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Dymo LabelManager 260P Label Printer

Dymo LabelManager 260P Label Printer

  • Delivery: Free (UK Standard)
  • Warranty: 3 Years

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  • Dymo Labelmanager 260 Label Printer
  • Lithium-Ion battery and charging cable
  • 12mm  x 3m black on white starter tape
  • Warranty card and user guide
  • Uses label sizes 6, 9 & 12mm
  • Wide choice of fonts and layout options
  • Large LCD display which provides a preview of your label before it's printed
  • Labels can be printed horizontally or vertically with left, right or centre allignment
  • Takes 9 & 12mm Dymo D1 Tape

Charge and go unlike an AC adaptor, labelling power whenever you need it. The label maker’s sleek new design is perfect for any office or workspace. Plus it’s packed with new features that help you get the results you want with more ease and convenience.

4 Average Rating 4/5 (1 review)
4 stars Lightweight, fits snugly in your hand and inviting to use... Written by

The Dymo LabelManager 260P is lightweight, fits snugly in your hand at 120 x 173 x 62mm, and is inviting to use. If you are qwerty keyboard orientated then the alphabetically laid out keys of printers like this can slow down your typing speed at first but there is much compensation in this printer’s extreme ease of use.</p>

The 260P uses the D1 range of cassettes which comprises Standard, Flexible Nylon and Permanent Polyester material and can print up to two lines of text on 9mm and 12mm labels (single line only on 6mm and 9mm labels) in fixed font steps of 8pt, 12pt, 18pt, 24pt, 28pt and 32pt. The printer, even when switched off, auto-detects the insertion of a cassette and prompts you (when next switched on) to indicate which of the three label sizes (6, 9 & 12mm) has been inserted. Obviously the narrower the label the smaller is the maximum font size you can use, such that 6mm label accommodates only the 8pt font, and 9mm label accommodates 8pt, 12pt and 18pt.

Three font types are available, these being: Basic, Serif, and Fun, which loosely equate to the Windows fonts: Arial, Times New Roman, and Comic Sans. With a couple of keystrokes, six font styles become available, these being: Normal, Bold, Italic, Outline, Shadow, and Vertical, the latter rotating the characters individually rather than whole words. Equally easy to select is the range of ready-made oblong borders, which are best described as: straight lined, rounded-ends, jagged/torn-off ends, pointed-ends, curly edged parchment, curly-ended banner, floral ends, and call-out shape, plus, of course, simple underline. As ever, with label printers, you can also print mirror image. All text may be aligned left, right, or centre, with no need for inverse printing because, of course, if you want white text on a black background you simply choose D1 cassette 720610 white-on-black tape (or whatever colour combination suits your requirement).

The printer provides quick access to a good range of symbols including several currency symbols, international characters and diacriticals (accents) plus an extended Latin character set. The clip art range runs to approximately 100 handy images. I quite like the fact that the keypad is purely alphanumeric, by which I mean there is no Alt key for accessing punctuation marks and currency symbols etc., these being accessed quickly enough from a menu. This approach avoids overloaded key legends where you have, for example, the letter ‘L’ flanked by a question mark and an ampersand and have to hold down another key to select which you want. After all, in label making, how often do you need a question mark, asterisk or apostrophe?

Should you wish to insert previously used text you can do this as long as the label on which it was used has been saved in memory. This feature resembles Microsoft Word’s ‘AutoText’ except that you cannot copy parts of previous labels — it has to be the whole label and will include symbols et al. However, if a phrase or fragment of text is used frequently you could create and save a label to act as a container for it. Unfortunately you would not be able to make a large library of such texts because the memory is limited to nine labels. Nevertheless, this is a nice touch.

The 260P is supposed to make fixed length labels too, a feature by which it adjusts the font size automatically to fit a predetermined label length, but in this I found disappointment. Put simply, the feature does not work. Not yet, anyway. Enquiries revealed that Dymo engineers are looking into the fault and we can only hope that future batches of this model are made to do ‘what it says on the tin’. The printer has no USB interface so an online upgrade when the bug is fixed will not be possible for existing models but, personally, I wouldn’t let the absence of this feature put me off buying a 260P unless I was expecting to make a lot of fixed length labels. There is a feature called Print Preview which gives an instant display of label length, so this task can be performed manually without much fuss.

The printer is powered by a lithium-ion battery of the kind used in mobile phones and laptop computers and is capable of printing up to two cassettes worth of labels between charges. It is supplied with a charger which, despite its appearance, is not an adaptor and cannot power the printer directly. In other words, you can use the printer while it is on charge but you cannot run it from the charger alone. With no battery fitted it will do everything except print, and any attempt to print without a battery will produce the message: ‘Battery Failure’. In cold weather I would advise using the printer while the battery is charging as it makes the keypad nicely warm!

The printer shuts down automatically after 2 minutes of inactivity, which can seem a bit impatient if you are looking up information while labelling, but when this happens the current label is remembered and reappears the moment you switch back on. If you shut down manually, however, the displayed label is not remembered unless you purposely save it or it came from memory in the first place.

The LabelManager 260P has a large, 2-line LCD (60 x 30mm display) which allows a useful preview facility allowing the label to be seen as it will appear in print, preceded by a message indicating the length, which can be very useful. If the label is too long to preview on the LCD screen it is automatically scrolled. You cannot control the scroll rate, or pause it, but the speed is slow enough to scrutinise just about any label.

Beyond this, the handy little 260P has much in common with most other portable labellers. You can print up to nine copies of a label in one go, at moderate speed, and detach the output using an integral, manual cutter. One thing that is different is the row of curiously shaped numeral keys which gives the printer an endearing visual quality but might not suit a stubby-fingered Sumo wrestler.

In conclusion, I would say that compactness and ease of use are the key features of this one.

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