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Brother P-touch PT-1090 Family Labeler

*Est. $30
Reviewed
April 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Brother P-touch PT-1090 Family Labeler

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Can print iron-on labels
  • Four label sizes
  • Memory, frames, icons, symbols
Cons
  • Power adapter not included
  • Wide label margins waste tape
  • Label backing can be hard to peel
  • Screen doesn't show exact label preview
  • Some label media can be expensive
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The Brother P-touch PT-1090 Family Labeler is a battery-operated model designed for family use. It's powered by six AA alkaline batteries, though an optional power adapter (*Est. $18) is available. Label cartridges come in four sizes, from 3.5 mm up to 12 mm (just under half an inch) in width. Five different label types are versatile, including iron-on fabric, acid-free matte paper (for file folders), extra-strength adhesive, flexible ID (useful for identifying cables in a computer or home theater set up), and durable laminated labels.

For the relatively low price, owners say this label maker is a good value. Features include a wide range of symbols, decorative icons and frames -- plus memory for up to nine favorite labels. Though there is only one type font, you can apply a wide variety of styles, such as bold, outline, shadow, vertical, italic and four more, and three type sizes. The trade-off for these extra features is a fairly steep learning curve. Even though this label maker is designed for family use -- with a somewhat cumbersome alphabetical keyboard layout -- owners say it's not easy to learn to use. The other main drawback is that like other Brother label makers, each label wastes quite a bit of fairly expensive label material.

We found the most owner-written reviews of the Brother P-touch PT-1090 label maker at Staples.com. Fewer reports, but still lots of helpful feedback can also be found at Amazon.com. Buy.com, Brother.com and OfficeMax.com have fewer reviews still, but are still worth a look-see.

Where To Buy
Brother PT-1090 P-Touch Home & Family "Simply Stylish" Labeler

 (62 reviews)
Buy new: $59.95 $53.99   9 Used & new from $16.99

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Our Sources

1. Staples.com

More than 90 owners -- a mix of personal and business users -- rate and review the Brother PT-1090 label maker here. Owners report that the PT-1090 is durable and versatile, but that it can be a little difficult to learn to use and that labels are hard to peel off their backing.

Review: Brother P-touch PT-1090 Label Maker, Contributors to Staples.com

2. Amazon.com

The more than 20 owners reviewing the Brother PT-1090 label maker here are largely happy, though not universally so. Most praise the PT-1090's versatility, but note that it can take time to learn to use some functions. The main complaint is the wide margins that waste expensive label tape; one owner notes that some new label cartridges cost nearly as much as the label maker itself -- or even more if you find the PT-1090 on sale.

Review: Brother PT-1090 P-Touch Home & Family "Simply Stylish" Labeler, Contributors to Amazon.com

3. Buy.com

Around 15 owners mostly praise the Brother PT-1090 here. The main drawback cited is that it can take time to learn to use all its special functions.

Review: Brother PT-1090BK Home & Family "Simply Stylish" Labeler

4. Brother.com

The approximately half dozen owners reviewing the Brother PT-1090 label maker here give it a good average rating. Ease of use gets mixed reviews, and one owner notes that Dymo makes magnetic label tape, something that's not available for Brother label makers.

Review: PT-1090 Home & Family "Simply Stylish" Labeler, Contributors to Brother.com

5. OfficeMax.com

A handful of owners here largely praise the Brother PT-1090 as a very good value. Some echo the same basic complaints found elsewhere: that the PT-1090 wastes expensive label tape, and isn't intuitive to use.

Review: Brother PT-1090 Simply Stylish Home & Family Labeler, Contributors to OfficeMax.com

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