DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer Review

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A look at the DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer

DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer - Package
Photo of the DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer Package. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Have you ever connected all your home theater components together and then had to disconnect and reconnect them all because had to change something out, add something in and lost track of what goes where?

Or, worse yet, you moved to a new residence and then gone to reconnect all your stuff and realized you forgot how it all connected back together?

Believe me, this is more common than you think, and even happens to us "pros". One of the reasons is that often times, we forget to attach labels to our cables and wires so that we know which ones are intended to be used where. This results in a classic: "Why didn't I label all this stuff before I took it apart" or, better yet: "Why didn't I label the cables and connections when I hooked it all up in the first place? - Doh!".

This is why one of the most important non-high tech tools that home theater installers have in their inventory is either a desktop or portable Label Printer. One example that was provided to me for review is the DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer.

In the photo above, the DYMO Rhino 4200 is shown sealed in its purchase packaging.

Proceed through this photo-illustrated review for a look at what comes with the printer, details on its features, and some printed label examples.

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DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer - Front View with Accessories

DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer - Front View with Included Accessories
Photo of the front view of the DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer and Included Accessories. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown above is a look at what comes in the DYMO Rhino package.

Starting on the left is the warranty brochure, followed by the 4200 label printer, and, on the right is an information sheet illustrating the types of materials that can be used to print labels on.

Moving forward is the starter label cartridge (1/3-inch black on white vinyl tape), which is sitting on top of the provided illustrated Quick Reference guide.

A complete user guide for the Rhino 4200 can be downloaded free from the DYMO website (pdf).

The features of the DYMO RHINO 4200 include:

1. Full QWERTY Keyboard.

2. One-Touch Hot Shortcut Keys for easy formatting of label text for wires/cables, flags, barcodes (Code 39 and 128 compatible), general, and breaker labels.

3. The ability to print 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, and 3/4-inch wide labels onto several types of materials, using various colors. Also, the 4200 can print directly on heat-shrink tubes. The 4200 employs a thermal printing process.

4. A Favorites Key is provided to all users to save and access their own commonly needed labels.

5. A Custom option is provided to enable users to create and save their own personalized label formats within the parameters available on the 4200.

6. 150-symbol pre-programmed label library for commonly used label terms, including terms commonly used in security, electrical, audio/video, and home theater.

7. Backlit LCD display for menu navigation and label creation/preview.

8. Heavy-duty casing with rubber bumpers to cushion against accidental dropping.

9. Auto Save/Power Off features to extend battery life.

10. Power Requirements (not included): 6 AA Batteries, compatible rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, and or compatible AC Adapter.

Although the DYMO Rhino 4200 is designed as a general purpose label printer for a variety of tasks in industry, business, and residential venues, for the purpose of this review, I will be focusing on its capabilities to provide labeling for audio/video and home theater applications.

Proceed to the next photo.

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DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer - Front View - LCD Display Screen On

DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer - Front View - LCD Display Screen On
Photo of the front view of the DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer with LCD Display Screen On. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a ​closer look at the DYMO Rhino 4200.

Grouped in the top section (starting on left) is the backlight on/off button, LCD display (shown with the backlight turned off), and label cutter (this is the location where the printed labels come out). Below the LCD screen (from left to right) are Power, Menu Navigation, and Copy/Print buttons.

Moving down is a row of Hot Keys for direct access to Breaker, Barcode, and Wire/Cable label functions, along with Text Rotate, and General Labeling functions.

The main part of the 4200 is taken up by the QWERTY keyboard, plus a number and symbols keypad.

Finally, below the number/symbols keypad are another series of Hot Keys for accessing text Styles/Sizes, Remove/Add, Settings/Custom, Save/Label Library and Feed/Serial functions.

For a closer look at the LCD screen/Menu display area, proceed to the next photo.

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DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer - LCD Display Screen Close-up

DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer - Front View - LCD Display Screen Close-up
A Close-up photo of the LCD Display Screen on the DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a closer look at the LCD display and Menu Navigation buttons on the DYMO Rhino 4200 label printer.

As you can see, there are two photos. The top photo shows the Audio and Video label selection menu, while the second photo shows the label Caption Bar. In this photo the LCD screen is shown with the backlight turned off. Turning the backlight on will change the color of LCD display to orange for better viewing in dark areas.

The Audio and Video label menus provide the following pre-set labels (All preset labels are provided in ALL-CAPs format):

Audio:

ANALOG, CD, CENT FRONT SPKR, CENTER BACK SPKR, DIGITAL, LEFT BACK SPKR, LEFT FRONT SPKR, LEFT OUTD SPKR, LEFT SIDE SPKR, LEFT SURR SPKR, OPTICAL, PHONO, RIGHT BACK SPKR, RIGHT FRONT SPKR, RIGHT OUTD SPKR, RIGHT SIDE SPKR, RIGHT SURR SPKR, SPEAKER, SUBWOOFER, SURROUND, TAPE, VOLUME CONTROL, ZONE

Video:

CATV, COMPONENT, COMPOSITE, DVD, DVI, DVR, HDMI, HDTV, IR, KEYPAD, MONITOR, NANNY CAM, PROJECTOR, REMOTE, RF, RGB, RS-232, SAT, "S-VIDEO, TOUCH SCREEN, TV, VCR

Also, once you select an audio or video label, you can do further editing. For instance, you can add the word "Player" to CD, or you can add the brand name, or even edit the label to read "to" or "from" CD player. Also, for the Zone label, you can add which number or letter Zone you want to designate (ie: Zone 2, Zone B, etc...).

By the same token, you can create completely original labels for your audio and video connections. For instance, I find that the video labels provided are too generic. I don't need a label that says Component, Composite, or HDMI - since I already know what those cables look like, I would rather create labels that say "To TV" or "To Home Theater Receiver", or other options.

The other icons shown in the menu illustration that displays the caption bar, starting from the top left and moving right are the Rotation, Alignment, Caps, Alt, Error, and Battery life indicators. Just to the right of the Caption Bar are Text Size and Style indicators.

For some examples of what the printed labels look like, proceed to the next photo.

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DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer - Example of Printed Labels

DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer - Example of Printed Labels on Cables
A photo example of labels printed with the DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this last photo is a look at a sampling of labels I printed out and applied to various cable connections. To print the labels, I hit print twice, giving me two copies of the label on a single label string. This is shown on the strips laid out in the middle of the photo.

The tricky part is peeling the tape backing off and evenly folding the two label sides together after wrapping the label strip around the cable or wire. Once affixed, the labels do not tear or get loose under normal conditions - if using the vinyl label material. To remove the labels, you really need to use a scissors or knife.

As you can see, the labels are large and easily readable. Also note that on the bottom right, I not only affixed a preset label to the speaker wire, but I also created a smaller label, designated "minus" so as to identify the the "minus" or negative side of the speaker wire. This makes it easier to determine which speaker wire needs to be connected to the negative speaker terminal, and which one needs to be connected to the positive speaker terminal. Often times, when you buy speaker wire, it is not always easy to see the different markings embedded in the coating around the copper wire, especially if the coating is transparent.

Final Take

Based on the time I used the DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer, and the purpose I used it for, I found it to be a useful tool. On the positive side, I found it to be sturdy, provided an easy-to-read LCD menu screen, and had a well laid out keypad and function keys. I also like the fact that you could use 6AA batteries in a pinch if you don't have the optional rechargeable battery or AC Adapter.

However, it is important that you take a good look at both the Quick Reference Guide, and the complete User Guide before jumping in and making labels, as it will save you from printing out your labels incorrectly, wasting tape.

Also, I found that sometimes the labels would not always print out smoothly, resulting in having to open the label cartridge compartment and uncurling the printed label before using the cutting tool.

On the other hand, for the price, I definitely feel that the DYMO Rhino 4200 is worth purchase consideration. Although more at home with a home theater or electrical installer, this label printer can be a useful tool for consumers, satisfying an abundance of labeling needs around your home.

The DYMO Rhino 4200 Industrial Label Printer has a suggested price of $79.99. The printer, printer cartridges, rechargeable battery, and AC adapter can be purchased directly through CableOrganizer.com.

NOTE: (does not include a rechargeable battery or AC Power adapter - but does come with a starter printer cartridge).

The product reviewed was provided by CableOrganizer.com - an authorized dealer of DYMO products.

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