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Brother P-Touch 1830 Labeler

3.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Prints on five different label widths, up to 3/4" wide
  • 15-character display for easier viewing and editing of text
  • Five favorite keys - save and print your favorite labels in seconds
  • Prints up to two lines in four type sizes and nine type styles
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Product Description

The PT-1830 is a sleek, desktop labeler that creates professional labels for virtually any office application. This new model uses the inchTZinch series of laminated tapes up to 3/4inch wide, but also has the ability to print on a inchsuper narrowinch non-laminate tape for labeling CD spines.

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Brother P-Touch 1830 Labeler

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Technical Details

Brand Name Brother
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 9 x 7 x 7 inches
Item model number PT-1830
Color Gold
Number of Items 1
Manufacturer Part Number PT-1830
National Stock Number 7490-01-540-6927

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ASIN B000BHITY6
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3.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #189,370 in Office Products (See top 100)
#78 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Camera & Photo Accessories > Blank Video Media > VHS
#1,943 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Blank Media
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 5, 2005

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By Paula A. Brahan on January 22, 2011
The tape waste is by far the most frustrating aspect of this label maker. I also agree with one review that suggested a better use for the "favorites" buttons would be for your favorite SETTINGS not your favorite WORDS. Making text a favorite is actually really stupid IMHO.
The main thing I use my labeler for is for putting the name of the spice on top of the spice jar because I keep my spices in a deep drawer beside my stove. This way I can look down on top of the jars and easily find my spices as opposed to looking at them at eye level in a cabinet.
Since I label several spices at once, I set out to figure out how to keep my setting and make several labels with minimum tape waste. Here's what I did:
Set your: Label Length to AUTO, Auto Format = OFF, Margin = CHAIN PRINT, (this is KEY to decreasing tape waste), Size = MAX (if using 3/4" tape - you may want to use LARGE if using 1/2" tape), Width = X1/2 (I use this to fit the label on top of a tiny spice jar lid. This makes the letters closer together, so if you have lots of width space on the item you'll be labeling, you can just make your width NORMAL.), Style = BOLD (or your preference), Underline/Frame = your choice (this is where you can put fancy borders around your text.
NOW...
type the text for your first label. Hit PRINT. DO NOT CUT THE LABEL. DO NOT do the "SHIFT+BS" to delete all of the text at once because this will also DELETE YOUR FORMATTING; instead, hit the BS button by itself to individually delete each letter of the text. This will allow you to keep all of your formatting. Now, type your second label in, hit PRINT, backspace the text out (one letter at a time) and enter the text for your third label and so on.
WHEN YOU'RE READY TO CUT THE STRIP OF LABELS OFF... hit SHIFT+FEED one time and then cut the strip off. Now, you can use scissors to divide each label and there is NO wasted space between labels : )
Hope this was helpful!
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Just bought one. Satisfied; but, with reservations:

I give the 1830 a 3 star rating due to my agreement with other criticism and because (after figuring out what was wrong) the ability to correct. After 'fixing', the label maker does what I wanted.

Re: Support - Brother Internet Customer Support is awful, per NS Alcott, who also had the same problem I had (labels delaminating).

Re: Delamination - My problem was due to a bad label cartridge. I had to figure this out myself. The ink-film-layer was broken when I installed the 1st cartridge in the machine. Thus, labels came out black on black (should have been black on white) and delaminated immediately because the broken ink-film-layer blocked adhesion of the final label.

This is obviously a common problem and should have been on the Brother P-touch FAQ list. I pulled the label cartridge apart and repaired the ink-film-layer with Scotch tape (to connect the ends of the broken film). Now works fine.

Re: Waste of label tape per Bryan B and AZ Harris - I agree. But, if you set the "Margin" function to "Narrow" the waste is minimized to about 2 inches on the leading edge. The waste might be a method of selling more label cartridges; and, they aren't cheap. Even my untrained eye can see that the waste produced is excessive and unnecessary.

Re: AC Power Supply - My use is infrequent so battery power alone seems okay so far. However, $25 plus S&H to buy the AC/DC transformer seems a bit much to me - like twice too much.

Overall: Ignoring the broken-label-cartridge and waste problems, I am pleased with the 1830 results. Labels come out crisp and clear. Setting the print options is EZ once you get the hang of it. There are lots of options to personalize the print.
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I purchased this labeler for the purpose of making 'permanent' labels to identify my flower varieties in my perennial flower garden. I have used the labels on many metal plant stakes in my flower garden and have not been disapointed with them. The labels stick well to the metal and the sun has not faded the letters. I haven't had any type of malfuntion problems with either the machine or the tape. I do remember the instruction book was a bit challenging, but it has been easy to use once I figured it out. My only 'complaint' is that it does use an 'excessive' amount of tape. There is an inch of blank tape at the beginning and at the end of each label.

Overall, I would buy this labeler again.
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I used Model PT-1830 in my home for 3 years and the 13 reviews to date are a good presentation of the pros and cons. My use is occasional (light switches, gas cans, file folders, etc) and that's where I may have to re-learn setting the functions to get the optimum label for a new use. Certainly shouldn't knock the product for that.

The most dissatisfying feature was the large (default) before/after margins, wasting expensive tape. I set the margins to 'Narrow,' resigned that was the best I could do. Now, Finally, I discovered the 'CHAIN PRINT' option (Function > Margin > Chain Print). This spaces less than 1/2" between consecutive labels and more importantly, does not feed ANY tape for the cutter (usually 1" wasted to push the last printed character beyond the cutter blade). So after printing a series of labels of various types, and before cutting, press [Shift + Print] to feed enough tape past the cutter.

Quote from the User Manual: [Chain Print] is for printing more than 1 copy of a label with minimum margin
<e.g. 1>. You can also create a label containing text in various styles; print a
text in one style, and before feeding, enter the second text in another style
<e.g. 2>. FEED THE TAPE BEFORE USING THE CUTTER

I'd be 'Oh so happy' but my learning curve is not over. Seems the Chain Print setting is lost if certain changes are made (Functions? Certainly with power off), but regret I don't have a definitive answer here. Please comment if you do!

I do wish the 5 "Favorites" hot keys would save a particular combination of Function key settings (Styles, Font Size, Formats, etc) instead of 5 different groups of text.
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