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Epson LabelWorks Label Maker LW-300 ($20) & LW-400 ($30)- Instore @ Officeworks

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A good label maker at a bargain price is on clearance.

Main Features :

  • QWERTY keyboard to create your labels
  • Thermal printing technology so there's no ink or toner required
  • 6 AAA batteries required (Good use of Eneloops) or Use Power Adopter (Not included)
  • 14 fonts, 10 styles, 300+ built-in symbols and over 75 frames
  • Product Weight (kg) 0.7 kg

From Office works website :

This Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker is perfect for creating professional looking labels with tapes that allow you to label clothing, files and more. With a variety of 14 fonts, 10 styles and 300+ symbols, this versatile label maker is ideal for use in the home or workspace.
It's suitable for use on standard, iron-on, glow in the dark and ribbon tape.
It has a print speed of 6 mm per second for efficient labelling.
This label maker supports an amazing variety of printing with support for 14 fonts, 10 styles, 300+ built-in symbols and over 75 frames.
It supports 7 languages and has auto number and mirror printing options.
The LW-300 is compatible with several different types of tapes and supports printing tape with a width between 6 and 12 mm which can be up to 9 m in length.
It has the ability to print in 2 lines of text allowing greater flexibility in adding frames or symbols.
It utilises thermal printing technology so there's no ink or toner required.

PC Mag Review
http://au.pcmag.com/epson-labelworks-lw-300-label-printer/60...

Youtube Reviews
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZQYSs8Jz_s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDnzOn1chL8

Also on clearance is next model up - Epson LabelWorks Labeller LW-400 (https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/epson-labe...)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgvEZ7hjRDw

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    Is it east to buy tape, interesting to use for Kitchen stuffs label, thanks.

    • +1 vote

      Direction you need to travel in is dependent on your starting location and the end location so it could be east, but can also be north, south, west, or a combination of these that are not in directly opposing directions.

      Sorry, couldn't help being a smartarse.

      Not sure if it's easy to buy the tape.

  • +5 votes

    Wow, look at the price of the refill tape - all $25.00 each for 5 meters of tape per roll.

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      Yeah …..I have a bother labelled and it's great …..besides genuine tape on eBay you can also get generic tapes …..also one of the tapes is chemical resistant so can clean with acetone metho or turps …….

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      I buy the generic ones of EBay for $9 delivered and they work fine.

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      Had bought labels for my LW 300 from Alibaba Express suppliers.
      Cost about AUD$7.00 for 8m tapes, if bought in lots of 5.
      The more you buy, cheaper it gets.
      Quality is just as good.
      Also many different colour option available for label and ink.

  • +3 votes

    Been using it since Jan - Very easy to use . Labels are expensive though.

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    Any idea what the running costs of these are compared with the Brother ones that are often available on sale for a similar price?
    I know the tapes for the brother machine are sold at most supermarkets so they are readily available.

  • +1 vote

    Need 6 batteries to power this thing? Omg.

    • +5 votes

      Finally have some use for the bunch of eneloops purchased because of ozbargain.

      Given it's a thermal printer I think it'll use a lot of batteries

    • +2 votes

      Need 6 batteries to power this thing? Omg.

      What is strange about that? They could power it on one battery but you would have to replace it twenty times more often then six.

      • +3 votes

        Wouldn't that be six times…?

        Also, depends if the batteries are in series, parallel or a combination of both. If they're in series in order to get higher voltage, you can't just use one battery…

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          Wouldn't that be six times…?

          If you draw more power then a battery can efficiently deliver you'll kill it a lot quicker, this is why products have multiple batteries to make the most efficent use of the batteries within reason.

          Also, depends if the batteries are in series, parallel or a combination of both. If they're in series in order to get higher voltage, you can't just use one battery…

          You can increase or decrease the voltage as required, is not always the most efficent of powering a device but it is often a necessity.

          This is why there are so many different sizes like AAA, AA, C & D. In this application it uses 6 x AAA batteries. Let's assume AA batteries have double the capacity and you could conceivably get three times the life from AA batteries if they were fitted except at the cost of size and weight.

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          @Maverick-au: According to the manual the DC power source is 6.5V, which means you need a minimum of 5AAA batteries, and they are probably including 6 so you can use various rechargeable which often didn't used to maintain as much voltage as alkaline (at least in the past). So I would say they are probably all in series.

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          @Jackson:

          According to the manual the DC power source is 6.5V, which means you need a minimum of 5AAA batteries, and they are probably including 6 so you can use various rechargeable which often didn't used to maintain as much voltage as alkaline (at least in the past). So I would say they are probably all in series.

          ??????????????????

          Since when do you pick and choose how many batteries you need. This needs six batteries and primary batteries put out 1.5V so 6 x 1.5 = 9V!

          Secondary batteries put out 1.2V but all this is irrelevant like the voltage of the power supply as the unit sorts out the internal power itself as I said earlier.

