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Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker

B&H # BRPT2430PC MFR # PT-2430PC
Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker

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Product Highlights

  • Durable, Attractive Laminated Labels
  • Supports PC USB Connectivity
  • No Software Installation Required
  • Use PC Keyboard/Monitor to Create Labels
  • Uses All TrueType Fonts
  • Built-in Automatic Cutter
  • Print on Six Different Label Widths
  • Print Multiple Lines of Text & Graphics
  • P-touch Editor Software Included
  • Windows 7, XP, Vista & 2000 Compatible
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For almost unlimited creative freedom in the creation of labels, consider the Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker. The pre-installed P-touch Editor label design software empowers you to create labels using any of your PC's installed TrueType fonts, graphics, logos or symbols. You can conveniently design durable, laminated labels using your PC keyboard and monitor and print exactly what you see on your screen. A full version of the software available on the included CD-ROM.

This labeler has an auto format function which allows you to quickly create labels up to about 1.0"/24mm wide for file folder tabs, binders, computer and home entertainment cables, CD jewel cases and more. You simply select a label format, choose your font and style, and type your label text. When finished, simply press print - your label is automatically formatted and cut to the size you need.

Supports PC USB Connectivity
Create labels using any of your PC's installed TrueType fonts, graphics, logos or symbols. Conveniently design durable, laminated labels using your PC keyboard and monitor. Print exactly what you see on your screen! Just attach via USB to your PC to start.
Six Label Widths
The PT-2430PC prints on six different laminated label widths, up to approximately 1.0"/24mm wide.
Built-In Automatic Cutter
The PT-2430PC has a built-in automatic cutter which makes the final stage of the label creation process quick, clean and easy.
P-Touch Editor Software
P-touch Editor label design software allows users to create more custom labels using any of your computer's TrueType fonts, graphics, logos, and bar codes. It is a complete label design software package that includes label templates, designing tools, auto formats, clip art and symbols, bar codes and more, helping you to produce virtually any label imaginable. .
Label Making Made Easy
Simply connect the labeler to your computer via its USB interface and launch the P-touch Editor software. Conveniently create labels using your computer monitor and keyboard. With three design modes, it is easy for all experience levels to create customized labels.
No Software is Left Behind!
No software installation is required because the easy-to-use software is pre-loaded on the label maker. That means when you're done, simply turn it off and unplug. There's nothing left behind on your PC!
Brother's Durable, Laminated Labels
Brother's standard laminated labels are designed for flat items like office paper, file folders, binders, and most flat, non-textured metal, plastic and glass surfaces. They withstand water, grease, fading and abrasion, and can be used in hot and cold environments, as well as outdoors. Super thin yet technologically elegant, type is protected by clear laminated film.
UPC: 012502621126
Hardware Features
Model Type PC Connectable
Tape Family TZ
Tape Sizes 1/8" (3.5mm), 1/4" (6mm), 11/32" (9mm), 1/2" (12mm), 3/4" (18mm), 1.0" (24mm)
Tape Length 26.2' (8.0 m)
Tape Technology Thermal Transfer
Tape Types Standard Laminated, Flexible ID, Extra Strength Adhesive , Non-Laminated Iron-on Fabric
LCD N/A
Print Resolution 180 dpi
Print Speed up to 3/8" (10mm)/sec
Keyboard N/A
Cutter Automatic
Batteries 6 x "AA" batteries (not included)
AC Adapter AD-24ES (included)
Interface USB
Colors Housing: white / gray
VLAN ---
Number of Fonts Uses All TrueType Fonts
Font Styles Uses All TrueType Fonts
Point Sizes Scalable
Number of Styles Any resident on user's computer
Built-in Symbols 694
Types of Styles Any resident on user's computer
Text Insert Yes
Database Printing Yes, requires installation of full version of P-touch Editor 5.0 Software (CD-ROM included)
Text Framing / Fill Pattern Yes / Yes - requires installation of full version of P-touch Editor 5.0 Software (CD-ROM included)
Maximum Print Height 3/4" (18mm)
Maximum Print Lines Unlimited
Multi-Block Yes
Label Length Setting Yes
Auto Incrementation Alpha / Numeric
Auto Numbering 1-5000 / A-Z / a-z - requires installation of full version of P-touch Editor 5.0 Software (CD-ROM included)
Horizontal Alignment Left, center, right, justified
Vertical Printing No
Mirror Printing Yes
Rotate Printing Yes
Text Insert Yes
Multi-Copy Print Up to 200
Memory N/A
Date/Time Stamp No
Auto Formats Yes - requires installation of full version of P-touch Editor 5.0 Software (CD-ROM included)
Barcoding Stand alone - no
Connected to PC - yes
PC Connectivity USB
Compatible Operating Systems Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
Model Details
Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.6 x 7.4 x 4.4" (66.0 x 188.0 x 112.0mm)
Weight 1.3 lb (590 g)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 10.4 x 4.3"
Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker
  • 1/2"/ 12.7mm Black on White "TZ" Starter Tape
  • AD-24ES Power Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM with P-touch Editor 5.0 Software / Printer Driver (PC)
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    BrotherP-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker
     
