Choosing the right printer for printing DVD and CD labels

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    • #175320

      Hello: I have a question regarding printing labels for DVD and CD covers. Today I went to Best Buy and the guy wasn’t too helpful in the printer department. I was wondering what is the best way to print labels with a printer. Are there stand-alone printers designed exclusively for printing DVD and CD labels, and covers as well? Or is it the design of the labels that is supposed to work with any printer. I am partial to HP printers and would like to know what is a good one to get for doing this. I want my video projects to look professional inside and out. Also, someone told me a couple months ago at Office Max that DVD labels cannot be printed with standard printers because of the heat that DVD players generate. Does anyone know anything about this? Steve

    • #41185

      Roller Steve,

      Beware of the adhesive labels you throw unto DVD and CDs. They are not good for their respective players, because they add a lot of weight to the disc and can become off-balanced. A better solution is to get a printer that can print on a inkjet printable disc. Well designed inkjet printable discs can look very sharp, and more importantly, they shouldn’t destroy anyone’s DVD player.

      There are also automated disc duplicators that have built in disc printers from Discmakers and Primera. These are much pricier than a standard printer. But, if you plan on doing lots of multiple duplication runs, these might be a good fit.

      Good luck finding one, I’m sure there’s some folks on the forums who can reply and give you specific feedback regarding a specific model they use.



    • #175321

      Along with printing on DVD/CD’s you could also look into LightScribe – Yes it’s slow and monochrome but it does look nice (if you use the highest contrast settings).

      Just a thought.

    • #175322

      lightscribe or an epson r300 with printable cd/dvd’s

    • #175323

      I have been burning CDs since my first 2X HP burner and started with DVDs about a year ago.

      The printed labels don’t always line up correctly within the labeling program or when printing with a IJ printer. Sometimes the paper feeds better than at other times. Depends on the finish of the labels, humidity and other issues. The paper labels have a bad rep for eventually getting air bubbles and supposedly the adhesive causes delamination and deterioration of the top of the Disks. I have only experienced the air bubbles.

      LightScribe, the disks are too expensive and the label process is too lengthy. Five minutes to burn a CD and 30+ minutes to burn a lablel. After the initial awe of the built-in-label, I don’t like the looks that well. Looks like retro sepia tone.

      I have lately been using a Epson R340 which prints on printable CDs/DVDs. The software that comes with the printer is very easy to use and after the initial alignment, it does a very good print job. Just ensure it is not installed too close to something as the CD/DVD tray exits the rear of the printer partially during printing. has good info on the different qualities, options and different types of printable disks. I like the hub printable as they will allow you to print much closer to the hole in the middle of the disk. Sam’s Club has the Verbatim printable for about 39.00 for one hundred, but they are not hubprintable.

      Supermediastore has frequent sales with free shipping. (I just ordered 8 Sony MiniDV tapes, shipped for 2.40 each) I am only a customer of Supermediastore. at the present has the Epson Stylus Photo R380 (probably a descendant of my R340) for 139.99 after instant rebate with free shipping. With Epson, I am also only a customer.

      I think that when you factor in the costs and aggravation of paper labels, that the printable disks come out a little ahead. And I use only Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden Printable Disks and I use the Epson ink. Just my personal preference. For give-away copies of DVDs, I use the cheapest blanks I can find but for archival I use Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden.

      Check out for lots of good info


    • #175324

      Thermal printers really are the way to go. They print fast, super high quality,dry instantly and are waterproof. The only downside is that they aren’t cheap. The full color printers start at over $1000. However if you don’t have to have FULL color, you could get a single color printer. I’ve got a Primera Signature Z1 printer. They go for about $140 (maybe less now). It’s a GREAT printer. And you can use ANY type of discs to print on. Generally, I’ll use the reflective style of Verbatim discs and print black on them. Looks GREAT and works really well. Also the ribbons for them are super cheap. $15 for a ribbon that’ll print about 200 discs.

      Just something to consider. You may want to check out all of Primera’s products. Good stuff

    • #175325

      I second Hank. I have two Epsons- an R200 and the RX580. The results are always right on. You can use the supplied software to create the artwork or design on a separate program.

    • #213217

      what about label maker software? I try few different programs. till now the best one is Ronyasoft label maker. some recommendations?

    • #213677

      If you prefer both prints in vinyl and sticker labels you can try it here , they process almost every digital print format.

    • #213681

      Seriously? Things have moved on so much since the mid 2000’s when this topic started. White label CDs and DVDs are plentiful and cheap, and labels yuckiest thing ever – they ALWAYS peel off, and jam up in players after a while, and it’s speeded up if CDs are left on a warm player.

      Most manufacturers have a cheap printer than has a CD tray for direct printing onto the surface of a disc.

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