Labeling devices can be purchased in different versions. In general, electrical labeling devices are distinguished from mechanical labeling devices. The electrical models require energy in the form of electricity to function. Handy, mobile versions can be operated by battery.
Desktop printers, to which the label printers belong, for example, work with a power plug and are less mobile. Mechanical models imprint the letters one by one into the typeface, while the modern, electric models work like printers.
The individual variants are presented below and the advantages and disadvantages of each variant are discussed in more detail. For reviews and tests, you can visit the german blog vierauszehn: beschriftungsgerät test
Electrical marking devices
If you want to buy an electric labeling machine, you have the choice between tabletop units and versions with batteries. Electric labeling devices with batteries can be used mobile and are lighter than tabletop devices. Both types of devices usually have a display and print the text on a tape or label.
Electrical variants can also be divided into labeling devices, label printers, and pure labeling devices (with narrow type bands). Depending on the model, the devices can be connected to a PC (via USB cable). Label printers are also able to eject a barcode sticker.
Advantages of electrical labeling devices:
Font size and font are usually adjustable (many formatting options including italic, bold, etc.)
Input via digital keyboard or display
special characters, cliparts, and symbols depending on the model, possible
Template storage, depending on the model, possible
Disadvantages of electrical labeling devices:
Labels can fade and become illegible (paper-dependent)
Electric models require power (mains adapter or battery)
An example of a mobile marking device with different bandwidths is the Brother P-Touch H100LB. An example of a desktop device is the Brother P-touch D400. The Brother D400 is suitable for both home and commercial offices.
A labeling device, unlike other labeling devices, allows the formatting of the label before output. The label roll with the labels to be labeled is inserted into a labeling device. Labels, especially if they contain addresses, price, numbers, and names, are usually wider than the conventional writing strips.
The marking can be formatted and the device prints the labels, just like a printer. Also, different fonts as well as bold and italics can usually be entered.
Advantages of the electronic labeling device:
Wide range of applications (address labels, price labels with article number, etc.)
Format or formatting can be selected before printing
Barcode printing possible
The disadvantage of the electronic labeler
Must be powered by electricity or battery
An example of a label printer is the Godex RT860i.
Label printers usually have to be connected to another device and connected to a PC. As with label printers, a scroll is inserted before printing. The scroll can be made of nylon, metal, paper, or polyester.
A PC is used to enter appropriate commands and formatting. The label printer prints the desired “labels” after the command input.
Advantages of the Labelprinter:
Format templates can be created and printed directly
Formatting settings possible
Fast print results
Barcode printing possible
Disadvantages of the label printer:
Requires PC connection
An example of a label printer is the LabelWriter 450 Turbo from Dymo.
Mechanical labeling devices
With mechanical marking devices, the desired text is embossed letter by letter into a plastic tape. These products are considered to be the predecessors of the electrical marking devices.
The input of the desired inscription text must be done letter by letter and is partly laborious. Nevertheless, the mechanical variants are among the classic models and are, compared to label printers and label printers, inexpensive.
Advantages of mechanical variants:
Are mobile and independent of electricity?
Robust, scratch-resistant, lightfast, and waterproof labels
Embossing can be felt and is clearly visible
Cheap to buy
Disadvantages of mechanical marking devices:
Formatting possibilities limited
Stamping and input is sometimes tedious (the question of patience)
An example of a mechanical marking device is the label embossing device, Dymo Junior.