Brother PT-1230PC PC Connectable Label Maker

Brother PT-1230PC PC Connectable Label Maker

Brother PT-1230PC PC Connectable Label Maker

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Product Highlights

  • Use Your PC for Easy Input
  • Thermal Transfer Technology/No Ink
  • Prints Labels up to 1/2" (12.7mm) Wide
  • USB Connectivity (Cable Included)
  • Supports TrueType Fonts on Your PC
  • Manual Tape Cutter
  • Prints on Many Different Styles of Tapes
  • Uses 6 "AAA Batteries (Not Included)
  • Compact & Portable
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 Compatible
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Brother PT-1230PC overview

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Perfect for home or home office labeling needs, the innovative PT-1230PC PC Connectable Label Maker from Brother is all you need. This easy to use labeler requires no software installation to operate because the software comes pre-loaded into the unit. Just connect the included USB cable to your PC and you can print exactly what you see on your screen. Utilizing the monitor, keyboard and the TrueType fonts built into your computer, you can design and print on Brother Standard Laminated, Flexible ID, Extra Strength Adhesive, Non-Laminated Iron-on Fabric, and Acid Free labels, up to 1/2" (12.7mm) wide. It accepts labels up to 26.2' (8m) long. Its Thermal Transfer technology delivers sharp and clear labels...without ink.

You can also import graphics like logos and symbols from your PC (Windows compatible). With the PT-1230PC you can save your label designs to your desktop for future use. Easy to use and share, it is the ideal solution for labeling file folders, storage containers, and much more.

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.
Use your keyboard and PC monitor to create labels; print exactly what you see on your computer screen.
Great for labeling file folders, boxes, CD spines and much more.
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.
Brother 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.
Compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Prints on four different label widths, up to 2 1/2" wide.
The PT-1230 prints multiple lines of text and graphics.
This label printer is compact and comes with a built-in manual cutter.
It uses 6 "AAA" batteries or AD-24 adapter (not included).
Barcoding and database printing available with download of full version of P-touch Editor Software at Brother Solutions Center (
UPC: 012502621041
In the Box
Brother PT-1230PC PC Connectable Label Maker
  • 1/2" (12.7mm) Black on White "TZ" Starter Tape
  • USB Cable
  • P-touch Editor Lite/Printer Driver for PCs (built-in)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Brother PT-1230PC specs

    Hardware Features
    Model Type PC connectable
    Tape Family TZ
    Tape Sizes 9/64" (3.6mm), 1/4" (6.4mm), 3/8" (9.5mm), 1/2" (12.7mm)
    Tape Length 26.2' (8m)
    Tape Technology Thermal Transfer
    Tape Types Standard Laminated
    Flexible ID
    Extra Strength Adhesive
    Non-laminated Iron-on Fabric
    Acid Free
    LCD N/A
    Print Resolution 180dpi
    Print Speed up to 10mm/sec
    Keyboard N/A
    Cutter Manual
    Batteries 6 x "AAA" batteries (not included)
    AC Adapter AD-24 (optional)
    Interface USB
    Number of Fonts Uses all TrueType Fonts
    Font Styles Uses all TrueType Fonts
    Point Sizes Scalable
    Number of Styles Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Built-in Symbols 694
    Types of Styles Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Print Height 0.35" (8.9mm)
    Maximum Print Lines Unlimited
    Label Length Setting Yes
    Auto Incrementation Alpha/Numeric
    Auto Numbering 1-5000

    Requires download of full version of P-touch Editor 5.0 Software

    Horizontal Alignment Left
    Vertical Printing Yes
    Mirror Printing Yes
    Rotate Printing No
    Text Insert Yes
    Multi-Copy Print Up to 200
    Memory N/A
    Date/Time Stamp No
    Auto Templates Yes
    Barcoding Stand-alone Mode: No
    Connected to Computer: Yes (requires download of full version of P-touch Editor 5.0 software)
    PC Connectivity USB
    Compatible Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
    System Recommendations (Minimum) 128MB memory (Windows Vista, 512MB), USB port (USB 1.1 or 2.0), SVGA graphics card
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    Color White/Gray
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.1 x 6.2 x 4.4" (5.3 x 15.7 x 11.2cm)
    Weight 14.4 oz (125 g) (without batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.0 x 6.0 x 3.0"

