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The Brother P-touch PT-90 is a handy labeler that’s great for home use. It features an easy-type QWERTY keyboard and easy-view display. With a selection of 8 type styles, 7 framing options, 170+ symbols and 8 “Deco Mode” patterns, you can easily create personalized labels. You can even personalize your labeler by selecting from the three interchangeable faceplates.
The PT-90 uses 4 “AAA” batteries (not included) and includes one Black on White “M” starter tape to help get you started!
Personal Labeler. 3 interchangeable face plates for personalizing your machine’s look. Easy view, 12-character LCD display. Handheld design with Typewriter style keyboard. Uses non-laminated Mseries tapes in 3/8-Inch and 1/2-Inch widths. Operates on 4 AAAbatteries (not included)
From the Manufacturer
Part of the Simply Stylish line of P-touch products, the PT-90 puts extra style into labeling!
Create stylish labels for your personal items using one of 8 Deco Mode patterns. .
Three changeable faceplates for personalizing your machine’s look
This customizable model offers three changeable faceplates to help personalize your labeler. Add up to eight stylish patterns to your home labeling applications using the "Deco Mode" feature. With its small, handheld design, the PT-90 fits perfectly in a bag for on-the-go labeling.
Featuring an easy-view, 12-character LCD display and typewriter style keyboard, the PT-90 prints non-laminated labels in 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch widths. Easily design creative labels with 1 or 2 lines of text using one of the 9 Type Styles, 173 Symbols or 7 Framing options. Uses 4 "AAA" batteries (not included) and includes one Black on White “M” starter tape.
3 changeable faceplates for personalizing your machine’s look
8 Deco Mode Patterns for extra-stylish labels
Uses non-laminated "M" series tapes - available in 2 widths
I've owned this for about a year, and I actually just purchased an extra one for my office. So far, this label maker has done a fantastic job.
Update on battery life: I'm actually on just my second set of batteries in the year I've had it, so overall, I am quite pleased. Per my original review, I use Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable NiMH batteries. After my first few weeks of label making, I would say I've been using it to print a few labels once every 2-3 weeks or so. Sometimes, it's a little more frequent than that, but not often. The label maker STILL flashes the Low Battery! warning after every single label, but I always ignore it, press some button, and keep printing. Hasn't failed me yet.
Quality of labels: Still the same, typical label quality. Yes, there's quite a bit of excess unused label that gets printed, but I suppose this is just a fact of label making. Not very efficient, and somewhat wasteful, but what can you do? I use the labels often for items in the refrigerator and freezer, and for this purpose, the print and the labels themselves have held up well, especially considering the cold temperatures. They're easy to peel off when I'm finished, and leave no sticky residue.
Overall, it has been a reliable and useful purchase.
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I bought this labeler a few weeks ago. I wouldn't exactly call it the most compact thing I've ever held, but it functions well and has plenty of label options. Instructions were easy to understand, and I was printing my first labels within 5 minutes of unboxing it, even without really going through the instructions. I won't go into too much more detail on the functions, since they are pretty standard.
About the infamous battery warning:
Some previous reviews have commented about this machine (and other similar P-touch models) being a total battery black hole. Here's my experience:
Just ignore the Low Battery! warning and keep on printing.
I'm not even using traditional alkalines --- I have 4 AAA rechargeable NiMH batteries in there. (Sanyo Eneloop brand -- check them out! They are fantastic.) So far, I have printed at least 3 dozen labels, on and off, over the past few weeks. This includes printing 10 or so labels at a time, without turning the machine off in between and leaving it on for a few minutes between actual printing. I have to admit that it flashed Low Battery! at me after the VERY FIRST label. I just pressed a button and kept on going. It hasn't shut off on its own or refused to print a label yet. Long story short, do not be discouraged by the warning. I can't comment on performance with alkalines since I haven't tried them, but at least with NiMH, it's fine. The first set of batteries for me is still going strong. If you're truly worried about battery life, consider investing in some rechargeable batteries. Newer "precharged" NiMH type batteries are not the old rechargeables of 20-30 years ago, work well, and are ready to go even after sitting in a box, unused, for a year.
So, that's the scoop so far on the battery situation. Hope that's helpful for anyone looking to take the plunge on one of these.
I bought this to help me get organized. It worked great for the first cartridge of labeling tape. Bought a second cartridge and wasn't even half through it before the machine died. I treat all of my possession well. This was never left out to be messed with and was never dropped. It lived a pleasant life in storage in a drawer. Took it out one day and it dead...so I installed new Energizer batteries. The screen said "low battery" upon turning the machine on. They were all brand new from the package batteries. I checked them and they were tip-top. The machine died after about 2-minutes of use. I then put in another set of new batteries...the machine didn't even turn on. Frustrated that I wasted money on this and it is WAY beyond the return period. Sad.
This is my first label maker. I got it when my son started kindergarten because he needed most of his supplies labeled and I had an amazon gift card from my birthday. I read many reviews on here on all the different label makers, took a few days to decide. I like to get the most "bang for my buck" you could say. So I read and read which ones used the most label roll and how much they were when I'd need to purchase more. I decided on this one and am very pleased with it. I don't go label crazy and label everything I can but I have labeled more things in my kitchen now and the label tape sticks perfectly to everything so far. I've used the same roll for all of my son's school supplies and also made a few for my nieces and nephews too, plus all my kitchen findings and still haven't had to change the roll. I got the amazon bundle deal, this label maker and 2 tape rolls incase I'd need more, but I think they'll last me a while! I have had to change the batteries, I read where some label makers eat up battery life pretty fast I don't have any others to compare to so I think this one does ok! I have noticed it will say "battery low" long before you actually need to change them. I just kept entering what I want printed until it wouldn't print anymore! This maker has different designs or borders you can add and change the font type to bold or slant, it's very easy to figure out how to do so! I read through the directions once and kept them just incase I needed to look back on them but never did so I threw them away. Very nice and simple machine, I'm very happy with this order!
This labeler is not the best, but also not that expensive and it pretty much does what it says. The packs of labels for it is also fairly inexpensive. My main complaint is the display is not backlit and makes it really hard for me to read the screen. Too much direct light or too dark and you cant read what your typing. My eyes aren't that great so wish I realized this before I purchased it. For symbols you have to go to the symbol menu and scroll through the symbols until you find the one you want, which is how my last label maker was also. But unlike my last one, with this machine every time you want to input a number, you have to press the number lock button input your number(s) and then press the number lock button again to go back to letters. I prefer to have number keys on the machine, which again I didn't realize when I ordered this one. Just made the mistake of assuming because my old one had actual number keys. Also I had planned to buy an A C adapter to plug this into the wall and found after getting it, it doesn't support an A C adapter, only battery power and even new fresh batteries don't last very long. I killed 4 new Duracell AAA batteries in one day printing out around 35 to 40 labels that were in small print and only 2 to 3 words each. If your someone that just prints a label or two every once in a while, would be ok. If your like me and use it for business several time a week, I suggest spending more now for a better machine with more options like a power plug and back lite display and adjustable borders on labels, and save money later in batteries and rolls of labels.