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Intro I've lost count of the label printers I have had over the years from my first Dymo tape to my recent Brother 1950. I like to keep all my documents and CD's clearly labelled and I like it even better if they look good too. I have been using a smaller brother machine but it does not accommodate larger print. The P Touch 1950 This unit is going to set you back £70 odd quid at best deal and I would say that for that kind of expenditure you really need to be using it a lot. It does have some excellent features and produces nice clear label on various tape styles and colours. I like to use the clear tape with black print and for this review this is the experience I shall be relating. The unit I suppose is really quite bulky, but sturdy with it. I'd say it looks quite smart with it general silver colour with light blue highlighted areas such as the tape cover. The display from which you can see all the settings could probably be a bit larger but it is easy to see and read. The keyboard is large enough for even those with stubby fingers not to make too many typo's. On the bottom right of the unit is the master power button, which once quickly depressed sets the machine into operational mode. Everything is controlled via a simple menu system and the menus are all accesses via the large blue rotating button right and centre of the unit. Simply rotate the button to select and option then depress the set button, which is at the buttons centre. Using this method you can select one of the many fonts, change it's size and spacing, change its style from normal to bold to shadowed to whatever you want all through this simple to operate button. Alternatively you can install the supplied software and USB cable and do everything from your PC. The font selection from the PC will depend on the fonts you have previously installed on your computer. If using this method then you can use some other nifty features, which include printing your favourite photo. The quality of this is OK but don't be expecting a masterpiece remember the tape is only 18mm wide so the pic is going to be small but reasonable quality considering. You can print some provided clipart create you own design or border you label with some fancy frames. Each print can be set to auto cut which means that you will save on tape. I like to make up my CD's and then label then with a title and artist info then from windows media player download media info and print of a copy of the album cover to put onto the CD it adds a nice little touch. The overall quality of the printed labels is superb, they are crisp clear and very good. Even on the coloured tapes the print is exceptional. Pitfalls The replacement laminate tapes are quite expensive which if I recall is the main reason I stopped using my old P Touch machine. I'm happy with the results and you get lots of labels from each tape. I haven't really done a comprehensive study into how much a label cost on average, but I'd say that in normal use it's of an acceptable price. Summary I reckon that Joe Normal isn't going to find much use for this except as a nice little gadget, which may get used once in a while. It is probably way over-priced for the average label requirements at home, but this said it is a great machine. If I had not the need for something like this I'd probably have stuck with its smaller partner. Pitfalls The replacement laminate tapes are quite expensive which if I recall is the main reason I stopped using my old P Touch machine. I'm happy with the results and you get lots of labels from each tape. I haven't really done a comprehensive study into how much a label cost on average, but I'd say that in normal use it's of an acceptable price.
The PT-1950 is the USB-ready P-touchlabeling system for office and light commercial use. With its PC-Ready capabilities, included AC adapter, compact size and available easy-change tape cassettes, the PT-1950 is the perfect solution for small groups looking to share a great labeler.
The PT-1950 is extremely versatile, satisfying the varied needs of the entire office staff: It prints durable, laminated labels from ¼" to ¾" wide, for labeling file folders, computer cables, equipment and more; it functions both as an easy-to-use, stand-alone electronic labeling system, or can be connected to a PC for more advanced graphics and database printing; and it operates either on batteries (6AA), for portability, or through its included AC adapter.
And the PT-1950 makes label-making effortless - whether you're creating one or dozens of labels at a time. It features a QWERTY-style keyboard, a two-line LCD display for easy text entry and editing, and an automatic tape cutter, which is perfect for cutting unattended multiple copies.