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 This printer has since been replaced by the PT-E100.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.
The Brother P-Touch 7500 handheld label printer was much larger and heavy duty. It will print up to 7 lines on TZ tapes between 6 and 24mm. It has a large 2-line backlit LCD. It too comes supplied with a hard carry case and mains adaptor but can run from 6 AA batteries. The Replacement PT-E300 is pretty much the same but only takes up to 18mm tape, but with a larger screen and faster print speed, a small maximum tape width shouldn’t be too much of a down side. Plus it comes with a rechargeable battery and a QWERTY keyboard.
The Brother 7600 handheld label printer has all the same features as the 7500 but also has USB to connect to a computer to design labels templates and upload company logos to the printer’s memory. The PT-E550W that replaces the 7600 is a huge upgrade. Still the same spec with 24mm tapes, up to 7 lines of print and computer connectivity, but this has a much faster print speed, wireless connectivity, an Android and iOS app for your phone or tablet, and a massive selection of built-in symbols. This is the perfect model to go for.
As with the old 7600, if the rechargeable battery in the E300 or E550W dies while you’re out on a job, not only could you swap it out for a spare battery from ourselves, you can also pop in 6x AAs and get printing straight away.
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