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211 of 223 found the following review helpful:
warning!!!Nov 27, 2006
By G. Wallace
After owning a P-touch labeler for years,I found the need for a more duable label than my "M" tape was providing. I opted for this "TZ" tape labeler. Good price,looks good. What a mistake!!! The only thing well designed about this unit is it's abilty to waste more tape than it uses!! If you print a label of any size,count on it costing you two full inches of tape to do it!!! At $20.00 a roll,prepare to be screwed each time you push the print button.Then go find the scissors and cut the excess off,so the label does not look as stupid as the person who designed this pile of junk!!! But cheer up you can push six buttons,every time,to reduce the margin to "narrow". This will reduce the waste to a half inch on ONE side of the label,and print two small dots on the other side,this will show you where to cut it with your scissors,to match the "narrow" side. Also you must do ALL settings for EVERY label EVERY time!!Another "great feature,it will use the same amount of tape regaurdless of print size,so you will only print large print.What a joke!!! What a hassle!! Now the good news. I used to make lots of labels,and now I only make labels for VERY important items. And only when I am up to getting mad for doing so. I really wish amazon would allow us to give items a negative five stars! You have been warned!
144 of 157 found the following review helpful:
Wastes Two Inches per LabelAug 05, 2006
I kid you not: every label has an inch of air on the left and the right, for a total of two inches wasted per label.
You can tweak the Margin setting to reduce one of the margins to about 1/4 inch, leaving you with 1 1/4 inches of waste.
Even ignoring the waste, you still need to trim each label with a pair of scissors--not very convenient, and isn't that why you bought a labeler?
I sent mine back to Amazon, even though I had to pay return shipping.
85 of 91 found the following review helpful:
Almost a super *Sep 26, 2006
By R. Amezquita
I took this device out of its package and printed the label I wanted without having to read the instructions. It gets high marks for an intuitive UI, and quality. The only thing that brings this from being a 5 * product is the waste of _very_ expensive tape and the lack of an AC adapter which I knew before getting it. Two reels of tape equal the price of this machine btw.
47 of 48 found the following review helpful:
It doesn't waste tape if you set it up correctly.Aug 08, 2009
By Lynn B.
I just wanted to post a review here since there are so many people complaining that this thing wastes tape. Yes, on the default setting, it will put a lot of white space at the beginning and end. This is because the cutting blade on this model won't clear the end of the label unless it feeds some white space at the end. However, it is ridiculously easy to set this model up to use less white space.
1. Touch the Function (Fn) Button.
2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the "Margin" setting. Hit the OK button.
3. You have four options for margin Full (default), Half, Narrow, or Chain Print. (I normally use Chain Print for the least amount of white space.)
4. When you are done making your series of labels, remember to manually feed the last label (shift + Print button). Otherwise your last label won't clear the cutting blade and it will get chopped in half.
It takes about 5 seconds to set this machine up to use a minimum of tape. I can't believe how many irate reviews are on here when it's so freaking simple to make it NOT do the thing everyone is complaining about.
We've had this machine for about a year now and it works great. I use it regularly and have only gone through 2 rolls of tape. My only issue is it seems to run through batteries fast. I wish it came with a an AC adapter included.
28 of 29 found the following review helpful:
Reason for wasted tapeNov 20, 2007
By H. Lee
There are a few reasons why this product ranges from poor to great.
The labels themselves are definitely good quality labels.
The wasted tape is most everyone else's complaint.
1) The reason why the beginning of each label has wasted tape- The rollers that hold the tape after a print will cause the beginning of the label to curl, preventing proper adhesion to some objects. Brother made it so when you cut the tape's beginning you will have a straight flat tape.
2) The end part of the label has a similar problem, the feed mechanism needs to push the text past the door after a print. You can not cut the tape exactly after the last part of your text as that will cause feed problems for the next print.
I hate the wasted parts of the tape as well. I avoid it when I make multiple labels of the same text by using the repeat function. It continues the text in between labels without wasting any tape.
Other brands cut the labels closer, but those 'other' brands that I have used and owned almost always jam after a while and I lose the remaining tape from that cartridge. Brother 'could' most likely engineer the device to cut closer, but as for now I can accept some wasted tape for a quality label. If you actually calculate the number of labels you get with your cartridge, you will be surprised how expensive other label makers really are.
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