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Brady XPERT-ABC IDXPERT 1.25" Character Height, ABC Layout, LCD v2.0 Handheld Labeler

3.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Brady
Part Number XPERT-ABC
Number of Items 1
EAN 0662820605423
Manufacturer Series Number 60542
National Stock Number 7490-01-571-2715
UNSPSC Code 44102405
UPC 662820605423

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Product Features

  • Portable label printer is a labeling tool for identifying a variety of items, like cables, file folders, and equipment
  • Prints on over 140 label materials such as continuous tape, wire wraps, heat-shrink sleeves, self-laminating cable markers
  • 300 dpi thermal transfer printing stays crisp and bright longer than direct thermal printing
  • 1.25" character height, on materials up to 1.5" wide
  • ABC keyboard for simplicity

Product Description

Product Description

Identify racks, bays, frames, public network and data centers all with one versatile tool. The IDXPERT v2.0 Portable Label Printer is a versatile labeling tool for identifying everything from patch panels and outlet faceplates to cables, terminal blocks and data center equipment. With a convenient QWERTY style keyboard and over 140 different label materials, the IDXPERT Portable Label Printer lets you to instantly create die-cut labels, self-laminating labels, sleeves, slide-in punch block strips and continuous tape labels. offers high print resolution, good solvent resistance, smudge resistance, and moderate to high temperature performance. Technical Specification Item Handheld Label Maker For Use With Self Laminating, Vinyl Cloth, Permasleeve Heat Shrink Wire Markers, Outdoor Vinyl, Metalized Polyester, Standard Polyester, Ultra Aggressive Polyester Labeling Cartridges Includes IDXPERT(TM) ABC Printer, USB Cable, Hardcase and Mfr. No. XC-1500-595-WT-BK, 1 to 1-1/2 White Tape Cartridge, Communications Cable, CD Quick Start Guide, Sample Label Tutorial, Product Registration/Warranty Printhead Thermal Transfer/300 dpi Display LCD Power Requirements (6) AA, AC Power System Requirements PC Connectivity, Connectivity Options: USB Standards UL, CSA, CE Additional Information IDXpert Handheld Labeler and LabelsPrints fast and clean at 300 dpi with characters up to 1.25' high. Features 82 symbols plus bar codes. Memory function stores frequently used setups. Labeler comes with one 1.5' white tape cartridge, communications cable for upgrades, and hard carrying case.UL and C-UL Listed, CSA Certified, and CE Approved. Quick-loading drop-and-lock cartridges with auto-sense for label type and size Continuous and die-cut labels up to 2' wide Automatic serialization Nonsmearing thermal transfer

From the Manufacturer


The Brady IDXPERT v2.0 Portable Label Printer prints via thermal transfer at 300 dots per inch (dpi) on over 140 label materials up to 1.25" character height, and uses a simple ABC keyboard. For use in identifying a variety of items, from cables to equipment, this label printer prints single- or multi-line on over 140 label materials up to 1.5” wide, in 21 character sizes up to 1.25” height. Use the IDXPERT to create die-cut labels, self-laminating labels, sleeves, slide-in punch block strips and continuous tape labels with 300 dpi for clear, crisp printing. The thermal transfer printing method stays bright and lasts longer than direct thermal printing.

IDXPERT prints characters in 21 font sizes up to 1.25” (7 to 128 point type), on material 1.5” wide, and can print the alphabet, numbers, 82 unique symbols, and bar codes. The quick loading cartridge makes switching jobs faster than other label printers with the Drop, Lock, and Print technology; the label printer automatically senses the cartridge label type and size. Labeler can hold a continuous roll up to 30’ long. The memory feature stores up to 10 setups. The label printer runs on (6) AA-batteries (not included) or optional AC power. Use the optional Brady LabelMark software to create labels on a computer and print from the IDXPERT. Several applications are built into the printer: Wire ID, terminal block strips, patch panel strips, 66-block strips, 110-block strips (with grid lines for 2, 3, 4, and 5 pair), BIX block strips (with grid lines for 2, 3, 4, and 5 pair), Desi-strip/face plate inserts, general ID mode, horizontal serialization, and BackBone serialization.

