DYMO - RhinoPRO 5000 Printer
DYMO has recently introduced three new industrial label makers designed to help installers and end-users quickly and efficiently create labels for cables, panels and other items that may not work well with conventional label makers. The RhinoPRO 5000 is their top-of-the-line industrial model that retails for $150. We covered the RhinoPRO 3000 ($100) a few months back and the capabilities were impressive. The RhinoPRO 5000 looks similar, but comes in a yellow case instead of the orange one used on the 3000. In addition, the layout and functionality of the blue buttons are slightly different. The removable impact-resistant rubber housing helps protect it from potential falls. The unit is powered by six "AA" batteries (included), and can also be used with the optional 9VDC/1.3A AC adapter (available for $24.99, SKU #15519) if preferred. When we reviewed the 3000, it worked great using a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries, so we used the same rechargeable batteries for the 5000. The upper left corner of the LCD display provides the user with a battery level indicator. The front panel of the 5000 has buttons logically placed with each number and letter positioned sequentially instead of what would be found on a typical keyboard. The blue buttons are used for label design and hot keys. The gray buttons are used for printing, navigation and numeric entry. The LCD display is easy to read and comes with a backlight that is essential when using it in poorly lit areas. The upper right corner has a manual lever for cutting the label once it is printed.
The buttons are slightly larger and the layout is logical and easy to follow. Some keys have secondary functions which are enabled by holding down the Function button. The hot-keys provide fast access to different modes and will save you time in creating labels for specific applications (flagging, I/O panels, wire wraps, etc.) once you understand how to use them. The memory function can store or recall up to eight labels saving considerable time for frequently used names. The light green LCD backlight works well even when decent lighting is available. We found that in many cases indoor lighting was not good enough to see the LCD display clearly and the backlight made it much easier to read.
- Kevin Nakano
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