    4.3

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (10)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Well built / quality (7)
    • Adequate capabilities (6)
    • Attractive (6)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Office work (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (5), Enthusiast (3), Power user (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (11), Business (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing product with just one flaw

    I have been using this product for over the past 3 years. It is one of the most easiest & user-friendly products available on the market with one drawback, it has a...Read complete review

    I have been using this product for over the past 3 years. It is one of the most easiest & user-friendly products available on the market with one drawback, it has a tendency to waste label tape. The manufacturer of this product should address the customers' concerns with this issue and correct it accordingly.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great label maker that wastes tape

    This is a great product that is ruined by the fact that Brother has chosen not to address the 23mm of wasted 'pre-feed' each time you print out a label. Brother for a...Read complete review

    This is a great product that is ruined by the fact that Brother has chosen not to address the 23mm of wasted 'pre-feed' each time you print out a label. Brother for a company that claims to be about "environmental issues and helping the earth" seems to not want to address this 23mm of wasted tape which adds up very quickly. According to Brother's customer service in the U.S. "all the PT series label makers use one inch of tape as part of their printing calibration program and this value cannot be changed". Maybe Brother does not wish to change this because it helps them sell more tape? If you do want to save on tape then plan your labels out and try to print them out in batches or have plenty of spare tape on hand. One star lost for Brother's lack of interest in addressing this waste and another star lost for the actual waste of tape. The print quality is okay for the price point but it's only 180dpi so keep that in mind. A sample photo of the print quality and the 23mm pre-feed waste will explain better. I'm still happy with the PT-2430PC but just wish it didn't waste all that tape. B&H pricing and service on this product was excellent as usual. SUPER FAST processing and ship out. Thank you again B&H!!!

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    4.0

    As advertised but definetly not plug

    By me

    from Houston TX

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adequate Capabilities
    • Clear Display
    • Compact Size
    • Easy To Use
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

        Directions don't tell you that you have to go into the program each and every time that you want to print. While not that difficult it took me awhile to figure it out and to put a short cut on desktop.And not very speedy.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        LOVE my PT-2430PD

        By Kim

        from Cheyenne, WY

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Size

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Office Work

          Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

          So EASY to use - love the idea that I can use ANY font on these durable labels. I'm a P-Touch fan - have been for a long time, and after getting this little machine for a GREAT price - I'm set for ANY label I need to make.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          P Touch Label Maker

          By Danny

          from Portland Oregon

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact Size
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

              Use at home to label everything that needs labeling. Very easy to use and to set up, It is plug and play, can't get any easier than that.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Very good deal

              By PKH

              from Montréal, Québec, Canada

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Size
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                  Great price, good item, and do a very good job for me

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Mac Driver for PT-2430PC?

                  By jrm16

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Casual User

                  Pros

                  • Adequate Capabilities
                  • Compact Size
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Lack of MAC compatibility

                  Best Uses

                  • Office Work

                  Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                  Can anyone tell me where I can download a Mac driver for the PT-2430 PC?