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          @Maverick-au: need more question marks??? :)

          What I meant is that you cant use less than 5 batteries to reach that figure of 6.5v (which is correct, as 4x1.5=6. Considering we should be giving designers and engineers the benefit of the doubt, 6.5V is probably the ideal amount to provide when the source is ideal and current can be guaranteed (ie. Like when using a transformer, not from batteries).

          That being accepted, we can expect that they are in series, as you wouldn't get that voltage in parallel (as you don't add the voltages), in which case the statement that so many batteries are used to spread load would be mostly incorrect. At least 5 of the 6 batteries used are to provide the voltage that the designers believe is required to power it effectively for the variety of types of battery that could be used. As mentioned battery voltage output varies both with usage and type, typically from 1.2-1.5 for a AAA. So the effective voltage range of 6x AAAs in series is between 7.2V and 9V when fully charged/new. So for the batteries to deliver what we are assuming to be the ideal power at 6.5V there is some headroom so they are working beyond new as they degrade (why I said mostly incorrect before, as it could be seen that the 6th provides this).

          Not sure what you mean about the unit sorts out the internal power itself? If it requires a certain voltage to operate, then it needs a power source that can provide that accordingly. Hope that's a bit clearer

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          @Maverick-au:

          You can increase or decrease the voltage as required, is not always the most efficent of powering a device but it is often a necessity.

          Yes…by adding or removing batteries in series…
          You can't magically get any voltage you want out of a battery.
          One AA/AAA gives 1.5V, two in series will give 3V, two in parallel will give 1.5V but double the current. Hence my original comment, you can't just use one battery if the device needs a higher voltage than 1.5V.

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          @koganei:

          You can't magically get any voltage you want out of a battery.

          Yes you can.

          One AA/AAA gives 1.5V, two in series will give 3V, two in parallel will give 1.5V but double the current. Hence my original comment, you can't just use one battery if the device needs a higher voltage than 1.5V.

          Yes you can use one battery if it needs more then 1.5V. Electronics are rarely directly driven from the battery, there is often a step up or down involved.

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          @Jackson:

          Not sure what you mean about the unit sorts out the internal power itself? If it requires a certain voltage to operate, then it needs a power source that can provide that accordingly. Hope that's a bit clearer

          What do you think a switchmode power supply does? For a notebook it takes 100-240V and/or 12V and outputs a constant voltage around 19V. For a computer you do the same but it puts out 3.3V, 5V and 12V.

          Take a UPS as another example it converts the voltage of the batteries to a far higher voltage. For example 12V to 230V. The battery will vary in voltage but it still puts out a constant 230V.

          This is the same, the thermal printing side needs a constant voltage or the printing will change throughout. The screen requires a range as well it will change in appearance. There are multitudes of ways to achieve this.

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          @Maverick-au: it would be interesting to know what the exact power requirements of the thermal printing part are, and of course there is usually some sort of regulation in between, but in ideal terms it would still make the most sense from a design perspective to match the battery voltage to the part being used, so I expect the voltages are all pretty close to what the device needs between that 6 and 9v mark.

          I guess what I am saying is if you look at the entire unit as a closed system and take for granted what the manufacturer has specified it as, then the no. of batteries are required to deliver the performance they were aiming for, as performance would probably drop more than linearly if the batteries were being overloaded on each use

          Is it too much to ask someone to do a tear down?

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          @Maverick-au:

          Yes you can use one battery if it needs more then 1.5V. Electronics are rarely directly driven from the battery, there is often a step up or down involved.

          That's not magic then, is it?
          As Jackson mentioned, it makes much more sense to use the appropriate number of batteries to get the desired voltage rather than step it up and suffer losses.

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          @Jackson:

          How stuff works
          I have worked in the printing industry for 20 years
          Thermal technology isn't anything difficult

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_printing this explains the process

    •  

      Most will need 4 batteries and make the whole thing little heavier and bulky

    •  

      At least you only shell out for the batteries once. The tape on the other hand …

  •  

    I've avoided buying a label maker because of the price of tape refills.(Just as avoiding (some) printers). Anyone used/know of generic tapes for this?

  •  

    So apart from the batteries and tape, there's nothing else to replace??

  • +4 votes

    Batteries should not be an issue if you have been with Orzbargain for a while. Everyone of us has enough for the Apocalypse.

    I find the tapes are cheapest during the Schools back sales…..keep an eye out and buy up.

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      I thought I did but apparently all kids toys use aaa these days. I have heaps of aa and not much of aaa left.

  • +1 vote

    tape is on clearance too(caroline springs)
    https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/SearchDisplay?searchTerm...

  • +1 vote

    Just grabbed a LW-400 from Hunter St in Sydney. One left.

    No LW-300s in sight.

    Few tapes also on clearance but $25 for 5m is a bit much…

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    Is it a good product?

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      Haven't tried yet, but how bad could a label maker really be?

      I got the 400 cause it does 18mm widths, which the other ones on display don't seem to do.

  • +1 vote

    just label everything casey neistat style, it's cooler.

  •  

    Cheers! Got the $30 LW-400. Seems super awesome, plus up to 18mm width as mentioned.
    Feels comfortable to use. Note, AC charger is optional so it is not included in the package as such. It is 6.5 volt - 1.5 amp, so not common.

