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Brother PT1290 Home and Office Labeler

by Brother
4.4 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews
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  • 15 Deco Mode Patterns to create extra-stylish and decorative labels
  • Built-in memory, saves up to 9 of your favorite labels
  • Professional Deco Mode layouts accommodate two rows of text
  • Six auto formats and seven framing options
  • Easy-view, 15-character LCD display
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Product Description

Product Description

Home and Office Labeler. New, sleek white colorNew, sleek white color. Easy-view, 15-character LCD display. Handheld design with Typewriter style keyboard. Uses laminated “TZ” series tapes up to 0.5" wide. Operates on 6 “AAA” batteries (not included).

From the Manufacturer

Part of the "Simply Stylish" line of P-touch products, the PT-1290 is perfect for all your home office labeling applications. With its sleek design, the PT-1290 will blend nicely with virtually any home office decor.



Our standard laminated labels are designed for flat items like office paper, file folders, binders, and most flat, non-textured metal, plastic and glass surfaces. They withstand water, grease, fading and abrasion, and can be used in hot and cold environments, as well as outdoors. Super thin yet technologically elegant, type is protected by clear laminated film.


Add style to your labels for items around your home or office with 15 Deco Mode patterns to choose from--including professional pre-set layouts that accommodate 2 rows of text. Select the layout, label length and type the text to create these unique labels.
Features an easy-view 15-character LCD display, typewriter style keyboard and Auto Tape Detection feature that automatically recognizes the size of the installed tape cassette and adjusts the text to fit the label width. A dedicated "Deco Mode" key gives you easy access to 15 unique pre-designed label formats for creating decorative labels--including professional layouts that accommodate two rows of text. Easily switch between two fonts--with the touch of a button. Use the built-in memory to store up to nine of your most frequently used labels.

Prints labels up to 1/2-inch wide on durable "TZ" laminated tape--perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. Operates on 6 "AAA" batteries or optional AC adapter (neither included).

With its great-looking design and array of features, the PT-1290 is a perfect handheld solution for virtually any home office.


Features
  • 15 Deco Mode Patterns to create extra-stylish and decorative labels
  • 2 Professional Fonts
  • Prints labels up to 1/2" wide on laminated indoor/outdoor “TZ” series tapes
  • Easy-view, 15-character LCD display
  • Professional Deco Mode layouts accommodate two rows of text
  • Prints 1 or 2 lines of crisp text
  • 6 Auto Formats and 7 Framing Options
  • Built-in memory, saves up to 9 of your favorite labels
  • Automatically adjusts text size based on tape width
  • Uses 6 "AAA" batteries or optional AC adapter (neither included)



Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Brother
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 11.6 x 4.2 inches
Item model number PT1290
Color One Color
Material Type plastic
Number of Items 1
Size One Size
Manufacturer Part Number PT1290

Additional Information

ASIN B002KT1ZX0
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #29,520 in Office Products (See top 100)
#59 in Office Products > Office Electronics > Other Office Equipment > Label Makers
#3,236 in Office Products > Office Supplies > Labels, Indexes & Stamps
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available September 1, 2009

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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I got this as a gift for my parents - they will probably not use all the fancy features like the graphics you can add with this laber. It comes with one cartridge so you may want to add a few more.

My likes about the p-touch system:

1 - labels last a long time but not forever
2 - colors are available and easy to switch out
3 - conservative on the batteries
4 - compact and nice form factor like a typewriter but smaller - I have 2 other smaller P-touch labelers that go in my trucks for labeling cables and wires - very handy at times.
5 - added fancy graphics features on this model - my small ptouch system is only good for perhaps drawing a box around text, these get pretty fancy
6 - new label design has a split down the middle making removal of the new backing easier - prior labels were troublesome to remove the backing.

I bought this for my dad who turned 75. If he can use it, I think most any age person can get more organized. We find unusual uses for the labels it prints - some are used not only to identify property but also to hold on the battery door on a flimsy product. Others are used to annotate a spreadsheet of medications with a new one before giving it to a new doctor. The uses just keep showing up for the product!

I bought mine during the fast and furious sale which closed out in 5 seconds - as did the next model up with a usb interface. The graphicss are minimal on this but add a nice touch to someone who is beginning scrapping or wants a simple, easy to use low cost label. For serious graphics you will want the pc version. For my dad, this will do fine.

I labeled some outdoor stuff that faded out after a while (3 years) so do note that p-touch labels expire with sunlight.
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This is a good printer for someone looking to customize their labels with designs, upside down/right side up, reverse color and other fancy tricks. For business purposes, I'd recommend a printer that takes larger interchangable tapes and less gimmicks. Maximum tape size is 1/2" so dual line print is very small. Keyboard is very tiny, will be limited to two finger typing only. Has two fonts (Bohemia and Helsenki) but can alter with three sizes, three widths and nine stypes (bold, vertical, underline, shadow, hearts or stars, etc.) Emphasizes Deco Mode which does very fancy printing but wouldn't be used in a standard business setting. Nice compact size so can be carried around easily. AC power supply is an optional accessory ($19) so may want to factor that into purchase, otherwise uses six AAA batteries.
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Before purchasing this product, you should be aware that it is designed for laminated tape and ONLY works on laminated tape. The machine itself costs 50% more on Amazon at the time I write this than the non-laminate model, and more importantly the laminate tape costs twice as much as the non-laminate tape. The laminate tape also can't be written on. Moreover, because of concerns about the laminating print head, it is designed to waste an inch of the expensive tape each time you cut the tape. Since the tape costs $12 for the 26-foot tape on Amazon (and a Brother tech support told me it's $15-20 purchased locally, yes, you read that right, almost as much as the machine), that's fifty cents a foot, or about a nickle per inch. So that extra inch costs you a nickle each time, and each label costs you from 15 cents to 30 cents depending on how long it is. (My very first label, which says simply "Test", is almost 3 inches long and therefore costs almost 15 cents, with all settings on default.) I may return it, despite the cumbersome process for returning things online, because I don't have any need for weather-proof labels and am not willing to pay several dollars extra a year for them. Now, if you are willing to always print several labels at a time, and cut the labels apart yourself with scissors, you can avoid this inch wastage by using the continuous mode. Or if you want a blank inch on either side of your label all the time, which is the default, then arguably it isn't wasted. For me this isn't worth the dime that 2 inches of blank space is costing me plus I didn't want it anyway because it may unnecessarily make the label too long to fit on a file folder without cutting it with scissors myself, which is exactly the sort of manual thing that label makers are supposed to get rid of.Read more ›
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The extra space at the front of the label is definitely an issue for me. If you set margins to "Narrow" there is minimal space after the text but you still have 1" at the front so the text is not centered. The best way to save tape it to put it on "Chain Print" and print multiple labels at a time. Nonetheless, you still have to use a scissors to trim all the labels and that is a pain.
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This is a great little label maker. It has some great options including adding fun symbols and shapes like hearts, stars and different fonts to your labels. I've used it to label glass containers in our pantry for baking items and love the neat and easy to read look of it. Very user friendly and easy way to keep things organized. Of course like all label makers I've used, it seems to use up more tape than I'd like but this one offers a great solution by giving you the "narrow margin" option. This avoids the extra inch margin on either end of your label. Great! I find myself looking for things to label just so I can use this labeler.
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