Brother PT-E500 Industrial Handheld Labeling Tool

Brother PT-E500 Industrial Handheld Labeling Tool

Brother PT-E500 Industrial Handheld Labeling Tool

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Product Highlights

  • Laminating Thermal Transfer Technology
  • Print Resolution: 180 dpi
  • Print Speed: 1.2" per Second (AC Power)
  • Tape Sizes: 3.5-24mm
  • Built-In Automatic Cutter
  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • 15-Character 2-Line Backlit LCD
  • USB Port for PC Connectivity
  • Design Software for Improved Workflow
  • Runs on Rechargeable Battery or AC Power
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Brother PT-E500 overview

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Featuring laminating thermal transfer technology, the PT-E500 Industrial Handheld Labeling Tool from Brother will help you fill numerous labeling needs. It works with tape sizes from 3.5 to 24mm and it has a print resolution of 180 dpi for sharp text. Produce labels quickly while on-site thanks to the included rechargeable Li-ion battery and a speed of 0.8" per second or 1.2" per second when plugging into AC power. Further improving usage is the inclusion of a built-in automatic cutter, a QWERTY keyboard, and a large 15-character, 2-line backlit LCD.

A USB port is available for computer connectivity which works with the included design software to print from databases and make custom labels. Smart labeling application keys enable quick printing for specific applications, such as cabling, faceplates, patch panels, and more, and it has advanced serialized options. Additionally, it is compatible with a variety of HGe and TZE tapes along with the HSe heat shrink tubing that is smear resistant.

UPC: 012502635987
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Brother PT-E500 specs

Hardware Features
Model Type Industrial handheld
Tape Family HGe, TZe, HSe
Tape Sizes 3.5 mm, 6 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm, 24 mm
Tape Length 26.2' (8 m)
Tape Technology Laminating thermal transfer
Tape Types Standard adhesive, extra-strength adhesive, flexible ID tape, heat shrink tube, tamper-evident, iron-on fabric, acid-free
LCD Large 15-character x 2-line backlit LCD
Print Resolution 180 dpi
Print Speed AC Power: 1.2" (30 mm) per second
Battery: 0.8" (20 mm) per second
Keyboard QWERTY with rubber keys
Cutter Built-in fully automatic
Batteries BA-E001 rechargeable Li-ion battery pack
AC Adapter AD-E001, included
Interface Mini-USB
Number of Fonts 14 (Helsinki, Brussels, US, Los Angeles, San Diego, Florida, Calgary, Belgium, Atlanta, Adams, Brunei, Sofia, Germany, Letter Gothic)
Font Styles 10 (Normal, Bold, Outline, Shadow, Italic, Italic Bold, Italic Outline, Italic Shadow, Italic Solid)
Font Sizes 9 (6pt, 9pt, 12pt, 18pt, 24pt, 36pt, 42pt, 48pt, Auto)
Built-in Symbols 384 industrial
Maximum Print Height 0.7" (18 mm)
Maximum Print Lines 7 lines standalone
Multi-Block Up to 99 blocks
Label Length Setting Auto, 1.0-39.3" (25-999 mm)
Auto Incrementation Standard and advanced serialization
Auto Numbering Yes
Horizontal Alignment Center, left, right, justified
Vertical Printing Yes
Mirror Printing No
Rotate Printing Input and rotate line by line, rotate & repeat
Text Insert Yes
Text Framing / Fill Pattern 6 frames / no fill patterns
Multi-Copy Print Up to 99 copies
Memory 99 files or 18,297 characters
Up to 6 MB downloadable templates, databases, images
Date/Time Stamp No
Built-In Designs/Templates General, Faceplates, Cable Wrap, Cable Flag, Heat Shrink, Patch Panel, Punch Block
Barcoding Standalone: 9 (Code39, Code128, ITF (I-2of5), GS1-128 (UCC/EAN128), Codabar (NW-7), UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN8, EAN13)
Computer: 21 (Code39, Code128, ITF (I-2of5), GS1-128 (UCC/EAN128), GS1 DataBar (RSS), GS-1 Composite, Codabar (NW-7), UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN8, EAN13, ISBN-2, ISBN-5, Postnet, Laser Barcode, PDF-417, QR Code, Micro QR Code, Data Matrix, MaxiCode, Aztec)
PC Connectivity PC: Downloading and printing
Mac: Printing only
OS Compatibility Windows 8, 7, Vista
Mac OS X 10.6 and later
Model Details
Dimensions 4.9 x 3.7 x 9.8" (12.4 x 9.4 x 24.9 cm)
Weight 2 lb (0.9 kg) without tape and battery
Packaging Info
Package Weight 7.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.3 x 13.0 x 5.0"

Brother PT-E500 reviews

PT-E500 Industrial Handheld Labeling Tool is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wastes an inch every print. No fix. Pros: -Has Qwerty Keyboard -Computer Programmable -Comes with a case Cons: -It literally feeds and inch, cuts it off and then prints the label. EVERY TIME. I called support and they said that is just how it is. so if you print cable wraps on the fly a lot, then you literally waste half of the tape. It sucks! -Difficult to learn. My DYMO was super easy to figure out and make adjustments. This one, not so much. The cons out way the pros for me. I will be returning it.
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent labeling machine I use this product to label anything and everything that needs a permanent legible label. The same issue i have with the other Brother label printers i own is that it seems that Brother has not as of yet gotten around to fixing the issue of waste. Their label printers waste a lot of tape; tape which is not cheap. Brother needs to not only address this issue, but also fix it. I have been a long time user of Brother products and would like to continue using their products.
Date published: 2015-07-08
Date published: 2016-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good purchase and would recommend to others. I had considered the DYMO Rhino product line but could not find what I wanted with QWERTY keyboard layout at a comparable price point. I've a colleague that uses an earlier model Brother label maker and it works very well. I'm happy with what I have in the Brother E500 and it works well in my shop and field service applications. I purchased the PT_E500 with the intention of using its PC connection however, having lived with it for some time, I'm not certain I'll make good use of the interface. I say this because the handheld input process is quicker than I had anticipated. I'm a sucker for the black and orange color scheme which projected a robust, industrial build quality. Unfortunately perception and reality do not intersect. I'm not certain this unit would hold up to abuse in a hostile environment. i.e. being dropped and or kicked around. I've not identified the construction materials but it isn't nylon 6/6. This is subjective on my part but I would like to see, and would pay for, a more robust set of materials used in construction. Many people complain about 1 of tape waste per label. It isn't optimal but my work around is to print multiple labels at once and hand cut them. It is a process that works well for me as I typically print multiple labels at a time. The automatic tape cutter works but certainly not necessary for efficient use of the unit. Something I've not been able to get my head (and hands) around is layout of most handheld devices with keypad input. IMHO the keypad and screen should be reversed. Keypad at the top and screen at the bottom. This is a natural arrangement for holding the unit and text input. See attached pic. Good purchase and would recommend to others.
Date published: 2016-08-03
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