Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review of DYMO 160 Label maker

Hello everyone...Another quick review for today!

I am usually not the one to spend on expensive gadgets, but when my DIY hacks fail, I end up buying them.

So in this post (Stamp Storage and Labeling), I swore, I would never  buy a label maker. And that I would use my regular printer and I could use all the fonts I can find.
 Well, I eat my words. I had a slight laziness issue with my first idea.

I had to wait till I had enough new stamps so that I could cover a full new sheet of label sticker. I could not print 2-3 labels and save the paper..I tended to waste the paper, or the printer would not accept smaller paper. If I wasn't lazy enough, I could have made it work..but sadly I am lazy.

So I went to search for label makers. Asked a hundred questions around the forums and finally narrowed onto something that would not make me regret, if it did not work.

So say hello to my new Label Maker DYMO 160. I got it from Amazon.in. Funny story...The local store here carries this same product for Rs.3800 and I was able to score this for Rs.1700 on Amazon.
Keep a watch on the prices, they fluctuate once in a while.
( I got from the vendor called "Amazingly Fab")

NMP - Source Google Search

Its small, fits into the palm of my hand.

Of course this is not as awesome the Brother P200 that Jennifer uses, but this will have to do for now.

There are a few pros and cons...but then not everything can be awesome right?? Then you have to pay the price for it too..I rather buy a few more stamp sets with the money I saved here..

Lets start with the negatives first..

  • Only one font.
  • It uses 6 AAA batteries. Which is a lot..if it was AA, could have been a bit cheaper.
  • Finding the cliparts and symbols, is a little tedious, but not impossible.
  • I wish there was a way to save the tape when printing, it puts a lot of white space in the 
  • front and back to the label..which is where I feel it wastes the tape.  
  • No instruction manual is provided. But it is easy to use right out of the box without a manual. You can download one from the website .

Now the Positives according to me

  • Prints two lines with the 12mm tape and 3/8th inch tape. (Score!!)
  • Same machine can accept 3 widths of tape.. 1/4th, 3/8th and 1/2 inch.
  • Has fonts from 8 point to 24 point.
  • Lots of symbols and cliparts are built in
  • The tape has split backing, so easier to remove.
  • Feather touch buttons
  • QWERTY keypad..makes it so much faster to type.
  • Refills tapes come in packs of 5, which costs about 350 per refill. {About 1750 for a pack of 5 & has 7m (about 23 feet)} of tape per new refill, the box comes with 3m of trial tape)
  • You can Underline, go italics, print Bold or print in boxes.

Basic but suffices for my use for now.

Since I am just starting to use it, I will update in a few days how it performs to my expectations.

And here is quick view of how it prints.

This works for me for now...so now, lets get labeling! :)

Hope this post is of some help to you...
Do not forget to check out my Stamp Storage post here

( affiliate link are used..in plain English it means, that every time you buy something using my link, I get a tiny bit of money..at no extra cost to you. And it helps me to continue finding such crazy stuff for you)


  1. This is something new to me. Seriously, which world do I live in !! Another great review from you, Tejal. I don't know if I will buy this or not, but definitely learnt something new today. Thanks.

  2. Thanks Tejal!! That was really helpful.. Also, could you please tell me, if I Buy the DYMO 160 do I need to buy their specific branded refills or are refills common for any brand?

  3. Wow! Thanks for the review, I was contemplating getting one, but I'm sure it'll cost over the top in Singapore 😓

  4. Lovely review as always, Tejal :)


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