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Colour Address Label Printer: Brother QL-800 & QL-810W Review

Brother QL-800 and QL-810W Review

First things first. It’s not full colour, so please don’t get too excited. However, it still is a fairly exciting thing because this a 2 colour printer that doesn’t require any ink, toner or ribbon. This is the first twin colour direct thermal printer from Brother in the QL range, and the first in the market it’s aimed at.

As I’m reviewing 2 very similar printers at the same time, I’ll review mostly the QL-800 and then mention any differences with the QL-810W.


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Water Dissolvable Labels

Being introduced to labels that can dissolve in water is something that I really liked the sound of. I don’t mean to point fingers, but whenever I buy mugs or glasses from IKEA, I get very annoyed having to pick the barcode labels off the bottom; it’s next to impossible to remove them (but I know a secret which I’ll explain below). These dissolvable labels however, stay stuck until wet. Let’s check out how easy it is for these labels to fade away.

I’m going to do the worst thing imaginable: I’m going to apply 2 labels to the inside of a glass; a standard label and water dissolvable label. I’ll leave them 24 hours for the adhesive to get to full strength, then I’ll rinse the glass with water to see how much effort is required to remove them. I’ll do this test twice with both warm water and cold water to see if there’s any benefit to either temperature.


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LabelStation Helper – April 2017 Update

It’s been 3 years since I built the first version of the LabelStation Helper. I’ve evolved it quite a lot over that time to finally become a powerful archive of help and information that it is today.

If you already have a previous version installed, open it to trigger the update. You might need to close it and open it again as the auto-update can have a delayed trigger (which has since been fixed). Another version of the LabelStation Helper has a button on the first screen that reads “Check for Helper Update”, click it (you might need to click this button twice, but this has been fixed in the latest update). If you have a very early version that doesn’t include the auto-updater, it’s recommended to delete the folder that it installed to (usually “C:\LabelStation” unless you selected otherwise, or click uninstall from the programs menu if you’re using the 2015 version) and run the downloader below.

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Screenshot below shows the main screen after choosing which model printer you’re using.

This window is to help you find labels, tags, ribbon and spare parts for your LabelStation.
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Missing Print, Vertical Lines & Cleaning Your Label Printer

missingprintHave you ever printed from your label printer and noticed a straight vertical line of missing print? It might be only about <1mm wide going through your text, an image or even a barcode which can prevent it from being read correctly. This can mean one of two things:

  • Your printhead is dirty
  • Your print head needs replacing

Hopefully it’s the first of the two. If it is then here are some solutions that can help clean that muck off.
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