|Item Weight||3.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||4.2 x 9.4 x 10.4 inches|
|Item model number||PT-2430pc|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||PT-2430pc|
|National Stock Number||7490-01-624-7465|
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Brother PC-Connectable Label Maker with Auto Cutter (PT-2430PC)
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- Easy to Use - No software installation required
- Uses tapes up to 1” wide, laminated for indoor/outdoor use
- Prints multiple lines of text and graphics
- Uses AD-24 adapter (included) or 6 "AA" batteries (not included)
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An easy-to-use PC-connectable label maker that’s great for labeling file folders, binders, CD spines and much more. Its intuitive label making program requires no software installation on your PC! Easy – Fast – Secure! Design durable, laminated labels up to 1” wide using the easy pop-up software. Prints exactly what you see on your screen! Capable of printing multiple lines of text and graphics. Laminated tape for indoor/outdoor use. Built-in auto cutter cuts labels to desired length. Supports PC USB Connectivity. Includes starter tape and USB cable. Uses AD-24 power adapter (included) or 6 "AA" batteries.
The Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC-Connectable Label Printer with auto cutter features a simple plug-in design to make it easier than ever to print labels without the need to download any software. This compact, PC-compatible label printer has all of the required software built right in, which makes it a breeze to print labels from any PC quickly and easily.
It's never been easier to print high-quality labels and barcodes than it is with the Brother PT-2430PC. The P-touch Editor Lite software is built directly into the printer, so there's no software to install on your computer. Print graphics and text exactly how it appears on your monitor, and the PT-2430PC supports all True Type/Scalable fonts available on your PC.
The printer is compatible with six different label widths up to one-inch wide, and it accepts TZ laminated tape for both indoor and outdoor applications. The built-in automatic cutter makes it easy to get perfect cuts each and every time.
Installing the Brother PT-2430PC label printer is as simple as connecting the included USB cable to any Windows-based computer. The printer also requires 6 AA batteries or the included AD-24ES adapter.
Easy Label Printing On-the-GO
Because of the PT-2430PC's compact stature and built-in software, it makes it easier than ever to print while on-the-go from anywhere there's access to a Windows-based computer. Keep sensitive prints secure while traveling since no software is left behind on the computer.
Upgradeable Software for Added Functionality
For added features and functionality, you can install the included full version P-touch Editor software and enjoy seamless integration with your PT-2430PC label printer. This added functionality allows for easy barcoding and database printing.
The Brother PT-2430PC label printer is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. It measures 2.6 x 7.4 x 4.4 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 1.4 pounds (without batteries). It's backed by a 1-year limited warranty and replacement service.
What's in the Box
Brother PT-2430PC label printer, 1/2 inch (12mm) x 16 foot (5m) black on white laminated TZ starter tape, user's manual, AC adapter (AD-24ES), USB cable, CD ROM: P-Touch Editor software and drivers, and Software Installation Guide.
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I have to constantly relabel things for my job (I print about 96 labels each time I relabel) and with traditional P-Touch Label makers I was wasting a lot of time trying to get the format correct for my labels, cutting them to the right length, and reprinting them because I trimmed them too close or I cut the label at an angle and it didn't look good. On top of this, I was wasting a lot of tape because the label maker I had could only hold a certain amount of characters before I had to print forcing me to have waste at the beginning and the end of the print. Now, I know that I can print up to 40 inches of labels per print and only lose the first inch. On top of this, I can make each label with the font(s) of my choosing and with as many lines as I want. Furthermore, I can tell the software to print only label 15 of the sheet, or I can print a range of labels on the sheet.
Speaking of sheets, this brings me to talk about the software. Someone else here mentioned that the software isn't very flashy, and I'm okay with that. It's basic and easy to use. The big difference between the Mac and Windows version is that you can have multiple sheets in the Windows version. What are multiple sheets? If you've used Excel you've probably seen the tabs for, Sheet 1, Sheet 2, and Sheet 3, at the bottom of the screen. It's the same thing with the P-Touch Editor and that's great because I each project I do requires different size labels so I can have one master file instead of 9 to 12 different files per project. If you use the Mac software, you only get one sheet and if you try and open a file you edited with the Windows version, you'll only see the first sheet that you did in the Windows version.
The only thing I would change about this product is that the Mac version needs to be comparable to the Windows version. Of course, since you have to navigate through Brother's Japan website to find the Mac drivers and Editor software, a better request would be for them to create a US version of P-Touch Editor and make that the same as the Windows Version
Bottom line, if you're doing serious labeling, buy this printer or any printer that connects to a PC. If you're only printing a few labels occasionally, then just buy a regular Brother P-Touch.
After months of daily use the cutter still works fine. This was a concern for me when I bought this model, because it has no lever or anything to manually cut the tape if the automatic cutter gets jammed or dull. But after literally thousands of labels made, there has been no problem here.
The computer software is easy to install and use and has a huge selection of font, alignment, styles, and clip art options. Of course you can save your designs for repeat use.
In my own application I often have need of the same layout but with differing contents, like the same label with the same text but also with numbers in a sequence counting up from the first label to the last. Or also as wire markers with not only varying numbers but also varying lengths to fit different size wires and wire bundles.
Since I'm also a programmer in Visual Basic I downloaded Brother's free SDK (Software Development Kit) to create my own custom programs to automate the labeling process. I just select the type of label I want, and enter the sequential numbers range to be printed on the labels, how many copies, even the AWG gauge and numbers of wires in a particular cable bundle so it can calculate the necessary length for each label, and then just sit back and watch all the labels spit out of the printer.
Anyone with programming know-how can easily create their own applications. You add the Brother utility into your application and then use simple code to send data and instructions to the printer. For each particular layout you want to use, you make a template and save it. The template has named fields for all of the label's content. Then your program application simply calls up the saved template and plugs your data into the defined fields and then sends it to the printer.
My only issue with the on-screen editor which comes with the printer is that it's a bit quirky sometimes. It tries to auto-size and wrap your text as you are entering it, so if you want a specific and precise spacing and alignment you may have to fiddle with the font sizes and alignment, etc, while designing a label or template.
I have been able to produce some very accurate results with some trial and error. For example, a one meter length measuring tape with one, five, and ten millimeter markings which I put on my workbench for cutting wires to length. Or marking the numbers of dip switches or LED segments accurately in electronics control panels. The scale provided in the provided on-screen editor
is fairly matches what you'll actually get on the printed label until you get down to the smallest font sizes. Then you may have to play around to find the right font and alignments and print a few test samples to adjust it perfectly.
The ability to use non-integer font sizes is cool. You can specify a font size like 12.3 or 18.75 rather than just whole numbers, so this allows you to tweak the spacing and alignment of text to fit your needs pretty closely.
Although you can print images like jpegs and gifs, don't expect it to be photo quality. But for stuff like company logos it works fine.
A close-up of my dog's face did come out recognizable - not too bad for basically just a bunch of dots on a skinny label.
All in all, this is a very durable and versatile label maker. It can do way more than any label maker without a PC interface.
My only question is why they bothered to make it big enough to hold so many batteries since this thing is made for the desktop and plugs into an AC outlet with the included adapter. It's not really portable. I guess you could use it with a laptop or something but it would be a bit awkward.
But this is a very useful and cool product and worth every penny I spent on it!
P.S. Use only genuine Brother label tape. I know it's too expensive. I wish you could by it in bulk at wholesale prices! But the cheaper imitation brands just don't work nearly as good as the real thing.