|Item Weight||14.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.1 x 3.2 x 10.9 inches|
|Item model number||PT-1230pc|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||BRTPT1230PC|
|National Stock Number||7490-01-590-7056|
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Brother PC-Connectable Label Maker (PT-1230PC)
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- Easy to Use - No software installation required
- Prints on four different label widths, up to 1/2" wide (laminated)
- Prints multiple lines of text and graphics
- Compact, with built-in manual cutter
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It's never been easier to print high-quality labels and barcodes than it is with the Brother PT-1230PC. The P-touch Editor Lite software is built directly into the printer, so there's no software to install on your computer. Print graphics and text exactly how it appears on your monitor, and the PT-1230PC supports all True Type/Scalable fonts available on your PC.
The printer is compatible with four different label widths up to 1/2-inch wide, and you can use TZ laminated tape for both indoor and outdoor use. The built-in manual cutter makes it easy to get perfect cuts each and every time.
Installing the Brother PT-1230PC label printer is as simple as connecting the included USB cable to any Windows-based computer. The printer also requires 6 AAA batteries or the AD-24 adapter (not included).
Easy Label Printing On-the-Go
Because of the PT-1230PC's compact stature and built-in software, it makes it easier than ever to print while on-the-go from anywhere there's access to a Windows-based computer. Keep sensitive prints secure while traveling since no software is left behind on the computer.
Upgradeable Software for Added Functionality
For added features and functionality, you can download Brother's full version P-touch Editor software and enjoy seamless integration with your PT-1230PC label printer. This added functionality allows for easy barcoding and database printing.
The Brother PT-1230PC label printer is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. It measures 2.1 x 6.2 x 4.4 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 0.90 pounds (without batteries). It's backed by a 1-year limited warranty and replacement service.
What's in the Box
Brother PT-1230PC label printer, 1/2 inch (12mm) x 16 foot (5m) black on white laminated TZ starter tape, user's manual, USB cable.
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Also, the default settings cause the tape to waste space while printing labels - it is necessary to hunt around a bit in order to determine how/where to adjust the settings but, again, the label maker can be set so that very little tape is wasted (especially if the same label needs to be printed many times).
Once that the updates are installed (make sure that you pay attention to the instructions on Brother's site) and settings are adusted, this turns into a great little label maker. Had it been less trouble to search around for software updates, I would have given this label maker five stars.
First of all, let me explain why the P-Touch printers do waste the tape in the first place. It doesn't look like a manufacturer's conspiracy to force us into buying even more (already priced ridiculously to begin with) tape but more like a design consequence to me. It's quite easy to figure out once you take a peek at the mechanism with the cassette cover open. The printing thermal head is about an inch before the cutter blade so the printer has to advance the tape once it's done for you to be able to cut it. You'd cut halfway through the label otherwise. And once it has done that, it seems impossible to rewind the tape back because of the cassette construction and the fact the tape consists of several layers. I'm not saying they couldn't design this better, just saying it's not there just to annoy us and make the tape run out sooner.
TIPS on more efficient tape usage:
First of all, if you're planning to repeatedly use the device on your own computer(s), install the full version of the P-Touch Editor software and only resort to the convenient "built-in" Lite version for the casual jobs on other people's PCs. Here's why: the built-in, simplified version seems to be tuned for occasional usage on the go, when you don't have scissors at hand. Most probably in order for the label not to look weird when not trimmed with scissors, the software seems to add the ADDITIONAL 1-inch-long empty fragment of tape AFTER the printed content. This way, when not using scissors, you end up with a label with about 2.5 cm margins both before and after the text.
That's why you should use the full version of P-touch editor on a daily basis. First, download the driver and the software from there: [...].Read more ›
1. I like my label text centered. The P-Touch Editor Lite software installed on the device has a button with a drop-down menu to select text alignment: Left, Center, Right, etc. Unfortunately, it has no effect on the text you enter. Select Center and type, or type, select, and choose Center - it doesn't matter, the text remains left-justified. I searched Brother's support website thinking I may have missed something because they implemented alignment in some non-intuitive way, but there was no information about this topic.
2. As the label needs to be 2.2 inches long, I'd like to type the text and have the software adjust the size to fit a fixed length of 2.2 inches. The Editor Lite allows you to fix the label length, but it doesn't adjust the text size to fit: it simply lets the text overrun the boundary of the label. If you don't fix the label length, it will adjust the length of the label to the text - but not vice versa.
3. I knew going in this model has a manual cutter, so I was prepared to push a button on the unit to cut the label after printing. However, every label starts with 1 inch of blank tape. If you create a 2.2-inch label on screen, when you print it you will get a 3.2-inch label, with your text starting after that blank first inch. So in addition to using the built-in manual cutter to cut the tape and remove it from the printer after it prints, you have to use scissors or a knife to remove the leading blank 1 inch so your label is the length you intended.Read more ›
Now, having owned a laminate label printer for several years, I have an understanding of what to expect - the inch-long leaders on individual label printouts for instance. Yes, if you print one label at a pop - especially if they're short ones, you're going to waste a lot of label. If you lay out multiple labels and print them in one stream and then snip them up, you'll cut WAY down on waste. The same applies for the bigger "full featured" label printers. Granted, the PT-2610 wastes about half as much on leader as the PT-1230PC, and it's irksome. Perhaps someday, Brother will set things up so that they feed the label out enough to cut it, then REWIND the label slightly to a fresh printing position. I wouldn't hold my breath - but I won't be writing nasty letters (or reviews) over it either. I do clip the excess leaders and put them into a little Altoids tin - you can write on them with Sharpie permanent markers and still erase them later (I use the white Staedtler "mars" erasers), so they're good for providing a marking surface where needed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this just to label a few things around the house. I must say, once I got this working I have been having a blast with it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by DJohnson
... Printer does not have good enough detail for QR code. =(
works as advertised, but barcodes are probably not an option either. Read more
Mine did not come with a charger i do not see anywhere on the page where it says i would need 6 AAA battery's to make this work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph Carson
This is a very easy to install and use product and I am very satisfied. If you just want a simple label maker then this product is for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JG
Very convenient to not have to change batteries as often, I would imagine, as some power comes from the USB. Also, being tethered to the computer means it doesn't walk off. Read morePublished 3 months ago by docbjg