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alaScore 76

39 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the durability and size are overall positive. The price and performance also get good feedback.

usability, performance, price, size, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the BROTHER QL-580 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 39 reviews)

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Consumer review by: review summary for BROTHER QL-580


alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of BROTHER QL-580 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on

performance, usability, price, size, print quality

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Brother Professional Series Label Printer with Built-in Networking (QL-580N)


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Brother QL-580N Label Printer


Simon takes a look at a label printer from Brother.

The range of labels available for the QL-580N and the cost of printing on them is very competitive, when compared with its main rival. Nearly all the labels are paper-based, with little in the way of plastic substrates available. This is only a...

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Best thing to happen to marketing ever!


We LOVE this product. I quote a coworker who said, "THIS IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO MARKETING IN A VERY LONG TIME!" It made our life easier for our annual event that draws over 300 attendees. I am thrilled with this printer.

Ease of mobility,Quiet,Simple Controls,Works Quickly


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Brother QL-580N Professional Label Printer


This printer is awesome for my purpose. The built in ethernet port allows me to print labels directly from an old unix computer (albeit with some creative programming using the Epson style esc-p controls). It is a little short on font selection and...

compatibility, value for money

Expensive Ink Refills

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Brother QL-580N Professional Label Printer


size & weight, Easy Installation/Good Instructions, compatibility, build quality, speed, value for money, easy to use

Consumer review by:

Brother QL-580N Professional Label Printer


I was very pleased with the service and response of PC Connection and would order from them again.

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Great Little Printer


We use this printer to create file labels for client files and internal files. We used to use laser labels, but they were harder to get lined up, and more difficult to manage when you only need a few. The nice thing is that "what you see is what you...

Quiet,Simple Controls,Works Quickly

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Great Product



I like that it's network enabled, I don't want to own a printer that I have to connect directly to my computers. Prints fast and everything is clear and easy to see. Unit itself dousn't take have very big footprint and the price seems fare


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very difficult to install still cannot g


purchased to make mailing labels, icouldnot install. I had IT personinstall works intermittenlya nd even then not correct. One star because survey won't accept no stars


Complicated Controls

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You get--or don't get--what you pay for


I just installed this 'bargain' for use with my Macbook, only to find the Add In software that pulls addresses and other info from Office apps ONLY WORKS FOR WINDOWS! It does not work with Mac--one has to open the Ptouch software and type in the...

Complicated Controls","Won\'t work wOffice Mac

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Perfect for the home office


The printer software makes it easy to cut and paste addresses directly into the application. I have loaded up to 50 addresses into the software and it prints effortlessly.



Product Specifications

The Brother QL-580N, with its built-in Ethernet connection, is the perfect label printer to share with your workgroup. Offering print speeds up to 68 labels per minute and high-quality, 300 x 600 (Superfine mode) dpi resolution, the Brother QL-580N is the perfect solution for producing professional labels with graphics, logos and text for mailing, records management and other administrative applications. Capable of accepting labels up to 2.4" wide, this model also features a built-in cutter.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother


Type: None


Type:Print server


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / Serial / USB
Language Simulation:EPSON ESC/P
Max H-Resolution B/W:300dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):Roll (2.44 in)
Max Printing Speed:259.8inch/min
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Type:Continuous forms / Labels
Output Type:Monochrome
Technology:Direct thermal
Type:Label printer


Installed Size:8MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 - 10.5.1 / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows Server 2003 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP