Monday, December 05, 2005
25.50GBP Disc Printer Review
I got delivery of my new disc printer from TDK today. I was really looking forward to this since I ordered it from EclipseComputers UK, there was a bit of a mix up with the order as their automated verification system didn't like my address. I emailed them and got a reply to phone them, the helpful person located the order, did a manual check and promised me the printer by Monday morning (2pm Monday so not bad seeing as this is London).
It was super simple to setup, it was harder to unwrap it than anything else. Once you remove the sticky tape that holds the drawer shut you have to wait until you install the software before you plug it in, once that's done it locates the drivers as soon as you connect the USB lead.
Pressing the eject button pops the drawer open and you can remove the cardboard filler and install the ribbon cassette, this is where I realised I should have read the description better! Impulse buying coz it was cheap :-) It's a dot-matrix printer with an ink ribbon capable of 200dpi mono.
Using the bundled label design software was a breeze, there's a walk-thru help window that tells you what each section does as you go to it. Importing images is a bit basic because of the simplistic image resizing method. You are better off, loading your image into Photoshop and resizing it there.
200dpi isn't too good for images and I found I needed to make it as simple as possible to even look ok, the first prints looked like they'd been rubber stamped on with not enough ink but changing to a bolder font made the text look good and increasing the darkness in the options fixed the image.
My phone doesn't take good pictures in low light but you can see it doesn't look too bad, not really what I was after but for the price I didn't expect miracles! It would be a good less-than-50- quid Christmas present for any geek in your family.
This purchase has just renewed my passion for a scanner/printer/copier/disc printer. I'm looking for one that doesn't have hugely priced ink and that wont take over my entire front room!.
Thanks to all that have visited even though I had only 1 post, it's great to have a blog just for my techy things and a big thanks to Charles for creating this great template.
Anyone out there had any experience with inkjet disc printers? Please leave a comment and let me know!