A well-known product in the label printing industry, the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL is designed to properly assist at-home sellers and small businesses not located in a warehouse but still shipping a large volume of goods. Outfitted to offer 300 dpi quality printing in a compact size, this direct thermal printer boasts quick print times with no hassle of using ink or toner.

While the 4XL printer has the ability to print labels for file folders, binders, and name badges, it’s best equipped to print extra-large shipping labels up to 4″ wide. This goes hand-in-hand with its compatibility to many major online marketplaces and shipping platforms.

Priced less than Zebra printers, the 4XL averages respectably between $200-$300, depending on the buyer. However, it does require DYMO specific labels to print properly, which can increase the cost overall for users.

Let’s see if the DYMO 4XL printer is as dependable as it claims to be.

Who Are DYMO Printers For?

DYMO printers are proficient in printing labels for in-home, office, and shipping use.

This allows them the versatility to be used in many different environments. DYMO printers also allow for a broad range of customization with the labels they print, adding to their efficiency.

Printers, like the LabelWriter 4XL, allow for wider length labels to be printed, such as 4×6 labels for shipping. They are also great for printing bar codes and name badges.

Depending on the model, some digital DYMO printers offer LCD displays for easy personalization changes to font and print styles, as well as sizes, symbols, and images. They even feature several language options to choose from.

Around office areas, DYMO labels can be printed for organizational purposes, such as filing, storage, and supplies. They can also assist with home organization, like labeling ingredients, clothing, and crafting projects.

DYMO printers also produce labels suitable for workplace safety, like identification wraps for wires and cables, and cable flags.

What Kinds of Labels Do They Use?

A DYMO specific roll label with index holes

The DYMO LabelWriter 4XL is somewhat limited when it comes to its label variety.

The DYMO printer requires a 1″ core label with an index hole. Fanfold are not able to be used with this printer.

The 4XL only uses direct thermal (DT) labels. This means the ink is embedded within the paper and is exposed when heat is directly applied from the print head.

Unlike other label printers, DYMO recommends their own specific brand of labels to use.

These labels have index holes within the gap sensor marks. This means there is a small space on the label liner in-between each label. It allows the printer head to identify where one label ends and the next begins. Because of this gap, these labels are non-perforated.

While DYMO-specific labels are more expensive to purchase, 3rd-party labels with a gap sensor mark can work just as well with DYMO.

Pros & Cons 

  • Affordable price for the amount of options it offers users.
  • Easy set up for computers – plug ‘n play device.
  • No ink or toner needed to print.
  • It doesn’t require users to calibrate labels in order to realign them.
  • It has the highest resolution at 300 dpi.
  • This has the slowest print speed of all 3 printers reviewed.
  • It only supports DYMO-specific labels, which cost more than other 3rd party rolls.
  • This printer doesn’t support fanfold labels.
  • Customers complain the printer occasionally misreads and skips labels, causing troubleshooting issues.

Printer Specifications

The lightest of all 3 printers reviewed, the DYMO 4xL only weighs 1.96 pounds. This is due to the fact that it does not need a ribbon attachment.

The DYMO 4XL is compatible with both PC and Mac. The printer software is available to download on DYMO’s website.

 DYMO LabelWriter 4XL Zebra ZD620 Rollo 
Printer Price $279 $365 $180
Print Technology Direct Thermal Direct Thermal & Thermal Transfer Direct Thermal
Core Size 1″ Core or Fanfold 1″ Core or Fanfold 1″ Core
Printing Speed 127 mm/s 150 mm/s 150 mm/s
Max. Media Width  4.16″ 4.25″ 4.16″
Resolution 300 dpi 300 dpi 203 dpi
Media Holder  Included Included Included
Shop Compatible Labels  Compatible Labels Compatible Labels
Other Reviews  Zebra ZD620 Printer Review  Rollo Review 

Who Do They Work With?

Shipping Platforms

DYMO works with several shipping platforms for users who operate in e-commerce and need the proper tools to send their products.

A logo for Stamps.com, a shipping platform for ecommerce.

Online Marketplaces

DYMO offers quite a few options for online marketplaces.

Among them are two of the most well known brand names for online sales, Amazon and E-bay. These names appeal to a large-scale audience, aiding to DYMO’s well-known reputation among entrepreneurs and small businesses.


  • This printer offers a wide range of printable options, from basic shipping labels to customizable badges, at a feasible price.
  • The DYMO LabelWriter 4XL is moderate in both price and capabilities for users looking for a dependable printer choice.

Need Help With Your DYMO LabelWriter 4XL?

If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions on how to load and calibrate your DYMO LabelWriter 4XL printer, check out our article here.