                  I no longer have a PC so the labeler is useless unless I can find a driver that is Mac compatible.

                  I have great success using this labeler the past 3 years, but I no longer own a PC.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Amazing product with just one flaw

                  By Rod

                  from Mich.

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Adequate Capabilities
                  • Attractive Design
                  • Clear Display
                  • Compact Size
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Quality Construction
                  • The Most User-Friendly

                  Cons

                  • Wastes Label Tape

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Inventory

                  Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                  I have been using this product for over the past 3 years. It is one of the most easiest & user-friendly products available on the market with one drawback, it has a tendency to waste label tape. The manufacturer of this product should address the customers' concerns with this issue and correct it accordingly.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Great label maker that wastes tape

                  By Quality First

                  from Vancouver, BC

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adequate Capabilities
                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact Size
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great software editor UI
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                  • All PT series waste 23mm
                  • Waste not addressed
                  • Wastes 23mm each print

                  Best Uses

                  • Engineering
                  • Gear bag and cases
                  • Office Work
                  • Workshop

                  Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                  This is a great product that is ruined by the fact that Brother has chosen not to address the 23mm of wasted 'pre-feed' each time you print out a label. Brother for a company that claims to be about "environmental issues and helping the earth" seems to not want to address this 23mm of wasted tape which adds up very quickly. According to Brother's customer service in the U.S. "all the PT series label makers use one inch of tape as part of their printing calibration program and this value cannot be changed". Maybe Brother does not wish to change this because it helps them sell more tape? If you do want to save on tape then plan your labels out and try to print them out in batches or have plenty of spare tape on hand. One star lost for Brother's lack of interest in addressing this waste and another star lost for the actual waste of tape. The print quality is okay for the price point but it's only 180dpi so keep that in mind. A sample photo of the print quality and the 23mm pre-feed waste will explain better. I'm still happy with the PT-2430PC but just wish it didn't waste all that tape. B&H pricing and service on this product was excellent as usual. SUPER FAST processing and ship out. Thank you again B&H!!!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Office Life Made Easy

                  By Firefly

                  from Southern Oregon

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Clear Display
                  • Compact Size
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Office Work

                    Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                    My office was a complete mess of files that labels came off of, faded over time or just lacked the necessary information needed. My purchase of the P-Touch was the best addition to our office equipment and has put a smile back on my face when looking for specific files. I have just purchased a second one for other applications. A MUST HAVE FOR YOUR OFFICE!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Easy to Use and Produces Results

                    By Brimac

                    from Sydney, Australia

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adequate Capabilities
                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact Size
                    • Easy to install tape
                    • Easy to set up and use
                    • Fast printing
                    • Variety of tape types

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Wide range of use

                      Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                      I bought this for general office labelling, equipment labelling and network/cable tagging.
                      There is no trouble setting up or operating the printer with no software to install if you want the simple version or an easy to use more advanced version. I have been happy so far with the quality of the output and ease of use. My unit came with US power pack as ordered but like most equipment these days it can run on the different Australian voltage and frequency by just using a cheap plug adapter. I have not tried the other varieties of tape yet but expect to do so once I determine all my needs.
                      Note that it is more effective on tape usage to use the chained printing command as otherwise about 20mm of tape is wasted each time to start the printout.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works as Advertised

                      By Hynrgee

                      from California & Chicago

                      About Me Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adequate Capabilities
                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact Size
                      • Convenient
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fairly low cost
                      • Good for labeling cables
                      • Great CD spline prints
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                      • Expensive cartridges
                      • Must be connected to PC
                      • No USBMicro SDHC
                      • Wastage is high

                      Best Uses

                      • CD Splines
                      • Label Anything at Home
                      • Label Cables
                      • Odd label jobs

                      Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                      I was looking for a simple dedicated printer to simply produce labels for CD splines that are no more than 5mm. This does that. I was also also easily able to label all of the ethernet cables to the routers I have in the house. The same thing for all of the HDMI cables going into my AV processor. I can see other application as well, such as when I need to label any kind of document, including letters.

