The Brother P-Touch 7100 handheld label printer was the cheapest P-Touch specifically targeted at electricians. It will print on TZ tape sizes between 3.5 and 12mm. It has an ABC keyboard, large 1-line display, 9 font styles. It was supplied with a hard carry case and mains adaptor but can run from 6 AAA batteries. This printer has since been replaced by the PT-E100. The E100 prints faster, has specific patch panel and cable marking functions, and can even do serialisation.
The Brother P-Touch 7500 handheld label printer was much larger and heavy duty. It will print up to 7 lines on TZ tapes between 6 and 24mm. It has a large 2-line backlit LCD. It too comes supplied
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BarTender vs LabelDirect
To compare these two brands of software is like comparing the M14 sports car made by the small British car manufacturer, Noble, to a BMW M5. They both the do same job but in a slightly different way. Both cars will get you from A-B but one will be more comfortable, have more gadgets, have more of a presence on the road and perform slightly better, while the other is cheaper and British. The software side-by-side has very much the same sort of aura about it. One is full of many advanced features, is easier to use, has a nicer user interface, while the other is more of an entry level product. Now allow me to elaborate on what I'm trying to say here.
LabelDirect Basic is possibly the most user friendly labelling application on the market. This edition of LabelDirect has many features such as text, a modest range of shapes, images and 15 types of barcodes. It also has the ability for a user prompt at the time of print so data can be changed without physically altering anything in the label design itself. In addition to the fixed fonts available in the printer this software can introduce into your label any of the fully scalable fonts provided by Windows, making artistic layouts possible with the same ease as more businesslike layouts like the one shown below, which can be useful in the retail environment.
The professional edition includes all
The Ultralite edition ships with every current LabelStation and is included in the price of the printer. The software will allow you to produce intricate labels at ease and works much like office-style software with all the familiar keyboard commands such as Ctrl+C for copy and Ctrl+V for paste on all objects. In addition to a selection of Printer fonts and all the usual Windows fonts, Ultralite can produce barcodes in more than 90 different types. During installation you will receive a selection of new fonts for icon and symbology insertion. The many symbols include, but are not limited to, electrical, safety and packaging. With these symbols being in font format, they are vectorised and therefore can be resized without the risk of quality loss. If you choose a networked printer, you'll be happy to know that this software can be installed on as many computers as required
First, lets have a little look at the family tree of some Brother printers.
First there was the QL-500, a little direct thermal address label printer. Its printing speed was fast but the guillotine cutter was hand operated; with a little slider that you push from left to right and it sprung back when you let go. The QL-500 was all about sticking to a budget.
The QL-550 & QL-560. These printers were the same as their predecessor but with an electric cutter. You could tell the printer to cut after every label, at the end of a batch, or not at all leaving you to press the button to cut it when you're ready. They had more or less the same printing speed as the QL-500.
Having never used a Casio printer I wasn't sure what to expect. I have never heard any feedback about their printers so usually no news is good news. I wasn't disappointed with the machine but there are a few things I both liked and disliked about the printer. It's an unusual but neutral looking unit; very square, white and grey with a few blue buttons. Once you've inserted the 6x AA batteries it immediately becomes a nicer heavier weight than its otherwise light, empty feeling. The batteries are located right in the hand grip which is comfortable to hold. Before I switch it on and go through using the handheld printer I'll list the key features first.
- 1 line 12 character display
- ABC keyboard
- Tape sizes 6 / 9 / 12 / 18 mm
- 10 mm per second print speed
- 200 DPI print
"What is the Dymo software like? How easy is it to produce a label? What can and can't it do?"These are the types of questions you're probably asking when thinking of buying your first Dymo printer. Hopefully this post will be able to answer your needs.
Firstly this is a review of the software on a Windows computer. The software on Mac may differ slightly but I have yet to try it. Installation was quite quick and painless. Connecting a printer directly through USB installed with no problem at all. I'm using a LabelWriter 450 Duo so I get to try printing on both die cut address labels and continuous D1 tape. In the software itself you can add a networked printer. The networked printer would be a normal one through a Dymo Print Server. Unusually just launching this install wizard it ends up crashing itself straight away and then it