Received this item, opened the package, inserted the print tape cassette and fresh batteries and printed 3 labels. On label #4, when I clicked 'Print' the machine turned off. Consulted the Troubleshooting Section of the instruction manual and this exact problem is listed, along with the recommendations to replace with fresh batteries and re-seat the printing cassette. I did both of these again and still the machine would shut down when printing. After 20 minutes of ownership of this device, I repackaged it and returned it to Amazon. Total time from delivery of product to return at the UPS Store: 40 minutes.
This thing is a battery hog. Besides, experiencing the problem of seeing a low battery indicator right after inserting the batteries, as other reviewers have noted, it actually drains the batteries rather quickly. It's really a piece of junk, so save your money and don't buy it.
Old review; five stars. I said: One of the most useful tools to add to your workspace. Cheap, reliable, easy to use!
New review: Utter rubbish. As many others on here have complained, it is ALWAYS low on batteries. I finally concluded (after reading other reviews here) that rechargeable batteries are not an option. That sucks. So I put in brand new Duracells. Guess what? LOW BATTERY. C'mon!!!!!
I bought this on sale for a ten-spot. It is definitely not worth more! It is rather fiddly to use owing to the small, nubbly buttons. Print quality is only OK. Brother has different dpi machines, this one is one the low end, but it doesn't matter so much as this is a utilitarian item. Compared to older machines, there are some nice symbols that you can use to decorify your labels. The font selection is pedestrian. However, shifting the font to "BOLD" definitely makes a difference is readability. So, you are really better off buying a different model with a standard size tape. This one takes the small tapes, and the stock Brother tape for this machine is really poorly designed as it does not have the split backing to help you peel off the back before applying the label. You can use a box cutter or any thin blade to start a corner, but it really is a pain. Fortunately, some of the clone tapes (which are also cheaper) have the split back--ask before you buy. Another reason to get the other models that have the TZe standard cartridges is that you have better quality tape and more selection of tape types, sizes and colors. I also bought the pt-D400 machine. It's quite a bit larger but is better in all respects (and way more expensive). You also might want to consider getting one that has the option to connect to a computer if you are going to make complex labels like barcodes. So, not bad for the price, but look for a slightly larger model that takes standard tapes. Clone tapes work fine in both machines that I purchased.
I ordered this to replace my older outdated brother brand label maker but HUGE weakness with this model is that it does not take a cord. These devices are notorious to consume batteries far in excess of what you paid for the actual label maker itself. The other model on here, same price, has the ability to use a cord so I’ll be swapping for that one. The batteries tend to last longer if you remove them completely from the labeler after each use but that is honestly too much work and not convenient which is why I bought the thing in the first place.
I wanted to try this for decorating my Instax mini pictures. Not disappointed one bit! It’s great for the $11 I splurged on it (“like new”). I am grateful that it arrived with all of the packaged options, like the manual (lol) and the sample b/w label tape. This thing was the most “like new” used item I’ve ever purchased. And I’m a thrifter.
Only 4 stars because the “low battery” warning is a thing that happens, apparently with everyone’s PTM95. It’s more of a threat and annoying inconvenience than anything, especially if you are not bulk producing labels.
Easy to follow directions to make different designs. Great product for price! Requires 4 aaa batteries and comes with one roll of white tape to start out with. Would recommend if looking for a simple label maker.
Had I not recycled the packaging already, I definitely would have returned this item after realizing that the batteries (fourAAA) do not last. After printing around 25 labels I had to replace the first set of batteries. Now, about 15 labels into the second set of batteries, I get the Low Battery warning again. Way too expensive at this rate.