Product Comparison: Dymo LabelManager 160 vs Dymo LabelManager 280

General Specifications
LabelManager 160
LabelManager 280
About the Product
Ready to make your mark on the world? Just type your text, edit with one-touch fast-formatting keys and print for perfect, professional labels every time. With six font sizes, eight text styles and over 200 symbols to choose from, the LabelManager® 160 makes it easy to create high-quality labels for all your organization needs. Plus, it’s compact and lightweight for portability, making it easy to label just about anything, anywhere. To extend the battery life, the unit's auto power-off function turns the label maker off when not in use.
With a large graphical display, fast-formatting keys and a long-lasting rechargeable battery, the LabelManager® 280 is your ticket to fast, uninterrupted labeling. The computer-style keyboard is perfect for typing text quickly, comfortably and easily. Plus, PC or Mac®*connectivity enables you to customize labels with fonts and graphics of your choosing from your computer. The LabelManager® 280 prints DYMO D1 labels in 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” (6 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm) widths in a variety of colors – perfect for labeling your files, shelving, equipment and more.
Key Specs
180 dpi
180 dpi
Maximum Label Width
0.5 in.
0.5 in.
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Dymo LabelManager 160 Portable Label Maker
  • The Dymo LabelManager PnP is essentially a form factor update for Dymo's earlier LabelManager PC, which I previously owned. Top and bottom margins (at least on 1/2-inch tape) seem to be the same. Print quality appears to be the same, if not slightly more pixelated.
  • This is my first label maker and I am pleased with its performance. It prints at a decent speed and is easy to load.
  • It prints at a nice speed, and you will find yourself wanting to label everything!
  • This is simple to use, prints great labels and doesn't waste tape. No complicated settings to scroll through - it just does what it's supposed to do straight out of the box.
  • Would recommend if you're printing regular single line labels.
Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker
  • This device is an absolute gem. I've purchased two of them: for work and home. I will be getting one for my kid to keep him away from mine!
  • The label looks clean and has no printing jam at all. Highly recommended!
  • It prints on 6, 9, or 12 mm tape. The 12 mm stuff seems to be the most available and it lets you fit in 2 lines, which is convenient for small labels (most of mine so far seem to have used the 2 lines).
  • It is very easy to use and the labels are glossy and good quality and the text is clear. So far so good.
  • Print quality is so-so, and the labels don't stick very well.
Size & Weight
9.88 in.
9.45 in.
6.63 in.
7.5 in.
2.63 in.
3.5 in.
1.62 lbs.
1.75 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Dymo LabelManager 160 Portable Label Maker
  • This unit feels great in the hands, the buttons are nice to touch and rubbery.
  • It is small, compact, and easy to carry or store.
  • Love this label maker, it's light and fairly compact. Also a bonus for me since I work in a call center, it is very quiet when printing!
  • This label maker is great because it's compact enough to stay in my messenger bag without thinking twice about it. The design is really nice to hold and type on, and printing works well every time.
  • Works exactly as described. No issues last few days of using it. Compact portable and very handy.
Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker
  • The Dymo is the perfect size and while the keyboard is small, it is perfect for quick typing labels.
  • Love it. Practical, easy to use, compact and convenient.
  • The Label Maker is a compact device and doesn't take up much space on my desk.
  • Decent bit of kit. QWERTY keyboard, big enough to be easy to use but small enough to be easy to take around.
  • Fits in your hand so makes it handy for labeling items on the go.
Print Technology
Thermal transfer
Thermal transfer
Print Material
Standard, Flexible, Permanent
Standard, Flexible, Permanent
Display (Character x Line)
13 x 1
14 x 2
Number Of Text Styles
Number Of Fonts
PC Connectivity
Power Source
AC power adapter or 6 "AAA" batteries
Rechargeable, lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack
Optional power supply (sold separately), Creation of DYMO D1 labels with widths of 6 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm and in several colors, Type text easily on the computer-style (QWERTY) keyboard, Format fast with one-touch Smart Keys for text size, bold, italic, underline/box, and vertical text, See what your label will look like before you print—preview in the large LCD display, Choose from 6 font sizes, 8 text styles, 4 boxes plus underline, Add professional impact and clarity to your labels with 228 symbols and clip art images; use quick-access key to enter punctuation
Customize labels with any fonts and graphics on your computer through PC or Mac®* connection, Type text quickly on the computer-style (QWERTY) keyboard, Avoid the cost and waste of disposable batteries with a rechargeable battery pack, Edit text easily with one-touch fast-formatting keys, Create labels with 6 font sizes, 7 text styles, 8 boxes plus underline, and 220 symbols and clip-art images, Create a wide variety of DYMO D1 labels in 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" widths and multiple colors
What customers say about "Features"
Dymo LabelManager 160 Portable Label Maker
  • Good entry level label maker with QWERTY keyboard layout for the price. Has LCD display what-you-see-is-what-you-get display.
  • This unit takes 6 AAA batteries or a 9v power adapter, so make sure you order those too. I happened to have a power adapter, but I prefer using rechargeable batteries. I'm very happy with this unit, especially with the performance and the price!
  • The replacement tape and ink is more expensive than other label maker brands.
  • The adhesive isn't as sticky as I would have liked. Still works, just something you have to finagle with.
  • For general label printing, this is fine. But there are many other options if all you need is a general label printer. Not many hand-held UPC printer options.
Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker
  • The software recognized the printer without a problem. I love the feature of being able to use multiple fonts and clip arts and images within the same label.
  • I just received the Labelmanager and found it very useful. Anyone who has experience using a computer can certainly navigate the software or printer controls.
  • Tape is easy to apply, rechargeable battery and no AC makes the unit small, portable and easy to use.
  • Very easy to use, have no problem to download the software from Dymo website. Also, we can use any font from PC and Mac, and even can type in a different language.
  • The replacement battery is expensive so I'll probably just buy a different label maker and make sure it does not have this issue.
  • I wish that it could charge from USB instead of only from the charger. A backlight would be handy.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
CE, UL, CUL, TUV, T-Mark, SAA, BABT, C-Tick
Other Information
29.99 $
59.99 $

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