Product Review: Dymo LabelWriter 450 Duo – Powerful Productivity in a Compact Package!
Written by Lisa Montanaro | May 29, 2011

I was recently asked by Buttoned Up to review The DYMO® LabelWriter® 450 Duo. I have reviewed several Dymo label makers now, and put them to the “professional organizer” test. The 450 will be the only one on my desktop going forward, which says a lot as my desktop is precious real estate and is not cluttered up by unnecessary gadgets. So to win a coveted spot on my desktop is a big deal!

I will start by sharing what I love most about the 450 Duo – its compact size. In organizing, we teach our clients that in most cases, going vertical is a smart space-saving idea as it uses less horizontal space in a room or on a desktop surface. Dymo seems to understand this, and created a compact product that still performs on a high level. The “Duo” stands for the fact that it prints labels and postage. It does so by having the postage print out on the top of the device from a horizontal opening, and the labels print out underneath from a vertical opening. Trust me, this is a brilliant design because it keeps the 450 Duo small enough to politely sit on your desk and spit out labels and postage when you need them, without taking up tons of space!

So, what can it do exactly? Print impressive address labels, shipping labels, file folder labels, name badges and more, at speeds up to 71 labels per minute. You use the included DYMO Stamps® software to print precise USPS-approved postage directly from your desktop – without fees, contracts or monthly commitments. I am so excited to start using it to ship out my books as the orders come in — it will save me from many trips to the post office! It also prints permanent DYMO D1 plastic labels in a variety of sizes and colors – perfect for when you need durable labels for your office or workplace. Like all LabelWriter printers, the LabelWriter Duo printer never needs ink or toner, and includes software you can use to print labels directly from text in popular software programs, verify US addresses and ZIP+4 codes, and much more.

But did I mention that my favorite feature hands-down is the 450’s compact, lightweight design (yes, I know I am repeating myself, but this is really a plus in my book!). I like my gadgets streamlined, attractive and compact, and the 450 delivers! It is perfect for any office or workspace. It can be left out on display on your desktop for you to use it when needed. And when not in use, it won’t take up much space and will be a sleek and stylish addition to your office. The Dymo LabelWriter 450 Duo will appeal to a busy professional that not only wants to stay organized, but look organized too!

Love this labeler so much that you want one for yourself? You can win one! ButttonedUp is running a contest for a free labeler. To enter, either email your best labeling tip to with the subject line: Dymo, or visit their Facebook page and post a tip on their wall The winner will be chosen randomly.

Full disclosure: This is sponsored content and I have been paid to do this post. That being said, I do not blog about anything I do not believe in and Dymo did not edit this post or direct the content in any way.

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I’ve worn many hats in my lifetime—often at the same time—while enjoying fulfilling careers. I’ve been a performer, teacher, sign language instructor, lawyer, career counselor, law professor, coach, consultant, mediator, entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, writer, and author. 

I’m an eternal optimist and life-long learner, constantly researching ways to improve personal and professional effectiveness. And it brings me great joy to then pass on the results of that persistent curiosity to my clients and audiences. 

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