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VIDEO: Brother's new label printer paired by smartphone, tablet or PC is ultra versatile

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Label printers can now let you create QR codes, have fun with emojis, print in almost any language, and can even work wirelessly with smartphones and tablets, or old fashioned USB to your computer.

Brother’s PT-P710BT label printer draws on the comfort of your smartphone, tablet or computer to give you flexible control to organise your life from the technology you already use every day.

By replacing the "calculator-esque" design of traditional labellers, one of which I personally have and find annoying to use despite the nice labels I can make with it, I'd certainly love to try out Brother's new Bluetooth wireless printer that takes labels to the next level.

As noted above, you can manufacture QR codes, insert any of over 1000 emojis, all those special symbols and you can print in almost any language, which is certainly nifty in our multicultural country where so many of us are multilingual.

This permits users to get creative with its functions, e.g. labelling common items with foreign words to get accustomed to a new language.

Brother proudly informs us that a range of new templates made available through the Design&Print and iPrint&Label smartphone apps inspire detailed label making.

This can be achieved through "a PC connection that gives users access to Brother’s in-depth P-touch Editor software, opening up a range of possibilities for those who dare to delve deeper with their designs.

"From labelling folders and cables to creating barcodes and take-away box seals, these apps allow for customisation of fonts, designs, and material to benefit all uses.

"The design and functions of this model have been greatly extended with the use of up to 24mm width tape – double that of its predecessor – offering the opportunity for larger label applications in a variety of home and business uses.

"Users can now add a shop logo or image onto the label, allowing for a more professional design, which is taken a step further with Brother’s ‘Share Label’ templates that can be linked to URLs online.

"One practical example of this is the ability to create a QR code linking to the URL of an online user manual which can then be stuck onto an appliance – gone are the days of searching for the printed manual!"

In celebration of the launch, Brother have released three new types of premium tape for classy and stylish labelling: glitter tapes, satin ribbon tapes, and decorative pattern tapes allow users to add extra flair; whether it be onto clothing, for name tags, crafts, or gift decoration.

For those working in potentially harsh environments, the extremely durable TZe tape is the answer, tested to the extreme and designed to last - so you can label things with confidence, be they in a garden, shed, garage, man or woman cave, kitchen, kid's play areas or anywhere else.

With up to two times wider printing tape, a reinvigorated design, and extended features, it's no surprise to see Brother label its PT-P710BT as "ideal for the Australian home and small business markets."

Available now for $149 wherever you currently buy Brother products nationwide, as well as Officeowkrs, and here are the headline specs:

Brother PT-P710BT label printer

  • 20mm/sec print speed
  • 180dpi (180 x 360dpi in high resolution mode)
  • Automatic cutter
  • Li-ion battery (PA-BT-005)
  • TZe tape: 3.5, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24mm
  • USB and Bluetooth interfaces (MFi)
  • 128(W) × 67(D) × 128(H)mm - 0.67kg
  • Operating Systems: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10; MAC OSX 10.11, 10.12, 10.13
  • Mobile OS: Android 4.4 and newer, iOS 10 and newer

Here is Brother's official video:

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