Print Labels Directly on CDs and DVDs
Handwriting on your DVDs or CDs might be fine for personal use, and printing paper labels on a printer then applying them to a disc is okay if you only need to regularly label a few discs. Both of these methods are inadequate, however, if you want a professional appearance and you need to label more than a handful of discs. Obviously handwritten labels are undesirable in a professional context, and working with paper labels are way to cumbersome to deal with on a large volume of discs.
Thermal Disc Printing or Ink Jet Disc Printing?
Thermal Disc Printing Pros:
Thermal Disc Printing Cons:
Ink Jet Disc Printing Pros:
Ink Jet Disc Printing Cons:
With this information you can decide which application fits your situation best. Generally, it may have to do with volume. The more discs you need to print the more cost effective thermal printing will be. Plus, if durability of the label is an important consideration thermal may be more appropriate. However, if you do not need a high volume of printed discs on a daily or weekly basis, ink jet disc printing can provide professional labeling at a lower initial investment, since ink jet disc printers are relatively inexpensive.
If you are providing a disc to customers (to hold software or to supply user-product information) and you are still applying paper labels, the time to consider disc printing is now! Disc printers can also be integrated with a disc duplicator, so discs can be fully prepared for shipping at one station.