Brother’s Wide-Format (4″) QL-1100 Prints Up To 500 Labels Per Day
Reasonably snappy print speeds. Good print quality, for a label printer. Excellent label-design and -printing software.
Consumables somewhat costly on a per-label basis. No internal battery.
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.