In case you haven’t seen any previous blog posts, the industrial Brother printer models start with “PT-E” and the industrial Dymo models start with “XTL”. Here’s a comparison of the 2016 models that will be on the market for the next few years. Use the checkboxes below to filter out different models of printers to help you compare fewer models.
|Features||PT-E100||PT-E300||PT-E550W||XTL 300||XTL 500|
|Screen||Small, 1 line||Large, backlit, multi-line||Large, backlit, multi-line||Medium, backlit, full colour, full design||Large, backlit, full colour, full design, touch|
|Tape sizes||3.5 to 12mm||3.5 to 18mm||3.5 to 24mm||6 to 24mm||6 to 54mm|
|Lines of print||2||5||7||11||26|
|Cutter||Manual||Manual||Automatic with part cut||Manual||Automatic|
|Battery||6x AAA||Li-Ion Rechargeable||Li-Ion Rechargeable||Li-Po Rechargeable||Li-Po Rechargeable|
|Mains power adaptor||✘ / ✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Connectivity||✘||USB||USB & WiFi||USB||USB|
|Memory||720 characters||50 files & 2400 characters||99 files & 18,297 characters||40MB||40MB|
|Case||✘ / ✔||✔||✔||✘ / ✔||✔|
|Size (W x H x D)
||110 x 207 x 60 mm4.3 x 8.1 x 2.4 inch||132 x 218 x 68 mm5.2 x 8.6 x 2.7 inch||123 x 247 x 84 mm4.8 x 9.7 x 3.3 inch||117 x 264 x 69 mm4.6 x 10.4 x 2.7 inch||162 x 168 x 120 mm6.4 x 6.6 x 4.7 inch|
||390 g0.86 lb||840 g1.85 lb||1.16 kg2.56 lb||1.13 kg2.49 lb||2.11 kg4.65 lb|
✘ / ✔ = only available in the kit.
This model is very entry-level. It’s perfect for small labelling jobs such as cable wrap/flag, fuse boards, and anything needing a some serialised numbers. Read the full review and watch the video by clicking here.
With a large selection of barcodes and printing on tapes up to 18mm wide, this printer is certainly a big jump from the PT-E100. Featuring a larger screen, QWERTY keyboard, rechargeable battery and a huge selection of printable label types this printer is a more serious approach the electrical labeling. Click here for the full review and a full video of the Brother PT-E300.
This is certainly a must-have printer if you’re looking at sticking with the Brother series. With a fully automatic cutter that part-cuts your labels, printing your labels has never been easier and tidier. With a large backlit display you can preview each label before you print; saving you time and money. For the full review and my unboxing video of the Brother PT-E550W, click here.
Dymo XTL 300
Dymo’s latest models have had a strong introduction with good reason. This model has a full colour display and intuitive interface making the designing of easy and complex labels simple and easy. With advanced consumables and and high resolution print, this printer really is worth every penny. Click here for the full review of the Dymo XTL 300.
Dymo XTL 500
If you’re looking to be blown away, look no further. The XTL 500 will knock your socks off with it’s high resolution print, automatic cutter, and huge full-colour touchscreen. Making a complex label really couldn’t be easier. Printing on consumables up to a whopping 54mm wide, you’re certainly not going to be stuck on a job no matter what the application. I recommended you read my full review and the hands-on video of all the features of this epic printer.