Printing in circles – DYMO DiscPainter Review

Overall = Rating: ★★★★½

85000-dydiscpainter2-r-thumb.jpg“To print circles, you should print in circles” is one of the tag lines on the DiscPainter page of the DYMO website.  The DYMO contention is that you can’t get the quality from normal CD/DVD printing methods that you can from their “revolutionary” RadialPrint Technology.

In my time I have used every imaginable method of printing on a disc.  I have used sharpie more times than I can remember.  I printed the stick-on labels.  I currently use a typical disc printer at work, and now I have the opportunity to use the next generation in disc printing technology.

The idea behind the RadialPrint Technology is very interesting to say the least.  Rather than print from side to side like a typical printer, the DYMO DiscPainter spins the disk while printing.  The disk moves slowly from back to front.  The print heads actually move very little.  The disk spins around and moves in and out to allow the head to cover the entire disc.  This lack of extra moving parts could potentially mean less maintenance in the future.

The DiscPainter is surprisingly small, in fact, it’s much smaller than i would have expected. It’s just wide enough to fit a CD and about twice as deep in the front while the back rises to about 6″.   The small size makes it a great fit for just about any desk.  The only other disc printer that I have used is about 2x the size of your typical inkjet printer, which means you have to give up a significant piece of desktop realty to have it.

The DYMO prints discs at excellent speeds.  Even with the printer setup at the highest quality, the DiscPainter finishes a full color picture print in about 90 seconds.  At normal print quality, the DYMO can finish a disc in just under 60 seconds.  It takes just over 30 seconds to print a few words on a disc.

img-0162medium-thumb.jpgThe quality of the DiscPainter is quite comparable to a good quality photo printer.  At the lowest quality, the printer does just fine with text.  With the settings at the highest quality, the DYMO produces excellent results with pictures.  Upon very close inspection, you can make out very small lines in a circular pattern around the disk, but you have to look very closely to notice.  The average print settings still yield great results with either text or photos.

The DiscPainter employs inkjet technology with a single print cartridge to replace.  The cartridge costs about $35 depending on where you shop and is supposed to print about 100 disks.  This estimate is based on “normal” print quality settings.  The price of printable disks is really no different than that of typical CD media.  With that kind of consumable price, the cost of printing each disk is actually quite low.

The DiscPainter is virtually silent.  This is probably the quietest inkjet that I have heard.  With so few moving parts, there is nothing to make extra noise.  When you think about it, the noise from your typical inkjet printer is from the heads banging from side to side and the paper feeding.  The DYMO is just slightly louder than your typical CD player (with the music off!).

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The included “Discus” CD creation software is extremely simple to use, while remaining very powerful and feature rich. The interface is intuitive and makes the process of creating a nice looking disk easy.  Loaded in the software are over 300 different backgrounds that you can use to create great looking CDs without having to find your own pictures.  The text and picture tools are all that you should need to design your own CD masterpiece.

Overall, the DYMO DiscPainter is impressive.  Until I had a CD printer at home, I didn’t realize how much I would use one.  With Christmas coming up, I found myself making all sorts of CDs that would normally have been decorated with my scribbling in sharpie.  A disk printer may not be for everyone, but for those interested, I recommend the DiscPainter from DYMO.

Appearance = Rating: ★★★★★
Quality =  Rating: ★★★★½
Ease-of-use = Rating: ★★★★★
Features =  Rating: ★★★★★
Performance =  Rating: ★★★★★
Value = Rating: ★★★★½
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Overall = Rating: ★★★★½

  • A little spendy for just printing on discs the average price was about $220 and $40 for a cartridge.You would have to print a lot of discs to justify this expenditure. It is cool through.

  • A little spendy for just printing on discs the average price was about $220 and $40 for a cartridge.You would have to print a lot of discs to justify this expenditure. It is cool through.

  • Ted Williams

    I print on a lot of CDs and used the Epson Stylus R200 for a long time. Due to operational difficulties with the Epson I purchased the Dymo DiscPainter hoping that this dedicated disc printer wouldwork much better. I does, however I'm disappointed with the print quality. The circular lines are very apparent and annoying. The print quality of the Epson Stylus R200 is much better IMHO.

