Recommend a labeler?

jiggreenMarch 26, 2009

I currently use the dymo letratag, which I love (and use the heck out of!), but for some situations those itsy bitsy, narrow labels are not ideal. Can anybody recommend a labeler that is capable of making nice big, (easily read from a distance) labels?


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What would you be using this labeler for?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 1:29PM
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The P-touch labelers are mostly 3/4"' tape. So they can be read from *some* distance. And when you use the biggest type setting, you're often restricted. It's all caps, and only one size & shape.

The PT9600 uses 1.5" tape, but it's pretty expensive! More than $300.

For anything larger than the 3/4" tape, i would simply use an Avery label of some size (I keep a supply of the 6-to-a-page shipping labels).

If I wanted it laminated or washable, I'd use paper and laminate it, or I'd use clear packing tape (over either paper or an Avery label). Avery makes a clear label as well; I don't know how durable it would be.

(If you want me to send you a sample of the 3/4" tape w/ the "big" type, drop me an e-mail)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 2:09PM
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I have a P-touch, roughly the equivalent of a current PT-1880. 1/4" to 3/4" tape, two fonts, and a number of styles. My only complaint is that labels don't stick too well in every situation (file folders come to mind).

I also have a Brother label printer (QL-500) which is very nice (and I got free with a Brother laser printer!). A number of different sized labels are available, up to 2 3/7" x 4" and it will print any font, character, symbol, or graphic your computer has.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 7:14AM
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Mike, our P-touch labels hold on folders at the office--are your folders not made of tight, smooth paper?

The QL-500 is interesting--Brother gives its estimated "street price" as $70.
maximum label width is 2.75. It looks like the labels aren't laminated, though.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2009 at 1:49PM
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