Cheap electronic labelers have some downsides — they can be awkward to handle, it’s hard to type on the tiny keyboard, batteries run down at the most inopportune time, and the expensive label stock isn’t very durable. Dymo offers another simpler option: write directly on the label tape with a sharpie.
At this point you’re asking, “Why can’t I just write on some masking tape and save money?” For one, it’s not very permanent and doesn’t look very professional. Also Dymo claims the industrial strength adhesive on their labels allows them to “stick and last.” Unfortunately the labeler doesn’t help you if you have illegible handwriting.
You write on the label through a large window in the Rhino 101, then advance the label with a thumb wheel and remove it with a built-in cutter. The “ergonomic” tool is built with an “industrial grade” case so you needn’t worry about it shattering when you drop it. An included clip allows you to hang the lightweight labeler on your belt for easy access.
The Rhino uses proprietary label cartridges that cost about $10 and it ships with a retractable Sharpie. If you’re anywhere near a Menards you can pick one up for $4 after $3 rebate this week of Christmas — that’s approaching the price of a roll of brown tape and a Sharpie. Otherwise you’re stuck paying at least $13 elsewhere.