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Brother PT-1280 P-touch Electronic Labeling System

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  • Labeler prints wide variety of labels for indoor and outdoor application
  • Prints at 180 DPI resolution for readable labels
  • Multiple type styles and sizes
  • Large 15-character display
  • Backed by a one-year limited warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

PT-1280 Affordable Personal Labeler

Designed for use at home, on the road, or at the office, the Brother PT-1280 Labeler prints a versatile selection of labels perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. Print labels as narrow as 9/64 inch--perfect for labeling CD spines--or as wide as 1/2 inch for clearly and conveniently marking spice jars, documents, clothing, folders, mailboxes, and more. With multiple type styles and sizing options, three "Favorite" keys, six auto formats and framing options, and a large 15-character display, the feature-packed and affordable PT-1280 makes labeling easier than ever.

The compact size means you can take the PT-1280 wherever you go. View larger.

The PT-1280 gives you plenty of style options with your labels.

Easily and neatly organize your spice rack with labels. View larger.
Versatile Tape Handling for a Wide Range of Applications
The PT-1280 is flexible when it comes to tape sizes and types. It will work with tape sizes up to 1/2-inch in size, and it uses durable, laminated tapes for versatile indoor/outdoor use. It also works with any kind of tape within the "TZ" family, including standard adhesive tape, flexible ID, extra strength, acid free, fabric and more. Plus, it prints various text/background color combinations depending upon the type of tape.

The PT-1280 offers three different text sizes for added versatility, and it will automatically adjust the text size according to the size of the tape. Make labels with up to two lines of text. It also features five text-framing options available for even more flexibility.

No matter what kind of tape is used, the PT-1280's 180 dpi print resolution allows for quick, accurate printouts. Print labels at brisk speeds of up to 10 millimeters per second.

Compact Size and Ergonomic Design
Take the PT-1280 Labeler anywhere: at only 6.28 x 5.94 x 2.36 inches and 1.04 pounds, it's compact enough for effortless portability.

The PT-1280 features a full QWERTY keyboard with raised, angled keys for easier typing. The easy-view 15 character LCD display is large enough for easy on-screen reading and editing, and it allows for quicker style changes, such as outline, bold, shadow, italic, vertical, and more.

Easy Repetitive Printing with the "Favorite" Keys
If you or your business does a lot of repetitive label printing, the PT-1280 is the labeler for you. It features three "Favorite" keys that allow you to save up to three of your most-used printouts for easy one-touch printing later on. Printing your favorite labels has never been faster or easier.

The PT-1280 Labeler is powered by six "AAA" batteries or with an AD-24 AC adapter (both not included). It is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
PT-1280 Labeler, one "TZ" 1/2-inch (12 mm) x 16-foot (5 m) black on white starter tape, user's guide.

Use the PT-1280 to help keep your entire home organized.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.2 x 9.5 x 4.8 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Item model number PT-1280
National Stock Number 7490-01-550-7770,7490-01-550-2947
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #63 in Electronics > Office Electronics > Other Office Equipment > Label Makers
#5,162 in Office Products > Office Supplies > Labels, Indexes & Stamps
Date first available at September 13, 2005

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By G. Wallace on November 26, 2006
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After owning a P-touch labeler for years,I found the need for a more duable label than my "M" tape was providing. I opted for this "TZ" tape labeler. Good price,looks good. What a mistake!!! The only thing well designed about this unit is it's abilty to waste more tape than it uses!! If you print a label of any size,count on it costing you two full inches of tape to do it!!! At $20.00 a roll,prepare to be screwed each time you push the print button.Then go find the scissors and cut the excess off,so the label does not look as stupid as the person who designed this pile of junk!!! But cheer up you can push six buttons,every time,to reduce the margin to "narrow". This will reduce the waste to a half inch on ONE side of the label,and print two small dots on the other side,this will show you where to cut it with your scissors,to match the "narrow" side. Also you must do ALL settings for EVERY label EVERY time!!Another "great feature,it will use the same amount of tape regaurdless of print size,so you will only print large print.What a joke!!! What a hassle!! Now the good news. I used to make lots of labels,and now I only make labels for VERY important items. And only when I am up to getting mad for doing so. I really wish amazon would allow us to give items a negative five stars! You have been warned!
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I kid you not: every label has an inch of air on the left and the right, for a total of two inches wasted per label.

You can tweak the Margin setting to reduce one of the margins to about 1/4 inch, leaving you with 1 1/4 inches of waste.

Even ignoring the waste, you still need to trim each label with a pair of scissors--not very convenient, and isn't that why you bought a labeler?

I sent mine back to Amazon, even though I had to pay return shipping.
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I took this device out of its package and printed the label I wanted without having to read the instructions. It gets high marks for an intuitive UI, and quality. The only thing that brings this from being a 5 * product is the waste of _very_ expensive tape and the lack of an AC adapter which I knew before getting it. Two reels of tape equal the price of this machine btw.
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I just wanted to post a review here since there are so many people complaining that this thing wastes tape. Yes, on the default setting, it will put a lot of white space at the beginning and end. This is because the cutting blade on this model won't clear the end of the label unless it feeds some white space at the end. However, it is ridiculously easy to set this model up to use less white space.

1. Touch the Function (Fn) Button.
2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the "Margin" setting. Hit the OK button.
3. You have four options for margin Full (default), Half, Narrow, or Chain Print. (I normally use Chain Print for the least amount of white space.)
4. When you are done making your series of labels, remember to manually feed the last label (shift + Print button). Otherwise your last label won't clear the cutting blade and it will get chopped in half.

It takes about 5 seconds to set this machine up to use a minimum of tape. I can't believe how many irate reviews are on here when it's so freaking simple to make it NOT do the thing everyone is complaining about.

We've had this machine for about a year now and it works great. I use it regularly and have only gone through 2 rolls of tape. My only issue is it seems to run through batteries fast. I wish it came with a an AC adapter included.
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There are a few reasons why this product ranges from poor to great.

The labels themselves are definitely good quality labels.

The wasted tape is most everyone else's complaint.

1) The reason why the beginning of each label has wasted tape- The rollers that hold the tape after a print will cause the beginning of the label to curl, preventing proper adhesion to some objects. Brother made it so when you cut the tape's beginning you will have a straight flat tape.

2) The end part of the label has a similar problem, the feed mechanism needs to push the text past the door after a print. You can not cut the tape exactly after the last part of your text as that will cause feed problems for the next print.

I hate the wasted parts of the tape as well. I avoid it when I make multiple labels of the same text by using the repeat function. It continues the text in between labels without wasting any tape.

Other brands cut the labels closer, but those 'other' brands that I have used and owned almost always jam after a while and I lose the remaining tape from that cartridge. Brother 'could' most likely engineer the device to cut closer, but as for now I can accept some wasted tape for a quality label. If you actually calculate the number of labels you get with your cartridge, you will be surprised how expensive other label makers really are.
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The product serves its purpose and does so competently. However, I discount two stars for the following reasons:

1) It is wasteful of label tape. Even when reducing margins to the narrowest setting, the product still leaves a chunk of needless white space that you need to cut off on the front of each label.

2) The product can use an AC adapter but does not ship with one. Of course, this addition would probably increase the low price.

3) It has a pesky way of clearing both text and settings when the "clear" function is used. It would be nice if it only cleared the text. The workaround is manual backspacing of each character, which is not as convenient.

All in all, these are small inconveniences given the low price for an otherwise high-quality product. It is probably one of the best labelers available in its price range.
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