2 Stars By Nurse Bex on 1969-12-31
Good System, with Design Flaws
I ordered the Dotz Cord ID Pro Cord & Cable Identification System, 12 Count, in Assorted Colors for $7.99 with free Prime shipping.
I used these in conjunction with several cable turtles and a cord organizer box to tackle the maze of cables and wires behind the desk in my home office.
After much contemplation, I selected these for several key reasons: The labels are encased in a plastic window, so I figured this would enhance the longevity of the organizing system. I also liked how they clip around the entire cord. They don't create extra volume in the cord's diameter and they appear much cleaner looking than the loose hanging labels that resemble gift tags. This design eliminates the risk of residue and the associated dust trap that often occurs with adhesive labeling.
I love what these cord ID's empowered me to do... Create an uncluttered work space that's user friendly, easy to tear down and will be simple to reassemble.
They fit a large range of cables, from my skinniest audio cable for the speakers, to the thick cable for my commercial-sized printer.
The label paper takes to ink well. I used a Sharpie pen to write on the them. As long as you allow the ink to dry, it won't smear.
With that said.... There's some major design flaws in this system....
The labels don't just slide in. They require a bit of shaping to insert them into the window and get them to lay right. I found that bending them horizontally to create a slight crease works best.
The label must be placed on the side of the window with the latch. The instructions also mention something about buying a separate label if you want one to fit the non-latch side...... Wow.... Seriously? IDK, attempting to up-sell such a minor item (rather than just including it in the 1st place)... That just rubbed me wrong.
I really like the assorted colors because it allows for color-coding. The one issue with this is that a few of the colors, especially the blue and orange ID's, are a bit dark, so it's difficult to see the label inside. I wish they were more transparent.
It comes with 2 sets of labels that are pre-printed with the numbers 1-6. It also includes 8 extra blank labels. The 2 sets of enclosed stickers are also pre-printed with the numbers 1-6. I assume the purpose is to ID the two ends of the cord with a label and attach a sticker to both the input and output designations. However, I found that I could have used a couple extra stickers as I encountered some "regrade wires" that didn't quite fit this system. Therefore, I really wish it came with a few blank ones.
Despite a couple flaws, I still like these more than any of the other cord identification systems out there that I've seen; most of which, in my blunt opinion, are garbage.
TIP: Since there are a couple of people in my household that are self-described as "tech-illiterate," I differentiated between input and output by labeling each set of ID's with designations; eg: Tower and Tower to Outlet, Printer and Printer to Outlet. This way, if anyone has to disconnect or add to the system while I'm away, it should be super easy to reassemble (at least, I hope, Lol!)
4 Stars By Zoe @ blessed and bewildered on 2015-03-01
A great product worth purchasing
I really like these cable identifiers. They are long and so you have more space to write on the label. I also like the fact that you are given several different labelling options. They are easy to place on your cords and stay put. They also look neat and attractive.
The only reason why I dropped one star is just because it is rather difficult to get the paper labe into the plastic portion. It is a minor thing but until you figure it out it is somewhat frustrating.
I will buy them again!
By benjamin bannister
on 1969-12-31 For The OCD Organizing Pro
As someone that's a little OCD when it comes to organization, I love love love this cable identification set.
â€” COLORS â€”
You get 100 total plastic pieces: 20x each of blue, gray, orange, lime, and yellow. This is so amazing for organization! An example of how I use it: you can have blue for media like video games and Blu-ray, gray for internet devices, orange for charging wires, lime for the kitchen, and yellow for miscellaneous. The possibilities are endless!
â€” LABELING â€”
You get a sheet that is pre-cut to fit inside each plastic identifier. Along with my DYMO LetraTag LT-100T Plus Portable Label Maker
, I don't have to worry about sloppy handwriting to label my things. Nice and consistent text!
You also get colored numbered dot stickers to coordinate. An example of using this is connecting speaker wires to a receiver. Red 3 cord goes to Red 3 dot. Easy breezy. Amazing!
â€” FIT â€”
These have a "universal fit" for cords, and will fit cords 0.125 in (3.2 mm) to 0.375 in (9.5 mm) thick. Open up the plastic, wrap it around the cord, and snap it closed. These will fit the majority of your everyday cords, but won't fit on thick electrical cables.
