Wednesday, August 26 2015 08:56

Back-to-School: The Epson LabelWorks Label Printer & Kits

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With our oldest entering First Grade this week, we've entered a new phased in the Back-to-School realm - that of having a kid in school all-day. With that, there's more supplies to be taken, and the potential for more things to go lost (which has happened), misplaced or mixed-up. With that in mind, the folks at Epson sent us one of their new LabelWorks Label Maker Kits for review - specifically, their Iron-On Kit. It was time to get to labeling!

Epson LabelWorks

Having owned a lot of labelmakers over the years, they always look more intimidating than they are - packing a ton of buttons and a good-sized manual. The Epson LW-300 is pretty easy-to-use, with a decent font selection and an assortment of cute and useful icons available. The kit (which comes in a helpful carrying case for storage) includes two cartridges of iron-on tape - great for clothing and other cloth goods, but you're gonna want to pick up some additional tapes in the adhesive varieties to label things like lunchboxes, plastics - anything that might melt under the heat of an iron. Also be careful with backpacks, as these heat-applied labels are great for cotton, polyester and blends - but could damage other materials. I was able to use our Epson LabeWorks labels on little Finley's PBS KIDS Backback from Whole Foods, but not Addie's Snoopy PEANUTS Backpack from Hanna Andersson (which has a write-on label inside).

Each label took seconds to apply using nothing more than our normal iron - with no water/steam. About 20-seconds each, and done. And for some of the items that both of our girls use? Two names...

Epson LabelWorks Review

Features (from Epson's spec sheet):
  • Everything you need to create personalized iron-on labels — includes a LabelWorks LW-300 printer, 2 iron-on tape cartridges and an application guide
  • Variety — 14 fonts, 10 styles, 300+ built-in symbols, over 75 frames and more
  • Less waste — smaller lead margin compared to other brands, for up to 60% less lead margin waste
  • Large built-in memory — store up to 30 self-created label designs
  • Prints up to two lines of text — more space for you to add specialty frames or symbols to enhance your design
  • Easy to apply — automatically printed with a split back for easy and fast peeling
  • Whisper quiet — prints labels without distracting those around you
  • Iron-on labels — durable, machine-washable iron-on labels can be applied to almost any fabric in just seconds
  • Carrying case included — stores the LW-300 printer, two cartridges, six AAA-sized batteries (not included) and optional AC Adapter (not included)

The Epson LabelWorks Iron-On Kit is available now from Epson.com, Amazon and other retailers. It's also a Rock Father-approved Back-to-School accessory!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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