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Brother P-Touch 1090

Brother P-Touch 1090
alaScore 81

369 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 369 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size and design. The performance and print quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability, while there are some negative reviews about the value for money.

usability, print quality, performance, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother P-Touch 1090 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 369 reviews)

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Consumer review by: review summary for Brother P-Touch 1090


alaTest has collected and analyzed 169 user reviews of Brother P-Touch 1090 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Brother PT-1090 P-Touch Home & Family "Simply Stylish" Labeler

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Brother P-touch PT-1090 Family Labeler


The Brother P-touch PT-1090 Family Labeler is a battery-operated model designed for family use. It's powered by six AA alkaline batteries, though an optional power adapter (*Est. $18) is available. Label cartridges come in four sizes, from 3.5...

Inexpensive, can print iron-on labels, four label sizes, memory, frames, icons, symbols

Power adapter not included, wide label margins waste tape, label backing can be hard to peel, screen doesn't show exact label preview, some label media can be expensive

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Decent Device, Terrible Cartridge


I started using the device without reading the manuals and was able to find my way around the menu's after some trial and error. Speaking of trial, my trial cartridge jammed after 15 prints and I had to throw it away because it was not repairable. I...

Portable, easy to use for basic jobs, lots of features, easy to access rear panel, prints clearly, looks nice, great keypad

Label hungry between prints (Margins are configurable to chain print but you have to manually cut afterwords), clunky interface, poorly lit screen, jams


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Great for the Money


I would recommend this label maker to anyone.

This label maker is inexpensive. It has a wide variety of label tape options. Has multiple modes to customize the look of your labels. It is very easy to use

The only Con I have is that it wastes label tape. It would use a lot of tape to print a small label. After getting the settings right it uses a lot less but still wastes about an inch of tape before it starts printing the label. What I have done it...

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Works well for my needs



Compact Design,Fast Operation

Hard Setup

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Tape hog


Multiply tape price by two and you have a real cost of labels.

Lot of styles and features, good and smooth keyboard

Leaves empty tails of 2.5-5.0" on every label - wastes about 50% of tape and it's not a settings problem. Even narrow labels with 1/6" margins have about an inch of blank space

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Good tool - limited availability of tape


Could only get the black letters on white tape at Staples. Would have liked to have other colors.

Compact Design,Easy To Setup,Easy To Use,Excellent Print Quality,Fast Operation,Reliable

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Efficient, convenient and cost effective


Great flexibility and performance.

Compact Design,Easy To Setup,Easy To Use,Excellent Print Quality,Fast Operation,Reliable

Pricey Replacement Ink

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great little machine


This is a great machine makes great labels. I wish there wasnt so much waste on either end of the label. Can not use for everyday but still a grate machine.

Compact Design,Easy To Setup,Easy To Use,Excellent Print Quality,Fast Operation,Reliable

Pricey Replacement Ink

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Great Device!


Goode Deal at [$] with a tape!

Easy To Use,Excellent Print Quality,Fast Operation,Reliable

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Great sale price!


I actually bought this for my granddaughter's birthday which isn't till next month. She loves my Brother label maker which isn't as sophisticated as this one so I know she will love it! I especially liked the sale price!

Product Specifications

Part of the "Simply Stylish" line of P-touch products, the PT-1090 features 12 built-in "Deco Mode" patterns to create extra stylish labels. With its ABCD keyboard and convenient "Feature Dial", it's easy for the whole family to use. Add Time & Date to your labels for leftovers, smoke detector batteries, and other dated items. Use the convenient cable labeling feature to help keep your wires and cables organized. Create labels with 1 or 2 lines of crisp text, and use the built-in memory to save up to 9 of your favorites! The PT-1090 prints labels on durable, "TZ" laminated tape - perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother P-Touch


Color:Berry red


Type: None


Type: None


Form Factor:Portable
Max H-Resolution B/W:180dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):Roll (0.47 in)
Max Printing Speed:23.6inch/min
Media Type:Non-laminated tape / Flexible tape / Laminated labels / Fabric iron-on tape
Output Type:Monochrome
Technology:Thermal transfer


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty