I can't count the number of times I've had a label maker in my Takealot trolley, only to remove it, thinking that I don't really *need* it, and that it will likely sit alongside the Nutribullet, never being used. As much as I loved the concept of a label maker (much like the Nutribullet) to get everything neat and organised, I was nervous if it would just end up being a one-hit wonder.
And then the answer came to me, literally. Epson gave me the chance to review their LW-400 hand-held label maker (R1 050 on Takealot), and it was the opportunity to see if this would be a dust-gatherer, or useful device for getting things neat.
To start, it's easy to set up and use. Power it with batteries or electricity, pop in the label tape of your choice (eg black on white, black on silver), switch it on, type what you want (choose from several fonts, styles and borders), and press print. I didn't have to read the manual – it's that easy.
You can choose from 6, 9, 12 and 18mm labels of 9 metres (that's a lot of labels), and you can store 50 designs on the machine. The label range also includes standard, black, transparent and writable matte paper labels, a variety of colours such as fluorescent and pastel, and two adhesive strengths, which means you can really have fun with your lables. The Epson labels are also durable, resisting water and withstanding hot and cold condition, so you can use them to label items in the fridge or freezer.
I had so much fun making labels, even though I didn't get nearly as creative as I could have. I created fun labels just because, I made labels for herbs and spice bottles (so that I don't have to lift a bottle to know what it is – I can simply read from the top when I open the cupboard), and I made some labels for my son's books. I also created labels for my baby's purees in the freezer, and made some grocery labels for when I get round to organising groceries such as flour and sugar into storage containers.
I could have done so much more – photo albums, tax files, boxes of toys etc, which makes me think that this label maker is that item that deserves to be in my online trollery and checked out, rather than chucked out. It's as useful as you want it to be, and going by its ease of use in making and sticking, portability and huge potential, it's a keeper.