Epson was nice enough to send me a review unit of its new Labelworks LW-600P portable label printer (US$99.00). I didn't feel I had much personal need for labels around the home office, but that quickly changed when I got the printer up and running.
The printer works with iOS or OS X. A free iOS app communicates via Bluetooth, while Mac owners can use the included USB cable. The printer can be powered by six AA batteries or the AC power supply.
Its maximum printing resolution is 180 DPI, and labels can be bought that measure 6, 9, 12, 18 or 24 mm. The labels are mostly peel off with adhesive backing. After your label is printed you can specify that it be automatically cut. There are a variety of colors and finishes available for the labels, even iron-on types. The printer itself is small, 6" H, 2" W, 5" D. It can go in a medium sized briefcase or laptop case.
Design and installation highlights
Set up was quite easy. Once the batteries were installed, a flashing blue light indicated it was waiting for pairing. I opened my iPhone and the printer showed in the Bluetooth menu, ready to pair. From there it was ready to print. Labels are easy to load and it was obvious how the label carrier needed to be inserted. I really didn't need a manual.
Using the Epson LW-600P
Bring up the Epson app, enter text, choose from a variety of fonts, and send your work to the printer. There are 400 label design templates, or you can choose plain text. It can also print barcodes or QR codes. The app also supports Apple's speech-to-text, so just talk to the app and the text for the label will appear. That's pretty cool.