• My review of Brother's QL-1100 wide-format label printer at PCMagPROS

    Reasonably snappy print speeds. Good print quality, for a label printer. Excellent label-design and -printing software.

  • CONS

    Consumables somewhat costly on a per-label basis. No internal battery.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    A winning wide-body label maker, the Brother QL-1100 prints to a variety of label stock from your PC, Mac, or mobile device, and it comes with nifty label-design software and mobile apps.

The Brother QL-1100 label printer ($179.99) is, at heart, a wide-format version of the Brother QL-800 we reviewed this time last year. Like its smaller sibling, the QL-1100 churns out labels in several sizes—in this case, up to 4 inches wide, both die-cut and continuous-length labels—snappily and in good quality. It uses rolls of direct-printed thermal paper, and like most such printers, the per-label cost varies a lot according to your source for the stock. That said, aside from its QL-1110NWB sibling (a network-connectable version with otherwise identical specs), this is the first wide-format label printer of its kind that we’ve seen at this low a price. It’s a fine value for small-office and home-office shipping, barcoding, and other types of wide-format labeling.

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My review of the Brother QL-1110NWB Wide-Format Label Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Prints wide-format labels up to 4 inches. Copious connectivity. Fast enough for moderate-size label jobs. Good print quality for a label printer. Handy design, printing, and database software. Easy to use.

  • CONS

    Consumables somewhat costly on a per-label basis. No battery for untethered use. Can’t print pre-designed labels from the unit itself.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Brother’s QL-1110NWB supports network and mobile protocols galore and prints to wide labels from PCs, Macs, or mobile devices. Handy software and a nifty mobile app make this a strong pick among pro label printers.

The flagship model of Brother’s QL series of portable, pro-grade label printers, the QL-1110NWB ($279.99) is a step up from the Editors’ Choice QL-820NWB. These two label printers have very similar feature lists and capacities, except that the QL-1110NWB can print to wider labels (4 inches wide, versus 2.4 inches). However, the smaller version offers the option for an internal battery (making it truly portable) and a few other features missing on the QL-1110NWB—enough to keep this latest QL model from taking the place of the QL-820NWB as a PCMag top choice. That said, if your work routine calls for wider labels than the QL-820NWB can produce, the QL-1110NWB will serve as an excellent, networkable label printer for your home office, small office, or warehouse.

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The Best Label Makers of 2018 at PCMagFrom Convenient to Mission Critical

When most people think of label makers—or label printers, labeling systems, barcode printers, or whatever each manufacturer calls its wares—those little handheld devices with small keyboards and one-line monochrome LCDs come to mind. Well, even though many of those are still available, at this point they are yesterday’s technology.

In fact, these days, there are many types and levels of label printers (in terms of price, label quality, and volume) available—from inexpensive and convenient consumer-grade models for labeling containers and other articles around home, to the mission-critical machines for printing shipping labels, warnings (Stop, Caution, Fragile, and so on), bar codes, product labels, and so much more.

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Review of Dymo LabelWriter Wireless at PCMagPROS

    • Reasonably fast labels. Good print quality. Strong selection of label types. Cost of consumables is competitively low.

CONS

    • Cutter somewhat clumsy and low-tech. While decent, design and print software could be more modern and intuitive.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The Dymo LabelWriter Wireless churns out labels in numerous shapes, colors, and sizes at a competitive per-label cost.

[amazon_link asins=’B0725W4BHR’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6f2c34f8-ed89-11e7-88a3-09106fa8372a’]xThe newest Dymo desktop label printer, the Dymo LabelWriter Wireless ($149.99) [amazon_link asins=’B0725W4BHR’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b189f43f-ed89-11e7-9aa1-e7ab7544f1ee’], is comparable in price and features to Brother’s QL-810W,[amazon_link asins=’B01MTWGMRR’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e5304db6-ed89-11e7-a1c4-b1421334aa32′] which itself is a step down from our Editors’ Choice, the QL-820NWB.[amazon_link asins=’B01MTYE0X6′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2143a3ae-ed8a-11e7-9fe6-8baeab147145′] The LabelWriter Wireless is much like the Brother QL-810W in that they both have adept label design and print software for PCs and mobile devices, and you can connect to either via Wi-Fi or USB. However, the Brother model is somewhat slicker in a few key ways: It comes with an automatic cutter, as well as support for an optional battery that makes the printer functional where power is unavailable. Even so, the LabelWriter Wireless is a highly capable, networkable label design and print system, making it a decent alternative to the Brother QL-810W as a home-based or small office labeling solution.
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William Harrel's writing at PCMagCamarillo, July 13, 2016 — Part of the Ziff-Davis, one of the leaders in online technology media empire,  PC Magazine, or PCMag, as it is known online, is one of the oldest and most respected and trusted technology news outlets on the Internet.

Currently, my beat at PCMag is printers, labeling systems, and scanners, both document and photo scanners, all of which coincides with my background in desktop publishing.

As we move from mid- to late-2017, after just over a year of writing for PCMag, my number of published reviews will surpass 100 within the next month or so. (This post was updated in early September, 2017

A list of my reviews at www.pcmag.com.


 

  • Editors' ChoicePROS

    Good print quality. Comprehensive, easy-to-use label design and print mobile app. Strong selection of label types in several color schemes, including fabric iron-on labels. Runs on AC or battery power. Good value for the price.

