Everything in its Place
With so much tech gear, classrooms are getting a bit crowded, which means that some teaching tools need to reside in boxes, drawers or on shelves until needed. That’s where a label printer comes in. It can not only pump out sticky labels for identifying what’s in boxes, files or on in a closet but can make ID tags or labels for marking cables.
All three are handheld devices that easily fit into a desk drawer. They do vary in a lot in terms of the labels they can use and how much they cost.
- Brother’s P-Touch PT-H300 may look like a calculator but it is an advanced label-maker that can save hours trying to find what’s needed and marking cables. It can pump out labels in your choice of 14 fonts in 7 sizes of 180 dot-per-inch type. It has a screen to preview what’s going to be printed. It can accommodate five different tape sizes that are up to 0.7-inches wide that can contain to five lines of text and symbols. It can be powered by disposable batteries or a rechargeable pack and starts at $70.
- Epson’s LW-400 can work with tapes that are between a quarter and three-quarters of an inch wide and put four lines of type on a label in your choice of 14 fonts and five sizes. Like the others, it can print 180 dot-per-inch labels and has a backlit display. Inside, there’s software with more than 300 symbols built-in as well as the ability to print specialty items like file folder tabs. It costs $50, runs on six AA disposable batteries and can be plugged in to create labels.
- At $30, Dymo’s LabelManager 160 is a genuine steal for classrooms that can turn ideas into labels quickly and efficiently. It can work with one-quarter, three-eighths or half-inch tape and comes with eight built-in fonts in six sizes as well as 228 different symbols. Its small screen shows what the type will look like on the label. It has a streamlined operation that can churn out labels quickly, runs on six AAA batteries and can use an optional AC adapter.