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Brother PT1230PC P-TOUCH Portable Labeler Prints Up to 12MM Wide Label Printer

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   Shipping Weight:   1.4 lbs
   Part #: PT1230PC
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Features    [ Edit | History ]

P-Touch 1230PC is a label printer designed for PCs. No software is required. Simply plug into your USB and label appears on your screen. Fill in information and print up to 10mm per second. Label printer prints on four different label widths of TZ tapes, up to 1/2" wide (laminated) and prints multiple lines of text and graphics with 180 dpi. PT-1230PC offers mirror and vertical printing, 200 copies of repeat printing, 694 symbols, unlimited number of print lines, and True type fonts/scalable Printer is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows, XP, and Windows Vista. Compact design includes built-in manual cutter and a USB cable. Printer uses six AAA batteries (sold separately) or Brother AD-24 adapter (sold separately).

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • PT-1230PC Thermal Label Printer
  • One 1/2" black on white TZ starter Tape
  • USB interface cable
Platform Supported PC
Recommended Use Label Print
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Print Color Monochrome
Maximum Print Resolution 180 dpi
Media Type Laminated Tape Flexible Tape Adhesive Tape Non-laminated Tape Iron-on Fabric
Country of Origin China
Height 4.4"
Width 2.1"
Depth 6.2"
Maximum Mono Print Speed 0.39 in/s
Maximum Label Width 0.50"

Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
Battery Information  
     Battery Size Supported: AAA
     Number of Batteries Supported: 6
     Cutting Method: Manual
General Information  
     Brand Name: Brother
     Manufacturer: Brother Industries, Ltd
     Manufacturer Part Number: PT1230PC
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Packaged Quantity: 1 Each
     Product Line: P-touch
     Product Model: PT-1230PC
     Product Name: PT-1230PC Thermal Label Printer
     Product Type: Thermal Transfer Printer
     USB: Yes
Media Types & Handling  
     Maximum Label Width: 0.5" (12.7 mm)
     Media Type: Laminated Tape
Flexible Tape
Adhesive Tape
Non-laminated Tape
Iron-on Fabric
     Additional Information:
  • Tape Sizes : 9/64", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2"
  • Horizontal Alignment : Left, Center, Right, Justified

     Assembly Required: No
     Country of Origin: China
     Package Contents:
  • PT-1230PC Thermal Label Printer
  • One 1/2" black on white TZ starter Tape
  • USB interface cable

     Platform Supported: PC
     Post-consumer-waste%: 0%
     Recycled: No
     Recycled Content: 0%
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Beige
     Depth: 6.2" (157.5 mm)
     Height: 4.4" (111.8 mm)
     Width: 2.1" (53.3 mm)
Technical Information  
     Features: Label Length Setting
Mirror Printing
Auto Template
Vertical Printing
     Maximum Mono Print Speed: 10 mm/s
     Maximum Print Resolution: 180 dpi
     Print Color: Monochrome
     Recommended Use: Label Print
     Limited Warranty: 1 Year

Brother Printer Supplies PT1230PC Customer Reviews

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Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
you can connect it to a pc
no power adapter it uses batterys
for a label printer you connect to the computer I would have expected it would include a power cable or at least be powerd by USB but you need to buy an additional addapter or you need to use AA batterys in it. the addapter costs as much as I paid for the printer $30 tho i found one on ebay for $10. all in all i guess you get what you pay for. its worth the sale price but not much more.

Experience: 1 Years
Fast and clean printing
Can be obtained at a reasonable price (around 35-40$)
Doesn't come with a power cord
Power cord bought separately is expensive
Literally eats batteries
Waste a lot of tape
It works fine, even with very small police size it is still readable. Unfortunately it wastes a lot of tape (almost a inch left at the end of every label printed). Also it consumes a lot of batteries. It requires 6 AAA batteries and they must be almost fully charged otherwise you get a warning in the middle of the printing saying the batteries are depleted and when it does, you waste tape again because it restarts the printing from the beginning after you change the batteries. Seriously consider buying the power cord (nearly 30$)

Experience: 10 Days
 Verified Owner
Small and light.
Adjustable fonts and print size
Price on sale
Requires 6 AAA batteries or expensive power adapter.
Label cassettes are expensive ($15-$29)

We use the larger Brother labellers extensively at work so I was familiar with the great job they can do.
Got this when it was on sale for $27. I use it for occasional labeling around the house and my daughter uses it for her school projects and text books etc.
It's small so it does not take up much storage space when not needed. The software is easy to use for basic labels.
When needed, I can just plug it in, print the labels from the computer and it's done. No fuss or bother - just a simple label maker.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Works well, even in Linux
Low cost, if on sale
Requires 6 AAA batteries or a $25 adapter
Comes with low-capacity "sample" tape
Replacement tapes expensive
I have an older handheld P-Touch P-80 that ran out of tape. Tapes are quite expensive, about $22, and the labeller only cost $14 so obviously it sat around while I did any labelling with Sharpies.

Then this was on crazy sale - $26.99 - barely more than the tape, so I jumped on it.

Since I use Ubuntu I checked for Linux support first. Brother does not provide a Linux driver but someone has come out with a program, see This works well in Ubuntu except for the very largest size fonts.

It's a labeller, what more can I say...If you're using Windows you'll probably really like the fact that the labelling software is included in flash memory in the printer itself. More fully-featured software is included at the Brother site, as well as a means to update  the built-in software. Sorry Mac users, this won't work for a Mac.

I guess my only disappointments are that you either have to load it up with 6 AAA batteries or get a $25 adapter, that it comes with low-capacity sample tape and that replacement tapes are pricey. Still, I don't think I'll mind ponying up the cash if I was to move again - it's really handy for moving, and one full-capacity tape handled our move and then some.

Highly recommended, especially on sale.

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