Brother's latest labellers print in two colours

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Brother's latest labellers print in two colours

Want to put warnings on devices or other labels that stand out? The Brother QL-800 series may be what you're after.

As we have previously reported in our review of the PT-P300BT and news of the PT-P750W, Brother offers label tape in a variety of colour combinations. They include black on clear, white on black, red on white, and gold on silver.

The limitation has been that the text and graphics printed on a label had to be all the same colour. But that's changed with the arrival of the QL-800 series.

These new models can print black and red on a white background, using the DK-22251 tape. Brother has given no indication that other colour combinations will be made available.

The company is being coy about how this works, but presumably the tape is heated to different temperatures according to the colour required.

Suggested uses include warning signs on office machines and cabinets, and labels to identify boxes that must be handled with care.

Brother claims this is the first time that two-colour thermal technology has been applied to label printing.

Three models are available:

The $149 Brother QL-800 is the smallest of the new label printers. It connects to computers running Windows or macOS via USB, and prints approximately 93 labels per minute. Label design software is included.

The $249 Brother QL-810W adds Wi-Fi connectivity and support for Apple's AirPrint, and prints approximately 110 labels per minute.

The Brother QL-820NWB is only available through Brother's authorised dealers and adds Bluetooth and Ethernet to the 810's Wi-Fi and USB connections. A LCD display and memory means labels can be printed in standalone mode. This model can also be used with Android devices.

An optional rechargeable battery pack is available for the QL-810W and QL-820NWB.

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