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Brother P-Touch QL-500 Manual-Cut PC Label Printing System

by Brother
144 customer reviews
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  • Up to 50 standard address labels per minute
  • Easy to load drop-in supplies, auto sensor
  • Integrated Add-ins for Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Custom layouts with barcodes, graphics, TrueType fonts
  • Connects easily to PC via a USB port
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Product Description

Style: QL-500

Product Description

Print cost-effective, professional labels for any general mailing, shipping and administrative applications with this economical printer. User-friendly software lets you incorporate fonts, templates and graphics from your computer onto your label. Offers bar code and multi-label printing as well as mirror, vertical and rotated printing. Change labels in seconds, using drop-in supply rolls. 300 dpi resolution. Manual cutter. USB connectivity. Includes USB cable, label creation software and starter roll of standard address labels.

From the Manufacturer

Now the PC Label Printer you've always wanted is here! Introducing the easy-to-use Brother QL-500 Quick PC Label Printer that prints address and shipping labels, up to 2.4 inches wide, on easy-to-peel, die-cut paper and continuous length film labels. The Brother QL-500 also prints file folder, CD/DVD, and visitor badge labels for just pennies apiece. Plus, no wasted sheets to worry about because you can print one label, a few, or hundreds at a time!

The Brother QL-500 has the ability to print on rolls of continuous film, up to 3 feet long, which makes it perfect for custom signage or banners. Highlight your text; click and print directly from Microsoft Word, Excel, or Outlook applications; or use the included Brother label creation software to customize your labels with logos or graphics or to print from lists and databases.

There's never been an easier or faster way to make the labels you need!

Printer Features:

  • Print up to 50 standard address labels per minute (3 inches per second speed)
  • Virtually edge-to-edge printing on a 2.4-inch wide label
  • Crisp 300 dpi razor sharp printing
  • Easy to load drop-in supplies with auto sensor, lessens label waste
  • Easy to peel labels
  • Connect easily to PC via a USB port, version 1.1
  • Sharp manual cutter for clean label cuts
  • Thermal print technology eliminates toner, ink, and ribbon costs
  • Compact size, only 5.7 by 7.7 by 6 inches
Software Features:
  • Integrated Add-ins for popular Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, and Outlook); no retyping necessary (see specifications for system requirements)
  • Built-in general office and commercial templates for quick label creation
  • Included P-touch editor software for custom layouts with barcodes, graphics, truetype fonts, and special formatting including frames and tables
  • Database connectivity with .xls, .csv, .txt, and .mdb file types
  • Prints in portrait or landscape mode; also prints text vertically for binder labeling
  • Auto-size feature reduces or enlarges text to fit on a label
  • Date and time stamping; auto-counter for serialization
  • Zoom feature to preview labels and layouts before printing
  • Prints a variety of barcodes: Code39, Code 128, Codabar, UPC A/E, EAN 8/13/128, Interleaved 2 of 5, Postnet, Laser Bar Code, ISBN2, ISBN5, PDF 417 QR Code, Data Matrix
  • Auto Sensor quickly identifies label type for quick label formatting changes
  • Repeat (multi-copy) printing
  • P-touch library and history functions for quick access to frequently used labels and graphics
What's in the Box
P-Touch QL-500, DK 1201 starter roll of die-cut address labels, USB cable, Quick Start Guide, CD with software and user's guide

Product Information

Style: QL-500
Technical Details
Brand NameBrother
Item Weight4.5 pounds
Product Dimensions12 x 10.2 x 7.8 inches
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Item model numberQL-500
National Stock Number7490-01-589-7766
Number of Items1
Manufacturer Part NumberQL-500
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #14,347 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableJuly 30, 2004

Technical Details

Style: QL-500
  • Mac Compatible

Customer Reviews

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Terri Bell on August 25, 2004
Style Name: QL-500
I recently purchased this machine for around $100. I have owned label writers in the past and this machine is performing even better than the much more expensive Dymo models. Some of the features that I find unique and usefull are the continueous tape option for banners and the speed at which this machine prints. It prints much faster than previous models I have owned. This label printer has been very easy to set up. The only thing is I might opt for the step up QL-550 next time because it has an auto cutter build in. But in defense of the QL-500, it's manual cutter is very easy to use too and has been a non issue.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By R. Savage on November 6, 2006
Style Name: QL-500 Verified Purchase
Have owned this printer for about 3 months now. This printer has been a very handy and useful tool for rapidly creating address labels, file labels, etc. I typically create one off labels, not mailing lists or batch lable jobs. I also frequently switch between label rolls and this is a pretty easy and fast process. I use this printer from multiple workstations on a single network. There is a driver on Brother's website that will allow you to install the printer driver for network usage. It uses Window File & Print sharing.

