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Brother PT-80 P-Touch Handheld Labeler Review

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Brother PT-80 Labeler

Brother PT-80 P-touch Labeler

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The Bottom Line

This is my second Brother P-Touch Labeler and though this model goes through batteries more quickly than my previous one, it's simple to use, has a good range of features and best of all, it takes M-series label tape which is very easy to locate in the stores.
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  • Compact design
  • Easy to use
  • Nice printing
  • Takes more than one size of label
  • Good price


  • Requires 4 AAA batteries


  • Brother® PT-80 P-Touch Handheld Label Maker comes with 1/2" Black on White "M" starter tape
  • Print labels in 6 type sizes; 9 styles; 1 font; 230 dpi print resolution
  • Prints non-laminated labels - 3/8" and 1/2" widths
  • Uses M Series labeling tape
  • Options: 71 symbols; includes 5 auto formats and 5 framing options to choose from
  • Replacement label tape is available in several color choices
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  • MSRP: $29.99
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Guide Review - Brother PT-80 P-Touch Handheld Labeler Review

When my older Brother P-Touch died, I tried to manage without a labeler, but quickly found that with everyday food storage and occasional household organizing, I was lost without one. This PT-80 is a nice fit for kitchen and household use and it has some nice features that I've learned to depend on.

You can time stamp your label, which is very handy for food storage and I like being able to print in larger black lettering on white for things such as spice jars or use fancy gold or silver labeling tape for certain projects such as CD case labels. The display holds twelve characters which is adequate. You can print two lines using bold, shadow, italic and outline so there's plenty of options as well as print vertically for binder edges.

It's fairly easy to use with a good range of letter or number options and the M-series replacement tapes are easy to locate, affordable and come in various color/printing combinations. Printing is clear and crisp. The labeler itself is compact and easy to store; dimensions are: 6.8" x 4.0" x 2.3".

This labeler is designed to be handheld and you can hold it in your hand though it's a little large for that; it's easier to select keys when placed on the table or counter. This P-touch labeler is affordable, easy to use and the only thing I dislike about it, is that it uses four AAA batteries. It seems to go through batteries once or twice a year, which varies depending on use.

I've found several uses for this labeler including making name labels for spice jars, canning jars, freezer foods, dry food containers, binders, small storage bins and drawer units, books and even adding notes to recipe pages. When I buy dry goods in bulk, it's handy for labeling as I repackage in smaller containers. I've found it gets more use in the kitchen than anywhere else, but you'll quickly find other ways to use it around the home, such as in the shop or to label the electrical panel breakers.
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