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Looking for a Label Printer?

Recently I needed a label printer for a project I was involved with, and after looking around a bit decided on buying the Brother QL-570 Label Printer.  Having not used it before, but having used successful Brother products in the past, I decided that this one was it.

This is a great printer.  It prints fast, it cuts automatically at the end of the print.  The label paper is readily available at any office supply store, and the software is dead easy to use.

I plugged it into my Mac, (running Snow Leopard) and it was immediately recognized, and the drivers were automatically updated and installed.  However, I had no software to design the labels with.  The printer comes with the software on a CD, but I usually just go to the manufacturer's website and download the software from there, because, well, often times, the software on the CD is old.

The computer installed the software (I think it had to reboot), and I was designing labels and printing in no time.  The only "tricky" part, (I guess it was tricky) was selecting what type of paper was in the machine (on the computer) so that the label printed correctly...  which, you set right when you open the program.  So, barring that, 2 second option aside, the printer was dead easy to use.  It actually fit right in my backpack, (not that I would take it with me), but I did have to on this occasion, and it was small enough to throw right in my bag.

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Jack Groome said…
I think it would be a great idea to incorporate barcode labels in to more everyday life. Having seen that the iphone has app's that you can download to scan and compare prices of food online, as well as an app that tells you the content of the food. Would look in to it myself, get a bit of use out of my barcode label printer. Great start, just hope they keep developing the idea!

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