Hey gang, Valkor here. School might be out for most, but retailers aren’t wasting too much time gearing up for “back to school”. The latest product to enter the Val-Cave gauntlet is related to that theme and a welcomed newcomer, who've brought along something for the back to school crowd as well as a nifty piece of office tech for those that are interested. Check it out, it’s Leitz Icon Smart Labeling System. And yea… you want this, not only for your home but it works just as well when you're on the go.
Though the packaging might appear hefty, the actual size of the Leitz Icon is small and very portable. So portable in fact that it has a handle for easy transport. Opening the lid of the Icon reveals an area for dropping your printer cartridge and on the cart, you simply lift the “folding label guide”, then on the Icon you lift the front latch and the cartridge slides right in. Close it up and its ready to go! On the face of the device and starting from the right side is the power and Wi-Fi indicator lights and on the left is the cut and feed buttons. When you’re ready, you plug in the device using the included power cables and then plug the device to your MAC or PC (the software you can get from the company’s website) with the USB cable. The Icon also work off a Wireless network, which you can then use your tablet or smartphone (works with iOS and Android) to create your labels.
To begin my review, I went straight to the USB cable hookup along with the included printer cartridge. I gotta give props to the Leitz folks for including additional labels, in a variety of styles, to toy around with. Below you’ll find my example labels using the Icon software – the first is a simple address label and the second is a name badge. You can also see on the bottom example that I used the TOV Editor’s Choice logo. And even though I kept it smallish in size, you can easily adjust to make it bigger if need be. In the main field of the app is where you can customize your label to your precise specifications including the font, size of the font, placement of text and you can even add objects. On the left side of the PC application is where you can select the type of label you’re looking to create such as address labels, name badges and shipping labels. Once you’recontent with your creation, you simply click “print” at the bottom. And BAM! The Leitz Icon spits out your label with the quickness.
Yup, I even tested out the red labels Leitz sent along:
Working from the smartphone app (wireless) is similar to and just as fast as working from your PC, with all the same features. It took some time with the setup, but the final outcome was a success. You can either connect through WPS, which you’ll have to find the button on your router (if your router has that button). Or you can do a direct connect by first connecting to the router and then connecting through a website and setting up an account. I prefer the direct connect option as I’m limited to how many devices I can connect at once on my router and I don’t want to overdo it.
Finally, because the Leitz Icon is portable, doesn’t mean it’s travelworthy as it does have some weight to it. If you’re using it within an office, dorm or even within the home, you’ll have no trouble transporting the device wherever it’s needed. Below the handle is a rubber wedge that makes grasping and carrying the Icon with ease.
It’s the first time testing out office style equipment and testing out the Leitz Icon Smart Labeling System is the perfect opportunity to test my review mettle. Although I must say, handing me anything involving an adhesive is just asking for trouble. Thankfully I don’t have pets or else I'd truly be in a sticky situtation.
The Leitz Icon is the premiere amongst most – if not all labeling systems out there and clearly it's one of the easiest and fastest label makers I have experienced thus far; sure there’s a wide variety of labeling devices on the market, but the Icon goes above and beyond what those other systems can do; from small labels to something that can span in feet and just about everything in between and as far as I can tell, the Icon is an unstoppable label making force. Creating labels either through the PC or mobile app wasn’t as daunting a task as I would have thought; in fact the learning curve takes second once the software is loaded, as everything is laid out in an easy to read/follow format. It’s so easy in fact that even a child can work it properly… though I wouldn’t leave him/her unattended unless you like sticky labels everywhere. I love the design of the Icon itself; it’s small, simple, well labeled and fits perfectly amidst my other devices. Plus its transportability gives it an edge where I can carry it by hand with ease from one area to the next. And with the use of the mobile app, I'm not tied down to my PC, which means I can create labels just about anywhere. The device has a little weight to it, but nothing that’ll weigh anyone down. Finally, Leitz gets plus points for the biodegradable cartridges – it’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like it. We gotta take care of our mother earth as best as possible and props to Leitz for doing their part.
If you’re in the market for a label maker or looking for the perfect office gift or back to school item, then consider Leitz Icon Labeling System; the Icon goes above and beyond what a normal label maker can do and it does it with the quickness. I highly recommend it. And out of TOV 5 stars, the Leitz Icon gets a perfect score of 5. And it’s been Valkor tested, TOV Approved.