Brother P-Touch 7600
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Mind you that was an old Dymo machine where you punched the letters in one at a time and they appeared onto a metallic tape.
There are three models in the latest range and this the P-Touch 7600 is the top of the range model that supports different sizes of tape (non metallic) and you can even send data to it from a computer for complex labels.
It is 23x13x10cm maximum size for the majority of the unit the middle size the width is only 8cm. Mine was orange around the keyboard and black it is covered in a rubberised material so it should absorb the odd knock. With the 12mm tape cassette installed it weights just over 750grams.
The two external connections are on the left at the base is the USB connection while at the right the DC input for the internal solid battery.
The face has 56 rubberized buttons letters and numbers are .8x.5cm so easy to use even with cold or even gloved hands.
Above this the 6x2cm display this has a white backlight and the text is in blue. But not only can this do text but also graphics.
It is supplied in a ruggedized case and comes with two different label cassettes in both 12mm and 24mm sizes. Other sizes are available. The 12mm are white while the 24mm are yellow. Both are 8metres long. Flexi ID Tape, Strong Adhesive Tape (the 24mm Black I was sent), Fabric Tape and Security Tape are the other types. The other tape widths are 3.5mm, 6mm, 9mm and 18mm, not all sizes are available in all tape types.
It also comes with a belt strap so for those working in difficult areas they can keep there hands freely available. Also in the ruggedized box is the DC charger, the USB lead and a CD-ROM for your Windows PC.
There is a 100 page User Guide showing exactly what font sizes and specialized characters are available in the unit. For really special items use your PC with the CD provided and then download the information to the unit.
The tapes I have seen have an easy peel backing that is cut down the centre of the length so bend the edges together and it splits away meaning no problems with pealing as you often get with most adhesive computer labels.
The 12mm tape is a good example the black type is clear easy to read and even withstands rubbing without flaking.
While this may be overkill for home use you do not need to be much more than a Soho business to find enough use to make this a good purchase. If you do not need all the features then you might consider either of the other units in this range. All have the basic printing onto tape and all the tape is the easy part on the back.
Doing my Internet searches found the Brother P Touch 7600at £109.35 with free delivery from the first link.
Brother also currently offer money off certain holidays see the link below for more details, the unit I was sent offers £150 off.
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