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Brother P-Touch PT-18R Rechargeable Labeling System

by Brother
39 customer reviews

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  • Rechargeable desktop labeler with handheld convenience
  • Remove from cradle for on-site labeling
  • Connects to PC for special labeling products
  • Graphical, 15-character by 2-line LCD display
  • Easy one-key access for templates and symbols
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Product Description

Product Description

Incredibly versatile rechargeable desktop labeler with handheld convenience delivers on-site labeling and PC connectability. Features easy-swap tape cassettes, quick operation keys, bar code templates and 459-character memory. Two-line, 15-character display with print preview capability offer a chance to check your label before you print. Four fonts, eight type styles and 103 symbols. Prints on TZ laminated tapes up to 3/4 wide. To recharge the battery, simply place the labeler on its cradle. Typewriter-style (QWERTY) keyboard. Compatible with Windows 7, XP, Vista. Includes one 1/2 TZ black-on-white starter tape, software, charger unit, rechargeable NiMH battery, AC adapter, USB cable and user`s guide. Tape Size: 1/4 - 3/4; Number of Printed Lines: 5.000; Display Characters x Display Lines: 15 x 2; Memory: 459 Characters.

From the Manufacturer

The get up and go rechargeable desktop labeler with handheld convenience.

Serving as an office group's single labeling machine, any user can simply remove this machine from the sleek charger base and take it to their labeling site, wherever it might be -- at an office desk or in the field. Or simply use this labeler while connected to a workgroup PC, in a common work area to create professional looking labels. This single machine can be used by asset managers needing to label companies assets wherever they are in the office, or by an administrative assistant who needs to create labels for a file folder, presentation or a visitor name badge. Simply place the labeler back on the cradle to recharge the battery and make it available for the next user.

This model features easy-swap tape cassettes, one key operation via an easy to use keyboard, bar code templates, and the ability to connect via a USB to a PC for more detailed labeling. This machines easy view graphic display and print preview capability allows users to create and preview label layouts before printing.

Rechargeable Battery

  • Remove from cradle for on-site labeling
  • Replace to recharge and be ready for next user


  • Connect to PC for special labeling products
  • Also, a full-function stand-alone labeler

High Visibility LCD

  • Label preview
  • See your work before printing
  • Graphical, 15 character by 2-line display

Quick Easy Label Creation

  • Easy one-key access for templates and symbols
  • Automatic tape cutter

What's in the Box
One TZ 1/2" black/white starter, USB cable, software, user's guide, rechargeable battery, charger unit, AC adapter (AD-60)

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameBrother
Item Weight1.3 pounds
Product Dimensions2 x 5.9 x 4.8 inches
Item model numberPT-18R
Number of Items1
Size2 In
Manufacturer Part NumberPT-18R
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #106,364 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.1 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableJuly 28, 2004

Technical Details

  • Minimum RAM: 64

Customer Reviews

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Strohmian VINE VOICE on January 23, 2008
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I've owned a Brother PC- only labeler for a few years now, but I ended up not using it much after the initial play period. The problem is, if you have to sit down and fire up your PC and the software (no matter how intuitive and sexy), it's just easier to use a pen, or nothing at all for that matter! After I read that David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done, concurred, I looked again for a more "ready when you are" tool. I highly recommend that you check out Brother's website; they have a nifty comparison feature that you can customize per model and feature and produce a PDF at the end - great for your final decision process. For me, size and an auto cutter were the main features I was looking for, and that eventually lead me to this device, the little-reviewed 18R.

This particular unit is 2-3 times smaller in volume than all its brothers (non-intended pun here), thanks to its rechargeable battery. I was resisting this rechargeable business at first, because it implies frequent use (like a cell phone or laptop), but I warmed up to it. The price difference isn't that great (~$20 compared to a slightly lesser unit, the price of 8 good rechargeable AAs actually), plus it turned out that the little beast can go up to six months of occasional use without recharging, which is very impressive in my book. The NiMh cell is custom and labeled "Brother 18R"; hopefully there will be replacements in a couple of years when it finally gives out. I especially like the fact that this unit stores extremely well in addition to it being small: unlike the desktop models which sit flat on your desk and awkwardly occupy a lot of space no matter where you place them, this one actually goes into your library like a book, or upright into a corner of your desk drawer or file folder.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2007
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This unit is great! It's small, rechargeable, connects to the computer, has many useful formatting modes when you are using it away from the computer, and has an auto-cut function. It also has a chain printing mode that wastes very little tape. This mode selection is remembered until you change it again, no fiddling with settings each time.

The only (minor) complaint is that the charging dock does not have a USB port, so you have to manually plug it into your computer when you set it on the charger. And it's a little pricey, but if you use any P-Touch unit more than occasionally, then the cost of the tape will quickly overwhelm the differences in price between this unit and less expensive ones. And this one is nicer.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By accordionplayer on August 1, 2005
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This system fits nicely in the hands. It holds a charge a long time. I owned another brother product. The batteries did not last long. I purchased the AC adapter which was about the same price as the Labeler. Then I was limited by the cord

This cord-free version with long battery life is great. And means that I can take the labeler to whereever the project is. It automatically cuts so there is an even border on each side of the label. I purchased this because it has the ability to connect to a PC via USB port, though I have not used that feature yet.

It seemed like I went through the tape that came with the system quickly. It may have been shorter (like a sample) I am on my second cartridge and it seems to be lasting a long time.

My only comment is that I think the borders on each side are long--forcing you to use more tape than necessary. But this seems to be how they all work, so I still rate it 5 stars.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By nick morgan on August 8, 2008
I'm a long time user of the P-Touch system. My first was the PT310, which worked great. But with 6 AA batteries, as most of the other units have, it was a bit heavy. This unit is lighter, but not by much. The battery weighs a bit, but they didn't cheap out and use NiCad, they made it a mercury-free Ni-MH. That's much much much better, both from an environmental perspective and usability (no memory effects, partial charges ok, and much longer life cycle) - thanks Brother!

The unit has an excellent feel in the hands and great QWERTY layout and other button layout - you couldn't improve on that very much. As far as features, pretty excellent, and certainly more than i'll ever need - if you include the PC-based part. So my concerns are somewhat minor - this unit is great - but here goes:

1) Brother absolutely should have designed the charger to work on the USB port. You cant charge as quickly, but that gives you a far better place to park the unit, and at least gives you the option to be un-tethered from yet another AC outlet.

2) when you print each label, even with the feed options minimized, there is about an ince of lost tape with each label. I can be less in the chain setting, so there is a workaround. I thijnk that they've found a way to minimize it in this unit,but they could do better. Overall, it is still better handled than my earlier unit.

3) Brother really should improve the resolution of both the print and the screen. That would not be hard, and an otherwise excellent product could be even better.

4) the number of symbols inherent in the unit is far less than my earlier model. Yes, you can import images from your pc, but most folks are like me - we will generally just use whats in the unit. Please add more images Brother!
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