â€” REUSE â€”
If one of your devices breaks and you need to relabel, just open up the plastic identifier and change out the label inside with an updated name for the next device's name. The plastic itself is resistant to degradation due to dust, dirt, heat, and moisture, so you don't have to worry about that. Woot.
â€” SUMMARY â€”
This is a cord organizer's dream product: color-coding in a sturdy material. Label once and life is easy. Everything is organized! Highly recommended.
5 Stars By R Whittaker on 2016-10-18
Dotz Cord ID Pro 100 Count Bag
The Cord IDs are a major time saver and stress remover for me before an event setup.
I have a portable sever that 8 people connect to via 16 USB cables (8 mice, 8 keyboards) and 8 video cards. This takes a combination of USB extension and video extension cables and USB hubs. I take this server to events and need to setup before the event begins. Each USB and video cable MUST go back in the exact same port. You can imagine the challenge especially under a time constraint. With the cord IDs I simply match the "circle number" with the matched cable ending number making event setup a snap.
While it doesn't really matter what colors you use, I made all video cables blue, all USB orange. If I had more time, I could've color coded tables.
Even if this 8 person direct connection server never moved, I would be glad to use the Dotz Cord ID just to make maintenance easier.
I would be very glad to order this again.
TIP: After doing over 50 of these, I got the hang of it. Just lay the label in the display side and put the cable over the label and close the lid, letting the cable do the work.
THIN CABLES?: For thin cables, like audio out, you may need to tape the label or do what I did and simply wad up a few bits of paper which pushes against the wire and label holding it in place. Another solution would be to snake a small cable inside the plastic ID cord. You could also run another wire (cut just for this purpose) inside the plastic ID cord to fill up the space.
The picture is during the event. For clarity, I'll try to update the picture before the event begins, with normal lighting.
4 Stars By Todd on 1969-12-31
These are great, the only thing I wish is that they ...
These are great, the only thing I wish is that they offered the single colors in the 12 pack size, seems they are only 50+ packs. They fit a variety of cord sizes and they come with corresponding color sticker dots I'd imagine so you can mark say a AV receiver so you an just attack the yellow cord to the yellow dot connector. I could see that being handy if you had a UPS and wanted to ensure certain things were plugged into protected/non-protected outlets etc. It would also be nice if they made a little larger model for some of the thicker cords, but these fit 95% of the cords I tried them on easily.
5 Stars By Raven on 2017-01-05
Extremely effective cable ID solution...
I own a lot of electronics. Probably too many. But I'm a geek and I love my tech toys. I LOVE these little items. I no longer have to play "let's see what goes out when I unplug this cable" when I'm trying to power cycle an electronic device that is acting up or when I need to relocate a device to a different area of my home. I am so happy with how easy to install these were and how easily read the labels inside each clip was. Having the colored dots to also help identify things was just that little bit of icing on the cake. Now I can easily tell which is the power cord to my PS3, PS4 or XBox One. I no longer have to guess at which cable is which for the multi-monitor setup for my gaming PC...as I've got them all easily labeled and color coded as well.
It's one of those things that 99% of the time, most people will likely never need to worry about...but that 1% of the time you have to deal with figuring out which cable goes where...you'll be patting yourself on the back for ordering these simple, effective and quite brilliant little pieces of plastic goodness. I honestly wish now I'd have opted for the 100-pack instead of the 12-pack.
I've included pics as an example. At my computer desk, I have multiple devices plugged in to a power strip. The strip itself resides in a recessed area under the main part of the desk, above a drawer. The strip is as far forward as it will reach. Without the ID tags, I was stuck having to reach back and grab something, unplug it and then check and see what doesn't have power. Thanks to a color coded dot on each device I can know that if I need to unplug my 3rd monitor, it's the green plug. The 1st one is the yellow plug, etc. It's so much more convenient now to deal with my cables.
Simple to use...just use a fingernail (or dime/etc. if you have short nails) to pop it open. Write down device name on the included labels. Push labels into clip with ya fingernail or a closed pen or something. Snap the clip shut around cable. That's it. Takes all of 30 seconds per cable including the time writing on the labels. You can optionally (I'd recommend it if they're in locations that make it hard to read the labels) put the (included) small color coded dots on the devices themselves. I personally put the dots along the top of TV's/monitors & sides of other things to make it easy to glance over and see what color is connected to it.
