By Andrew Liszewski
While dedicated DVD and CD printers are far quicker and usually produce better results than an inkjet with disc-printing capabilities, they can be pretty expensive. But the labeling empire known as DYMO feels that the average household could use a standalone disc printer and have created the DiscPainter to sell to the masses.
But, if quality and speed aren’t that important to you the company has come up with another selling point they call RadialPrint technology. The best way to describe it is like that old Twirl-A-Paint toy, where the disc is printed from the inside edge to the outside edge while it spins. But instead of ending up with random smeared paint blotches, you get a high-quality finish. The DiscPainter also includes custom DYMO software for creating the label, but it can also be used with the standard design tools like Photoshop or Illustrator.
With an expected retail price of about $279, if you only print the occasional disc you might be better off with an inkjet printer that includes this functionality. But if quality and speed are important, you’re not going to find a dedicated disc printer like this any cheaper.