                      I did not install the CD so I cannot address the advanced capabilities. Note that I found the installation directions brief and helpful and that if you are installing the CD software, it is important to not have the unit plugged in. In addition, there is a switch that will need to be changed on the unit.

                      As to complaints, it is too early for me to do a fair assessment, but I do wish that it had USB or Micro SDHC reading ability for jobs where there is no need to have a PC. Also, this is not an environmentally sound product as quite a bit of the printed product is wasted blank space that you have to manually cut to your desired size. For my jobs thus far, it approaches 50% wastage.

                      If I'm reading the online replacement cartridges cost quotes accurately, they are from a third to half as much as I paid for the printer. I will not be using the printer so often that it is a deal breaker for me, but for others it may be worthwhile examining what the cost per job amounts to and look at the alternatives.

                      In summary, for me it does what I want it to conveniently.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Excellent Quality Labels

                      By PBH

                      from BC Canada

                      About Me Casual User

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Quality Construction
                      • Very creative

                      Cons

                      • No Mac Software supplied

                      Best Uses

                      • Label almost anything
                      • Office Work
                      • School

                      Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                      Works really well with my iMac, but I did have to dig around the internet for the driver (brother.jp) and software (brother.com).
                      I really don't understand why the software wasn't included on the disk, would have been 5 stars if it was.
                      I like having access to all the fonts, clip art, barcodes, QR codes etc. to be able to make unique labels.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      2.0

                      Frustrating and wasteful

                      By Andino

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      Pros

                      • Fast when it works

                      Cons

                      • Complicated Controls
                      • Wasteful

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                        I give this two stars only because I can generally get it to print 1/2" labels eventually and with input from my computer as opposed to fumbling with an independent labeling device.

                        It wastes 1/2 an inch of tape every time you print, it doesn't like to change the length of tape when you imput data. Data randomly changes when you are trying to format fonts and troubleshooting is very very frustrating.

                        Not particularly happy with this machine.

                        • Occupation::
                        • Office Manager
                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        4.0

                        Excellent value for the money

                        By Brad

                        from Canada

                        About Me Value Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Neat Settings
                        • Quiet
                        • Simple Controls
                        • Strong Labels
                        • Works Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Difficult to Peel

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden plants
                        • Parts drawers
                        • Tools

                        Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                        This was the first time ordering from B&H but I found[...] the price of [$] couldn't be beat(here in Canada [$]).[...]The printer was in excellent condition and worked as it is designed.The one thing I found annoying with this printer is it cuts of .400" of tape before each label is printed leaving a pile of stubs on the desk. I have used the 9500 model and it partially cuts that portion leaving it attached to the label paper backing, making less mess and easier to peel the label off the backing.Not a big issue but makes you wonder why.It is what it is and all is good.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Great, portable printer

                        By goto636

                        from Fort Wort, TX

                        About Me Value Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                              We used the PT2430PC to replace a very old P-Touch. This unit is very easy to use and really is "plug & play". It's easy to move from PC to PC and handles all of our printing needs.

                              • Occupation::
                              • Executive
                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              4.0

                              Great labeler

                              By Greg

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Simple Controls
                              • Works Quickly

                              Cons

                              • Can't Adjust Margins

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                                We have a lot of different gear in the same style cases, so the 1" labels help differentiate everything on the shelf. I love that the software is contained on the unit itself, so it can be used on different computers without having to install software over and over again.

                                The only downside is that a lot of extra space is printed on the edges of the labels and it cannot be adjusted.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Very good printer

                                By QA Guy

                                from Waynesboro, VA

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Simple Controls
                                • Strong Labels

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Brother P-Touch PT-2430PC PC Connectable Label Maker:

                                    We use this printer to create calibration labels for measuring devices and equipment. Font selection is good, labels are sharp and clear, and the laminated cover protects the label information in a shop environment.

                                    • Occupation::
                                    • Executive
                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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