Label printers, also called label makers or labelers, are a type of computer printer that print on rolled stock or fanfold stock. Label printers are used for many purposes, including asset management, price marking, packaging labels, laboratory specimen marking, and naming file folders. Label printers use a variety of printing technologies, such as laser, thermal transfer and direct thermal mechanisms. Some label printers may interface with a computer to create special types of labels, such as barcodes, while other label printers can create special content using the printer’s own operating system.

Brady Corporation manufactures signs, tags, printers, and other industrial safety and identification products. Brady was founded in 1914, is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and meets International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000 standards. Visit the Brady Label Printer Store to see more Brady label printers

Additional Highlights

More Brains
  • Drop Lock & Go Smart Cartridges
  • Pre-calibrate to orient the label correctly
  • Memory to store frequently used set-ups

Prints Clean & Fast
  • Users of dot-matrix printers will benefit from crisp, non-smearing thermal transfer print quality, faster print speed, and more text-editing and symbols capabilities
  • Less Waste
    • Edge-to-edge printing on continuous tapes so you don't pay for unused label material
    • Die-cut labels are pre-cut to the size you need
    • Runs on 6 AAs or optional AC power supply
    More Types of Labels
    • Colored continuous tapes for equipment ID and safety warnings
    • PermaSleeve Wire Marker Sleeve
    • Self-laminating wire & cable markers
    • Terminal block and patch panel markers
    • Face plate & outlet markers
    • General-purpose industrial die-cut labels

    More Sizes
    • Prints from .06" up to 1.25" characters on label stock up to 1.5" wide

    More Symbols
    • Code 39 and 128 bar codes
    • 82 Symbols including electrical, voice/data, safety & protection, warning, and maching & operational
    • Clear Symbols: Symbols Included

    Brady IDXPERT Labels.

    PermaSleeve Wire Marker Sleeves (B-342)
    Continuous Cut-To-Length heat shrinkable sleeves that meet MIL-M-81531, M-STD-202F

    Polyester (B-422)
    Electronic PCB and component identification, bar code label and rating plates and solar panel identification. Permanent adhesive, good for powder-coded/textured surfaces. Temp. Range -40ºF to 212ºF.

    Self-Laminating Vinyl (B-427)
    Continuous black on white self-laminating wire marker with high water, oil, and abrasion resistance.

    Repositionable Vinyl Cloth (B-498)
    Special adhesive stays put, but can be removed and reapplied if necessary. Used for wire, cable, general identification numbers, letters and conduit, and voltage markers.

    Nylon Cloth (B-499)
    For wire, cable, patch panels, terminal blocks, and face-plates.

    Indoor/Outdoor Grade Vinyl Tape
    Durable, flexible, high-gloss vinyl film with pressure sensitive permanent adhesive.

    FunctionIDXPERT Specification
    Label Types/ Application Functions
    Banner Portrait, Banner Landscape, Wire, Patch Panel, Terminal Block, DESI Strip, 110 Block, 66 Block, Bix Block, Fixed Length
    Data Communications Labeling, Facility, Safety & Maintenance Identification, General & Industrial Labeling, Panel Identification, Wire & Cable Marking
    Print Technology
    Thermal Transfer
    Print Resolution
    300 dpi
    Print Speed
    10 mm/sec
    Color Capability
    Single Color Printing
    Back-lit Screen
    2.4 lbs.
    Power Supply
    6 AA's, AC Power (optional)
    PC Connect Printing
    Yes - USB
    Stand Alone Printing
    Compatible Software
    Labelmark Software, Windows based driver for 3rd party software use
    10 labels
    File Transfer from PC to Printer
    Continuous vs. Die Cut Labels
    Continuous Labels Only
    Materials Supported
    Continuous, 50+ Stock Parts
    Tape Widths
    0.250”, 0.318", 0.375", 0.475", 0.500”, 0.625", 0.750", 1.000", 1.500”
    Max Label Width
    Max Print Width
    Label Roll Length
    30 ft.
    Text Sizes
    11 (7 to 128 pt.)
    Multi-Line Print
    Print Rotation
    39 and 128
    Drop Height
    5 ft.

    What's in the Box?

    • Brady XPERT-ABC IDXPERT handheld label printer
    • Hard case
    • XC-1500-595-WT-BK 30’ long roll of 1.5” wide continuous tape
    • PC cable
    • CD containing instructions

    Product Details

    User Manual [9.50mb PDF]| Specification Sheet [72kb PDF]| Training Manual [609kb PDF]| Label Selection Guide [3.27mb PDF]
    • Shipping Weight: 10.2 pounds
    • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
    • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    • ASIN: B000LDEC4Q
    • Item model number: 60542
    • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,121 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
    • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    By D. Kahl on November 1, 2007
    My company has used Brady for about 4-5 years now. Before the IDXpert, we had the previous model which worked pretty well.

