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Brother P-touch QL-550

Brother P-touch QL-550
alaScore 79

140 reviews

Apr, 2014

We have collected and analyzed 1 expert reviews and 139 user reviews from international sources. Users rate it 83/100. The average review date is Sep 2, 2008. We have compared these reviews to 515975 reviews from other Printers. The alaScore™ for this product is 79/100 = Good. Last update: Apr 17, 2014.

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(Based on 140 reviews)

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Cost is prohibitive

 

Used a friend's 9600 and liked it a lot. I sure can't afford one though(they retail at around $400). I'll just keep using my PT-2710 that I got for under $50.

Versatility

Way, way too expensive

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Amazon review summary for Brother P-touch QL-550

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Brother P-touch QL-550 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability, performance, build quality, size

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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

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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

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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

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QL500

 

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

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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....

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Excellent Printer

 

Excellent Printer, Fast And Great Quality

None so far

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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

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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

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Great!

 

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

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

Depth:11.9in/7.7in
Height:4.1in/6in
Weight:2.9lbs/4.4lbs/4.9lbs
Width:5.7in/9.3in

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Austria
Manufacturer:Brother
Model:9600/QL-500/QL-550
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother P-Touch

Miscellaneous

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

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type: None

Printer

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

Scanner

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