Monday, 19 November 2012
Tape printer...in my opinion..
Yes, it looks works and behaves like the Dymo hand held tape system. It's by Artemio (distributed in the UK by several wholesalers, so widely available). It takes the regular 9mm width tapes and as you can see, they come in a nice selection of colours. The cassettes for upper and lower cases are really easy to change, and someone has thoughtfully put a smiley face on the lower case cassette which is quite fun. There is also proper, full punctuation available, although the Question Mark is not repeated on both cassettes which I found a bit odd. Not odd enough to stop me liking it though. The letters are changed by turning the central blue knob to 'dial' the required letter. This took me a minute to to get used to; on my other tape printer, you just turn the outside edge of the wheel, the 'knob function' feels very 21st century! There is no other intrinsic difference, the pressure required on the trigger seems the same - not as hard to squeeze as a reluctant punch for example, - you aren't left feeling that you've had a good clenching pelvic floor workout or anything so drastic! The tapes are clearly an industry standard, and like all tapes of their nature, they need encouragement to actually stick to anything that isn't paper. Because Artemio is a craft specific brand, the tapes will be readily available and come in some great colours, including flourescents, which are fun. The device comes with one reel of tape and the other tapes come in pre-determined selection packs of colours...primary (as shown) pastels and others. It costs about £15, and the packets of 5 rolls of tape are about £8. Significantly better prices than the market leader. And no significant differences, in my opinion. This puts it on the Christmas pressie list I think, because it's probably not something that you'll use every day, but it's something that would be really nice to have. Especially if like me, you scrapbook as well as make cards.