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Brother P-touch QL-550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Brother P-touch QL-550. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and durability. The price and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical reviews about the noise and size.

usability, performance, price, durability, reliability

size, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother P-touch QL-550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Brother - P-touch QL-550


If you need to print address labels, or any other kind of label for that matter, the usual method is to run an A4-size sheet of blank labels through a printer. This is fine if you ...

There's not really much to fault the P-touch QL-550 on. It does a simple job well and comes at a price that puts it easily within the grasp of even the smallest business. If we had to find a fault, it would be that the design is such that labels are...

Nov, 2004

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Great Label Printer


Light, needs little room. Very quick to print. We have 4 of these at our offices and (since 2006), all 4 have run perfect - no jams, no problems and plenty of labels. In the past 3 years, we've must have printed over 20,000 labels between the 4...

Software is fine - can be a little confusing, but everyone seem learn quickly. The labels can be either low priced or expensive - depending where you purchase them from

Oct, 2009

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I had tried a number of other label printers previous to finding this one, and none of them would do everything we needed it to do. My end users almost go through withdrawals if they move to a different office that doesn't have one of these on the desk.

I have over 225 of these label printers. In the last 2 yrs, only 1 has failed. They are used daily by all of the escrow people in the offices and they love them. Supplies are easy to get locally (WA & ; OR)

Could use an auto cutter, and wish the software was a little better

Apr, 2009

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Easy To Use, Great For Light Duty


The least expensive label printer Brother currently has (as of this writing). Great for the home user that prints a few a month or the business that prints a few a day. We have two in our business and I keep 4 different kinds of labels. To change sizes...

Drop in cartridges make swapping label sizes a snap. Must use Brother labels, but what you get is a roll of labels on a special roll cartridge. Cartridge has holes on bottom that tell printer what kind of label is inserted so it automatically sets the...

Software can be a bit confusing, especially the Office merge pieces. Documentation was not great so trial and error taught us most of what we know about it. If you print a lot of labels you might want to give up ease of use in favor of cheaper labels....

Oct, 2008

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Excellent Printer


Excellent Printer, Fast And Great Quality

None so far

Aug, 2008

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could be better


i wish it was actually thermal as stated, but it's really some type of ink press thingy (machine presses on special brother paper and it makes text)

Prints fast

You have to buy the paper from brother. By the time you actually get any use from it the cost for paper costs more than the printer

May, 2008

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Works great & price is right


I needed a good daily use label printer when I started my PC repair business but did not have much $$$ to throw at it so I went with the QL-500. Also, most of the QL-500 labels were on clearance at my local office supply stores so that saved me even...

This is a very affordable label printer that works great! Once I got a firm grip on the software (which wasn't hard) I use and abuse this printer for all sorts of things. I have recently started printing out barcodes for my business and this unit works...

It appears that the model was phased out and the media is not available locally. That's ok since I seem to buy everything else off the net anyway

Apr, 2008

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Once you start using it, you'll become a labeling fool.

Makes beautiful labels; changing label types is easy; aligns and feeds labels automatically; label cutter is simple and clean; software is versatile; easy installation (XP)

The label editor software takes a bit of study to use

Mar, 2008

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the best


a must buy

Fast print speed, easy to find lables, easy setup

only works with there software

Nov, 2007

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Better Than Sliced Bread


Software is vista compatible. I have used with M$ office versions 2000, 2003, and 2007 without any problems. You can print from just about any application through standard Windows printer drivers. There is even a bPAC software development kit that can...

This is an amazing label printer. The included software is incredibly full featured. It includes add-ins for word, excel, and outlook that work seamlessly ; Very quick to print. If you have a small business and need to print address labels you can't go...

B&W only. No network connection

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications

With advanced abilities enabling the download of label designs and the transfer images and graphics, the PT-9600 allows you to label in more ways than ever. Providing notebook-style portability, easy to apply crack and peel labels, and high-resolution barcode printing, the PT-9600 is the ultimate industrial labeling solution - perfect for inventory control, patch panel identification and asset management in telecommunications, asset management, plant maintenance and repair operations and pharmaceutical industries. The PT-9600 boasts professional quality 360 dpi resolution, making it easy to produce sharp, legible type that includes bar codes or serial numbers for everything from small circuit boards up to large 1.5" high signs. There are more than 400 symbols and 9 barcode symbologies included with the PT-9600. With built-in intelligence, the PT-9600 provides templates for quick labeling and comes with the ability to print in 10 fonts, in 12 styles, and in 25 font sizes for further customization. A large 20 character x 3 line backlit display makes previewing and editing text easy.


Color of product:Blue / Blue, Silver
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Battery Technology:Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd)
Battery Type:Ni-MH


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Austria
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother P-Touch


Memory capacity:10240


Color:Dark gray
Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista


Type: None


Type: None

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):5.61 x 7.58 x 5.91
Label type:6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36 mm
Print sizes included:24 (+ auto)
Tape size:0.236


Number of fonts:10
Number of styles:18
Tape type:DK / TZ
Underline: Yes

Ports & interfaces

PC connected: Yes
Standard interfaces:USB


Battery Technology:Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd)
Battery Type:Ni-MH


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:Serial / USB/USB
Max H-Resolution B/W:300dpi/360dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):Roll (1.42 in)/Roll (2.3 in)/Roll (2.44 in)
Max Printing Speed:212.6inch/min/47.2inch/min
Max V-Resolution B/W:300dpi/360dpi
Media Type:Continuous forms / Labels/Design tape / Fabric tape / Iron-on transfers / Laminated tape / Lettering tape / Security tape/Design tape / Fabric tape / Laminated tape / Lettering tape / Security tape
Output Type:Monochrome
Technology:Direct thermal/Thermal transfer
Total Media Capacity:1rolls
Type:Label printer/Labelmaker


Maximum Resolution:360 x 360
Print speed:20 / 3
Print technology:Direct Thermal


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.6 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME/Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP