|Item Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9 x 7 x 7 inches|
|Item model number||PT-1830|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||PT-1830|
|National Stock Number||7490-01-540-6927|
Brother P-Touch 1830 Labeler
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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
- Reprint and mirror printing
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Overall, I would buy this labeler again.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the PT-1830 and my biggest complaints are the WASTE at teh front and back of each label and the fact that the settings never stay where I put them (I spend more time... Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Larry Lotz
I had access to this at work, and when I retired I had to buy one for myself !! A+ productPublished on February 24, 2014 by Ladd L. Lee
I bought this because we have a larger more expensive model at work, that functions great all though it uses way too much label tape like the PT1830. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by JB in AK
I was attracted to the many features of this label machine. When it arrived, it was larger than I expected but it had lots of features. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by B. Allen
I can pretty much chime in with the other comments here. As far as tape waste goes, not sure it is by design, it is because there is a 1" distance between the print head and the... Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Charles Sorgie
I really love this labeler; it's exactly what I wanted/expected, the price was excellent, I was pleased with the timely shipping, and my only complaint is for the typical... Read morePublished on April 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
the service was fast and the product was just what my company needed. Was so impressed we just ordered more. If we need anything else we know where to get it fast.Published on January 30, 2012 by Bill
This product works great and is easy to understand. It is very useful and easy to store. I love it!Published on January 27, 2012 by Ladywassa
I bought mine in a kit with batteries and extra tapes from Costco. I agree with other reviewers that it wastes an inch of tape on Narrow Margin setting, but other labelers have... Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by Adam Helberg