UPDATE: Owned now for 2 years. This label printer has worked flawlessly and Brother even provided updated Vista x64 drivers when I needed them. No complaints on this printer and I would still recommend it for perspective buyers.

** UPDATE **
Owned now for 3 years. Still no problems with this printer. Now using with Windows 7 Ultimate X64. I have had excellent experience with Brother printers.

** UPDATE **
Owned now for 4 years. Still no problems with this printer.

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Owned now for 5 years. Still no problems with this printer.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on August 22, 2005
Style Name: QL-500
This has proved to be an excellent buy - we use this all the time for our address labels, but also labelling everything we need around here from Jam, to bags to our business - and it runs so quickly and easily.

What do I really like about this - well it was quick and easy to set up - not just load the software on to the computer, but to fit the consumables in - it needs special spools to run - they slip in and out in a flash so if you are printing different sized labels you can refit them quickly

The size of the printer itself is great, it is light and compact which means it can be slipped into a corner when not in use, or quickly plugged in

I love the fact it doesn't use ink so no replacing ink cartridges or watching flashing lights etc.

It didn't take too long to find my way around the software, I was a bit annoyed at first you couldn't easily access a box for number of labels you want printed - but then you can't have every feature right there on the desktop - and there is already a great deal to cope with in terms of options.

We were printing simple labels with clip art within minutes and haven't stopped finding uses for it since (neat for backs of photos for instance)

It runs easily from Microsoft software which is also great - printing from letters etc is a breeze.

...and the speed! I couldn't believe how quick it was - it just shoots them out, cutting between labels as it goes

Overall I think this is a very versatile machine with great cross over for business and home use. It has all the elements I like - fast, efficient, easy-to-use, versatile and compact.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jay A. Brunn on April 18, 2006
Style Name: QL-500 Verified Purchase
I purchased this printer to print shipping labels for packages we ship out for our Ebay on line business. It works great with the ship feature in Paypal and has been trouble-free ever since I bought it. Use the continuous 2-3/7" labels DK-2205 for the Ebay shipping labels, fully compatable with the USPS Priority Mail system. I have also used this to print address labels (with the postnet codes as a feature of the excellent software which comes with this unit), CD labels and file folder labels. The manual cutter works just fine for me and I did not need the auto cut of the more expensive model
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on June 28, 2005
Style Name: QL-500
If you've been holding off getting a label-printer due to price, this is the printer for you. Not only has Brother lowered the price point on the printer itself (with rebates it often dips below $50), but Brother's standard address label refills are reasonably priced - about 3-cents each.

Setup on Windows XP is simple, but the iconography in the quick-start instructions manual can be a little frustrating. The printed instructions for label printing are anemic; the on-line (PDF) manual is better. Printing simple address labels is sufficiently intuitive that it can be accomplished without ready the manual.

Finally, this printer is fast! The first time I printed a label I thought the printer was just spinning the roll - turns out it was printing! The only downside I've found so far is that the printer's footprint is larger than some of the more expensive competitors.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on May 10, 2007
Style Name: QL-500
The P-Touch QL-500 is a label printer that connects to your Windows 2000 or XP PC (not sure if Vista is supported) and allows you to print custom labels with text and graphics. The labels will be printed on blanks sold by Brother but they are reasonably priced. As another reviewer points out, this label printer doesn't use ink, so that's a big saving in itself.

The QL-500 uses a manual cutter: there's a lever at the bottom front that you move to cut a printed label. It's very easy to use. Its more expensive sibling, the QL-550, has a cut button that you press to "automatically" have the label cut.

The QL-500 turned out to be bigger and heavier than I had expected, but not unduly so. Setting it up took about 10 minutes from opening the packaging to having the first label printed. Half of that time was spent on reading the typical originaly-written-in-Japanese user's manual and another 30% of the time on installing the included software (I chose standard installation even though I don't think I'll ever use the P-Touch Addressbook).

Installing a label cartridge couldn't be simpler: the spool has guides that slide easily and effortless into the guide slots on the QL-500. And there's only one way you can insert the cartridge, so you won't do it wrong. You then feed the label tape into the printing mechanism, pulling the first tape just past the cutter slot. The QL-500 is smart enough to sense where the cutting position on the label tape should be, so for the most part it's a truly worry-free experience.

I use the included P-Touch program to design, lay out and write up my labels. (The program has half-baked integration with Microsoft Office programs.) So far I've printed only address labels.
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