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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of BROTHER QL-580. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and size. The price and performance also get good comments.

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 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of BROTHER QL-580 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on People really like the design and durability. The price and performance also get good feedback.

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

May, 2018


Expert review by : Simon Williams (

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...

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (

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


May, 2010

Consumer review (

Great printer


We are very happy with this printer. In fact, I just ordered the QL-570N as well. (Essentially the same printer, with a few minor differences and no network connection.)

Laser quality printing, with lots of flexibility. We use this as a network printer in our inventory area. The network set-up was simple and painless. The included software detected the printer and installed it to each computer

A few minor ones: When sending multiple print jobs to this printer, it printed them out of order... not a big deal, just kind of weird. Also, if you want to make labels with bar-codes you have to type in the code twice: once to create the bar code and...

Oct, 2008

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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

Nov, 2010

Consumer review (

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

Jul, 2010

Consumer review (

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

Feb, 2010

Consumer review (

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

Oct, 2009

Consumer review (

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.


Jul, 2009

Consumer review (



had no problems at all since i brought this label printer


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.


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight



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


Type: None


Type:Print server

Other Features

Network ready: Yes

Paper Handling

Maximum label length:39.4
Maximum label width:2.44


Tape type:DK

Ports & interfaces

PC connected: Yes
Standard interfaces:Serial / USB


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


Maximum Resolution:300 x 300 / 300 x 600
Print speed:68
Print technology:Direct Thermal
Vertical printing: Yes


Installed Size:8MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP\nWindows Vista / Windows Vista, XP, 2000\nMac
Mac compatibility: Yes
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

Weight & Dimensions