Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Printer - Photo Illustrated Review

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The Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Printer Package

The Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Printer Package
Photo of the Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Printer package. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

One of the problems with home theater setups is that all those components need to be connected - that means a lot of cables and speaker - and it gets even more confusing if you have to change something out or move everything to a new room or house and you can't remember how you put it all together.

For that reason, a handy piece of equipment to have on hand is a label printer. There are many available, but one example that might right for you is Epson LW600P LabelWorks Printer.

In the photo above, is what is included in the Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Printer package.

Starting on the left is the quick start guide.

Moving to the center is actual printer, as seen from the front - just to the right of the printer is a starter label printer cartridge.

Moving to the bottom left is the USB cable used to connect the LW-600P to a Desktop or laptop PC.

Moving to the right of the USB cable is the detachable AC power cord and AC adapter (the printer can also run on LW-600P batteries for portable, in the field, use).

The features of the LW-600P include:

1. Label Printing using a PC. You can create and print a wide variety of labels with different fonts, colors, etc... with the LW-600P via USB/PC connection and upon installation of Epson's downloadable LabelWorks Label Editing software.

2. Smart Label Printing - Via an additional downloadable Epson LabelWorks Label Editor App, you can use a compatible IOS or Android Smartphone or Tablet to create labels and then transit the created label to the LW-600P wirelessly via Bluetooth for printing.

3. Ability to create and print labels via voice recognition (with compatible smartphones).

4. Built-in Automatic Label Cutter.

5. Can print adhesive-backed labels from 1/4 to 1 wide using compatible cartridges. Also, wrapping labels can be created for wiring, adhesive tape labels for components or boxes, etc...

6. Labels can be personalized with symbols, graphics, or handwritten messages.

7. Ability to create QR or barcode labels.

8. Power Requirements (not included): 6 AAA Batteries (not included)/or compatible AC Adapter (included).

Although the LW-600P 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.

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The Epson LW-600P Label Printer Multi-View

The Epson LW-600P Label Printer Multi-View
Multi-View Photo of the Epson LW-600P Label Printer. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is a multi-view look of the Epson LW-600P label printer. On the left is a view of the side showing the flip-out door (In its closed position) where the printer cartridges are inserted.

Moving to the right is a front view of the printer. On the top left is the on/off button and on the right is Bluetooth indicator.

Moving down is a transparent window that allows users to see what printer cartridge is loaded and to also see how much label tape is left.

Moving further down is the slot where the printed labels come out - the slot also has an automatic label cutter.

Moving to the third photo is a look at the back of the LW-600P which shows the AC Adapter receptacle and a Type USB port where you plug in the provided USB cable to a PC or Laptop (the end that plugs in your PC or laptop is a standard type A USB connector).

The last photo in this group is simply an opposite side view of the printer.

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The Epson LW-600P Label Printer Cartridge Loading Compartment

The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Cartridge Loading Compartment
The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Cartridge Loading Compartment. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

In the photo above, is a look the printer cartridge loading compartment for the Epson LW-600P empty and, on the right, with a sample printer cartridge installed.

The cartridge is completely self-contained, you just place it in - there is added manual threading necessary - other and making sure there is a enough label material to go through the outgoing label slot.

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The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Label Editor Software For PC

The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Label Editor Software For PC
The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Label Editor Software For PC. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is a look at the PC version of the Label Editor, which you download from the Epson website. It is a cross between a text and photo editor, and provides all the options you need to create and edit labels, including the ability to detect what type of label cartridge has been loaded into the printer.

In addition to the ability to create labels manually, there is a also catalog of commonly used labels (safety warning labels, etc...), as well as providing the ability to create UPC Barcode and QR code labels.

However, it is important to point out that the label printing software is not provided for the exclusive use by LW600P - it is also provide for use with Epson's entire LabelWorks line of label printers, so you might that some labeling tasks available on the software may not be usuable by the LW600P.

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The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Label Editor For Smartphones

The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Label Editor For Smartphones
The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Label Editor For Smartphones. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

On this page is a look at the main LW-600P Label Printing menu provided by the LabelWorks Label Editor App as it is displayed on a HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition Android Smartphone. Most of the functions of the PC version have been duplicated, but in a more condensed, and in some ways more difficult to use - although the text editing screen is large enough, using the virtual keyboard can be a little tricky as the "keys" are so small - I found my self doing a lot spelling corrections due to hitting the wrong letters by mistake.

According to Epson, the smartphone app does provide the ability to create text labels using voice recognition, but your smartphone must be compatible with that part of the app. In my case, although my smartphone does have voice recognition capabilities for features such as Google Search, I could not access voice recognition for use with Epson Label Editor Smartphone app.

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The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Printed Label Examples - Final Take

The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Printed Label Examples
The Epson LW-600P Label Printer - Printed Label Examples. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this last photo is a look at a sampling of labels I printed out using the Epson LW-600P Label Printer and applied to various cable connections.

You have the option of printing the labels on special strips that are transparent on one side and opaque on the other. This allows you print a thin horizontal label that can wrapped around a cable or wire.

The other option is to use a standard type label strip in which you print the name of the label twice (with some space in-between), and then stick it on the cable and wrap the two sides together. This leaves you with a "flag" that sort of sticks out.

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.

In either case, printing labels onto your cables and wires can make them easily identifiable to what they are being connected to and for me, being able to label the positive and negative leads of speaker wire, which is often troublesome to see without some sort of visible identifying mark.

As you can see, the labels are easily readable, although getting an even wrap around thin wire can be a little tricky - but it definitely makes identifying cable and wire connections easier.

Final Take

Based on the time I used the Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Printer, and the purpose I used it for, I found it to be useful tool.

On the positive side, the printer can be used via direct connection to a PC or wirelessly using a smartphone. It is definitely small enough to travel with, and can run on AC (Adapter included) or 6AA batteries.

For home theater installers, this provides added use flexibility, and, of course, for consumers, both the portability and flexibility of being able to use a smartphone with it makes it easy to use around the house on in the garage for a variety of label making tasks.

On the other hand, when using the LW-600P with your smartphone, typing labels using your smartphone's small display keyboard can be cumbersome - I definitely preferred using the PC software with a laptop in order to have access to a larger physical keyboard and also a mouse to navigate the printing setup menu options.

Also, I was not able to access the voice recognition feature on my smartphone for use with the LW-600P LabelWorks app.

However, taking all into consideration, for its $99 suggested price (minus the cost of label cartridges), the Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Printer is a really good value.

Official Product Page

In addition to the 1/2-inch standard sample printer cartridge included in the LW600P LabelWorks Printer package, some of the additional printer label cartridges available include:

LC-6WBC9 1-inch Cable Wrap (used in this review)

LC-5WBN9 3/4-inch Standard

LC-4WBN9 1/2-inch Standard

LC-2WBN9 1/4-inch Standard

LC-3WBN9 3/8-inch Standard

For a full list of available Label Cartridges, check out the Official Epson LabelWorks Tapes Page

For additional label printer suggestions, check out my previous review of the Dymo Rhino 4200 Handheld Label Printer.