    Brother PT-1230PC reviews

    PT-1230PC PC Connectable Label Maker is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 43.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from PC Connectable Label Maker 1230PC The print quality is fabulous. It is very easy to use. There are two drawbacks to this product: 1) Since it is a continuous tape, there shouldn't be a cutoff as to how long the label can/should be. I use it for making pricing labels - with a lot of repetition. If I want to make an entire cartridge of the same label, I should be able to do so. 2) There is too much wasted tape...the same wasted space at the end of the label as the regular hand-held label maker. ESPECIALLY if you are reprinting the same label. I would give the product FIVE STARS if the above were corrected in the software.
    Date published: 2012-12-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use This little printer works great, easy to use. Only one regret to the wasted label tape if you only need one label or if you print multiples. To get the most of the label tape print without or only one space between each label. Doing so will save wasted tape at the beginning of each label. That is why I only rated it 4 stars. Still a good buy just create more than one label at a time with only one space between each new or different label.
    Date published: 2015-12-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Get you baseball bat out. I looked forward to replacing an old brother simple text labeller with this one. What a mistake. From day one I have not been able to get it to work. The only thing that worked was when I went for a home run using this for the baseball off my rear deck. I have wasted 2 days and a complete reload of Windows 7 professional 64bit in trying to get it to work. I did all the updates as requested/required. I am pretty savy when it comes to working a computer and another friend who is a programmer could not help either. Simply put this device does not seem to work under Win7 64 bit. A huge waste of time and I will not be using Brother devices again. I expected more from a name brand that usually makes good equipment.
    Date published: 2014-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice little label-maker I bought this for convenience so I could make labels at my computer/desk rather than getting out my Brother 1400 portable. The software for the 1230C plus the computer keyboard are an easier interface than on the portable. The 1230 is very simple to install and use - I didn't even bother downloading the full software package - the self-installing app included right in the 1230 is plenty for everyday use.
    Date published: 2012-12-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used to make Electrochemical Etch Stencils We bought the machine to produce stencils for electrochemically part marking aerospace parts (Method AS478-7A) The self loading software is easy to use and the stencils work well in our application. You need to buy STE cartridges for the stencil material. We're getting perfect part marks on stainless steel and Inconel parts with this system.
    Date published: 2013-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great labeler! I am so used to the big clunky labelers that are such a pain to load and type, but this has been such a great change! I just started making different canned foods so I use it for that, as well as a side farming business to label my products and packaging and it's wonderful! Eventually I will upgrade to fancier labels for the farming stuff but for now this is perfect, and I will always use it for household labeling I'm sure! So easy to use and so compact, it's great!
    Date published: 2012-01-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little concerned I have had my P-Touch PT 1230 PC label maker for a couple of years. Oh, how simple is was to make really great labels. Today, it has decided to not stop the tape from dispensing- even after it has written the label, it just keeps running and running. Now, I have a long blank label. Rolls of labels are expensive. Could someone at Brother tell me how to fix this so I can love my little machine again? I would also like to know how re-roll the unused white label back into the cartridge.
    Date published: 2015-11-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Label Maker The PT 1230 PC I purchased was a refurbished one that I bought from a closeout firm. I love this thing. Not only did I get it for 25% of new cost but it is also better than the Dymo I have been using. I am so sold on this unit that if and when it ever does quit working I would buy a new one in a heartbeat. The only downside is the battery drain. I put 6 new batteries in the unit and after 20 or so labels I had to replace the batteries. I solved that problem by purchasing an AC adapter.
    Date published: 2011-09-21
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