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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 This printer has since been replaced by the PT-E100.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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DYMO XTL 300 Review & Compare

DYMO XTL 300 Label Printer

It’s the little brother!

The XTL 300 is the XTL 500’s little brother. It does nearly all the same features but in a smaller package. It prints tape sizes up to 24mm wide in a variety of materials, has a colour screen, a clicky QWERTY keyboard and rechargeable battery.

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LabelStation Design & Print Software Compare

Caution: metaphors ahead.

BarTender vs LabelDirect

To compare these two brands of software is like comparing the M14 sports car made by the small British car manufacturer, Noble, to a BMW M5. They both the do same job but in a slightly different way. Both cars will get you from A-B but one will be more comfortable, have more gadgets, have more of a presence on the road and perform slightly better, while the other is cheaper and British.

The software side-by-side has very much the same sort of aura about it. One is full of many advanced features, is easier to use, has a nicer user interface, while the other is more of an entry level product.

Now allow me to elaborate on what I’m trying to say here.
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LabelStation Design & Print Software Review: LabelDirect

Basic

Possibly the most user friendly labelling application on the market. The Basic edition of LabelDirect has many features such as text, a modest range of shapes, images and 15 types of barcodes. It also has the ability for a user prompt at the time of print so data can be changed without physically altering anything in the label design itself. In addition to the fixed fonts available in the printer this software can introduce into your label any of the fully scalable fonts provided by Windows, making artistic layouts possible with the same ease as more businesslike layouts like the one shown below, which can be useful in the retail environment. [See update below regarding this section] Like most labelling applications, LabelDirect can export labels to the printer’s flash memory where they may be accessed from a separate keyboard to make stand-alone printing possible. Even with a “dumb” keyboard like the KDU4350 it is possible for labels to include variable data fields which prompt the user for information at print time.

Professional

The professional edition includes all the features of the basic but also has database and spreadsheet connectivity. With this feature you can design a standard label template that will import the data from the selected source to print into the variable fields. A batch of labels may consist of the entire database may be printed as Either all or just the selected rows (records) by way of the “Print List” function. The print quantity for each label can be chosen at print time or controlled by a field in the database, the latter allowing full automation. It’s very convenient, when compiling a Print List, that you can use Shift+click to select a contiguous block of records and Ctrl+click to make a non contiguous selection.
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