The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- QWERTY computer-style keyboard
- High resolution display
- High resolution 360 DPI print
- Up to 60mm per second
- Up 36mm wide tape
- Up to 32mm high print area
- Real-time clock
- Wi-Fi & USB connectivity
- iPrint&Label Android & iOS app
- Full automatic cutter with part cut
- Optional battery
|Excellent QWERTY keyboard||Bulky and ugly|
|Fantastic display||Fairly impractical design|
|Amazing print quality and speed||Price|
|Battery and wireless for portability||Battery is an optional extra|
Using itIt has a carry handle so moving it about is fairly easy, if the weight of 3.3Kg (without power, battery or tapes) isn't off-putting. Now is a good time to mention its overall size: 18cm (H) x 19cm (D) x 31cm (L). The printer also acts like a case which you can store the power adaptor, tapes or even 2 regular-sized cans of cola. The keyboard is a pleasure to type on as it's identical to a laptop keyboard. Closing the top part of the printer isn't jumpy as it's got a damper to prevent it slamming, even with the keyboard/screen fitted.
TZeWe're all familiar with the TZe tapes. These are the standard tapes suitable for everyday usage. They're laminated and come in a huge selection of colours and sizes. Plus there are fancy fluorescent tapes, ones with a matt finish, silver tapes, extra strong tapes, and extra flexible tapes.
HSeHeat-shrink tubing is still fairly new to the market, but I'm impressed the D800W will accept it. The thicker material requires a more heavy-duty motor and a stronger cutter blade. This is fitted with both. Don't put HSe tape in a non-HSe compatible printer as you will reduce the life of the printer's hardware dramatically.
FLeThese are new to the market. These are still very much like a TZe tape in the sense that they're in cartridge format, but they're die-cut instead of continuous. This means the D800W is the first Brother P-Touch printer to do TZe, HGe, HSe and die-cut labels. I won't bore you with all the technical details on these labels, but if you're interested please see the aforementioned blog post.
- FEATURES: 7/10
- USABILITY: 7/10
- BUILD: 2/10
- OVERALL: 5/10
The specification is great along with the selection of supplies. Using the printer is easy but almost a little clunky. The keyboard is great to type on, but the keyboard unit could have been either wireless or not removable at all. It's really fast, accurate and has a great print quality, but a printer doesn't need to be this big, heavy and boxy to achieve this. The Wi-Fi addition is helpful for printing from computers and phones, but the battery should have been included in the price. There's lots of buts and what ifs with this printer. We have to remember that it's the Brother design team behind it, and whoever is in charge there isn't doing a very good job. In my personal opinion, they should bring back the P-Touch 9600 but upgrade it to take all the latest tapes, include a battery and the hard carry case, and speed it up; that would be a much better printer. The D800W is good for one thing: sitting in an office, on its own table, with computers connected to it wirelessly. That's it. It's good. It's bad. It's ugly.