The Bottom Line
- All-in-one unit with keyboard
- No computer needed
- Labels of various colors and sizes available separately
- Requires six AAA batteries or optional power cord
- LCD screen is not the best
- Brother P-Touch PT-1280 Label Maker
- 15-character LCD screen
- Nine type styles
- Various tapes available
Guide Review - Brother P-Touch PT-1280 Label Maker
A labeler should be simple and intuitive, and this one certainly is. Choose your style, type your label, press the large "Print" button, and the label emerges. A one-touch manual cutter ensures a clean cut and a centered label. I've used them on some unusual surfaces--curved jam bottles in the refrigerator, for example--and the tape curves and sticks without any lifting edges. Iron-on fabric tape, extra-strength adhesive tape, and cable/wire wrapping tapes are available as well. The labeler runs on six AAA batteries or using an optional AC cord.
The LCD screen is black on green and it isn't the best for previewing what you want to print, so in some cases the label's appearance was a bit surprising. Once I had tried all the options, though, it was a snap to use.