Pros: Prints each disc in under 60 seconds Easy to use software produces accurate results
Cons: Inefficient use of ink ribbon Low resolution yields lousy looking graphics
Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase of the Casio CW-100.
I researched what I could on the product so I knew what I was getting for the most part.
I bought the CW-100 with the intention of printing basic labels onto my DVD R backups in an organized format; Title on the top print area; screen format, languages, subtitles, rating, and runtime in the bottom print area.
Setup: The initial unpacking and setup can be a breeze if you follow the directions that come in the packaging. Just follow them carefully and you should be printing in under 20 minutes. The retail package contains everything you need to get started (except a PC) Printer, AC adapter, 1 ink cartridge, USB cable, even a blank disc to do a test print on.
After about ~27 discs printed the first ink cartridge ran out of ribbon which upset me at first. I thought the stats said it could print "up to 50 discs per cartridge," well it does print that many if you're only printing in ONE print area on each disc. If you're printing both areas on each disc the ribbon should last about 25 discs, so buy extra cartridges when you buy the printer if you think you'll be going through them fast.
Ink efficiency: The worst thing about the printer is the fact that it uses an extremely inefficient thermal transfer ink ribbon. (but, that's why you're not paying $1200 for a fancy ink jet disc printer, right?) If you only want to print a letter "R" in the center of one print area, the printer will still make the ink ribbon scroll through enough ribbon to cover the entire print area, even though it would really only need enough tape to print the width of the letter "R". (I say "width" because the ribbon scrolls from one side to the other across the print area.)
Print speed: Due to the way the CW-100 prints with a one color ink ribbon, printing each print area only takes about 20 seconds each. You'll spend more time designing your label with the provided software than you waiting for it to finish printing.
Ink cost: The ink ribbons for this printer tend to cost ~$10 US per cartridge. So if you're printing both ares of each disc you'll be paying about 40 cents per disc in ink cost.