  • CONS

    Cannot use with Windows or Mac PCs. Requires replaceable (rather than rechargeable) batteries.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    With excellent design and comprehensive print software, the reasonably priced Brother P-touch Cube prints several sizes and colors of good-quality plastic (laminated) labels from your iOS or Android mobile device.

[amazon_link asins=’B071RSC7ZH’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c8af9af2-c3e8-11e7-882f-2db2d6b035f3′]Most professional- and consumer-grade label printers (such as our Editors’ Choice Brother QL-820NWB [amazon_link asins=’B01MTYE0X6′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ed947d16-c3e8-11e7-b581-8b86718209bc’] and the Dymo MobileLabeler [amazon_link asins=’B01M9DNPYE’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ff736187-c3e8-11e7-90f0-6321223be119′], respectively) let you design and print labels from your computer and/or mobile device, but the Brother P-touch Cube ($59.99) [amazon_link asins=’B071RSC7ZH’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0e6278a3-c3e9-11e7-98a2-a996e50c1665′] is the first one that we’ve reviewed that cannot be tethered to a PC or a Mac via a USB cable. In other words, its only mode of operation is connecting wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device. The good news is that the bundled Brother P-touch Design&Print app is simple to use, allowing you to produce a variety of good-looking plastic labels for your kitchen, garage, bedrooms, office, and schoolroom, making the P-touch Cube an easy top pick as an entry-level label printer for families, small workplaces, and classrooms.
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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Fast output. Good print quality. Excellent label design, print software, and mobile apps. Prints two-color, black/red labels. Good selection of label types. Good value for the price.

  • CONS

    Per-label media cost is somewhat high. Ability to print in red limited to one label type.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The prints several sizes of high-quality label types from your PC, Mac, or Android mobile device via USB, making it an excellent value for its relatively low price.

 [amazon_textlink asin=’B01N49R9KP’ text=’Brother QL-800′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’104ac4b1-c42c-11e7-b438-7773138e77cc’]Like its higher-end QL-810W [amazon_link asins=’B01MTWGMRR’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’32c0f1fe-c42c-11e7-ae61-151caa512527′] and QL-820NWB [amazon_link asins=’B01MTYE0X6′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’46ec3691-c42c-11e7-af19-dbf9e130b603′] siblings, the Brother QL-800 ($99.99) is a reasonably fast label printer that churns out good-looking labels in several different types and sizes, ranging from small one-line barcodes, to address labels, and everything in between. It can print labels up to about 0.5 inch wide by 1 inch long to 2.4 inches wide by 36 inches long.
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  • PROS

    Respectable print quality. Prints in black and red. Prints labels fast. Terrific label design. Great print software and robust mobile app. Wide selection of label types.

  • CONS

    Per-label cost is high. Battery costs extra. Ability to print in red limited to one label type. QL-820NWB offers much more for not a lot more money.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother QL-810W label maker prints a wide variety of high-quality label types from your PC or mobile device, but its higher-end sibling provides significantly more features and versatility for just a little more money.

[amazon_link asins=’B01MTWGMRR’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ab855b47-c42f-11e7-bf11-ade532a3015b’]The Brother QL-810W ($149.99) [amazon_link asins=’B01MTWGMRR’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c4eec9e2-c42f-11e7-a1a5-e9d1fca83d48′] label printer is a step down from the recent Editors’ Choice QL-820NWB.[amazon_link asins=’B01MTYE0X6′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d6d50178-c42f-11e7-a3d7-e7ef58f37cf8′] Although these two labelers essentially print the same types of labels at the same speeds over wireless networks or from mobile devices, what you give up feature-wise for the $50 list price difference between them is significant. With the QL-810W, for instance, you forgo a few different types of connectivity options, as well as the ability to use the label maker apart from a computing device. Overall, though, the Q-810W is a versatile and capable option, well worth considering for designing and printing many types of business labels via Wi-Fi, or from your team’s tablets and smartphones.
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Editors' ChoicePROS

  • Fast print speeds. Good print quality. Multiple network and mobile connectivity options. Excellent label design. Great print software and mobile app. Prints in black and red. Operates as standalone label maker and printer with optional battery.

  • CONS

    Consumables somewhat costly on a per-label basis. Battery costs extra. Ability to print in red limited to one label type.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother QL-820NWB is a feature-rich label maker capable of churning out professional-looking output quickly and efficiently.

[amazon_link asins=’B01MTYE0X6′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3211de39-c432-11e7-8115-b94e4e9a5ae8′]Recently, Brother announced the QL-800-series as new additions to its stable of professional label printers, which includes the flagship model, the QL-820NWB ($199.99) [amazon_link asins=’B01MTYE0X6′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3cb7da10-c432-11e7-836b-115c718fbf72′], reviewed here. The QL-820NWB is similar in many ways to its QL-720NW [amazon_link asins=’B0081TZD54′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4ef9c571-c432-11e7-ac3c-0bab3888def0′] predecessor in that it’s networkable and it comes with highly capable software. It’s also well-integrated with mobile devices, and it comes with a robust set of features and options, such as a broad assortment of printable media, the ability to print two-color labels, and an add-on rechargeable battery. Flexibility, a rich feature set, wide-ranging PC and mobile device integration, and a wide selection of label media elevates the QL-820NWB to our new top pick for a networkable professional label printer.
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