Makes identifying cables a breeze.
The ONLY con I can see is one of personal preference...I simply wish they had about double the amount of colors available to make it that much easier to identify things if you have a large power strip and such. But seriously, these things are awesome, even with just the 6 colors available.
5 Stars By Karin on 1969-12-31
Very useful and neat
These are easy... you get two of each color for both ends of your cable or what not... and you get the little corresponding dots to put over the plug opening on your device... works great and it's no fuss... I didn't bother with labels... it would be super easy... they snap right on... no fuss at all. I had left overs and I used them to identify some charger cables by putting a label in those... like Big Yellow Flashlight, Hand Vacuum, K's Cell Phone, Dog Collar Lights led) and blah blah... Even used one to identify my ear buds... MY EAR BUDS... So many uses. Great way to label your stuff...my hair dryer, my curling iron, my radio... anything using a plug can be fitted with one of these snap on identifiers... . Worth the price as they are the easiest to use, most permanent and attractive cable/plug/charger wires identifiers I've seen. You pop one open, insert your label (or not) and they snap right over the label and then over the cable, wire and anything with a draw string. I love them
5 Stars By Niko Alexandrou on 2018-03-23
Amazing Product. The best! In network business for years. This beats all other labeling hands down
If you have any kind of cable labeling needs (as a business or in your home), this is the product for you. It fits multiple sizes of cable so you you don't have to keep more than one size around. You can get them in CLEAR, our preference or multi-color.
We use a label maker (specifically DYMO 160, DYMO 280 and DYMO LabelManager PnP) and print out our labels, either ahead of time or on-site, for these cable marker. As a company we don't even bother with the included paper labels. We use 1/4 inch tape for the "thin" side or 3/8 inch tape for the "fatter" side. Both are available from DYMO and other sources on 2DayDeliver and elsewhere. I should also mention that we love, love, love the DYMO 280 (nothing wrong with the 160 either) as well as the desktop-base LabelManager PnP. You can find them all at ridiculously low prices either on AMZON or at Staples (on sale) - I picked up one at STAPLES three weeks ago for $20!!!!!!!!!!
Could not love this product more
5 Stars By Sharon on 2016-06-18
ID Pro Cord Identifiers are a must for any gamer / entertainment center!
I am a Hard Core Gamer and having multiple systems all plugged in, or in my case not enought outlets for them on both the TV / Wall Outlet can get frustrating. Not knowing which cord goes to what and fussing with them makes you even more frustrated when all you want to do is play. This solved the problem. Color Coded (Two of each color) allows you to put one on the power cord and one on the HDMI cord as well. The paper inserts work really well as you can write on them what system they go to and then insert them into each snap on identifier. No more hassles now that I have all my stuff marked. Happy gaming days ahead for me. Mind you these could also be used for entertainment centers with alot of components as well. Such a wonderful idea!
5 Stars By Mitch on 2015-10-02
Great Cable Identifiers for Cables in Use or in Storage
These little guys work wonders for people with a lot of plug-ins on their computer, or a massive amount of devices in an entertainment center, or just a bunch of cords around the house (in use, or not in use). They fit up to a very ample gauge of wire, big enough that anything you'll be using it for, it should fit just fine. The ends essentially hug the cord with small protruding spikes that attempt to hold the piece in place. They could probably fit on up to about 4 AWG cabling (don't hold me to that).
They're smallish, but they hug the shape of the cable (wrapping around it), unlike the disk-shaped cord identifiers, making it easier to put these on cables that are simply in storage in a drawer/bin for easy identification at a later time. The separate colors are a really nice bonus for when you've got a bunch of cords all next to each other bundled around. The small inserts work well, easy to fit in the identifiers, and easy to read once they're in there (provided you have neat handwriting and can write small). There are also small stickers that are numbered and color coded to go with the identifiers, but I don't really see the need once you've already got the identifiers and labels on there, it seems a bit much.
Liked these so much I ended up with 3 packs of them for cords around the house to make sure that me or anyone else never has any trouble plugging/unplugging the right cable anymore.