    The IDXpert wastes a lot of labels! Don't expect to get a full use out of any of the cartridges.

    Our initial purchase, about 2 years ago, included 1 IDXpert and multiple cartridges (If I remember correctly, roughly $50/cartridge, and I think we ordered 4 to start). Once the cartridge is installed, it prints well, but we started to see lines on the first label each time you went to use the labeler. We called our vendor, and they said to ship it back to be fixed. Returned back to us, and nothing changed. Okay, not that big of a deal.

    As we swap out cartridges, we find that putting them back in becomes a problem. Either the toner roll gets messed up, won't wind onto the roll (instead it prints out with the labels), and even has gotten sucked back into the cartridge (once that happens, kiss the cartridge good bye! We end up cracking open the case, and having to write the labels manually - what a pain)

    The other problem we are now facing - is that if you order too many cartridges and let them sit around for a while (umm...maybe a year?) they "dry out" some how and don't print anything. Not keeping the cartridges anywhere too dry or too wet - just sitting in our overhead bin at the corporate office. Another waste of an entire cartridge!

    There are 250 labels per cartridge, and we've ordered 8 cartridges. Total of 2000 possible labels, I would say we've only used 700 of these potential 2000 labels. The other 1300 are wasted! NOT happy at all.

    You want my opinion? Invest in a good laser printer, and use the Brady Lasertab Markers. Now THEY are EXCELLENT - We use LAT-18-361 with the Brady software (49 labels per sheet, 2,500 labels per box) and they are excellent for labelling network cables - fiber or copper.
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    I was forced to rate this one star but it deserves MINUS 5 stars.
    In my personal opinion, the Brady "IDXpert" label maker is the most overpriced, illogically designed piece of techno-garbage I've tried to use in many years. We bought one of these pieces of junk to try and make labels for wires and just general labeling throughout the facility.
    I second the other reviewer's opinion that it wastes tape but it also wastes monumental amounts of TIME trying to get it to work. It seems to be driven by a 2-bit microprocessor with no memory.
    Right up front: Do NOT buy this thing unless you enjoy wasting your time and money!
    Here's a short list:
    Our machine had only a ridiculously technoprimitive SERIAL port for I/O.
    There is no way to interface this to a PC label program unless you buy the Brady one which is another $300. After this thing, no way in hell.
    It is menu-driven only.
    It is non-intuitive, illogical, upside-down reverse Bantu logic.
    No logical way to go from one mode to another; can't back out of menus or return to previous menu;
    Have to power off/on to reset/clear entries.
    Function key entries do not display. No function menu;
    Must return to menu for every single function;
    Can't get rid of vertical line which prints on every label. It does not correspond to label format or size, it is just garbage artifact;
    Can't reset or resize label height or width!! Seems to be fixed.
    "Zone" concept interferes with normal labeling functions, guaranteeing that it will invariably tell you there is not enough room to print;
    No way to view label or preview it before printing it.
    Power off loses all information previously entered. Store did not work.
    That's the SHORT list!
    If you haven't reconsidered buying this piece of junk already, you must be a "manager" (rather than the user) and/or own Brady stock.
    Please save your money and get a real labeler. This thing is the worst.
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    I have to agree with all the negative reviews. This machine is a complete waste of money and time. It is more efficient to buy a small laser printer and sheet labels than to use this, even if it is portable. Even hand writing is easier to read and faster than this setup.

    We purchased one for work and I have had problems with the software connecting to it, with the frustrating rudimentary operating system when operating standalone, and problems with the cartridges wasting more labels than they will print. I have never experienced a piece of equipment that is so poorly executed.

    An engineer friend gave me his so I now own(ed) one personally. After trying it twice, it went in the garbage can. I can't believe a company could even think about putting this on the market. Goodbye, Brady.
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    My original review of this item was very negative. However, after using the item for several months, I feel I should modify what was a bad first impression. The marker does work well, if handled carefully. Changing label cartridges is tricky, and jams are likely unless you are careful. My original criticism of too much wasted plastic still stands. I think Brady could do better than this.
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