it’s a new magnetic board that we can jot notes on and keep coupons where we will use them or it’s an awesome system for mailings that keeps us on top of things, we love companies who know that simpler is better.
When talking about simplifying and organizing, you are likely talking about labeling as well. Who wants to go digging for what they need when they can just label something once and always know where everything goes? Now that we have so much to organize, a label maker really is a necessity more than a luxury, and it’s why I have had a DYMO on my wishlist for quite some time.
Whereas other labelers simply create professional-looking stickers, DYMO takes label making to a whole new level. This next level of labeling actually has some really cool real world applications other than making your files look pretty, and it’s really no wonder that people who are serious about labeling turn to DYMO first.
Case in point: we had a good friend stay with us last week who runs a very successful small company. This friend used to ship all over the world for his company and spent an awful lot of time getting professional looking mailings ready for his customers. He took one look at the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo being reviewed on our desk and not only knew what awesomeness he was looking at, he also knew the model number. Some might think this is a completely surprising response from a young guy barely in his 30s, but not to those who know DYMO.
So, what’s so cool about this little label maker that it would actually spark conversations? A lot, that’s what. The LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo by DYMO is really the gold standard in professional label making for a number of reasons, which is why you will find it in small businesses, medical offices, and busy homes everywhere.
The first thing I am raving about is the ease of setup of the 450 Twin Turbo and the very intuitive DYMO Label software that comes with it to help you make the most of your purchase. The software makes it easy to get everything set up for professional looking mailings and even helps you manage your many addresses and contacts. By being able to create labels directly from Microsoft Word or Outlook, it makes it easy to access your entire address book without having unnecessary data entry.
As someone who has created more labels than I care to remember in word document programs and have done my share of copying and pasting addresses and information into the labels on a blank sheet, I really love having all the info I need in one place and being able to retain it for future use. It also solves another headache of the blank document for label making, and that is the struggle to get the right margins and label sizes programmed before you can print your first sheet. Being able to print directly to the label maker without having to set up each label first and being able to print labels directly from your Outlook contacts is a huge time saver for me.
What’s really cool is that after you import your addresses, the DYMO 450 is actually smart enough to correct US addresses with their Address Fixer ™ software and add the zip+4 codes that are recommended by the post office. It even adds that fancy barcode system to the bottom of the address to make it even easier for your letter to make it to its destination with the added bonus of looking incredibly professional.
Speaking of professional, it brings me to one of my favorite features of the 450 Twin Turbo, and that is the secondary roll printing capabilities that allows you to print both address labels and postage labels without swapping rolls in the middle of your project. But, better yet is that I love that all I need is a simple scale (that weighs in ounces) and I can actually save a trip to the post office by printing my postage at home, which just might add years to my life.
When you are all plugged in a ready to go, you simply send your addresses to the label maker and marvel at the amazing speed of this little unit. Having worked as an office manager for over a decade, I don’t think I have ever seen anything print quite like this at this quality. We’re talking up to 71 labels per minute, which means you can have all your mailings done within minutes instead of the hours it used to take. It also doesn’t require ink or toner because it uses a thermal printing process to make labels, a fact that is somewhat glossed over on the DYMO site but a feature I absolutely love.
Before you go thinking that the DYMO Twin Turbo is only for people who ship mass quantities of stuff, you should also know that it is also really awesome for general labeling – which is what my doctor’s office uses it for on all patient files – as well as creative uses like name badges, home and office organization, and more.
A huge thank you to DYMO for sending the Label Writer 450 Twin Turbo for review. All opinions are 100% ours and no form of monetary compensation was received in exchange for this Rave Review.