Thermal-label and envelope printers for PCs have been around for over a decade now. They make even more sense now, because they utilize USB connections that you're unlikely to run short of (unlike serial and parallel ports) and because print quality is improved to an acceptable consumer/industrial level. If you want to print only an occasional labels, you can probably get by with the $25 to $75 handheld electronic label makers. If your penmanship is good and you’re cheap, you can simply use colored electrician's tape and indelible-ink markers, or just write directly on blank CD-Rs. It may not look good, but you’ll be able to identify those otherwise identical CDs later on down the line.

PC-connected label printers generally sell in the $100 to $250 range. Some are available as hand-helds as well, meaning they have batteries and their own keyboards. But these inexpensive label printers can't do it all, and they have hidden cost: Laminated tapes, the strongest and best kind, cost from 50 cents to $1 a foot.
Check out the cost of the extras before you buy any label printer. It can help you avoid some potentially nasty and expensive surprises later on.

CD label printers are devices used to print labels on CD-R discs using ink jet or thermal printing technology and only printable CD-R media can be used. Label printing is often built into CD duplicators that clean the media, record the data and print the label automatically. CD label printers also print on printable DVD-R media and may be advertised as CD/DVD printers. These are handy devices labelling and identifying CDs and DVDs.

Whether for personal or business use, a
label printer can deliver a quick return on investment. Think of a label printer as a device that helps restore order to your busy life.

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