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Brother P-touch QL-550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 178 reviews of Brother P-touch QL-550. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Comments about the design and durability are on the whole positive. The price and performance are also appreciated. Many are negative about the noise and size.

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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 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Brother P-touch QL-550 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Comments about the durability and performance are generally positive. The size and usability also get good feedback.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Brother DK-22205 - Thermal paper - Roll (6.2 cm x 30.5 m)

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Brother P-touch QL-550


alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Brother P-touch QL-550 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Printers on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and durability. The price and performance also get good comments. Some have doubts about the noise and size.

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81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother P-Touch QL-550 Quick PC Label PrinterBrother PT-9600 Labeling System

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: (

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

Consumer review by: N/A (

brother BA9000


Ordering Process easy, delivery on-time


Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: Doc (



Newegg is the best when placing an order, shipping, and standing behind their product. 12 years and counting.

This tape is high visibility and eggcelent wear resistant


Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: Kat Hat (

Great product!


It was the easiest roll change I think I\'ve ever done!

Easy To Change","Easy To Use","Good Value

Poorly Designed Keyboard

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: DANXO (

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

Consumer review by: T&E Geek (



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

Consumer review by: Techpriest (

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

Consumer review by: N/A (

Excellent Printer


Excellent Printer, Fast And Great Quality

None so far

Aug, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (

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

Consumer review by: Steve (

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

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.

Dimensions & Weight



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


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


Type: None


Type: None


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


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