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3.0 out of 5 stars It Makes Labels: Difficult to Read Screen!, April 30, 2012
This review is from: Brother Desktop Office Labeler with AC Adapter (PT2030AD) (Office Product)
This is a very nice, reasonably priced label maker for general, household use. It has one semi-tragic flaw: the screen is not back-lighted and difficult to read. If the screen were better, I would give this product at least one additional star.

The next thing you should know is that this machine makes labels, lots of them. More styles of labels than anyone could ever want or need. Or so it seems to me.
1) There are 4 fonts (serif, non-serif, bold modern, calligraphy script), each with 10 type styles (bold, italic, outline, shadow, etc.)
2) There are 16 types of plain or decorative frames or borders.
3) There are various block printing formats that print up to 5 lines of text.
4) There are templates for binder spines, file folder tabs, hanging folder tabs, address labels, cable wraps, name badges, CD case spines, etc.
5) You can print bar codes. You can print little images or dingbats.
6) There is a label collection of 50 pre-selected, pre-formatted subjects such as: "Respond Immediately!", "No Smoking", "Do Not Disturb", "Warning! Hot!", "Happy Birthday" and many, many others.
7) You can set the machine to work in 19 different European languages including Dansk, Magyar, Polski, and TürkÁe.

As if that is not enough choice, there is the decision about the tape. This particular model accepts 5 tape widths (0.13", 0.23", 0.36", 0.47". 0.7") but only the three widest are readily available. The tapes come in seven styles: normal adhesive, strong adhesive, acid free, tamper evident, iron-on tape, super narrow, and flexible laminated for cable tags. There are an endless variation of print colors and background styles: black on white, black on clear, black on yellow, black on red, white on black, gold on black, etc.

The machine comes with a "starter" roll of 13' (about half the length of a normal roll) of 0.47" (1/2") black print on white tape. I've already made about 20 2" and 3" labels using this roll and there is still quite a bit of tape left.

The machine requires 6 AA alkaline batteries which are not included. I highly recommend purchasing this model bundled with the A/C adapter Brother Desktop Office Labeler with AC Adapter (PT2030AD) and saving yourself the time and expense later on.

My biggest complaint is the LCD display screen which is very difficult to read unless under bright, direct light. I almost returned the label maker because I thought the screen was defective until I realized there was no back light or illumination. There is the ability to change the contrast setting, but I see little or no improvement. If you can't read the screen, the zillion print styles are virtually useless. There is a "Preview" button which is helpful under strong, direct light.

Many reviewers complain about not being able to control the amount of tape wasted on either side of the printed label and the need to have to hand trim in order to get an even border. I have noticed this, but to me having neatly printed labels off-sets the slight irregularity of the left and right borders. The tape costs between $10-$25 per 26' roll so I do understand those who are upset by this.

I haven't gotten too far into the exotic label choices. I've set the length of the label I want, selected the serif type in bold, and selected the "Auto Fit" option which modifies the text size to fit the length of label I have selected. I've gotten nice looking, easy to read labels.
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2013 9:05:35 AM PST
Nancy says:
Awesome review. It sold me. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2013 9:21:11 AM PST
Wandrwoman says:
Aw, thanks Nancy! :-)

Posted on May 7, 2014 8:28:28 AM PDT
I'm going to try it. Thanks!
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