Printer Reviews

Reviews and comparisons of label printers with a touch of software and consumables

Brother P-Touch Industrial Desktop Label Printers Comparison

These products are discontinued. For our full range of current printers please click here.

The following printers can be connected to a computer via USB which will allow for extra fonts and font styles installed on the computer to be used. All printer-installed fonts are listed in the table below.

Print speeds: Fast = 10mm per second. Very Fast = 20mm per second. Super Fast = 80mm per second on HG tape and 20mm per second on TZ tape.

The Brother P-Touch 2730 label printer is at the low-end of the high-end scale. Its fast 7-line printing will give you 8 different fonts that you can preview on a large, backlit, 3-line display and will also produce 9 different barcodes types. It will print on TZ tapes up to 24mm with an automatic electric cutter. This comes supplied with a mains adaptor and a USB cable.

The Brother 3600 label printer is the same as the 2730 but will print on TZ tape up to 36mm (the model name is a coincidence though). It is one of four of the fastest P-Touch printers (known here as the “Very Fast” speed of 20mm per second). It has two extra fonts and a few more font styles. The display is not backlit on this unit.

The Brother 9600 label printer is again similar to the 2730 but is also similar to the 3600. It will print on TZ tapes between 6 and 36mm. Again it is in the fastest printing range and can print up to 16 lines of text. You have 10 fonts to choose from, 18 font styles and 9 barcode types. It features a QWERTY keyboard with hard keys (hard like a computer keyboard, not rubber like the other P-Touch printers) and the large 3-line display is backlit. The automatic cutter can also part-cut allowing a long string of labels to be printed without piling up in a big mess.

The Brother 9700 and 9800 label printer are the same but the 9800 has an RJ45 Ethernet connection for connection to multiple computers on a network (perfect for offices, factory or warehouse networks). These printers will print on both TZ tapes (in the “Very Fast” speed) and the HG tapes (in the “Super Fast” speed). The tapes can be between 3.5 and 36mm. It has an automatic cutter that will cut fully or part-cut. You can print up to 16 lines before it becomes unreadable. These can also be connected by serial (RS232).

Please note that some printers have been discontinued and replaced with the following:

Discontinued model Replacement model
P-Touch 2730 PT-D600
P-Touch 3600 No replacement
P-Touch 9600 PT-D800W
P-Touch 9700 PT-P900W
P-Touch 9800 PT-P950NW

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Brother P-Touch D800W Printer Review

Once again, Brother seem to have made a product without actually looking at the market to see if there’s place for it. Then they hold you to ransom by discontinuing what is now looking like its predecessor.
As you can probably tell by the tone of my first 2 sentences, I’m not a massive fan of this printer. That is to say I don’t hate it. It’s both great and terrible at the same time. The features are great on paper, but in reality it’s a different story. It’s like a cheap sofa-bed; you’ll never find one that’s great at being a sofa and a bed. This printer is neither great at being a portable printer nor a doorstop.

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Brother GL-100, GL-200 and GL-H105 Label Printer Comparison

Older models

Current models

labelzone.co.uk GL-200 GL-H105
Tape sizes Up to 12mm Up to 12mm
Print speed 10mm per second 20mm per second
Lines of print Up to 2 Up to 2
Font styles 9 9
Fonts 1 1
Borders / frames 5 7
Keyboard type ABC ABC
Screen 1 line, large 1 line, large
Battery 6x AAA 6x AAA
Mains adaptor AD24 AD24

The differences between the GL-100 and the GL-200 few and far between. The GL-200 offers fast printing, more borders and a larger screen whereas the GL-100 has two fonts but won’t print onto 3.5mm tape sizes. The GL-200 also comes in kit form (also known as VP or Value Pack) including the UK mains power adaptor and a hard carry case. The GL-200 and the power adaptor separately could cost £5 more and you don’t even get the case for that price!

Whilst the GL-200 is still a current model, the GL-100 has been outgrown and been replaced with the GL-H105. This newer model can also be looked as a replacement for the GL-200, as and when that time comes, with all the same features, a faster print speed, and 2 extra borders. There really isn’t much between them but using the printer is what it all boils down to. The layout of the button and functionality of the printer has been improved making the GL-H105 easier and more intuitive to use.

Brother Industrial Handheld Label Printer Comparison

Old Models

Replacement Models

The Brother P-Touch 7100 handheld label printer was the cheapest P-Touch specifically targeted at electricians. It will print on TZ tape sizes between 3.5 and 12mm. It has an ABC keyboard, large 1-line display, 9 font styles. It was supplied with a hard carry case and mains adaptor but can run from 6 AAA batteries. This printer has since been replaced by the PT-E100. The E100 prints faster, has specific patch panel and cable marking functions, and can even do serialisation.
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TSC DA200 – The Zebra Killer

TSC is very well known for having a million and one different models of printers and Zebra wasn’t far off their tail before they did a cleanup of current models. Zebra have always been a reliable brand with prices you wouldn’t turn your nose up at. The game is getting intense though as prices are falling and new models are trying to fill a niche that is now a tiny slither, not to mention other brands wanting their share of the same already over-populated market.

Zebra has always had the attention of warehouses and courier systems as the printers are fast, affordable and get the job done right. So what does TSC have on Zebra? Let’s sum up this TSC DA200 really quickly before I get slightly more in depth. Get a Zebra GK420d, now remove the unpopular parallel port and take £60 off the price.

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