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Great Value but Buggy Software + 115V only
on September 13, 2012
Before I begin this review let me lay it down for all potential international buyers (like myself).
- this is a 115V ONLY machine. If your country operates on 115V then all is good but if you are on a 220-230V supply like me you'll need a step-down converter
- though the machine's power label states this machine as 115V/1.7A I have been able to operate this on a 60W wall-plug transformer
- despite all minor annoyances you are still looking at a substantial amount of savings as it retails for US$148 where I'm from
- it is larger than the photos suggest but with a comparable footprint to earlier models
- it is heavy but this ensures it stays on your desk with little chance of it getting accidentally knocked off
- glossy plastic used is a fingerprint magnet
- if you are using aftermarket labels without the caddy you will have problems feeding a roll into an empty caddy from the rear (hinge space) as the space is really tight in there
---The Machine Itself---
- standard buttons such as feed, cut, power and "Editor-Lite" (more on this later)
- pilot lights are not obnoxiously bright
- on the economy mode print quality is acceptable on tiny font size < size 8
- nice, grippy rubber feet so it stays on the desk
---Machine Driver/ Running as Networked Printer---
- driver installation was smooth but do follow the instructions to the "T"
- you need to disable "Editor-Lite" by long pressing the button before you connect the USB cable to your PC during driver install. If you don't do so driver will not install properly
- I connected this to a W7 64-bit desktop and the supplied driver works right off the bat
- I then tried connecting this to my home server (WHS2011) and the W7 64-bit driver works for this install too. This turned my label printer into a networked printer with WHS2011 as the print server
- the driver deployment wizard (Brother BRAdmin Professional) works and installed the driver and utilities onto all my networked machines (clients).
- no indication of how much memory is in this printer (if any) but if you run more than one instance of print job it slows down a bit
Machine Software and Utilities
- if you are running MS Office on your machines Brother will install an add-on for you to import data into the P-Touch editor software
- database linking is buggy... seriously, you guys have been at this for years and STILL haven't fixed this issue
- if you deal with XLS files then it sometimes works better if you convert the file to CSV before importing it into P-Touch Editor
- lots of templates to download for free
- if you print just the odd label here and there then all these won't matter
- firmware and software updating tool works well and is very intuitive. I suggest updating it the very first time you run the software
- Editor-Lite Software allows you to quickly print a label by skipping P-Touch editor. The software is built into the printer but can be disabled. When enabled you will see a new drive appears in your My Computer page, it appears as a removable drive. I disable it by default.
It works and for the low price they are selling this for it is just too good to pass on. If you have an older version I'd stick to the older machine as there is little in terms of upgrade. If you do not have a label printer then just get this. It's a lot cheaper than what they are charging for their older machines and if you run an e-commerce business like I do it helps to have 2 printer loaded with 2 different sized labels so you do not need to change rolls all the time.
P.S. English is not my native language so please excuse my grammar.
Update - I've put 5 rolls of labels through this machine and it is still working fine. So far none of my print jobs have had issues but it doesn't do well for fine graphics (expected). If you are printing maps for example the print quality isn't acceptable unless it is a custom drawn map with thick lines. It does vector graphics okay; icons, banner images etc.