Brother P-touch PT-D200 Review

Updated December 31, 2013
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Brother P-touch PT-D200
Bottom Line

The Brother P-touch PT-D200 label maker is fast and versatile. It can print in a variety of fonts and text styles, and you can add decorative elements and frames to your labels. Label width is restricted to a half-inch or less, but that should be fine for the vast majority of applications. Label selection is good and includes fabric labels. The P-touch PT-D200 is easy to use, and there's memory on board for storing up to 30 labels.

Ease of use

Intuitive and fast. That's what PCMag.com says in awarding the Brother P-touch PT-D200 label maker its Editors' Choice award. Tony Hoffman compares the PT-D200 to the competing Epson LabelWorks LW-300 (Est. $30) and Epson LabelWorks LW-400 (Est. $40) , and says the Brother would be a better choice for most. He adds that the PT-D200's menu system and clearly labeled function keys are "intuitive" and "easier to work with" than Epson's user interface. The QWERTY keyboard won't allow for easy touch-typing but makes finding the right key easy, at least for experienced typists. There's sufficient built-in memory to store up to 30 of your most often-used labels, and the label maker can spit out up to nine copies at once.

ProsEasy to use, Fast, Lots of fonts and decorative options, Memory for up to 30 labelsConsWide label margins waste expensive tape, Largest label width is 1/2 inch, Hard on batteries

Versatility

Can handle most projects. If you need a label maker for wide name tags or for specialty functions like printing bar codes, consider a model like the Epson LW400. For everyone else, however, the Brother P-touch PT-D200 has the chops to handle label-making chores with ease. Available label materials top out at just under a half-inch (12 mm) and range down to a super-narrow 0.13 inch (3.5 mm). There's no magnetic label material offered, but fabric labels are available. Eight fonts are built in, and you can print one- or two-line labels in a variety of type styles including vertical. For decorative effects, you can select from 600 symbols and 95 different frame styles. A "deco" gallery contains 12 eye-catching preconfigured label designs.

Value

Consumables add up. There's no lack of praise for the performance and value of the Brother P-touch PT-D200's hardware, but there's lots of criticism for how hard it is on label material and batteries. Like all Brother label makers, the label margins are wider than on competitors' machines, and that can eat up label media in a hurry. The P-touch PT-D200 is also hard on batteries. So if you plan to print a lot of labels, it's probably a good idea to invest an extra $25 or so for the optional Brother AD24 power adapter.

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Our Sources

1. PCMag.com

Brother P-touch PT-D200, Tony Hoffman, Aug. 15, 2012

PCMag.com gives the Brother P-touch PT-D200 an Editors' Choice award. Tony Hoffman compares this label maker to a pair of competing Epson models and says that for most, the PT-D200 is a better choice. Ease of use and fast operation are its most notable positives.

2. Staples.com

Brother P-touch PT-D200 Label Maker, Contributors to Staples.com, As of January 2014

Staples.com is home to more than 300 user reviews of the Brother P-touch PT-D200, although some were originally posted at Brother's website. Most are pleased, and 87 percent say they would recommend the label maker to a friend. While some owners cite other issues, most of those who are less happy gripe about wasted label material or how fast the unit burns through batteries.

3. OfficeDepot.com

Brother P-Touch PT-D200 Label Maker, Contributors to OfficeDepot.com, As of January 2014

Nearly 60 owners post feedback on the Brother PT-D200 here, and compliments and complaints mirror those at Staples.com. About 80 percent are happy enough to say they would recommend the label maker to a friend.

4. Amazon.com

Brother Home and Office Labeler (PTD200), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2014

Satisfaction is lower among Amazon.com users than those posting at other review sites. Complaints are similar to what's seen elsewhere: label waste and batteries that die too soon. Some owners say they have been able to reset the margins to narrower widths or post other workarounds to minimize label usage.