    •  

      Where can we buy the AC adaptor? and do you know how much is the LW 400 usually?

      •  

        I have not looked at the AC adapter yet, only unpacked and realized it didnt have one (didnt expect it to be honest). I thought it would be a more common voltage and would have something in my spares box full of adapters to make it work.

        Ill update when I have time to look it up and make some recommendations. To be honest ill probably use with batteries only anyways but having AC would be nice.

        NOTE: Officeworks Ballarat didnt have any stock online either but had stock when i called so i went and picked it up.

  • +8 votes

    For anyone looking for differences between the two

    http://www.wiredsystems.com/blog/index.php/2017/03/08/epson-...

  •  

    Thanks OP.

    Just grabbed the LW-400.

    A few of both the LW-300 & LW-400 at Kotara OW.

  •  

    Just bought the last LW-400 at the Chatswood NSW store, however there are TWO more LW-300 left on the shelf.

    It should be noted that the online store says they have no stock. Same with their Point of Sale system. Obviously this wasn't the case, so I'd suggest that before you go to a store you should probably ring ahead and check.

    Thanks OP :)

  •  

    So LW-300 save $7.99 uses 6xaaa, LW-400 save $19.99 uses 6xaa

  • +1 vote

    There is a number of both styles in Officeworks Auburn - at least 3 of each

  •  

    There was 1 LW-300 and 4 LW-400s at Officeworks Elsternwick as of 1pm 15/5/2017.

  • +1 vote

    Officeworks Joondalup has both models. just picked up the LW-400.

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    About 3-4 x $20 LW-300s, 3 x $30 LW-400s and 2 x $79 LW-600s at Officeworks Ferntree Gully around 3pm.

  •  

    Does anyone know if this clearance sale has an expiry date? Or it goes on until they sell them all out?

  •  

    saw few left in OW Cranbourne - VIC

  • +1 vote

    Went to Officeworks intending to buy the LW-300 model for $20, but when I saw the original price was $27.99 and tape refills were $25 (on special!), I gave it a miss!

    Couldn't leave empty-handed so I got a 3.5-3.5mm jack for $1…..Switch and bait……….what???????

  •  

    Maybe those were already discounted prices? or maybe these prices are inflated?
    http://www.epson.com.au/products/Home-Business-Label-Printer...
    LW-300 $59, LW-400 $79, AC adaptor $49.95!!!

  • -1 vote

    This will come in handy if I ever drop my microphone down a well.

  •  

    Damn, "Unavailable Online" - looks like it's out of stock.

  •  

    Do these come with any labels?

  •  

    Just got home from the West Burleigh Officeworks, got the LW-400. There were 2 remaining LW-400 and 1 LW-300 left on the self.

  •  

    Gilles Plains in Adelaide had 2 x LW-400 left as of 7.30pm Monday night. No LW-300 left.

  •  

    And why is a permanent marker a worse option than this again?

  •  

    old Guildford Sydney has three of the 300 and 1 400 left :) (got the 400, the 400 can print bar code and can use 12 -18 mm sizes tapes)

  •  

    Thanks OP! got the LW-400 for $25 (due to box damage) :)

  •  

    Thanks OP, bought the 400 for $30 at Noarlunga. There were several of each left late today. Whilst not a necessity, I'm sure we'll have some fun and find some uses for the labels. My handwriting is terrible so at least now we'll be able to read the labels!

  •  

    Are these better than Dymo?

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    Note that according to the online specs the LW-300 uses AAA batteries while the LW-400 uses AA batteries!!

  •  

    Mitchell Park OW on Marion Rd, SA, has four LW-300s and one LW-400 on shelf as of now.

  •  

    I had a thermal typewriter years again and the product faded. Receipts using thermal technology fade too. Will these labels?
    I am confused as Epson's blurb says it will do up to 18 mm wide, yet the specs seem to disagree. The doves Lso say rolls are 9 m long,
    Epson lists price of 409 as $79.

    http://www.epson.com.au/products/LabelWorks/LabelWorks_LW-40...

  •  

    My shopping comparison on the 400- nothing touches this price. My local store has 1 and a couple of stores nearby - Aspley, Windsor etc in northern suburbs of Brisbane if anyone is interested..

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    Epson lists AC adaptor as $49

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    Windsor, Brisbane, has one…. ignore the price it scans at $20.

    To the pretty blonde who got the last one at lunchtime today, I was waiting for you to not get it so that I then could. Boy you take a long time to decide! Luckily staff found 2 more

  •  

    and we wouldn't have to talk, just stick labels on each other

  •  

    I picked up last one at Pitt St, Sydney. Thanks Op.

    I printed a few labels, there's lots of symbols and borders too. Bargain at $20.

  •  

    Wanted the LW400, but Williamstown OW only had maybe 4-5 of the LW300s. Might try Altona for the LW400

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    Bought an LW400 from Fairy Meadow; one more left and 5 LW300s.