  • Ted Williams

    I print on a lot of CDs and used the Epson Stylus R200 for a long time. Due to operational difficulties with the Epson I purchased the Dymo DiscPainter hoping that this dedicated disc printer wouldwork much better. I does, however I'm disappointed with the print quality. The circular lines are very apparent and annoying. The print quality of the Epson Stylus R200 is much better IMHO.

  • Henry

    Neat idea, I've wondered sometimes if disk printers existed, and randomly stumbled upon this article.

    It could be interesting to see a high quality scan of printed disc to judge the quality.

  • Henry

    Neat idea, I've wondered sometimes if disk printers existed, and randomly stumbled upon this article.

    It could be interesting to see a high quality scan of printed disc to judge the quality.

  • rafael

    i bought the dymo discpainter, but i am dissapointed, beacause of all te circle lines, the are very visible, i have tried everything but the don´t dissapear, epson r290 it is a lot better

  • rafael

    i bought the dymo discpainter, but i am dissapointed, beacause of all te circle lines, the are very visible, i have tried everything but the don´t dissapear, epson r290 it is a lot better

  • msq100

    DO NOT BUY THIS PRINTER IF ARE USNG THE MOST RECENT VERSION OF LEOPARD MAC OS 10.6.2 !!!

    MAC OS 10.6.2 AND DYMO DRIVERS DO NOT WORK CURRENTLY !!!

    DYMO WILL NOT HAVE AN UPDATE UNTIL MARCH 15TH AT THE EARLIEST !!!

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME !!!

    I SPOKE WITH TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND THEY INFORMED THAT I HAD TWO CHOICES.. "ONE - I CAN EITHER WAIT UNTIL MARCH 15TH AS A TARGETED LAUNCH DATE TO TRY AND HOPEFULLY PRINT A CD OR TWO- I CAN RETURN THE ITEM TO MY PLACE OF PURCHASE !!!

    GUESS WHAT ??? BE READY TO PAY FOR THE SHIPPING COST OF THE RETURN OUT OF POCKET AS IT IS A COMPATIBILITY ISSUE... IT IS NOT THE VENDORS RESPONSIBILITY !!!

    SAVE YOURSELF THE HASSLE DO NOT BUT THIS PRINTER !!!

  • msq100

    DO NOT BUY THIS PRINTER IF ARE USNG THE MOST RECENT VERSION OF LEOPARD MAC OS 10.6.2 !!!

    MAC OS 10.6.2 AND DYMO DRIVERS DO NOT WORK CURRENTLY !!!

    DYMO WILL NOT HAVE AN UPDATE UNTIL MARCH 15TH AT THE EARLIEST !!!

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME !!!

    I SPOKE WITH TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND THEY INFORMED THAT I HAD TWO CHOICES.. "ONE - I CAN EITHER WAIT UNTIL MARCH 15TH AS A TARGETED LAUNCH DATE TO TRY AND HOPEFULLY PRINT A CD OR TWO- I CAN RETURN THE ITEM TO MY PLACE OF PURCHASE !!!

    GUESS WHAT ??? BE READY TO PAY FOR THE SHIPPING COST OF THE RETURN OUT OF POCKET AS IT IS A COMPATIBILITY ISSUE... IT IS NOT THE VENDORS RESPONSIBILITY !!!

    SAVE YOURSELF THE HASSLE DO NOT BUT THIS PRINTER !!!

  • My friend

    My friend bought this printer against my advice. Now even he say's it's a waste of money. The lines can be seen very clearly as "rafael" said!

    Luckily he managed to get his money back.....he took it back to the shop but they didn't have any more so he choose to get his money....A strange thing happened....a wire inside became disconnected so it wouldn't work anymore 😉

  • My friend

    My friend bought this printer against my advice. Now even he say's it's a waste of money. The lines can be seen very clearly as "rafael" said!

    Luckily he managed to get his money back.....he took it back to the shop but they didn't have any more so he choose to get his money....A strange thing happened....a wire inside became disconnected so it wouldn't work anymore 😉

  • Interesting topic. Cost alot of money to do this. Thanks for the great information.